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How to fall in love...with the perfect job (Valentine's Day Edition)

Dear ECS,

I’m heartsick! February 14th is right around the corner, and you know what that means…it’s prime recruiting season for employers! To be honest, I am starting to worry that I haven’t fallen in love with a job…or even found anything yet. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? At this point, I would take any advice you could give me!

Sincerely,

Jobless in Jones Tower

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Dear Jobless,

It’s understandable to be nervous about your job search; many students feel the same way! However, don’t worry! I think you will be in a much better position to find a job you will fall in love with if you follow these principles below:

  1. Make a commitment – Whether you are looking for a full-time job or a co-op/internship, you need to invest time into your job search. ECS recommends starting two semesters in advance and putting a minimum of 30 minutes a day into your search. Also, remember it’s not all about you! Employers have specific needs and time frames, and you need to be prepared to work within their schedules.
  2. Use your connections (like ECS)! – Don’t feel like you are alone in your job search. In this day and age, it is common practice to use career services to help connect you with employers. At ECS, we have been working since 1944 to connect our students to engineering opportunities. Register with ECS today and schedule a job search consultation to get started.  
  3. Appear interested, but not desperate – When talking with employers, let them to know that you are serious about potentially working for them. It is imperative to do your research – this needs to go beyond stalking their LinkedIn account. Know what their company is all about, what they do, and who their client base is. What are they looking for in a candidate, and how do you fit that description? However, you don’t want to appear as if they are your only hope for finding employment…interested and confident is the way to go!
  4. Dazzle them – Invited to an interview?  Prepare as much as possible. You have a small window of time to make a good impression and mutually decide if this opportunity is worth pursuing for both you and the employer. Make sure you look nice (business attire is appropriate unless stated otherwise), arrive ~15 minutes early, and prepare for questions that are commonly asked! Follow-up with a thank you email to let the employer know you enjoyed your interview and are excited about the opportunity. For more helpful information, check out this list of interview blogs.

Keep these things in mind, and in a matter of time, you will find the right job for you!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at ECS

"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."
-Thomas Carlyle

About the author

Caleb Craft

Caleb Craft was a previous Graduate Administrative Associate at Engineering Career Services.