Job search strategies: what do I do now?

For engineering students, you may have heard that autumn quarter is prime time for seeking summer internships or full-time positions. Your advisors, career coaches, and faculty members have been encouraging you to apply for jobs online, visit Huskyjobs, and attend career fairs. You followed their advice and unfortunately have not received an invitation to interview with any employer. That’s okay and I want you to know that you are not alone! The job search process can move very quickly and be painstakingly slow all at the same time.

Take a look at the strategies below that you can implement to get yourself noticed and hopefully land that interview.

Resume review: If you have not done so already, have your resume reviewed by multiple people including Career Center @ Engineering staff, employers, and faculty members.  Every individual you see will have a different opinion on what should or should not be on a resume. Keep in mind, this is your resume and you will ultimately decide what to include.

Job posting websites: Check out the many job search engines available on the web including Huskyjobs, Indeed.com, and Engineerjobs.com. Perhaps there is a particular company you are interested in, be sure to check out their job postings on their site as well.

Networking: Tell those around you (friends, family, classmates) that you are job searching. You never know who has a connection to someone in your field. Other networking strategies can include: reaching out to a faculty member who you have worked with closely; attending information sessions and speaking to recruiters during or after the session; attending alumni events where you can connect with alumni in your field; utilize LinkedIn by reaching out to recruiters or UW alumni, asking them for resume feedback or an informational interview. Keep in mind that networking can happen anywhere and everywhere from Husky football games, wedding, and meetups. You never know what opportunities are out there and who can help you make a connection.

Career fairs: Continue attending career fairs in the future. Ensure you do your research on companies you are truly interested in, prepare an elevator pitch, dress nicely, and have several copies of your resume on hand. If possible, try to get the business card of the employers you speak to so you can follow-up after the fact.

Workshops: As you continue down the job search path, attend workshops that are relevant to your professional development. These could be workshops at the Career & Internship Center that help you with your job searching strategies or practice your networking skills.

Persistence: Be persistent in your search. Set one day a week to seek out opportunities and apply or bookmark for a later time. All of your hard work and effort will pay off!

By Holly Longman
Holly Longman Career Coach, Career Center @ Engineering Holly Longman