What do I need do to land the job I want?
START EARLY! It takes time to find a job. You should begin the job search process as early as possible in your academic career. It is never too late to start.
Take advantage of the Career Center Job Fairs and College of Engineering annual Fall Picnic! FREE FOR STUDENTS and ALUMNI TO ATTEND!
While a high GPA, related experience and passing the FE Exam (for most majors) are HUGE benefits, there are many non-technical skills that are just as important, such as professionalism, business-minded, solid communication skills, leadership abilities, pro-active/self-starter/risk taker, and/or international experience. The Lee College of Engineering and the University Career Center are always working together to help make your job search successful:
- Linda Thurman, College of Engineering Director for Student Professional Development and Employer Relations: 704‑687‑5024, Smith 228F
- Megan Corkery, Engineering Career Advisor for the University Career Center: 704‑687‑0798, Atkins 150
A great NACE article for International Students (F1, H1B visas) seeking a job.
How do I get started?
- Resume: Write or update your resume and have it reviewed by at least two qualified people. Use these links to view a variety of sample resumes: sample resume, resume sample, functional resume (for more experienced individuals with a lot of related experience, a functional resume may make more sense to present one’s qualificiations)
- Cover Letter and References: Write a draft of your cover letter. Every letter you send will need to be specific for the company and job you are pursuing. However, it is a good idea to have a draft ready to modify. This should also be reviewed by a few qualified people. Ask previous employers and faculty to serve as references for you. Prepare a separate page with references and contact information. Use these links to view a variety of sample cover and thank you letters: cover letter sample, sample thank you letter (thank you letters are formatted similar to a cover letter however they are written AFTER the interview has taken place typically).
- Career Expo and Job Fairs: Attend the University Career Center’s Career Expos and Job Fairs. This is the most important opportunity for you to meet local employers who are interested in hiring UNC Charlotte graduates. Take at least 10+ copies of your revised resume, dress professionally, and be ready to talk for 10-30 seconds about what you have to offer an employer.
- Hire-A-Niner: Register at the University Career Center’s database of jobs and resumes. You can search job postings from around the country. Great tool for both students AND alumni!
- Upload a current version of your resume and keep it updated.
- Keep your contact information current. Companies often request resumes from the University Career Center to help them fill open positions. You will want them to be able to reach you!
- Review job postings on the Hire-A-Niner weekly. Contact companies immediately about open positions and use the LINKED IN option to increase your chances!
- On-Campus Interviews: Register for On-Campus Interviews through Hire-A-Niner. Many companies interview students at the Career Center during the Fall and Spring semesters. This is an easy way to access potential full-time jobs. Review the upcoming schedule frequently and follow instructions to sign-up for interviews. It is also important to prepare in advance for the interview by doing research on the company. To learn more about the interviewing process and prepareing for the interview as well as to access typically interviewing questionss. EEO laws (be sure you know what is an acceptable question or topic to discuss during the interview).
- Company Research: Investigate companies that you have an interest in. Identify contact people who can help you learn about open positions in that company. Not all companies post open positions with the University Career Center. The Career Center staff can, however, help you locate contacts at many local companies.
- Friends and Family: Talk to friends and family about your job search. You never know who will have a good contact or could help you find that great job!
- For tips on the job search use this link: Job search tips, Job-searching-when-you-are-employed, Be persistent: Stay in touch with employers you meet at job fairs, through research or through your friends and family. Call them regularly to let them know that you are still interested and to inquire about open positions. Don’t be afraid to request an interview.
- Ask for help: Linda Thurman and the Career Center Staff are here to help you be successful in your job search. Contact them regularly and ask for help as you need it.
- Report your job: The College of Engineering would like to know where you will be working! Once you have accepted a job let us know. Contact Linda Thurman.
- Keep your network working and up-to-date. Continue to keep in touch with faculty, alumni and classmates. CLEAN UP YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE!
- Use social media sites, however, try to attend networking socials or meetings (like professional societies) when possible. Nothing takes the place of meeting people one-on-one.
- What are the current average starting salaries by major? The Career Center typically has this information available for students as does Linda Thurman.