TRUST THE PROCESS
Finding your first full time job is a very daunting task. Luckily, there is a general process that outlines what this task will look like, and you all know us engineers are all about processes!
This may seem trival, but there is no way to know what job you are interested in without thinking about your own goals. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? It may seem too early to think that far ahead, but it wasnt long ago that we all decided to come MSU either. The only way to find the best job for you is to know what is most important to you.
Now that you have a good idea of what you are looking for, you have to make sure that companies see everything that makes you who you are. It is so important to prepare a general cover letter, a resume, a handshake profile, and LinkedIn profile. There are going to be plenty of applicants for all of the jobs you are applying for, but there is ONLY ONE YOU. It is important that companies see who you are and all of the valuable skills and experiences that you can bring to their company.
Remember all of those goals that you set for yourself? This is the time to compare those goals to different companies. Which companies do the kind of work that interests you? Which companies are hiring for your favorite position? Which companies will let you have the life outside of work that you have always dreamed of? Now is the time to make your list. Make note of any company or positions that you find that you are interested in applying for.
PLAN OF ATTACK
Now that you've got a list of fantastic companies that you are interested in working for, it is time to find out if they are interested in you. There a lot of different ways to find out whether it is through a cold application or reaching out to recruiters/alumni on LinkedIn, or visiting a company at a career fair. Deciding what steps to take with a company play a huge factor in what happens next.
OUTREACH AND INTERVIEWING
You figured out the best way to way to reach out to your companies, and now is the time to make your move. It may take some time to hear back from companies/recruiters so remember to be patient. If companies like what they see, you will likely be given an interview. This is the part that people find the most stressful, but there is nothing to be afraid of. Just be ready to be yourself and share all of your value with employers and you will do great!
This is it. You made it through the all the interviews and employers want you to join their team. Employers know how great us Spartan Engineers are so hopefully we will all be able to have a few options to choose from. Take some time to review the offer from the company in its entirety. Healthcare, salary, and location are usually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to offer letters. Seek advice from the people you trust most, but in the end decide what works best for you. Get ready to begin your professional career!