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Asked by Harsha on October 31, 2016

I have completed my masters in aerospace engineering and currently looking for entry level positions in the field of mechanical and aerospace engineering. I am an international student. I have been applying for a number of positions, but no responses. Could I be looking the wrong places? Any suggestions on how I should modify my search would be much appreciated.

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on November 15, 2016

Congratulations on completing your degree.  I'd like to offer you some advice that is pertinent across the job spectrum.  Networking and helping people in your industry associate your name with great work can make all the difference when looking for a job.  The low-hanging fruit is LinkedIn and any other social organizations that you are a member of.  Make your profile robust, ask to connect with people in your industry and check out the profiles of other people who you admire or would like to emulate. 

Now...here's a thought on something that can make a big difference.  Are the words in the job description visible in your resume and online profiles?  If they aren't, how do you expect someone to find you?  Don't make the recruiter have to go looking under every rock to find you. Tailor your profiles to the jobs you want.

Best of luck to you!

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Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on November 18, 2016

Echo the suggestion made by the expert at AT&T.  On the surface, your skill set would seem very desirable, so make sure your resume is tailored to the jobs you are applying for and make sure you are not assuming too much with regards to the content of your resume.  For example, you may have something critical on your resume that will connect immediately with the hiring manager or other technical expert, but either the recruiting system itself or a company recruiter will be screening your resume first, if it is not obvious to them, you may get overlooked.  It's extra work for sure, but it will increase your odds of being selected.

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on January 4, 2017

Congratulations on completing your degree! I would suggest connecting with classmates on LinkedIn and professors from your program to see if they have suggestions for places to apply. By building your network and putting your name out there, it can increase your chances of being recognized within aerospace and mechanical engineering industries.

In order to make yourself more visible to recruiters, ensure that your application reflects the work you have completed, additionally, what you are looking for in your first entry level role. By putting a little more work into tailoring your application, you can ensure that your application matches what job you are looking to pursue. Good luck!

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