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Asked by Rylan on February 22, 2018

I am a senior Mechanical Eng major trying to find my first job in engineering. During school, we are basically only exposed to the largest of companies (I go to a Top 10 engineering school) which obviously makes job hunting with the University incredibly competitive because these companies are only looking to fill 50-60 positions. Where should I go to look for smaller or lesser known companies?

Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on February 23, 2018

I would suggest looking at some of the larger "job aggregators" such as Indeed.com, Simplyhired.com, Glassdoor.com, and LinkedIn.com.  Even Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com are possibilities, though they are not nearly as popular as they once were.  A niche engineering site I am aware of is engineerjobs.com.  Additionally, I would suggest you create a robust profile on LinkedIn if you have not already done so...by doing so, you may have employers finding you vs. you having to find them!

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Answered by Hector, Hiring Expert at Tenneco, on March 2, 2018

Great question my friend!
There are many opportunities for you as engineering is a very sought out skill-set in the world of manufacturing.  I would encourage you to look at automotive suppliers, aerospace, electronic component manufacturers, and even oil.  I am obviously partial to the automotive industry but I can tell you there are many Tier 1 (directly service an automobile maker) and Tier 2 (service a supplier that directly services an automobile maker) companies that are looking for amazing talent, that may not have a presence at your local career fair. 
Check out Tenneco.com/careers - and see if anything interests you there.  
Indeed also posts jobs for EngineerJobs.com so employers may be able to find you there. 
Lastly, networking is everything.  Conduct a search of all Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in the area you want to work and look these recruiters up on LinkedIn.  I can promise you we are looking for you, you just might not be where we are looking.
Thanks,
Hector Hernandez - Tenneco 

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Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on March 2, 2018

I think a great place to start would be talking to your career services and seeing if they have reports on where graduates from your university work upon graduation. While some of this may give you the large companies you mentioned, it may point out more local companies that recruit from your school as well. Additionally, you can search your university and major on LinkedIn to find alumni from your program. Again, this can show you what companies may be looking at your university (that are outside of those large organizations) and you can even network with them and send a message regarding your interest in their career path. I would also agree with the comment below to check on the standard careers sites monster.com, indeed, etc. and see what positions are posted locally. Good luck with your search!

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