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Many factors should be considered during the search for a position.  Salary, location, size of company, opportunity for advancement, scope of work, projects, educational support, and others should be evaluated.  In any market, networking is an excellent way to surface job opportunities.  Also, professional associations can sometimes offer insight into market concentrations and available positions.

Employer Lists
Several societies contributing to the Career Cornerstone Center have compiled the following lists of employers.  While these lists are not considered to be all inclusive, they can be a good starting point for a job, internship, or coop search.

Internet Links
There are also a variety of websites that can help in identifying positions and narrowing a job search:

Career Cornerstone Center Profile Excerpts
The following excerpts from Cornerstone profiles offer examples of how they found their current positions:

Lori Laird

Biomedical Engineer
Guidant Corporation
Santa Clara, CA

"I found my job in a specialized field by expanding my job search, first by networking through members of the local ASME chapter, and second, by direct contacts with companies in my target industry."
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Thomas Niederkorn

Core Technology Leader
Procter & Gamble
Cincinnati, OH

"I learned about the job through a posting with the chair of the chemical engineering department, and I sent them a resume. It was kind of an interesting situation, because the job description was almost an identical fit to what I had done for my thesis. So there was some obvious common ground there. From that, we arranged an interview and the offer came."
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DeAnne Hellyer

Imaging Media Product Planner
Lexmark International
Lexington, KY

"When I was done with my undergraduate degree, before I decided to go to graduate school, I went through the placement office and looked at jobs. Then I made my decision to go to graduate school. When I finished with my graduate degree, I went through the career placement services there at Carnegie Mellon also. They had people from various companies come on-site, and that's where I did my interview and got the job offer."
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Stanley Gable

Section Supervisor
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY

"What's really interesting and this kind of goes against the laws of probability because when I was going back to graduate school, a lot of people said, 'What would you possibly do with a Masters in Mathematics?' I had no contact at all with Kodak, but for some reason, I thought, 'Well maybe I can work in a place like Kodak,' for no apparent reason I had that in the back of my mind. I didn't do anything in particular to single Kodak out. It was one of many companies I pursued or sent letters to but it turned out to be one of the few that I got responses from and I ended up being here. So it's a bit of a coincidence."
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Franklyn Hall

Chemical Engineer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

"Howard University had a career fair, actually it had two each year. One was more geared towards engineering, and the other was a general career fair. I took advantage of those. That's how I got my internships and made a lot of contacts, even people that I knew that I never had contact with. I was able to use some of those contacts to find out what the employment opportunities were at different companies, and that's actually how I got the opportunity to be interviewed here, through calling someone up who I hadn't even spoken with in probably about two years who I met at a career fair. I came in for an interview, and was hired a few months later."
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William Huang

Process/Specialty Engineer
Fluor Daniel Inc.
Sugar Land, TX

"Recruiting is the primary way to go about finding a job, but that's not the only way When I applied for my internship, I looked at the yellow pages. I called every engineering company and when I got to "F," Fluor Daniel actually offered me an interview over the phone. I think there are ways to look for leads. The newspaper is one way. You can kind of get an idea of what companies are hiring, what the industry and what the market is like. You can contact professional societies; they have contacts throughout the world in all areas of engineering and all industries. So I think if you only look at the recruiting aspect of on campus, you are limiting yourself. And also, you're competing with all the other students that you're attending classes with as well as at the other targeted universities."
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Carlton S. Serrette, E.I.T.

Project Engineer
Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
White Plains, NY

"I also do recruiting as part of my job. A lot of people think we look for the highest GPA, but we don't really.  We talk to people and see what their interests are. GPA it's good but it's not the only thing we look for. We see what their interests are - what their goals are - and see if it fits in with the goals of the company. So you know it's just not about your grades it's about what you want in life and what you want to do. So my advice to somebody looking for a job is you've got to be well rounded and know what you want to do."
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