Since I am a graduating senior from college this year (as opposed to just a senior, which I was last year), I have been going strong with the job hunt. Thanks to a career fair on campus in mid-September, I have actually had a pretty large number of leads and a decent number of interviews. I really wasn’t expecting the career fair to produce much going in, but was pleasantly surprised by it. My approach came down to:
- Ask the recruiter to tell you more about their company beyond what you already know about them (in the case of some companies, I actually knew who they were, so would mention that and then ask for more information).
- Follow that up with “how can my [insert professional interest here] fit into your company” or “what kind of [insert professional interest here] opportunities do you have?”
- From here, it became a case-by-case situation dependent upon what I was interested in that they mentioned, and any questions I might have had. To stand out from other candidates, I told some about projects that I have worked on over the summer and also told a few of the recruiters about the senior design project I am working on (to be discussed a bit in a later post).
You really cannot beat a strong resume though. Because of my large amount of professional experience at 3 different companies during my college career, I had an easy time finding additional material to discuss with those companies of actual interest (there were some that I talked to who just had absolutely NO opportunities to offer me, or were simply not situated to even need my talents and interests).
So, to give a small list of some of the companies I have applied to already, partially but not all due to discussions at the career fair, are (career fair contacts, and then the rest):
- Wipro – applied.
- Booz Allen Hamilton – on-campus interview scheduled for 10/14.
- NSA – applied.
- Cardlytics – haven’t gotten back to me via email yet, will follow up soon.
- Endgame Systems – no online application, awaiting a call from them, but haven’t heard yet.
- Barracuda Networks – applied.
- Capital IQ – have gone through an on-campus interview with them.
- — non-career fair opportunities —
- Google – ON SITE INTERVIEW AT THEIR MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA OFFICE ON 10/18, ALL EXPENSES PAID!! Excited, obviously.
- Manhattan Associates – applied and was personally told I would hear from them, but haven’t yet.
- Factset – interviewed with them on 9/16, haven’t heard back though.
- Cisco – applied.
- Neustar – was my summer job, an am part-timing with them still. Will likely discuss this opportunity with them further in November.
The Google one is obviously VERY exciting, and we’ll see how the on-site interview goes on 10/18. Considering that they are flying me out there, and putting me up for 2 nights, I am SUPER stoked about it!!