You’ve Received a Job Offer, Now What?

I was told here would be job offers

It’s the most exciting time of the job and internship year!  Job and internship postings are coming in, applications are being reviewed and sent out, and job and internships are being offered to students!  What could be better?

You’ve worked your way through all the difficult stuff and the only thing that stands between you and your summer experience or full time job is accepting the offer!  It might seem simple, but there are some important things to know! One of the most important aspects of accepting a job offer is not backing out of it for a better opportunity!

What we are talking about here is RENEGING!

To help you understand how important it is not to renege on your offer, we are providing you with some information!

So what is Reneging?

Reneging is accepting an offer of employment while continuing to search for additional employment opportunities, and then declining the initial offer of employment and accepting the second offer of employment.

Why is it bad?

These actions negatively affect the partnership between the employer and the career center, opportunities for future classes and the College’s reputation.  More importantly, the world is small and it is not uncommon for professionals to talk among colleagues about students who have reneged on an offer, leading to a negative reputation for that student! (Don’t be that student!)

What do I do?

The Becker Career Center has a guideline for students to follow on the topic:

  • Students must accept offers in good faith, notifying employers on a timely basis of an acceptance or non-acceptance and withdrawing from the recruiting process after accepting an offer of employment.
  • To provide additional specificity, the Career Center’s view is that when you accept an offer of employment from an employer you have made a commitment. That commitment is for the length of the internship, or one year if it is a full-time job.

What about Employers?

Employers have an obligation to refrain from any practices that improperly influence and affect job acceptances. Such practices may include undue time pressure for acceptance of employment offers and encouragement of revocation of another employment offer.  Generally speaking, the earlier in the academic year that an offer is given the longer the time frame students should have for responding to an offer.

If you feel undue pressure to accept an offer of employment you should contact the career center.  A career counselor will work with you to determine the facts, and as necessary, contact the employer to ensure a full understanding of the situation.  With this understanding the career counselor will help you navigate this situation.

We don’t want to be a drag talking about negative aspects of accepting job offers, but this is something that you should understand and carry with you even as you are changing jobs in the future.  The world is small and people talk, so let’s give them important topics to talk about, like how awesome of an employee you are going to be!

5,113 miles and back: A PCA’s Experience Abroad!

Becker Career Center’s PCA, Katya Perez discusses her term aboard in Argentina!

“In my 20 years of life, never had I ever traveled to a foreign country. I’m your regular city girl from Boston and my biggest vacation up to that point had been a family trip to Puerto Rico when I was 12, where I visited my family for less than a week. So, you can imagine that a nearly 4-month trip to South America had my head spinning!

I originally chose Argentina because I wanted to learn more about Latin American culture. Yeah, I’m a Latina, but I’m also a first-generation American…I was just as clueless as any first-time traveler would be. I was fascinated by Argentina’s long revolutionary history; from their role in liberating South America from Spanish rule to the last military dictatorship of the 20th century, I just wanted to learn more about the social and political climate.

When I first arrived in the country, my group and I spent a week in Buenos Aires, the capital city. Here, we were tourists…we saw sights like the Obelisco monument, visited Victorian-era homes of famous writers like those of La Familia Ocampo, and went to amazing live performances like Fuerza Bruta. (a.k.a. The most fun and exciting show I’ve ever been seen! 10/10 would recommend!) And the food…? Don’t even get me going. Argentina is well known for its steak, wine, and cheese, and every day we went to incredible restaurants. When we left the capital for a 10-hour bus ride to Córdoba, the second-most populated city in the country and the place I would call home for the next 14 weeks.


Córdoba is located right in the middle of the country at the foot of a mountain pass called Las Sierras. It’s a large city with a lot of private colleges and public universities, so it was the perfect place to meet other students, both local and foreign. Here I lived with my host mom in the barrio or neighborhood known as Providencia in a cozy apartment. Classes were held in the center of the city, so I used the city’s bus system to get to school or hang with friends.

We attended class twice a week, which left tons of room for traveling and getting to know our surroundings. Each of us was assigned a speaking partner – a local student who was studying English – with whom we spent time practicing the languages we wanted to learn. My speaking partner Yesica often times took me and my friends out to explore the city and introduced us to many of her other friends. When I wasn’t in class or passing time at a café, you could almost always find me at La Feria de los Artes, also known as Las Pulgas, where hand-made artisanal goods and souvenirs were sold (at really great prices!).

Our trip was jam-packed with museum trips and regular excursions to neighboring communities like Alta Gracia (Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s childhood home), but some of my most fond memories are of those in which I traveled around and within the country. Traveling was relatively easy and affordable and almost always required a bus trip of 10 or more hours. (But don’t worry; you can book tickets for a cama bus where the seats recline into a bed!) As a group, we visited the northern, mountainous regions of Salta and Jujuy where we learned a great deal about the indigenous culture. It was here that I ate llama and tried coca leaves for the first time! We also went to a city called Mendoza where we hiked and rappelled down mountains, visited a natural hot spring, and ate the most delicious asado, an Argentine barbeque. But my favorite trip was to Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world right on the border of Argentina and Brazil. I took a 22-hour bus ride to get there, but it was the most breath-taking and exhilarating experience I’ve had to date.


