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Suggestions to the young engineer

The chapter was recently asked by a young engineer graduate to review their resume and make some suggestions on employment opportunities. They expressed interest in going after the Engineer In Training (EIT) status and Professional Engineer (PE) license at some future point. Their resume was very good showing strong progressive achievements in both academics and work experience up to this point, but some things were missing. Following is the advice we provided:

A. The best employment opportunities lately are with the Federal Government for several reasons: They are hiring, they have lots of engineering jobs available, the process is easy and getting easier, and you can do it online. I recommend a methodical weekly review of jobs available and applications made.

Enough said, but in case you missed it the first time, they are hiring.

B. Resume building and more: Here is a recommendation for you to consider: Join up with the engineering society of your discipline and maybe also a specialty subgroup that fits your interest and be an active member. It might be expensive to your budget, but it will give you an established beginning of membership and your associates can be your friends for life, willing to help you get that job you are seeking, and the next job, and perhaps a future one down the road some time from now.

Be an active member and participate as much as your schedule allows. Go to the meetings and meet people and let them get to know you. Take copies of your resume in your pocket when you go to meetings. If you can’t afford the expensive meal at the meeting, tell the president you want to attend but want to skip the meal (and why).

C. The more part, making friends: You will meet PEs who you will need to have their endorsements on your application papers when you apply down the road, and they will need to specify how long they have known you. The clock starts now when you join the common association and that will be the reference point, how long you have been in association and known them, more accurately how long they have known you. It will help if you work with them or are otherwise visibly active on some chapter projects over time. You will get to know them and vice versa. This is called making friends with peers and work associates.

D. Here is another suggestion, bonus points: Consider doing some community volunteer work, a good addition to your resume, and the process will provide some opportunities to meet people (who can help you). Your engineering societies always have opportunities like being a judge at an annual county or local science fair for high school and middle schools. The judges come from companies, from engineering societies, and other groups. Your next employer or your membership in an engineering society will offer such opportunities. This is very good addition for your resume.

How can I make these statements? It is a reflection on my personal experience. It works!

In summary, your engineering society is there for your benefit. It is also a two way street. You need to actively participate and give some time and effort to it to receive some benefit back. We offer specialty training programs to build your resume and get your PE license, opportunities to work projects in management positions, to meet people and make friends for life. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

(Submitted by Bruce Petro, PE)

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