/ Asked by Sarah
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and originally wanted to get into the Solar Energy/renewable energy field. At this point (2 months after graduating), I am open to anything. What is the best way to look for jobs as a physics grad? How can I stand out if I am applying to an engineering position/finance position over an engineer or a finance major?
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Friday, August 9, 2013
Great question!  It is important when interviewing/applying for jobs, that you display how you will/can take what you learned in school, and apply it in a job.  Therefore, focus on the courses you took or other "experiences" you had during school that will convince an employer to hire you into say, a Finance Analyst role.  Many skills are transferrable and quite frankly, the degree you have is important, but how you look, speak, present and conduct yourself is almost more important.  So, focus on a confident, polished presentation as well.

Answered by Kit, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Thank you for your question. If you haven’t already, reach out and make those connections with former professors, social networks, and your school career services; they can lead to opportunities and at the very least, make others aware that you are looking. Craft your cover letter that speaks to the courses, activities, and experiences that seem to match those listed qualifications. Your BS in Physics degree can translate well to engineering, help the recruiter/hiring manager make those connections by pointing out how it can relate in the day-to-day operations of the role.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
In many cases, recruiters and hiring managers need your help in drawing the connection between the courses and activities you participated in throughout school to the skills being sought in the position you're applying for. Through your cover letter and resume you will need to clearly demonstrate the connection by speaking directly to the position and the skills/requirments noted vs. simply listing your degree.

You may also want to reach back out to the career services department at your school - they may be able to assist you in making contact with key professionals in your field(s) of choice. 
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, September 30, 2013
I would offer that you continue to stay focused on your Physics background.  The two months does not appear to be a long time since graduation.  I would encourage you to work with your career office from the college you graduated from.  They post jobs from companies and you can be alerted when there are needs that would be relevant to your education.  I'd also suggest that you identify companies of interest in your field.  You can look on their career site and apply directly to active positions.  Good luck!
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