Does submitting online applications feel ineffective and unsatisfying? Consistently, data show that the majority of Duke engineering master’s students find their post-graduation jobs using alternate methods. In fact, connecting with other people often exceeds websites as the largest source of post-grad job offers, and this is most true in the US market.
How do you get started building a network when job or internship searching? Our colleague at Fuqua, Steve Dalton, has literally written the book on job search outreach with The 2-Hour Job Search. His background includes a chemical engineering degree and MBA. His directions for an outreach-based job search will be especially effective for those who want clear directions and no fluff.
We recommend starting by following his recipe.
- Learn the elements of a 2-Hour Job Search.
- Watch the October Two Hour Job Search presentation to Duke grad students. We were thrilled to co-host this annual event and make a new recording available to you.
- Get a copy of his book, the 2020 edition. It’s short with clear directions and has all of the information you might need. Duke Library has copies.
- Join the 2HJS LinkedIn group to ask questions and get clarification from Steve and a community of searchers using the method in their search.
- Make and sort your LAMP list, identifying your top six target companies.
- Find a potential contact and send your first 6-point email.
- Mark your calendar using the 3B7 method.