In the last couple of months, I’ve had a significant number of appointments with recent alumni. The presenting issue is alumni wanting to know why they haven’t received any calls or why they received rejection notices from their submitted résumés. Others want assistance with job search activities. A current student recently requested an appointment because he was graduating in spring and wanted to know what to do to start his job search. My initial reaction to this request was he needed to turn back the calendar by a year or more.
My advice is don’t let this happen to you.
I’m more than happy to assist alumni, but I would rather assist you well in advance of your graduation. I want you to succeed and have a job waiting for you as soon as you graduate. There is no time like the present and I encourage you to be proactive and create your résumé and begin your job/internship search now.
Employers are looking for engineering students who have great analytical and problem-solving abilities, orientation to details and technical aptitudes. These are great on the job qualities. However, when you are looking for an internship or job, you are being evaluated on your communication skills. Your ability to communicate via your résumé is vital to a successful search.
If you’re unsure of how to begin a résumé, I would recommend you begin with Optimal Résumé. There are templates available where you can begin to enter information regarding your contact information, education, skills, academic projects, work experience and extracurricular activities. There are also résumé samples for the various engineering majors. Once you have created your résumé, you can submit it for review through Optimal Résumé. You can also schedule an appointment with staff or peer career coaches using Handshake. The options for appointments include phone or in person.
Students usually begin their internship/job search using LinkedIn or Indeed. Of course, these are great resources to use, but students often overlook Handshake for their searches. Handshake is an excellent tool to begin your search. The reason it’s such a valuable resource is that employers are looking for ASU students and your specific major. Some of the options it incorporates are job type, work authorization, industry, job function and employer.
If you need assistance with résumé, job search, networking, interviewing or salary negotiation, the Fulton Schools Career Center is here to assist you. You can schedule an appointment through Handshake.
Betty Boza is a Career Development Specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including résumé preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.