Landing Your First Job as an Engineer

Sherrie Myers UBC Engineering Coop February 23, 2006

Overview
 Searching

for Job Opportunities  Writing an effective Resume  Creating targeted Cover Letters  Tips for successful Job Interviews

Job Search

Job Search
Step 1: Know yourself to sell yourself  Know your: Skills, abilities, & achievements Values & interests Step 2: Plan  Set goals & milestones  Invest time in creating a strong resume

Job Search
Step 3: Know the Industry  Identify employers that match your skills, abilities, interests & values  Use many resources Step 4: Network  Let everyone know you are job hunting!  Get involved in industry associations

Job Search
Step 5: Apply for jobs  Respond to postings  Contact potential employers (“warm & cold”) Step 6: Keep Going  Keep records  Send “thank you”  Think positive!

Resume Writing

Resume Writing
Purposes of your resume: To demonstrate that you have the qualities that an employer is seeking To highlight your skills and experience in a way that makes a prospective employer want to interview you

Resume Writing
Developing Resume Content  For each Work Experience or Project:
What

did you do? Use numbers and be specific! What did the organization do? What type of environment did you work in? Did you receive any special training? Who did you interact with on the job?

Resume Writing
Using Accomplishment Statements  “Planned fundraising events for fraternity” …becomes…  “Utilized strong project management skills to plan and execute fundraising events for fraternity which raised more than $10,000 over a two year period”

Resume Writing
Tips for Resumes: • Use “Action” verbs • Do not use words “I” or “me” • Use numbers and technical terms • Write in past tense except for current jobs • Check for spelling & grammatical errors! • Provide a good level of detail

Resume Writing
Tips for Resume format: 2. 2 pages maximum 3. 10 – 12 pt standard fonts 4. 1 inch margins 5. Avoid fancy fonts, and graphics

Cover Letter Writing

Cover Letter Writing
 Review

and dissect the Job Description  Match your skills to the job requirements  Develop examples that demonstrate your skills

Cover Letter Writing
Tips for Creating letters with impact: 2. Write an interesting and original opening – Why interested in job? 3. Make reference to employer’s industry, product or service 4. Provide examples of your technical & transferable skills - tie these to job requirements 5. Be reader centered, not writer centered

Cover Letter Writing
Tips for formatting: 2. Check that company name, contact name & date are correct 3. Check grammar & spelling! 4. Keep it to one page, 10-12 pt font 5. Leave space between paragraphs 6. Use varied sentence lengths and structures

Cover Letter Writing
Cover Letter DON’Ts: 2. Do not write form letters! 3. Do not use words such as “love” and “dream” 4. Do not use arrogant expressions (“I have such vast experience that I am the only candidate for you”) 5. Do not include information that doesn’t relate directly to the position

Interview Skills

Interview Skills
Behavioural-based Interviewing: Your actions in the past are the best indicator of future behaviour

Interview Skills
A good answer:  Describes a specific past event which relates to the skill being asked about  Has enough detail to demonstrate that the event actually occurred.  Puts you in a positive light.

Interview Skills
Tips for a Great Interview: 2. Be punctual 3. Make a good first impression 4. Dress appropriately 5. Speak clearly 6. Be friendly and enthusiastic 7. Convey positive body language 8. Avoid nervous habits such as playing with pen

Interview Skills

Predict Prepare Practice

Summary
 Begin

your job search now and network!  Spend time on your resume  Write personalized cover letters  Prepare extensively for interviews
 Most

importantly - Stay positive and persistent, it will pay off!

GOOD LUCK!