Job Searching During COVID-19 Resources
The Washington Center (TWC.edu) has generously shared their job search guide and, with their permission, we have adapted it to UK. You can download it at: Guide for Graduates in the Age of COVID-19
After the COVID-19 pandemic forced our university to shift to remote classes, advising and events, our office hosted two webinars, and you can watch the recording here:
April 28, 2020 webinar: Job Search During COVID-19: https://youtu.be/VsE0qSu0sVA
May 19, 2020 webinar: Graduating into a tough economy with four UK Engineering Alumni who graduated 2009-2010: https://youtu.be/5D-o1LZvDFk
UK’s online career management system, Handshake, allows you to apply for jobs and internships and sign up for on-campus interviews 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere in the world! Many local, state, national and even international employers conduct interviews on UK’s campus during the fall and spring semesters. Don’t miss out on this chance to land an interview! You can also make your resume available for review by employers, find specific contacts at an organization and view company information sessions through Handshake. You can access the student site here.
Alumni Seeking New Challenges in the Field of Engineering
UK Alumni have access to our career management system, Handshake (uky.joinhandshake.com) and all other resources offered through Handshake to search for positions that require experience. We encourage our employers to post positions for alumni as well as current students on Handshake. In addition, we have created an "engineering alumni jobs" page, which pulls positions posted on Handshake for alumni onto one easy to find place. If you would like your posting included there, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we pull it off Handshake and list it on the alumni jobs page.
Our UK Alumni Association also has two dedicated career counselors on staff. They organize biweekly job club meetings, and are available for one on one consultations.
The University of Kentucky has a resource available to UK students to help them find internships or full-time positions abroad. The site also gives you detailed country career guides on common customs and information on a number of foreign countries.
F 1 Visa Students: Goin’ Global provides statistics on companies in the United States that have sponsored prospective employees’ visas in the past. This can be a valuable resource for your job search, as it gives you an indication of whether a company commonly sponsors, or hardly ever does.
Going Global can be accessed through the tabs: Career Center -> Resource in the Handshake system, as it is limited to students with a UK Handshake account.
For Internships abroad, please also check out IAESTE, which can help you find internships in over 80 countries in Science, Engineering, Architecture and Math. You can view a recent webinar that was given to UK students: IAESTE Webinar (Attention: Large File - 120 MB)
Use CandidCareer.com, A FREE and convenient way to explore careers. View informational videos online, anytime, anywhere. Hear the personal stories of professionals, and get insight and advice about their jobs. This resource can be accessed through the tabs: Career Center -> Resources in the Handshake system. Access is limited to students with a UK Handshake account.
Through Handshake's resources page, UK students have access to Vault, which offers a lot of opportunities to research jobs, careers, career fields and companies. Vault has a lot of peer information about interview processes, as well as recent news about a company that you may want to know about before going into an interview.
Practice answering interview questions by recording yourself. Consider forwarding the interviews to others for feedback. This resource can be accessed through the Career Center -> Resource tabs in the Handshake system, as it is limited to students with a UK Handshake account.
Find and apply for jobs with a streamlined approach to managing and saving job search documents and information. This resource can be accessed through the Career Center -> Resource tabs in the Handshake system, as it is limited to students with a UK Handshake account.
This is a convenient website that helps you connect majors with careers. For each major that interests you, you can find an outline of common career areas, typical employers and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. You can access this resource through the Handshake Resources page, https://uky.joinhandshake.com/articles/6468
O*NET OnLine is an application that was created for the general public to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information. O*NET OnLine offers a variety of search options and occupational data, while My Next Move is a streamlined application for students and job seekers. Both applications were developed for the U.S. Department of Labor by the National Center for O*NET Development. https://www.onetonline.org/
Engineering industry-specific job search sites
These sites are not sponsored or endorsed by the College of Engineering, but they are excellent ways to start looking for a job. Be sure to contact us to get resume and interview advice.
Chegg Internship searches and Internship advice
Chegg Internships. Students can access more than 75K internship opportunities and browse resources designed to help them find the right internship. Whether Cover Letter Resource Guides or Tips to nail that interview, Chegg has them covered.
Zip Recruiter Job search resources:
LinkedIn Job search resources:
Civil Engineering Jobs:
Search by geographic region: http://www.ceecareers.com/
Careers in the Plastics Industry:
Career Networking and Job Search for Women Engineers:
Women Engineers Recruitment Center (WERC): www.womenengineers.com. The WERC environment enables both sides to connect--in real-time--from the convenience of the home or office. This is open to all levels of women engineers ranging from current students to those highly experienced. When you create a profile on the site, you will have access to leading companies such as: Intel, Boston Scientific, Facebook, Google, Boeing, Microsoft, Apple, General Electric, 3M, Ford, Verizon and more. Companies will host their own virtual career fairs, open houses and chat sessions, and we will also host multi-company engineer focused virtual career fairs throughout the year.
TalentDesk Career Finder
Career Finder is a free-to-use tool that leverages US Bureau of Labor Statistics data, tens of thousands of job postings, and data from over 2 million respondents with 360 careers and over 140 majors to help students find career paths and current job openings related to their field of study, including civil engineering, environmental engineering and many other disciplines.