/ Asked by Robert
I'm getting my masters in aerospace engineering in December, and I've been looking for a job since June and haven't gotten a single callback/interview. I don't know what else to do to just get my foot in the door. Any suggestions?
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.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Sunday, October 25, 2015
I could not agree more with the previous poster.  Networking is key in this situation.  They mentioned LinkedIn, information interviewing and utilizing career fairs to make contact with recruiters.  I would also recommend using your university's career center and also professional organizations in your field.  Many of them have student memberships that can allow you to make contacts with people in your field. 

Now it the time to be vocal about your career search. Talk with your peers, teachers, family members.  You never know how you'll make the connection that will make the difference.  Best of luck!
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I would advise you to begin with the the following steps:

1.) Review and revise your resume (have industry and a resume writing professional critique it)
2.) Ensure your resume is customized to the positions you're applying for (you want to ensure you have the skills the employers are seeking. Utilize the job description to find key skills they are wanting).
3.) Attend career fairs and utilize your school and past employer networks as much as possible for any available opportunities. Schools typically put on career fairs 1-2 a year.

These should be some good key starting points to get you beginning to interview. I would also advise you to practice your interviewing skills by attending workshops hosted by your career services and research commonly asked interview questions. You want to ensure you're just as successful during the interview process so you can be a great candidate for your desired position.  
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