How to Land Your First Engineering Job If You Have Limited Experience

“Work to become, not to acquire” – Elbert Hubbard

While early in your career or while transitioning from one industry to another, it could be challenging to land a job while you have limited experience. I’m not going to sugar coat it – it is quite hard for many people.

Sometimes it seems like the “chicken or the egg” problem – you need a job to get experience, but nobody seems to want to hire you if you have limited experience!

While it can be difficult, it is certainly possible and everything can be worked out, especially if you have the determination and mindset to accomplish what needs to be done. Many people have done this before and most of the principles that we can apply are the same as traditional job transitions.

To do this, you must establish these 3 things:

  1. Determine what you really want to do so you have clarity on which path to take
  2. Identify your existing skills that you bring to the table and skills that you can still develop and learn to bring more value to the company that you want to be hired at
  3. Most importantly, network with your friends and colleagues and build relationships from your outreach

When people get to know you and who you are as a person, they will be likely to recommend you to particular jobs or let you know of opportunities that might be a fit. This approach is much, much more successful than endlessly scrolling on job ads and applying to whatever you see available.

Sometimes you just have to find and talk to those people who are willing to give you a chance. The more you talk to people, the more chances that you can find those who will see your growing value. Keep working on it, keep believing in yourself, and see what can happen because of your efforts.

Finally, I invite you to not give up – work hard at this and get ready to land your first or next engineering job!

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