Throughout my time in Argentina, I struggled to break the language barrier and learn to adjust in a completely different culture, but the amount of personal growth I experienced in those few weeks was incomparable to most other moments in my life. I learned how to be truly independent and get out of my shell more. I learned about social justice. But above all, I learned that no matter where in the world life takes us, it is through empathy and determination that we realize that we’re all equal human beings just trying to get by the best we can. I’m so grateful I challenged myself enough to have an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience!”

Career Fair…What Career Fair??…

But it IS as easy as strapping on your suit and heading down to the Career Fair!


The Union College Career Fair at College Park Hall is Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4-7pm! Less than two weeks to go. Are you ready? No worries, here are 5 quick tips to help you prepare to make the most of the event. Who knows, you may even walk away with an internship or a job…or even a networking contact/alum to reach out to!

Over 70 organizations representing a variety of industries will be on campus to talk with you about internships, post-graduate and gap year employment opportunities, and graduate school programs; as well as their organizations. No matter what your class year or your area of interest, the Career Fair will have something for you! See handout of organizations listed by industry attached!

 Quick Tips 

  1. Register on HireU(we’ll have a professional nametag waiting for you) & Check out the list of participating organizations
    • Register now by logging into HireU!
      • login using your ID# and last name
      • once logged in, at the top of the page select “Career Center Events,”
      • in Career Event Name box type “2017”, then click Search
      • click on “Union college Career fair 2017”
      • click “Register for Event”
  1. Polish your resume
    • Have you been meaning to get over to the Career Center to have someone look at your resume? Stop by next Thursday, Feb. 16 for “Quick Resume Review Day”, 9am-4pm. 15 minute walk-in appointments available on first come, first served basis. Bring a print copy of your resume for career advisor feedback.
  2. Attend a prep session. Especially if this is your first time attending a career fair, you will find this very helpful. Learn how to:
    • Make a great first impression (you only have one chance to make a first impression!)
    • Find out about internships and jobs and grad programs and gap-year (or two) opportunities right for U
    • Hand your resume to employers (sometimes this is awkward, right?)
    • Upcoming Prep Session Dates at the Career Center:
      • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:00pm
      • Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:00pm
      • Monday, Feb. 20, 5:00pm
  1. Develop and practice your self-introduction/elevator pitch
    • “Hi, my name is _________. I am a _______ at Union College, majoring in _______ or with an interest in_____. Through my research, I understand that your organization hires _________and I would like to learn more about these opportunities.”
  2. Iron your suit
    • Professional attire is required; however, if you don’t have your suit on campus, don’t fret, just try to dress as close to a suit as possible (women: dress pants or skirt to the knee, modest top, neutral blazer/sweater; men: dress/khaki pants, dress shirt & tie [please no cocktail dresses].

All that’s left to do is shine like the brilliant Union College student you are!

See you Tuesday, February 21, 4-7pm at College Park Hall! (trolleys will be running every 30 minutes from Old Chapel Circle and Reamer Circle to CPH)

Questions?  Contact the Career Center at or 518.388.6176

First Year Students: The Time to Meet with the Becker Career Center is NOW.

You may think that the Becker Career Center is only supposed to be used by Juniors and Seniors as they search for jobs, however students who begin using the Becker Career Center during their first year will be more prepared to gain employment in their desired career field upon graduation.

Are you wondering – where do I even begin? The answer is you should schedule an appointment with a career advisor as your first step. You can schedule an appointment by emailing the Career Center at or calling at 518.388.6176.

Tell us that you’re just getting started and would like to schedule an appointment and then you can talk one on one with an advisor about personalized next steps.

It’s really that easy!

Dog Meme


Here are some things we might talk about in our first meeting:

Have you figured out your major? Do you know what Career Path you’re on?

We can consider doing an assessment that helps you identify interests and personal values that will help determine your academic major and career path. This is what we typically call the Career Exploration process.

Do you need to prepare professional documents to apply for an opportunity?

We can help you create or review your resume and cover letter while tailoring them for each internship or on-campus job, research or volunteer opportunity that you apply to.

Do you want to find an internship?

We can teach you how to effectively use online databases to search for internships. We’ll give you access to several internship search databases, including HireU, where employers are looking to hire Union students.

Do you need to learn how to use LinkedIn?

We will guide you to our next LinkedIn  workshop occurring throughout the year. Stop in to find out when our workshops are held or visit the calendar on HireU. You can also email Shannon Flaherty, to schedule an appointment. P.S. Don’t forget to follow the Becker Career Center on Facebook.

