University of Southern Indiana

2018 Spring Issue 1

USI Career Connections Newsletter

Career Events for Spring 2018

Career Events

February 21, 2018 - CareerLINK Job Fair - Carter Hall - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

March 13, 2018 - Non-Profit Career Panel Presentation - Carter Hall - 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

March 19, 2018 - Salary Negotiation Workshop - Traditions Lounge - 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

April 4, 2018 - Marketing Your LA Degree Workshop - LA 1003 - 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

April 10, 2018 - Teacher Recruitment Fair - Carter Hall - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Steps to Research Salaries

Study that job description – Know exactly what skills, experiences, and talents they are requiring that you HAVE and know exactly some of the preferred that they are requesting that you have too.  Make a list of these skills versus the ones that you don’t have that they are asking for.

Research pay for the position using the title or a title that is comparable.  Research pay for that industry and the location of the organization.  These things have an impact on your salary too.  From your research, you should have a range.  Go back to that list of skills, experience, and talents that are required and preferred that you have and then from there you should see where you fall in that range.  If you have very few then you need to accept being at the lower end of the salary range and if you have the majority of the skills then you can use this as a basis to ask for a salary at the higher end of the range.  You must do your research and understand how your skills, experience and talents translate and use them as your basis for your salary request.

Keep in mind that the employer may not accept your first offer.  A negotiation is both sides coming to an agreement.  We all want to make the most but you have to have what they are looking for and be able to prove it on your resume and in the examples you gave in the interview.  Most important thing in getting the salary you want is to do your research to know what is possible for the position, industry and location of the job and how that compares with what you have to offer that employer. 

 Research Salaries

Networking as an Introvert

We may think we are an introvert or someone who is not comfortable in social setting but it could be we are just not skilled in face to face social settings. Skills can be learned. You are a college student and learning something new is what you do every day, right? Here are a few tips to get you started. The first step is always the hardest but it gets easier with practice. Just like studying for a test.

If you’re too shy to start a conversation, what makes you think other people aren’t shy too? They just know how to work it in their favor. Do your homework before attending an event. Know the purpose of the event– information, job fair, celebration etc. Arrive early, find a person standing alone and approach them with hello, I’m…( give your name) How do you know the host, where do you work or what brings you to this event?

It is much easier to arrive early and collect your own group than to break into an existing group. Look up from your shoes or the table and look into the group. Smile. A smile is a signal you are welcoming and willing to meet people. Shy people are generally very good listeners and people like to help others. So listen and identify a need from the conversation that you can offer information or assistance. You may ask about travel, hobbies, movies, sports etc. That gets a conversation started.

You have been social for about as long as you can stand it so how do you gracefully get out of a conversation? Look the person in the face, extend your hand to shake and say something like this: “I have enjoyed our conversation. I’ll keep that information in mind. I don’t want to monopolize your evening. I’ll let you visit with others”.

Just like any other skill, it is practice that makes it easier and stronger.  Use your close friends and family to practice then try it at a gathering with new people.

Shy person

Resources Offered By Career Services And Internships To Help You Prepare…

In Career Services, we have many great resources available to our students and graduates.  By following the steps below these resources will help you build confidence and become prepared for interviews. 

Step One: Research typical interview questions.  We have some on our website.  You can also Google interview questions and find a bunch!  We recommend selecting questions that are most popular and look at your job description and anticipate questions they will probably ask you to find out if you are qualified.  Writing out the answers will help you remember.

Step Two: Use Interview Stream, our online system that gives you practice interviewing.  Another benefit to using Interview Stream is that many employers are doing phone or skype interviews initially so this system helps you prepare for those types of interviews as well.

Step Three: Call the Career Services office at 812-464-1865 to schedule a mock interview.  Our career coordinators will walk through a pretend interview with you and give you feedback about what you could do differently and how to prepare for an interview. 

The more you prepare and practice the more likely you will be to do well and be more confident!

University of Southern Indiana Graduate Survey

Every year Career Services and the Office of Planning, Research and Assessment conduct our annual First Destination Survey (also known as the Graduate Survey).  Recent graduates are sent a link to a confidential survey about their job or education following graduation from USI.  

This information is extremely helpful and important not only to USI, but also to you as current students.  You can view previous First Destination Survey information on our website.  It contains valuable information including employers who have hired our graduates, as well as average starting salaries.

We hope that when you graduate you will help us collect this information by filling out the graduate survey when you receive it via USI Eagles email.  If you are a 


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