how to apply for jobs?

<p>I'm graduating in december. In the current job market I've heard that companies are looking for students who take initiative and call companies. I also had no success over the summer by merely responding to online ads.</p>

<p>How exactly do you look for entry level engineering jobs? Who do you call and what do you say?</p>

<p>Do you not have job fares and recruiting on your campus?</p>

<p>A good start would be looking for job fairs. Dress nice and bring plenty of resumes. Make sure you research companies that will be there a head of time. take contact information and keep in touch. I find the best way to keep in touch is usually via email. Through emails is where you can stand out from the others. If where you are does not have any job fairs. Online will be your best bet. Also, check engineering firm sites and government sites.</p>

<p>Yeah there is a career fair but they are in late september and january. I'll go and make the best of the september one but I really need to start looking earlier than that.</p>

<p>I haven't heard much about campus recruiting at my school.</p>

<p>I'm really weary of looking for jobs on websites because, from what I understand, most job opportunities never get posted online. And that's apparent given how few entry level positions i've been able to find online. I also know that as soon as one is posted online, it's flooded with hundreds of applicants.</p>

<p>So i really need to find out how to contact companies directly. What to say, etc.</p>

<p>What'd you major in?</p>

<p>mechanical engineering</p>

<p>Applying online is quite often a totally futile exercise. Relative to attending a career fair or going through a school's career center, virtually nobody hears back after applying online. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but you really should go to career fairs or use your school's career center. Browsing jobs on a companies website is, however, a good way to get a better feel for the kind of work and jobs they have.</p>

<p>The September career fair is about a month and a half away. Spend that time researching the companies that will be in attendance that you might want to work for. Perfect your resume. Browse the internet to see if you can find commonly asked interview questions (some questions are very, very common) and prepare responses for them as to not be surprised.</p>

<p>What area are you in? I found quite a few possible leads for you in just a few minutes</p>

<p><a href="https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_nationalinstruments/external/jobDetails.do?functionName=getJobDetail&jobPostId=903&localeCode=en-us%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_nationalinstruments/external/jobDetails.do?functionName=getJobDetail&jobPostId=903&localeCode=en-us&lt;/a>
<a href="https://bakerhughes73.recruitmax.com/MAIN/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=32013&szUniqueCareerPortalID=738e2299-b636-4a34-9c0d-e6b8011af7ed%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://bakerhughes73.recruitmax.com/MAIN/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=32013&szUniqueCareerPortalID=738e2299-b636-4a34-9c0d-e6b8011af7ed&lt;/a>
Engineer</a> (Entry Level) job in Houston
<a href="https://erecruiting.halliburton.jobs/sap(bD1lbiZjPTEwMA==)/bc/bsp/sap/hrrcf_pinst_pbl/application.do?PARAM=UElOU1RfR1VJRD1ERjlFNkU1MENDQ0Q2N0YxOTE4QjAwMUYyOUVFNkM2RQ%3d%3d%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://erecruiting.halliburton.jobs/sap(bD1lbiZjPTEwMA==)/bc/bsp/sap/hrrcf_pinst_pbl/application.do?PARAM=UElOU1RfR1VJRD1ERjlFNkU1MENDQ0Q2N0YxOTE4QjAwMUYyOUVFNkM2RQ%3d%3d&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>PurdueEE: Already been to my career centre and perfected my resume. I also asked about job search but wasn't knowledgeable enough to ask the right kind of questions. Now they aren't doing appointments in august. I've also researched several companies and have a list of one's that I'd like working for. I'm really at the point where I can (and need) to start applying for jobs. I have everything else covered. I plan on attending job fairs and employer information seminars but those are all scheduled in september.</p>

<p>TXAggie: i'm in canada (alberta). How did you find entry level postings so easily? I guess there are probably a lot of positions in houston and texas in general.</p>

<p>Just want to point out, a resume is never "perfected" but a "work in progress". You have to tweak it constantly, for every potential employer, and any situation.</p>

<p>Oh ok yeah down here in Texas it's not too hard. </p>

<p>Austin = tech/electrical
Houston = mechanical/petroleum</p>

<p>for the most part. I'm not really too knowledgeable about areas in Canada but here's one I found in a few seconds</p>

<p>Wellhead</a> Design Engineer - GE Vetco Gray / GE Canada / My Career Fair
<a href="http://syncrude.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=45543%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://syncrude.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=45543&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>enginox: yes that is true. I just mean that I can't change anything with it until I tweak it for a particular position.</p>

<p>TXAggie: haha, that's in my city. do you just type in google "entry level mechanical engineering edmonton"?</p>

<p>Finding canada online job search engines and along those lines with entry level. Some claim to be entry level but then require you to have 5 years experience... Like another said maybe search these sites to find a few more so you know which companies are hiring what and then make sure to pay them a visit if they come to your college.</p>

<p>alright, thanks. which search engine did you use?</p>

<p>edit: I'm guessing mycareerfair.ca. oops.</p>

<p>I would definitely give this one a shot:
Find</a> Jobs - Mechanical Engineer-in-Training, New Jobs in Fort McMurray, Alberta - Shell Canada</p>

<p>Careers</a>, Employment and Jobs: Canada Employment at CareerBuilder.ca
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Job</a> Search Canada | one search. all jobs. Indeed</p>

<p>thanks i'll check those out.</p>