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The Two-Hour Job Search

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Make and sort your LAMP list, identifying your top six target companies.
  3. Find a potential contact and send your first 6-point email.
  4. Mark your calendar using the 3B7 method.
  5. Repeat.

By Cameo Hartz (she/her or they/them)
Cameo Hartz (she/her or they/them) Assistant Director, Engineering Master's Career Services & Professional Development