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Recession Lessons Part 2: An Alum's Perspective

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This week’s blog is written by Peggy Timmer, Lead Associate at Herren Associates. Peggy graduated with her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State in 2010 and completed her M.B.A. at Georgetown University in 2019. She has over a decade of experience interfacing with clients and stakeholders at all levels to execute strategic planning, business process re-engineering, continuous process improvement, and adoption of digital tools.

Tell us about your job search process when you were seeking your first position. What resources did you use?

Ten years ago, I had no idea what I was doing (and honestly, I'm not sure I do now... but I’ve gotten experience playing around with different approaches). Back then, I primarily used the OSU's Engineering Career Services website, and I had a pretty tough time. I was trying for a while to stay in Ohio, which limited my opportunities. Once I decided … 

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Getting Experience with Micro-Internships and Gigs

Have you heard the terms “micro-internship” and “gig” more recently? These short-term, professional experiences can occur any time of the year. They are usually specific projects with a fixed deadline and payment amount. You can find both large corporations and small start ups posting micro-internships and gigs.

What are the benefits?

While these experiences don’t replace a traditional co-op or internship, they do offer a chance to show your qualifications, build your skills, explore career paths, and develop professional networks. Many of them are also available remotely, so you won't have to worry about a long commute! Have you ever felt that if you could just get an internship, you’d prove how hard you work? This could be your chance. ParkerDewey, amicro-internshipplatform, reports that some of their company clients use micro-internships as part of their recruitment strategy. That means your gig could potentially be an audition … 

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Staying Connected and Visible from Afar

In light of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), ECS is fully committed to assisting you with your career related needs and concerns. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about your next steps. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to connect virtually with employers that can help set you up for success. Consider these 6 strategies.

Create and/or update your Handshake profile.

If you are not yet registered with ECS, find out how to register here. Your ECS Handshake job search account is a “one-stop shop” for finding jobs, researching employers, keeping updated on ECS events, and accessing helpful documents.

If you recently created your account, consider exploring the “Students” tab to get profile ideas from your peers who have made their profile public. Stand out to employers by keeping your interests up-to-date and discover three Handshake profile “must-haves” here.

Apply to positions online.

Apply to jobs … 

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How to Organize Your Job Search

The job search process can be intimidating. There’s a lot to consider with online job boards, interview questions, resume prep, and everything in between. While it can be overwhelming, finding ways to organize the job search will help you feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared.

Use these quick tips to create an effective strategy!

Reflect On Your Job Search Goals

Before you start anything else, make sure you take some time to reflect on what your job search goals are. Do you have a specific industry you’re interested in? A role? A city? How important are company values for you? Can you be flexible with company size? Are you interested in a structured leadership development program?

Knowing what your professional and personal goals for the job search are can help you prioritize. The more confident and clear you are on your goals, the better you’ll feel when everything really kicks into … 

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Increase Your Chances for an Internship

Did you know that 70.4% of employers surveyed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have firm or tentative plans to recruit this spring? On top of that, the #1 source for their new hires is through university campus connections and events. With all that said, it’s a “no-brainer” that you should make the most of our events occurring these next couple months starting with Intern Week (January 27th - 31st). There's something for everyone as we help prepare you for the upcoming SWE Career Fair.

ECS will be partnering with Capital One, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Cummins, Eaton, Emerson, General Electric, Nationwide, Navy, and Niagara Bottling to bring you a week full of programming with 28 different chances to interact with engineering employer representatives! A few of those events include:

  • Workshops: Practice your networking skills and enhance your interviewing strategies before the SWE Fair.
  • Lunch & Learns: Brush up … 
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