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February 2011

Expand your job prospects through personal contacts with employers

I find a lot of students frustrated with their job search when they are told to "go online and apply." Many students tell me they wish they could just talk with someone to learn more about opportunities...they like the ease of applying through their job search account, but they want to interact with employers as well. It's true that we live in the age of "high-tech, low-touch" but there are ways to make job search connections. One way is through the Engineering Job Shadow Program. This is not the job shadow program you might have experienced in high school!

Did you know that more and more engineering students are networking their way into internships and co-ops through job shadowing? We asked a past participant what helped him most during his job search. He said, "The job shadow program. It is a great opportunity, and I would recommend it … 

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Worried That Co-ops Will Delay Your 4-Year Graduation Date?

Many students voice concerns to us about graduating "late" because of a co-op rotation. "I want to be able to graduate in 4 years" is the usual hesitation when considering co-ops. In this week's blog, we want to discuss opening up your job search to include co-ops, in addition to internships, as well as the pros and cons of graduating on-time without experience.

Applied experience outside the classroom is heavily emphasized for engineering students. Many companies will list "previous co-op or internship experience" as one of their entry level career requirements. It's why 89% of students employed at graduation last spring had internship or co-op experience. It's for the same reasons that education majors must complete student teaching before being certified or nursing students must pass their clinicals before practicing.

A successful job search has nothing to do with how long it took you to get your degree and everything … 

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Helpful Advice from a Successful Job Seeker

Recently, Mark McGown, a Chemical Engineering student graduating this summer, offered the following suggestions when reporting his job offers and acceptance.

"There are some things I would tell all students to do in order to successfully find a job:
-Register with ECS to look for jobs, but also take advantage of all networking opportunities, including career fairs, group meetings, information sessions and so forth.
-Prepare your resume by scheduling appointments with ECS.
-When applying for jobs, make sure your resume includes keywords the employer used.
-Do not mention a desired salary, or anything else they might use to filter you out. Put "negotiable" if salary is a required field.
-Apply to many more jobs than just those that interest you at first glance. Not only will this be good practice, but learning more about a company that's new to you will help you figure out what you really want to … 

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