Action Points

  • Recognize that finding a job will take a long time, and prepare your resume and start looking for jobs early.
  • Constantly review advertisements in science and engineering magazines and journals, in newspapers in cities where science and engineering employment centers are, and on the Internet.
  • Know yourself so that when you see an opening, you can market yourself—your education, skills, and attributes.
  • For research positions, practice presentation of your research before faculty and fellow students.
  • Visit your university's career-planning center or library to read some of the many publications that provide guidance in resume preparation and interviewing.
  • If you are at the PhD level, understand that academic interviews and resumes are different from those for other positions.

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