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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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Recession Lessons: An Alum's Perspective

Photo of Michael Meade. He is wearing a dark suit with a tie and smiling at the camera.

This week’s blog is written by Michael Meade, GE9X High Pressure Turbine Airfoils Team Leader for GE Aviation. Michael graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State in 2010 and completed his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering as part of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). He has served as GE’s Ohio State Campus Recruiting Leader since Spring 2018.

Did the 2007-2009 recession affect your job search? What resources did you use and who did you turn to for help?

The 2007-2009 recession did have an impact on my job search. I already had my established co-op rotations with GE Aviation, but in the 2008-2009 timeframe, I began the effort of interviewing with other companies to experience different fields. However, interviews were cancelled in some instances and job opportunities rapidly disappeared. Given those changes, I turned to the connections I already built at GE Aviation to maintain strong … 

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Creating an Effective Strategy for Online Career Fairs and Events

Many of us find ourselves doing things via technology more often these days. Your job search activities are no different! Companies continue to look for ways to connect with students virtually, often via webinars, information sessions and career fairs. To make the most of virtual events, create a plan, stay engaged and follow-up with the tips provided below.

Before: Prepare, Practice, and Apply!

Although the format may be different, the preparation is much the same as attending an in-person event. Be sure to register in advance. This will give you access to the information you need to prepare, including the format and topics. 

  • Career Fairs: Upon registration you should receive a full list of attending companies to research and submit applications prior to the fair. Have you updated your resume recently? If not, schedule an appointment in advance to have an ECS Advisor review it. Begin to think … 
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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 Politely Avoid Shaking Hands

Adapted from a  National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)  resource written by Will Zwikelmaier.

Whether for health, personal, or religious reasons, turning down a handshake in a professional setting can be uncomfortable. If you are actively interviewing or networking and find yourself asking “Can/ Should I decline a handshake?”, you’ll want to read on. 

You have likely heard that a confident handshake can set the tone for a great interaction. While it’s true that people can pick up on cues like nervousness and confidence from body language, it is also important to note that your handshake is not indicative of your professional skills. Shaking hands is a learned activity and, in many cases, simply a social norm. 

It is your choice to decide whether or not to handshake, and it can sometimes be best to err on the side of caution. But, with no communication things can … 

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