/ Asked by Madhanagopalsamy
How to get hired by big companies? I am an Electrical Engineer with 5 yrs experience, but I still get no calls from big companies. How to approach them? Is applying on their website the best approach?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Monday, November 30, 2015

It's great that you're reaching out to seek professional advice and conduct research on best practices! I would start with evaluating your current resume if you're not finding success in receiving call-backs. Most companies have their application online and usually require some type of online application to be considred for employment. With that said, I would consider a few questions around formatting your resume:

1.) Is the resume customized to the specific career posting? To take this further, are you listing skills on your resume that fit the job profile of what they are seeking? A resume should always be customized specificallly to the job posting.

2.) Do you meet the minimum qualifications for the job postings your inquiring about? I would really focus your job searching efforts to specific postings that are approperiate with your background and experience level.

3.) Are you having a professional review the resume for feedback and grammer checks? You want to make sure your resuem is as polished as possible before submitting it to the employer.

I would also advise you to make sure you are following-up approperiately. If you submitted a resume and it's been several weeks with no update, it might be a good time to re-engage with the employer on your current status. 

Best of luck!                
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, December 11, 2015
Yes, you will definitely have to apply on their web site at some point, but there are some other things that you can do to help build your personal brand at a company.  First, is networking.  Go out to LinkedIn and for the companies that you are targeting, search for key leaders at those companies in your field (i.e. managers, recruiters, etc.).  Connect with those individuals and after you have done so, reach out to them through LinkedIn to introduce yourself, explain your career goals, and eventually ask for an informational interview.  This will help you to float to the top when opportunities arise.  Also, you should physically get in front of company reps when possible.  If they are at a career fair or other similar event, go to the event and speak with their representatives.  What most will tell you is that they are looking for future leaders.  Therefore, if you do not have it now, seek out leadership opportunities.  This can be at work, in the community, at church, etc.   For example, leading a key projects at work or leading a volunteer activity or group.  It is this type of thing that will draw attention to your resume when you apply at the companies in which you have interest.
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, March 14, 2016
Hello! There are a couple of things to consider when trying to land a position with a large company. As always, it is important to network. Hop on LinkedIn and join some Engineering groups; search for people who work where you aspire to and connect with them. I would recommend connecting with individuals who've interned with the company or are new employees (people you can relate to). The other thing I would consider would be your resume: how long is it? Does it have information that employers are looking for? It's important to focus your resume on the job you want; make sure you include information specific to your area of study. Also, try to keep it down to one page. Employers are looking at your resume quickly, they don't want to have to search in the weeds for what you've actually accomplished. I hope this is helpful! Best of luck.
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