Local and National Job Sites
Industry Specific Job Sites
Job Offer Evaluation
Turning Down a Job Offer
Leaving a Job
- Purple Briefcase: Viterbo's online job and internship board. The system allows you to create a customizable profile and upload a resume which are searchable.
- Google Careers
- LinkedIn and Use LinkedIn to Land Your Job Before you Graduate
- Viterbo University Todd Wehr Memorial Library Career Resources
Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Minnesota Department of Education
UNI Overseas Placement Service for Educators
Federal and State Government Sites
Nationwide Federal Jobs
Pathways: for Students and Recent Graduates to Federal Careers
Working for the Federal Government: Part 1 and Part 2
Wisconsin Government Jobs
Minnesota Government Jobs
Iowa Government Jobs
Nationwide State Government Jobs
Tim Donahue at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center on French Island has graciously agreed to consult with students about the federal job application process. Students working on an application may contact Tim by email at email@example.com or at 608-781-6206.
Human Resources Sites
Marketing and Communications Sites
Big Shoes Midwest
Questions for Recruiters
- Does your organization have an internship program?
- Does your organization plan on hiring new graduates?
- What types of opportunities are available for interns/new grads at your organization?
- What do you look for when selecting interns? new graduates?
- What do you anticipate will be the timeline for applications for internships? for new graduates?
- How do new graduates apply to your organizations (e.g., for advertised positions not requiring experience? for new graduates positions only? for the residency program only?)
- What type of new grad orientation/residency program does your organization offer?
- Are you accepting resumes today?
- Would you mind taking a look at my resume to let me know if it includes the type of information you prefer?
- Can you tell me about the interview process for new graduates in your organizations?
- What are some of the positive aspects of being an employee in your organization?
- What are some new programs/challenges in your organization?
- What advice would you give to an intern or new graduate applying at your organization?
Networking is one of the best ways to feel out a potential internship, career, and professional paths. Think of networking as making professional friends instead of a big, scary room with people in stuffy suits, and weak punch. You can network virtually or in-person any time, any place, as long as you have a goal and at least one other person to communicate. Here are some of the ways we suggest you 'make professional friends.' Remember you are not asking for a job or internship, you are making connections.
- Attend the Speed Mock Interview event at Viterbo every November and March. More info available on our events page.
- Attend the Business or Nursing Career Fair at Viterbo every fall. More info available on our events page.
- Attend the Workforce Career and Internship Fair every February at Wisconsin State Fair Park. More info available on our events page.
- Build your LinkedIn and visible social network profiles so they are a professional, error-free representation of your brand. Student LinkedIn guide.
- Connect with family members, friends, classmates, colleagues, supervisors, professors, staff, and Viterbo alums on LinkedIn via the "See alumni" button.
Receiving a job offer means you've made it through the toughest part of the job search. The hard work you put into your application, interview, and thank-you note paid off! Now comes an important decision. Just because you've been offered a job, doesn't mean you have to accept it. Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind when you're making a decision.
- The People - Your boss, bosses' boss, coworkers, etc. Think about how they treated you during the interview process. Their attitude toward you then will likely reflect how they'll treat you as a regular employee.
- The Environment - Consider the company type (corporation, agency, non-profit, or starts up) and the physical location. Make sure you have looked at your commute, lunch options, fitness studios, etc.
- The Mission - You should care about what the organization is trying to achieve. Mission and values are an important part of your Viterbo education and make a difference in your post-graduation plans too.
- The Benefits - In addition to wages, are health/dental/eye insurance offered and what is the cost? Will you have a flex spending account, vacation time, retirement savings? Consider the additional financial expenses.
- The Stability - Do some research on the company's recent success and hiring activities. It's a good sign if they have been operating steadily in the last couple of years.
- The Money - Money isn't everything; salary is a small part of work satisfaction but still something to consider (see below).
- The Timing - Is there another job offer you're more excited about that you're still waiting on?
- Your Gut - Does the organization feel like a good 'fit' for you?
Golden rule: Whenever possible, don't volunteer any information about salary expectations or salary history on your resume, in a cover letter, or during a job interview. It's to your advantage to discuss salary issues after the employer has already decided that he or she really wants you.
Negotiation is not merely saying, "I want more money." You will need to answer several questions for yourself before you'll be ready to enter into the negotiation process.
- What is the salary range of the job that the employer and/or the industry have established?
- What is the salary range for individuals with my education, accomplishments, skill set and experience in the geographical region of the position?
- What is the lowest salary that I will consider?
- What is the salary range I would be satisfied with? Select a range with an upper amount a little higher than you expect to get so there is some negotiating room for the employer.
