If you are actively seeking jobs/internships one strategy you should consider as a UW Oshkosh student is to use Handshake to connect with active position postings. Handshake is FREE for all UW Oshkosh students.
Handshake is the online recruiting system and job database for students, faculty and staff, alumni and employers. It is a one-stop-shop of employment for UW Oshkosh alumni.
- Go Public – allow employers to view your profile in your account and upload a resume and make that document public. These two steps allow employers seeking qualified candidates to see you in the system.
- view and apply for jobs online
- view and apply for Hire a Titan! On-campus Interviews
- access My World Abroad, a resource for developing global career knowledge and professional skills
- If you need assistance with your resume prior to uploading one to Handshake, view samples under the Resume Resources Web page or contact us to make an appointment with an advisor.
Conducting a Job Search
Conducting a job search can be quite the process however if you use your resources and tools you may find the career of your dreams.
Resumes are an essential part of the job search and most applications require that you have this document for submission. Visit the Career Services Resume Resources page to see samples and learn more about perfecting your document.
Handshake is a great place to start looking for job opportunities in the field you want to work. Employers seeking UW Oshkosh students to fill their vacancies post to Handshake regularly.
Relocation Tools whether you want to stay local or venture out-of-state relocation tools can help you identify important aspects to think about in your search – salary comparisons, climate, school districts, crime rates and more.
Salary & Negotiation
It is important to understand and compare all aspects of your job offer. Listed below are successful strategies to help you when you are going through this process. It is also key to understand all the different components included in typical job offers, so you can make sure to note which ones are important to you and can ask about them when the times comes.
Job Offer – Strategies for Success:
Negotiate only after you receive an offer.
Do not accept a position immediately. Say thank you for the offer and share your excitement; but exercise patience. Once you receive an offer you have power to leverage in the negotiation process.
Request the offer in writing. You may not have another opportunity to negotiate specific elements of the offer. Be strategic, and do not forget to discuss pre-planned vacations, weddings and any professional obligations.
Take time to consider the offer. Ask for a copy of the benefits to review, and ask questions of the HR representative. Be leery of companies who pressure you for an on-the-spot decision. Confirm the deadline for response and who to contact with your response and questions.
Be respectful and flexible. You want this to be a win-win for you and the organization. Be prepared to decline the offer if you are unsatisfied that your minimum requirements are not addressed.
Before you accept an offer, BE SURE it is the right decision for you. Read contracts carefully prior to signing; you may have to repay thousands of dollars if you rescind your acceptance. It is unethical and unprofessional to accept an offer and later back out and accept an offer from another organization.
The following article goes into great detail about 24 components that are most common to a benefit package including insurances, vacation time, 401k retirement plans and much more:
If you would like a worksheet as a guide to review your offer and to identify details of each component of your offer, such as your start date, schedule, wage, insurance, benefits, etc., check out the Get Hired! Guide.
Reviewing an offer you get is very important, and here is why: