Dear Huddie

Dear Huddie: Still Not Landing That First Engineering Job

January 24, 2014

Back for installment 26 of Dear Huddie – we may have enough to fill a book! But how would we keep it on the shelf?

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Dear Huddie – love the articles and the positive thinking – however, I find it tough to stay upbeat when I can’t seem to land that first engineering job to start my career, any advice?

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I can feel your pain. We have all been there – from the resume being sent, then wait-wait-wait, to the interview process, then wait-wait-wait, then the final wait, then waiting on the decision. And if the choice is not in your favor, ouch! The reality is there are more engineers than jobs – and in some cases you could be competing with the same 20 to 30 people for those same 4 to 5 jobs – so 25 engineers will go through the process and come out without a job. This process will repeat many times over.

One key is learning from our mistakes. If you have gone to 4 to 5 interviews and not landed a job, it’s probably a good idea to reevaluate internally. What is going wrong? Sometimes it can be things out of our control. Maybe the others interviewing have more experience or better qualifications. But thus the need to reevaluate – there is nothing wrong with contacting the individuals who interviewed you and simply asking if there was any particular reason they did not hire you. Careful – the truth may hurt.

Gather all the information you can about why people passed you over, and try to improve your portfolio. While there is nothing you can do about other people’s experience or qualifications, you can drop down a bit and take a job you might not want, but would give you the experience you need. This could include jobs in places you are not interested in moving to – sorry, you might have to suck it up. There might be a job that does not have the pay scale you were hoping for – sorry, you might have to suck it up.

So keep plugging away, if necessary pick a spot that may be out of your comfort zone in order to get to the end zone!

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