Center for Career Development – University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee – Center for Career Development

Engineering Student Plan: Senior Plan

  • Update your account and start searching for jobs on HIRE-A-VOL, submitting your polished resume to positions and registering for interviews by September 1st. Continue to check HIRE-A-VOL at least once a week for new positions and watch for e-mails on career opportunities.
  • Participate in the Center for Career Development workshops and all special Center for Career Development’s/Student Group sponsored career events, including the “Career Success for Engineers Kick-Off” in September.
  • Schedule a “Practice Interview” with the Center for Career Development before the Fall Job Fair.
  • Research graduate schools of interest and watch for application deadlines. Review the Graduate School resources on the website.
  • Learn how to conduct a thorough job search campaign and update your career plan by meeting with your career consultant.
  • Create your plan of action for your job search and your companies of interest by the Fall Job Fair (usually in September). Over half of the job offers for seniors graduating in May will be made based on this fair. Be sure to review the Job Fair Tips for Engineers.
  • Follow up with contacts you have made through your networking efforts.
  • Identify salary ranges and think about salary negotiations and benefits important to you. Information on this is available from your career consultant and through the career website.
  • Continue with the process until your goal of employment or graduate school has been achieved.
  • Be sure that you have your offer in writing and accept only when you are ready to commit. Once you have accepted an offer, notify other employers with whom you have interviewed that you are withdrawing from consideration.
  • Complete the Graduate Placement Survey (on your HIRE-A-VOL account) to let the Center for Career Development know about your new position.
  • Begin preparing for the transition to your first successful year on the job and remember that you can always use the Center for Career Development as an alumnus.

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