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Agrimarketing : Career Supplement USA
19 be sure that you communicate your excitement and enthusiasm about accepting the offer. This will set a good tone as you approach your starting date and your first couple of weeks on the job. Ask your main contact, upon acceptance, what the next steps are. How often will they be communicat- ing with you from now until your first day? Who do you call if you have questions between now and then? And, is there anything that you can do to better prepare for your first day/week? Keep in mind that because career fairs typically happen in the fall, there is often a large gap in time between when you accept an offer and when you start your job. You'll want to be sure that you can still keep connected with the company through that time, but yet not be overly aggressive. If you set parameters for when and who is going to do the communicating throughout that time, you will both feel better about the process. If there are multiple offers being considered or you are exploring additional career opportunities that you may or may not have even interviewed with yet, that can get more difficult. If you have multiple offers, be sure you clearly under- stand when each company would like to have your response. From there you need to weigh out the different opportunities and narrow down your decision. If you develop additional questions while doing this, it is okay to contact the person you've been communicating with to let them know that you have multiple offers. Tell them you are continuing to find out more about each opportunity to help you make a better decision and then ask your few questions. In the situation that you are anticipating an interview or job offer from another organization that you might be a little more excited about, but you are nervous to pass up the offer you have, there are a few things that you can do. It is completely appropriate to contact the company that you are more interested in, especially if you've already interviewed, to see how they are coming along with their decision process. Let your contact at that company know you have another offer that has a tight timeline for response, but that you are highly interested in what they have to offer and potentially working for them. Sometimes this can speed along a company's decision making process, but not always. You can also communicate with the company that has the offer on the table and tell them that while you are interested in this position, you also have another opportunity that you are considering but they have yet to make an offer and then see if they'd be willing to extend their timeline for responding to let you consider all of your options. If they do extend the timeline and you still take their offer, they'll feel a sense of pride in providing you with a better option. Now, some companies will tell you no! Just like you have options, they do too! There are a number of very talented students available. You may have to takeagamble---itisOKtopasson an offer if it isn't right for you. IN THE WORKPLACE There are all sorts of forms of com- munication tools available in the workplace and many young people use them from a personal standpoint as well. The advice here is simple --- drop the new and revert to the old. It is better to err on the side of caution and to ensure that you make the best first impression as possible, communicate both in written and verbal forms, as you were educated. The trend of using text messaging and IM language in the workplace has been noticed more often in other written communication, such as e-mail. Don't write like you talk or how you text, spell out words and use cor- rect punctuation. And definitely, use spell check --- it is there for a reason. After you have been with an orga- nization a while you will become aware of its communication norms. Maybe IMing is an effective method for a company that has multiple locations or the casual connection between co-workers allows you to be more liberal with your e-mail style. This might be acceptable internally, but it is best practice to keep your professional style with external contacts at all times. COMMUNICATION SITUATIONS UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Say that your boss or a co-worker comes to you needing assistance on a project and they list out the details of the project. A --- what they are asking you to do, you don't feel you'll be able to accomplish or B --- the timeframe they have given seems to tight. A word of caution, be careful not to be too quick to say you are unable (more on page 20) Take note of company policy on accepting personal phone calls in the office. If it is acceptable, it is always best to excuse yourself to take the call, keep the conversation short or ask to call the person back. If you are provided with a company cell phone, be sure you know the policies for personal use and don't overdo it.