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IEEE PACE: Recession Proof Yourself

OHSU West Campus (formerly OGI), Wilson Clark Center
20000 Nw Walker Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006, US (map)




The information in this presentation is based on personal experience from conducting one on one career coaching and delivering seminars to both employers and employees. During three years Elizabeth Lions met with over 3,000 hiring managers and interviewed hundreds of high tech candidates, many of them with engineering or science skill sets. Her background is in psychology with a strong focus in Organizational Development.

A major finding uncovered was that the unemployed all shared a common fear of being out of work for a period of time. Some struggled with finding a new job, or they didn�t know how to write their resume because they had been employed in their last job for many years. Some suffered with the difficulty of going through the interview process and were uncomfortable selling themselves in front of a manager. All expressed having low confidence from being out of work, which compounded the ability to find the new job.

During this presentation, you will learn how to tell if your position is in jeopardy and will learn practical steps on how to find your next opportunity, how to write a resume and how to get through the interview process with confidence.

Speaker Bio:

Elizabeth Lions studied psychology at the University of Maine. With a strong background in recruiting, negotiating and counseling, Elizabeth started her own consulting business as a career coach nearly 8 years ago. During the first three years she met with over 3,000 hiring managers. Her belief is that all people should be able to attain 'right work' or the ability to get paid for your gifts. Her clients are typically engineers or scientists who need assistance marketing themselves and finding jobs that maximize their talents. Elizabeth has had the privilege of staffing and working with the leaders of Intel, Welch Allyn Protocol, Mentor Graphics, InFocus and FLIR. She has been a contributing member of IEEE and of the IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee and has published 9 articles in the IEEE-USA Today's Engineer. In 2008 she finished her first book, which is a compilation of her teachings and in 2009 she will begin conducting career workshops for Gen Y. When she's not writing or speaking, Elizabeth can be found with her husband on the back of their custom motorcycle.