Making the transition from school to career is hard work. The reality is that it takes time and effort to find a suitable opportunity that is a good fit for both you and your potential employer, and also allows you to develop your skills and experience.
Be persistent in your search. It is estimated that it can take three to four months to find a $30,000/yr job, and an extra month for each $10,000 increase in salary, so if you are looking for a $50,000/year job you can expect your job search to last at least five months or even longer in a slower economy.
Start Looking Early
The best time to start looking for a summer job or permanent EIT position is in September, as fall is the peak recruitment period for companies looking to hire student talent. Many large organizations complete their hiring by November, so start your search early to avoid missing out on many great opportunities.
Attend Our Workshops
To develop the skills needed to conduct an effective job search, learn more about developing your professional network, how to access the hidden job market, and make the most of a career fair, register for one of our free workshops.
Plan Your Job Search
As with any project, planning is the key to a organizing a successful job search. Lay the foundation of your search by researching companies of interest to you, and connect with individuals within those organizations who can answer your questions and tell you more about the company. Take advantage of on-campus events, such as company information sessions and career fairs, to tap into the hidden job market and network with potential employers.
One of the most valuable things you can do to make yourself competitive in the job market is to get involved. Whether your involvement focuses on engineering projects, community engagement, athletics, creative arts, or leadership doesn’t matter. The important thing is to connect with groups that interest you/align with your career goals, and which can help develop your soft and/or technical skills all while building your network. Numerous opportunities exist both on- and off-campus; find ideas on our Get Involved page.
Access Online Resources
Online job boards and employment databases are continually being updated: make it a habit to check Place Pro and other employment websites regularly to stay on top of the latest opportunities. Many positions are filled before the posted application deadline — be sure to apply early so your application is considered!
Not sure where to look? Our Engineering Your Career: Access Helpful Resources document includes over 75 websites with information on Career Planning, Industry Info, Networking, Job Postings, Salary and Job Search Resources.