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Asked by Jiancheng on January 21, 2018

I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in computer science last August 2017. I've had hard time finding an entry level jobs, so I decided to learn more. I learned MEAN stack and AWS on my own. However, I still can not get a call back for any entry/junior level position. Any suggestions on what I could do differently to get some call backs?

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

Hello! 
There are a couple things that may be happening.  Typically job descriptions will separate the expectations of the role into two categories, the must haves (required qualifications) and the nice to haves (preferred qualifications).  Number one, make sure you meet the must haves.  I am not saying don't apply if you don't meet them, as none of this is set in stone, but it does increase the likelihood that a recruiter will contact you.  The second thing I would tell you is to make sure you get with a resume professional.  If your school has a Career Services department I would strongly encourage you to meet with them.  Chances are your resume is not standing out for some reason.  Make sure you cater the resume to the organization.  Another option would be to network with professionals in your field via Linkedin for example.  They may be able to give you tips specific to your industry.
Visit O Net, it is a great job-site that tells you the outlook of many careers.  I am sure computer science will in there.  You can learn if your job is in high demand or not, and even some of the skills employers look for so that you can update your resume.  Another great resource is "What You Can Do With a Major."  If you type this in google, many career service sites have lists specific to your major that can expand your thought process on potential career paths.   
Lastly, don't lose faith.  Job hunting is tough, even in this good market.  Keep networking and getting your resume out there.  Once it's saved in an applicant tracking system you are always in there for a recruiter to find. 
Good Luck!
Thanks,
Hector Hernandez - Tenneco

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Answered by Taylor, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on March 13, 2018

Start networking. Attend events in your town/city that you could potentially meet people in the business at.

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