09 Mar Job Search Strategy For The Entry-Level Civil Engineer
Though we do not recruit #entrylevel #civilengineers, I am able to offer up some advice when it comes to job search strategy:
👉🏾Networking: Reach out to people in the industry, including former professors, classmates, and professional organizations. Attend industry events and job fairs to meet potential employers and make connections. Honestly, you should start this early by keeping in touch with other civil engineering students who may have graduated a year or two ahead of you. Also, there are many civil engineering student organizations tied to their professional counter-parts that you should join early on in your college career to expose yourself to established professionals who you may meet at conferences, networking events, or who may share their knowledge and experiences as guest speakers.
👉🏾Tailor your resume & cover letter: Customize your resume and cover letter to fit the requirements of each job you apply for. Highlight your relevant skills, education, and experiences. This is especially true if you want to specialize in a certain civil engineering specialty. Or, if you graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering only to realize you would like pursue a career in civil engineering, a cover letter is the perfect opportunity to briefly explain your motivation to find a career slightly different than what your degree is in.
👉🏾Utilize online job boards: Search for job listings on popular job boards like Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn. Make sure to customize your profile and actively apply for jobs. Most other job boards are obsolete. In addition, and though this may take some time, narrow down the type of firm (specialty, size, geography) and than do a deep dive into the career pages of those firms you are targeting.
👉🏾Reach out to recruiters (internal & external): Connect with recruiters who specialize in your field and let them know you’re on the job hunt. They may have insights and job openings that are not advertised publicly. Though we do not specialize in placing entry-level engineers, there are many firms that do.
👉🏾Internships: Consider taking on internships or related part-time work while you search for a full-time job. This will give you valuable experience and make you a more attractive candidate.
👉🏾Leverage #LinkedIn : Build your professional network by connecting with industry professionals and alumni. Join groups relevant to your field and actively participate in discussions.
👉🏾Keep learning: Continuously update your skills and knowledge by taking online courses, attending workshops, and reading industry publications. This will keep you competitive in the job market and make you a more appealing candidate.
🍀🤞🏼Good luck! 🍀🤞🏼