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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

May 2012 Edition

May 15, 2012 
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Employer Perspective
Highlighted Job Postings
Resume Bootcamp
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Welcome to the May edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Employer Perspective

How to Survive a Layoff.  By Shari McGee, College of Business Graduate, Class of 1998

With job losses in the U.S. topping the 5 million mark, a layoff is a possibility almost all American workers may face, but keeping a positive attitude may provide the opportunity of a lifetime.  The first thing to remember is don't panic.

Few people are performing their dream job. Recognize a layoff as the chance to revisit your goals and determine what it is you would really like to do with the rest of your life. Take advantage of all transition services your former employer may offer such as coaching or seminars. For example, Right Management, a leader in human capital consulting offers such outplacement services, coaching, resume development and seminars which help you market yourself in the job market. If such a package has not been offered by your former employer, try to negotiate it as part of your severance package. Such services can help you uncover strengths, areas of excellence and career passions. 


Read on for more on surviving a layoff. 

Highlighted Job Postings

These companies are looking to hire SHIP alumni. You can find out more about these opportunities as well as other opportunities on College Central at

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Global Data Consultants LLC, Chambersburg PA

Global Data Consultants LLC is a dynamic full service IT solutions company searching for great people to add to their team. Global Data specializes in Application Development, Infrastructure Design and Support, Network Security, E-business, System Integration and Web Design and Development. We also offer technical support services 24x7x365. Immediate need for Entry Level Developers. More information on College Central or email


Community Services Group, Multiple locations in PA

Community-based mental health and intellectual and development disability services throughout central and northeastern PA. Positions working with adolescents, children and adults. Over 40 positions currently available in multiple counties in PA. Complete job descriptions may be found at WWW.CSG.JOBS.


E-LYNXX Corporation, Chambersburg PA
Sales executive needed to aggressively pursue and close new clients for our AVS Technology� and American Print Management divisions. The ideal candidates will bring established relationships with large procurers of print including direct mail, marketing, publications, commercial print, packaging and labels. More information can be found at 


Manager of Billing and Reconciliation, Mechanicsburg, PA

4 years supervisory experience preferred. Experience in Management environment preferred. Degree in Business or Accounting required. Excellent company. Salary $60,000. 5 people report to this position. If interested contact Apple One Employment Agency. Resume submissions: 


Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, experienced accountant, Chambersburg, PA

Successful candidate must possess a Bachelor's degree in Accounting along with 3 to 5 years of public accounting experience. Local government auditing experience is required. CPA or CPA candidate preferred. Please email resume with salary requirements to or fax to 301-739-4974. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Laura Stover at 301-733-5020, x1223 .


Fastenal Company, Sales support position, Chambersburg, PA

Currently hiring a part-time sales support position with fast full-time advancement. Contact Ben Hull, General Manager @

StrategyEmployer Perspective: Surviving a Layoff cont.

Revamp your resume to demonstrate accomplishments and successes. For instance, if you saved an organization money or solved a major customer service problem make sure the actions and results are clearly stated. I would also suggest starting your resume with a professional summary highlighting strengths and accomplishments. Write it as a 30-second commercial detailing who you are. Finally you may want to tailor your resume to each position based on the industry. It is extra writing, but will more than likely benefit you in the end. 


Make yourself known beyond the resume. After you have applied for a position try to contact the hiring manager or network with someone employed by the company or who has an association with it. Which brings me to another tip-network, network and then network some more. Alumni groups, professional organizations and education associates are just a few groups you can tap into to effectively find your next job. 


In an economy as tough as this one, selling yourself is key too. Try to obtain non-interview meetings with executives or management at organizations you might like to work within. You can approach this as a fact finding mission and at the same time make yourself known to future prospective employers. 


It is very rare that we experience an economic downturn with massive job losses such as the one we are currently experiencing. My advice is to enjoy your  down time while you determine the career path you would really like to pursue.

Resume Bootcamp

Thanks to all of the alumni that attended the Mock Interview and Resume boot camp days!  Many of you commented how helpful it was in preparing you for upcoming interviews and revamping your resume. One experienced alum commented that it helped him learn to market himself better and ultimately led to him receiving an offer for a job. Keep your eyes open in the fall for our next scheduled date. 

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