Dear Huddie

Dear Huddie: Landing My First Engineering Job

October 11, 2013

Back for installment 20 of Dear Huddie – a bi-weekly column to assist engineer job hunters in their pursuit of happiness. Time to seek the engineer in you!

That’s funny from the internet…. not all engineers use their talents for good things!



Dear Huddie,

I am struggling to land my first engineering job, at least until last week. I finally received an official offer, problem it’s in a small town in nowhere land USA. Should I take the job?

Have degree WON’T travel!

Well – in a nutshell you may have to suck it up and take the job! While this may not be the location where you would like to retire, you could simply use this first job as a stepping stone – grab some valuable experience, and who knows, you may grow to love the small-town life. Fact is, many plants are not in the cities we would first choose to live in, so suck it up, sign that offer and get that experience!


Dear Huddie,

I have been searching and searching for an engineering job, but after three months I have only had two interviews, and they were on the phone. How can I better position myself?

First thing, make sure to visit – geared toward engineering job seekers – that is simply all we do! Next thing is to improve your networking, specifically find someone to help sell you. Any idea who sells you besides you? RECRUITERS – try to get in touch with a recruiter, they get paid by placing you in a position – and not by you, by the company in need of your services. A recruiter will have the inside track to the company looking and most likely will have worked with the company in the past.


Thank you again for listening. That’s it for now, next installment in two weeks – don’t forget to send your Dear Huddie questions to