 If you still don’t think you need to stop by before your Junior year, see what a recent Union graduate has to say:

As a first-year, now is the time to get started! Believe me when I tell you that it is never too early to make your first trip over to the Becker Career Center.  While the name may suggest otherwise, the office and staff work with students from all years and majors on all things professional development and self-exploration — not just careers. From discovering what major suits you to finding an internship for the coming summer to ensuring that your first job interview is stellar, the resources and counsel available through the Becker Career Center are invaluable.

The transition from high school into college and from college into your career both require patience, diligence, objectives, and good habits.  That being said, professional development is a long process and it is essential that you begin to recognize important aspects early in your collegiate career in order to create a path that will be most beneficial to you in the future.  However, the self-discovery process is a life-long one. And that begins here.

Lucas Rivers ‘2015, Former Peer Career Advisor & President of the Class of 2015

Congratulations on completing Fall Term!

Congratulations goes out to ALL students on the Successful Completion of the Fall term!

It flew by, as our trimesters tend to do!

Taking a little bit of a different approach to this weeks blog, we are looking for YOUR participation- We would LOVE to know what you are up to this break!

If you: 

Have secured a job offer– YAY congratulations! Let us know about it!

Have an internship for winter break, we’d love to know what you are up to!

Are headed to Graduate Schoolcontact us!

Accepted an internship for the summer of 2017! E-mail us!

Need help applying for jobs/internships/grad school, perfecting your documents OR prepping for an interview, we are here to help! 

Our office is open throughout break from 8 am- 4 pm.  We are happy to schedule in person appointments as well as appointments over the phone!  This is a PERFECT time to get a jump start on the job, internship and grad school search!

I know you are all looking forward to this time off from classes!  Enjoy, rest, relax and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Happy Holidays!

The Becker Career Center Staff

Want to work in New York City?

If you were to take a look at top cities Union students live in after graduation, I don’t think anyone would be surprised to find out that New York City is a top hit.  Many of our students come from the area looking to go home after graduation while others are looking for big city living.   Keeping this notion in mind, our winter and summer breaks are filled with employer site visits to companies located in top priority cities like New York.   Not only do we make it a point to connect with companies for job and internship positions in The Big Apple, we also provide students several opportunities each year to meet and connect with employers located in NYC through career fairs and interview days.

New York City Meme

One of the many experiences our students have the ability to participate in is the New York Recruiting Consortium, also known as NYRC.  This program is an interview day that takes place in NYC on Friday, January 13th where students can apply to positions with the hopes of being selected for a face to face interview with an employer. These types of events are ideal for SENIORS looking for job opportunities in Law, Education, Finance, Healthcare, Marketing, Consulting, Insurance, or Language/ Client Services. There are TWO INTERNSHIP opportunities open to JUNIORS in the fields of Finance and Language/ Client Services.

The application period for this event is currently open and students can apply to positions until Thursday, November 17th  11:59pm. If you are looking for opportunities in any of these industries, don’t hesitate to reach out to Shannon Flaherty, to learn about application instructions!

There are so many ways to get connected with employers in great cities like New York and this is no exception.  Students who take the time to make the trip to NYC, connect with employers, and sell their skill sets have a greater chance of making their big city dreams come true.   Take advantage of this great opportunity and start asking questions about these special events today!

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Resume Writing Pro Tips

Last year we reviewed the basics of Resume and Cover Letter writing.

You may have a basic resume already finished, but how do you take it to the next level and make yourself stand out?

Tip #1: Update your resume frequently.

If you are now on the E-Board of a campus club or just started your senior thesis, now is the time to revisit your resume to see where these new experiences fit. Have the Career Center review your resume each time you make changes.

Tip #2: Move sections around depending on the position you’re applying to.

If the internship position description tells you that the employer is seeking a candidate that has technical skills, now might be the time to move your skills section higher up in the resume. If your coursework highlights only courses in your major but an elective demonstrates an additional skill that the employer may be interested in, now is the time to re-visit the courses you’ve highlighted on your resume to include the ones that are most relevant to the position you are applying to.

Tip #3: Tailor your resume to your career goals.

Don’t just have a “Work Experience” section with every work experience from an internship at PwC to your time working at Dominos Pizza. As you tailor your experiences, tailor your resume. Separate these experiences into “Related Experience” and “Additional Experience” or “Engineering Experience” and “Additional Experience.” Check out the Resume Guide and review Johnny Cad, Anita Job and Eddie Vedder for great examples of tailored resumes.

Tip #4: Order your bullets from most to least relevant.

Keep in mind an employer will be skimming your resume in just 30 seconds. Under each experience, make sure the bullets that highlight the most important skills are listed first.

Tip #5: Keep it polished!

A little formatting goes a long way. As you edit your resume, make sure that the font type and size remains the same throughout. Make sure your spelling is correct. If you have a period at the end of one bullet, make sure it’s at the end of all the bullets. Keep it consistent and keep it pretty. The person reviewing your resume will definitely notice.

Your resume is one of your first chances to make an impression with a potential employer. Make sure it’s a good one!