- What special contributions can I make to the organization that potentially make me of more value to the employer?
- What other 'perks' can I negotiate besides salary (time off, spending account, telecommuting, specific equipment or office supplies, professional training, signing bonus)?
Salary Negotiation Resources
Glassdoor - search company salaries, ratings, reviews, and interview questions
Homefair Salary Calculator - salary data by job title and location
LinkedIn - salary by job title and location
Payscale - data by current job or evaluating a job offer
Cost of Living Calculator - compares the cost of living between cities
Salary Negotiation Do's & Dont's
Do know your worth. Make sure you've done your research ahead of time and know the market value for a specific type of position, for someone with your experience, and for the geographic area of the country.
Do avoid discussing specific numbers as long as possible, ideally until an offer has been made. Your goal is to delay negotiations until you have been offered the position. You negotiate from a position of strength if you know the employer wants to hire you.
Do get the offer in writing.
Don't bring up salary and benefits before the employer does. This gives employers the wrong impression. They may conclude it's all you're really interested in.
Try to get the employer make the first offer. If the employer asks you first, "How much money do you need?" you can respond in a number of ways:
- "My salary expectations are based on job requirements and responsibilities. I'd like to hear more about the position."
- “At this point, money isn’t my main issue at this point. I expect a competitive salary, but I’m more interested in finding a meaningful and challenging position."
- "Salary is negotiable. I'm interested in hearing more about the challenges and expectations of this position before entertaining your best offer."
- "What salary range do you have in mind?" "What salary range do you pay positions with similar requirements?" "Tell me what you have in mind for a salary range."
Don't inflate your current earnings in an attempt to be paid more.
Don't feel obligated to accept the first offer. And do negotiate a salary if the first offer is inadequate.
Don't have a self-righteous attitude and don't make demands.
Handling Requests for Salary Requirements/Salary Histories in Job Applications
- You can say "salary is negotiable" and show them you're flexible.
- You can say that "prefer to discuss the salary in the interview" and add that it's negotiable.
- You could give your salary history, but, if it's too high, you run the risk of being screened out. Or, if it's too low, you run the risk of the employer knowing your salary and paying you less because of it or assuming your past salary indicates you are not ready for a more demanding position.
- Lastly, you can ignore the request entirely, but this also runs the risk of being used to screen you out of the interviews.
- Call rather than send an email. A conversation, complete with tone, will go over better than a short email. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation, just enough to keep the connection positive and express your thanks for getting the offer.
- Offer a referral. Dear Hiring Manager, Thank you so much for the generous offer to join your team. As we discussed, I’ve admired the company for a number of years, and am a proud endorser of its products. However, after further consideration of where I currently am in my career, I will, unfortunately, have to decline, as much as it pains me to do so. That being said, I have a few connections I think would be great for the role and would be happy to send their information along to you. I would also love to stay in touch via LinkedIn and have already started following you on Twitter. If there’s anything else I can send along to you, please let me know. Thanks again, The Person Who Can’t Believe They're Saying No Thanks
- If you must send an email, a simple “Thanks, but no thanks” will suffice. Dear Hiring Manager, Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me over the last few weeks. It was a pleasure to learn more about all the great work you and the team are up to at The Company I Am About to Turn Down. As flattered as I am to receive an offer to join your team, I will, unfortunately, have to decline. If there are any questions I can answer for you, please let me know. Warm regards, The Candidate Who Just Said No Thanks
- Give plenty of notice. Two-weeks is standard but earlier is better. Schedule a face-to-face meeting with your boss to deliver the news.
- Keep it under wraps. It will be tempting to share the (exciting) news with your co-workers. However, wait until you've spoken directly with your boss so you can control the tone and delivery of the news.
- Be Prepared for a Counteroffer. Your boss might not be ready to let you go so be ready to entertain a counteroffer (if you're interested).
- Draft a resignation letter. Telling your boss in person is expected, but HR will still need an official letter with your late date of employment.
- Read your contract. Check the length of your obligation, any fees you may need to pay back to the organization, and the policy on sharing trade secrets.
- Tell your co-workers and clients. Tell those you're close with personally and send a mass farewell email to the rest. Including your LinkedIn profile URL is a good way to keep connections up. Also, sent an autoreply on your work email.
- Finish the projects you're working on. Complete what you can and leave detailed notes for the rest so someone else can pick up where you left off.
- Request an exit interview. Even if it's not a requirement of your organization, use the time to be thankful and share what you've learned.
- Keep a positive attitude and keep working. You may be leaving but work will go on at the organization, don't be the person co-workers resent because you're 'getting out.'