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Employer Perspective: Tips to Land Your First Full-Time Job


The week’s blog is written by John Klaus, Recruiter for Ariel Corporation.

There is no magic formula for landing your first full-time job. However, there are steps that you can take to put yourself in a better position. Know what you like. Do your research. Be a pro.

Know What You Like

You may not know exactly what you want to do with your engineering degree, but you should know what drew you to your major and what you’ve found to be gratifying from your class work, lab work and internship/co-op experience. Employers do not want to hire full-time employees that don’t know what they want to do when they grow up. Rather than indicating that you are not sure what you want to do for a living, point out that you really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of engineering (as an example). You may prefer a hands-on environment opposed to sitting at a desk all day. Acknowledging those type of desires to both yourself and potential employers will go a long way towards determining if a company and job is a good fit for you.

Do Your Research

Your first full-time job is a big deal. Do your research on a potential employer and their industry. Dropping a nugget of information in an interview that had to be researched shows that you are serious about the role. Warning – don’t be cheesy and don’t make it too intentional. If you come across as disingenuous, your research will have been a waste of time. Another way of showing a genuine interest is by asking intelligent, researched questions. If you don’t have any legitimate questions about a role or a potential new industry, an employer may wonder if you are a serious candidate. 

Be a Pro

Simply be professional as you go about your search. Follow up appropriately, but don’t be a pest. If you are not genuinely interested in a role, let someone else pursue that job. The worst case scenario is accepting a role and then rescinding that acceptance. Burning bridges is never a good idea. If you are unsure about an offer or need more time, don’t accept it. The company that is the right fit will provide you the proper amount of time. If it feels like a company is pressuring you, it might not be the right situation. 

An engineering degree from OSU is a great start! If you can work towards these three steps, your first full-time job is likely to be the right job for you!  

"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." —Dwayne Johnson

Engineering Career Services is proud to partner with Ariel Corporation as part of our 2023-24 ECS Partner Program.