Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 23, 2015
I understand how this can be frustrating. From the company's perspective, they receive hundreds of applicants and are not always able to get back to everyone. What you need to do to overcome this is to focus on networking. When companies who are looking for engineers come to your campus, be sure to attend those events and speak face to face with them. If there are information nights that companies conduct on campus, be sure to attend those. This is a smaller setting than a career fair and you may have the opportunity to have a more meaningful conversation with a company rep. Another thing to do is leverage LinkedIn to build your network. Create your profile on LinkedIn and connect with people in your field and with your target companies. Once connected, reach out to these individuals through LinkedIn to find out more about their companies and what kind of opportunities they have. As these conversations progress, request an informational interview.
All of these actions help you to create an identity with a company that goes beyond just a resume in a system. Show these contacts your character and what you bring to the table and this will help to differentiate you from other applicants.