Spartan Spotlight: Shadman Rahman

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am to share this post with you. This past week, I had a great conversation with Spartan alum and future GE Aviation professional Shadman Rahman, and I cannot wait to share it with all of you. Below are Shadman’s thoughts on questions I had, as well as some that were submitted by you.

Introduction: My name is Shadman Rahman. I graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Security Management. At MSU I was a member of the Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students (CIUS), a member of the Student Co-Op advisory Board, and the President of the Engineering Society of Detroit MSU Student Chapter. I grew up in the greater Grand Rapids area and many of my relatives worked within the engineering field. Over the course of my time as an undergraduate student, I had three internships all with GE Aviation in different departments and locations (Cincinnati, West Chester, and Grand Rapids/Manufacturing, Business, and Research and Development).

What were the 4 most important things to you as you approached your full-time job search?

1. Industry

2. Company Size

3. Rotational Program

4. Location

When did you start your job search and when did you submit your first application?

I started my job search at the beginning of June and submitted my first full-time application around the end of June.

How did you conduct your job search?

When selecting industries to explore, it was important to me to focus on fields that were growing, not diluted with talent, and had diverse avenues to grow one’s career in. After making this short list, I took a look at what my skills were and where my skills could be improved upon. Then I applied my abilities to each industry on my list. The industries where I could be the most effective and valuable were the one’s I pursued strongest.

I began my search on Handshake, looking for opportunities by industry. Once I created a short list of job postings within my top 5 industries, I applied to those jobs which ended up being a few dozen jobs. Next, I moved to LinkedIn and took a similar approach to apply to positions. This application process took time because the search was diluted with many postings, however, on LinkedIn I personally found the most success.

In terms of whether or not I would enjoy the job I applied for, it made sense to me that I would enjoy opportunities where my skills could be best used. I wouldn’t have these skills if I didn’t enjoy using them.

What part of your resume drew the most attention from employers?

The theme of my resume was one of the things that stood out to a lot of employers. I wanted to showcase communication skills via the diction and rhetoric on my resume. The goal of this theme was to establish that I am an engineer that can limbo between the technical and business domains. This intersection is what I used as a foundation for my interviews and where I personally found the most success in interviews.

When making the changes to my resume I consulted several resumes from professionals in business and liberal arts. Each position on my resume demonstrated a different soft skill while talking about a technical project. It is imperative to navigate both soft and hard skills as the next generation of engineers entering the workforce.

How did Linked/Handshake impact your job search experience?

Many the positions that I found were through handshake and LinkedIn. LinkedIn was very good for meeting and connecting with different people in different industries and positions, but it was not essential, for me personally, within the actual recruiting process itself.

How many applications did you fill out?

I created an Excel sheet to keep track of all my applications and the status of where I was at within the process with each company.

· 146 applications

· About different 115 companies

· 71% follow-up/had interview opportunities

· 37% final stage interviews

· Only about 50 companies I would have said yes to if they were my only option for employment

If you could go back and change anything about your job search experience what would it be?

Throughout the process, I spent a lot of time on interviews that were idealistic but not realistic. A lot of the companies that I was interviewing with I liked the idea of working for but looking back I am not sure if I would have accepted the position if I had been offered one. I also would have spent more time exploring personal networks to try to find potential opportunities.

First off, I want to thank Shadman for taking the time to share all this great information with me. There was so much great advice that he provided that I know will be helpful as I go through my job search. One of the most interesting things to me about Shadman’s experience was the way he chose to search for opportunities. Instead of finding positions and tying to apply his skill set to them, he took his skills and found positions that he was well suited for. I can only imagine how much time that saved him throughout the process, not to mention the high success rate that he had with follow-up from companies. Another big take away for me was the number of applications that he completed. It was a good thing for me to hear so I can start preparing for the large volume of applications that I will need to complete, but a 146 applications seems like a lot. It was also comforting to hear that Shadman wishes that he had not completed so many applications. Looks like quality beats quantity once again. Hope you all found this as helpful as I did and stay tuned for the next Spartan Spotlight!

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