(Closed) Engineer Bees, I need your advice please!

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

skplue:  When I was searching for a job I found that people are looking for engineers that are fresh out of school or have 5+ years of experience (for civils, like me, that means you usually have your PE by then). 

What are the qualifications for the jobs he is looking at? Is he looking at entry level jobs? Is he making it clear in his cover letters that he is definitely moving to Seattle? 

I do think with an electrical engineering degree that he will end up finding something and I also think that he will have more luck once you guys actually move there. I moved directly out of school and had no interviews/interest until I moved to my new state and was able to put that address on my resume.

 

Good luck!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I did recruiting work and I myself relocated to another state. It is not just an engineering thing. From personal experience, it’s not easy for anyone with only one year of experience to get a new job before physically relocating. Even though my resume said “Relocating to ____” I received a lot of responses along the lines of “You have a great resume, but call us when you actually live here.” It’s scary, but I think he’ll get more calls once you are actually there.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I am not an engineer, but my Fiance is in electrical engineering and we live in Seattle. There are so many great companies up here (both large and startup) and plenty of engineering jobs (especially computer/software engineering), but the competition is also extremely high. Many entry-level engineers here are applying with degrees from the University of Washington which is ranked very highly nationally (they’re 9th in the country for public universities and 6th in computer sicence). Where is his degree from? Obviously this isn’t the only thing that matters and I think he will eventually find a job up here, but it’s important to reaize that a hot job market also means lots of competition!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The book “What Color is Your Parachute” has a lot of great tips for job hunting, resume writing and interviewing. I recommend it to anyone searching for a job! (I’m a CivE).

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Another thing is….At only 1 year experience, he’s practically a new hire… but the thing is.. he’s a HE.  It has nothing to do with having 1 year more experience here imo.  I hate to say it, but young male engineers are a dime a dozen and many companys are trying to push diversity so a female engineer is likely a lot more desireable anywhere.  Female minority engineer, and I feel like you’re pretty much guarenteed a job if you can get an interview as long as you’re not a totally idiot during the interview.  I was offered a job for every interview I went on, and some of the interviews weren’t even testing me… they basically told me what they do there and asked me if I was interested.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

skplue:  Has he been networking? How is that going for him? I realize he works a lot, but he should be networking as much as he can, trying to make connections in the Seattle area. Are there any alumni from his school working for companies he is interested in? He should be doing informational interviews with them and trying to see if they can connect him with more people.

Even if he doesn’t get a job before he moves, there are always things he can do. Would it be possible for him to take on an internship at first? Sure, it won’t have benefits and might not pay well, but it’ll help him build connections in the area and that should help him get a job.  Are you also an engineer? If so, the fact that you may have a job soon could help him expand his network as well.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I second the networking idea. Looks like IEEE has a chapter in Seattle: http://sites.ieee.org/seattle/

he should join and see what resources they have. Also join LinkedIn to see what friends of friends are in the industry.

and yes, definitely see if his old professors or colleagues have any tips. It’s all about who you know!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

pinkshoes: This is unfortunately very true.

skplue:  The University of Washington also hosts many career fairs throughout the year. Some of these career fairs are specifically for electrical/mechincal engineering and they’re all open to the public. They offer great opportunities to network with recruitors, although it can be hard to attend to these if you live in a different state and your husband would be competing with engineerings with degrees from UW.

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