Dual career partner Maggie Hao: a privilege to serve

One of the main benefits of the creation of Faculty Dual Career and Relocation Services and Engineering’s Concierge Program is the network of talented dual career partners. And when that network turns out a performer like Maggie Hao, it’s hard to argue.

Maggie began working with the Concierge Program after her husband accepted a tenured faculty position in the fall of 2014, and once she moved to the area, the work to find her a position in Greater Lafayette began in earnest.

Maggie worked directly with Concierge Program director Michelle Jansen to polish her resume and interview skills. Jansen set up meet-and-greets with potential hiring units that allowed Maggie to familiarize herself with campus working environments and routine tasks, which in turn helped her know which open positions might best suit her.

“It is hard to imagine how inexperienced I was before I met Michelle,” Maggie admits. “My interview skills were trained by the Concierge Program, and my past experience was better projected onto my resume.

“After every meeting with Michelle, I felt I was a little closer to my dream.”

Just a few months after moving to the area, Maggie accepted a temporary secretary position in Mechanical Engineering. Her first day coincided with her two-year-old son’s first day at day care.

“The first couple weeks in the position involved a lot of learning, but I was happy for my own growth and to see my son happily transitioned, as well,” Maggie says.

Maggie continued to look for a permanent position, and within her first month at Purdue, received an offer. She informed her supervisor, who let Maggie know that the co-workers and professors she worked with gave her excellent reviews and asked her to stay on permanently.

She did so happily, devoting herself to the students and faculty her position serves.

“For students, I provide help to smooth out their road to each milestone, or at least make their tasks easier,” Maggie says. And for professors? “I cheered up at every single task they need help with. By taking more little things off their plates, I hope they will infuse more energy to the core service Purdue hired them for.”

Her efforts – and her attitude while performing them – have certainly not gone unnoticed. In addition to receiving a Bravo Award recognizing her extraordinary achievement, Maggie’s name has made it into Purdue Today’s Thumbs Up! Section on three separate occasions.

“Maggie goes way beyond the thumbs I have,” enthused Karthik Ramani, Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Xianfan Xu, James and Carol Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering, agreed: “Maggie … is enthusiastic, hardworking and reliable. She has done above and beyond her duty and makes our jobs a lot easier.”

And the Cooling Technologies Research Center benefited from both Maggie’s event planning skills and her personality, related Justin Weibel, research assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering: “Her exacting attention to detail ensured the event was executed to perfection; it was equally pleasant due to her ever-cheerful demeanor!”

For her part, Maggie is appreciative of the recognition, but more than that, of the opportunity she has at Purdue.

“It is absolutely an honor, a pleasure and a privilege to work in the top-rated Mechanical Engineering program in the nation,” she says. “I take advantage of on-campus training opportunities to stay up-to-date with changing technology and to enhance my other skills. With that learning and training, I believe my potential will be maximized.”

With the start she’s had to her Purdue career, it’s easy to agree with that assessment. Maggie is quick to credit the assistance of the Concierge Program for helping her find her dream job: “Keep closely working with the program. All the efforts will pay off.”

Maggie’s certainly have.

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