We invite our St. Thomas alum to share with us their “how I found my job” story. We share one story below from someone who wanted to work outside the state of Minnesota.
I knew I wanted a job in Tucson AZ where my girlfriend is, so I started trying to connect with people down there.
- I searched LinkedIn and found a lot of engineers down there work for [R______]. I researched the company and was interested in their work.
- I checked for hiring events nearby with [R_____] at them, but there were none.
- I started monitoring [R_____’s] job site and applied to relevant positions as they appeared.
- I tried connecting with a few people there through my girlfriend and [a professor] here, who both knew people at [R______]. They were able to give me some information, but no help as far as name drops or job openings.
- I also found [R_______] recruiters on LinkedIn and tried to message them, but they didn’t respond.
- I followed one of the recruiters so that her posts showed up on my feed, and one of her posts advertised a university programs digital meet and greet event coming up, so I signed up for it. That event was what really got me into the running for their jobs. By the time the event came around, I had applied to somewhere around 8 to 10 of their job postings online and had heard nothing.
- At the event I talked to an engineering recruiter who happened to be from the Tucson office (that was lucky). She asked if I had applied to any jobs, I said yes, she asked if I felt qualified for the jobs I had applied for, and I said yes. She asked which jobs they were, so I sent her the requisition numbers. I had a call from a hiring manager the next day thoroughly impressed with my resume asking to fly me down for an interview and I got another call the next week. So two interviews got scheduled for the same trip.
- I got offered one of the jobs the day of the interview (a few hours after I left), and the other job was offered to me the following Monday. I accepted one, and I’ve been working through hiring documents and waiting to graduate since then.
Jennifer’s Comments – lessons to pull from this story — a) you’ll save time by identifying a specific industry or organization on which to focus your networking, b) try to connect with a company recruiter (or staff member with hiring ability); this alum used social networking tools, and c) the most effective contact is when you can meet in person, at career fairs, recruiting events, or informational interviews.
It is more difficult to find a job out-of-state if you are not living there, but given some time, persistence, and ingenuity, you can do it!