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Engineering honors graduate who can't find a job. Help?

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I graduated with honors in mechanical engineering from an accredited university. I have no internship experience but have many school and personal projects. I like to apply in bulk (20-30) applications at a time. Back in November and December, I was called by about 10 employers the next day. Now, I'm lucky to be contacted by three staffing agencies.

Larger companies like Caterpillar and Boeing seem to require at least 2 years experience because I've applied to about 10 of them and have not been contacted afterwards. Research seems to indicated starting salary for recent ME graduate with less than 1 year experience is ~$55k/year-$65k/year. Having said that, I rejected a job offer (after 4 interviews) because they offered me $21.50/hour (about $43k/year).

Am I doing something wrong? Should I have taken that job? Maybe my resume needs work even though I had several school engineering advisers revise it. Maybe I'm applying at the wrong places (I usually search "mechanical engineer" at Indeed, Career builder, Zip recruiter, LinkedIn, school career website and click through each one and apply to one's that require no experience and seem interesting to me). Any tips are highly appreciated.

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I would be applying to any matching jobs, even if the posting says that it requires a couple years experience. I know at my company, the postings usually say they want people with X years of experience, but I've seen times where they hire someone with less. And you can reference some of your bigger school projects when discussing experience. Just show that you're willing to learn new things, quickly.

Also, if it's an accredited university, I would leverage the career resources and network that way as well. There's bound to be other recent graduates from recent years that were in the exact same position that you can get into contact with.
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Stay in school & get a masters
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what city do you live in,have ou a linkedin account, change your resume,

https://engineeringmanagementinst...nies-work/

Mechanical engineering resume keywords
•Analysis
•BSME
•Building
•CAD
•Design
•Development
•Drawings
•Electrical
•Engineering
•Equipment
•HVAC
•Manufacturing
•Mechanical
•Performance
•Product
•SolidWorks
•Systems
•Team
•Technical
•Testing
https://www.jobscan.co/blog/resum...gineering/
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Welcome to the world of outsourced engineering and IT. The propaganda the engineering and tech schools spew that give students the idea that they are all going to work for Amazon or MS and make 100k a year to start is just that, propaganda. For ex., my niece's boyfriend graduated a year ago with a CS degree with a good GPA for a decent school and has yet to get even an offer. Told him not to go into CS, but no one ever listens to the guy who worked 30 years in the field....but I digress. He has the typical millennial attitude that he is entitled to a job and should start at 80k lol and does not want to work at stuff "beneath" him like testing, data analyst, etc lol. Enjoy working at the supermarket as a stock boy.


Bottom line is you have to take whatever job you can get to start and get some experience. Companies by and large do not like to hire fresh outs and to make matters worse they can go to outsourced people in India for literally $12 a hour or less. Lower your expectations and start applying for any job that you can remotely handle in your field. Adjust the resume to show whatever relevant projects, work, internships, etc. hitting the usual buzzwords as someone else already noted.

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Welcome to the world of outsourced engineering and IT. The propaganda the engineering and tech schools spew that give students the idea that they are all going to work for Amazon or MS and make 100k a year to start is just that, propaganda. For ex., my niece's boyfriend graduated a year ago with a CS degree with a good GPA for a decent school and has yet to get even an offer. Told him not to go into CS, but no one ever listens to the guy who worked 30 years in the field....but I digress. He has the typical millennial attitude that he is entitled to a job and should start at 80k lol and does not to work at stuff "beneath" him like testing, data analyst, etc lol. Enjoy working at the supermarket as a stock boy.


Bottom line is you have to take whatever job you can get to start and get some experience. Companies by and large do not like to hire fresh outs and to make matters worse they can go to outsourced people in India for literally $12 a hour or less. Lower your expectations and start applying for any job that you can remotely handle in your field. My 2 cents. Adjust the resume to show whatever relevant projects, work, internships, etc. hitting the usual buzzwords as someone else already noted.

Oh, and do NOT compound the problem by spending more time and money getting a Masters degree. When you get a job, you likely will be able to get the company to pay for you to get a Master's degree at night. No one is going to hire you just because you have a Masters over Bachelors in the Engineering field with rare exception. There are some industries (like Physics or Chemistry) where a PhD or Masters might help get you through the door, but not in Engineering generally.

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Asuuming you don't have a criminal record, the gov is always hiring civilian, and or militaty, generally low-paid enrty level engineers. They generally provide structured training an annual promotions up to a certain "full performance" level, Normally, after you are trained and working at full performance, you have options to apply for transfers closer to geographic locations you desire. You can typically get employment with government contracors or promotions at gpvernment headquarters locations.

The key to gaining gov civilian employment is to accept a wide range of geographic locations that you will accept.

Below are some open Air Force civilian mechanical engineers job announcements that continuously hire engineers due tp shortages:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/Vi.../495488800

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/Vi.../494978300

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/Vi.../494987700

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/Vi.../482560400

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/Vi.../483784000

If you are interested, post the states you are intersted in and I will recommend closest geo locations to choose to increase your odds of selection.

Good luck!
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Be willing to move. You didn't explicitly say it in the OP but I took it as you weren't willing to move to get a job.
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could be your resume is too generic. you should tailor it to the place and job you are applying for. if you are going to apply for gov jobs, that is the key. it has to score well for you to get an interview. so regurgitating keywords from the post is how you do it.

that said, I'd also go to company sites and look at their job postings. don't just rely on the 3rd party job resources.

just out of curiosity, what accredited university? if it is a shitty online one, your expectations might be too high.
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Be ready to move...and go with a staffing agency to get experience if need be.
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If you are unemployed or not currently working a job utilizing your degree and were offered $43k, why wouldn't you have accepted? Did you have another job/offer? Take what you can get, start building your experience, keep looking and applying for interesting/relevant positions, and leave if/when you get another offer.
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As much as you want to get paid for all the education you went through your going to start from the bottom and have to move to the top little by little (unless you get lucky or have some good connections).

As it was said a lot of big companies outsources the jobs making it harder for people in the actual country to get a good job. Another big factor is the area of supply in demand sometimes you have to relocate to start your career. If I were you I would of tooken the offer you get experience and than it would be easier to get another job because you have actual experience.
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I've interviewed engineers and hired them for multiple employers over the years. Hiring a graduate without any experience is very rare for any eng company. Any form of engineering experience (designer, tech, etc) will help you get in the door. Get some experience at any salary to start. A master's definitely helps but experience is more important to start.

Federal govt jobs don't pay that bad if you graduated with honors. Don't automatically rule it out. Very easy to get a master's this way.
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