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Asked by Sean on November 29, 2017

I’m graduating in 2 weeks with a MS in Aerospace Engineering. My interests are with aerodynamics and advanced design, but there're limited listed openings in that area. I’ve applied to 12, sent a couple cold emails, and had one phone screen. If I don’t make progress, is it better to apply to more jobs outside of my direct interests, but that I qualify for, or get a part-time while I keep looking?

Answered by Alyssa, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on November 30, 2017

Congratulations on graduation!  This is an exciting time for you. If you aren't making progress in your direct line of work I would suggest you first take a look at your resume and cover letter and make sure it is appealing to a company.  Sometimes a simple change can make your resume more clear.  Also, if you are comfortable exploring your options, then do so! It doesn't hurt to look outside your direct interests to find a position that is slightly different from your path.  Good luck! 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on December 5, 2017

Congrats on graduation!  I hope you are feeling proud of your accomplishment.

Are you networking? Applying and cold calling can be totally adequate pathways to your dream job, but knowing someone who can put your resume a the top of the pile can make all the difference.  I know it isn't always easy to get yourself in front of the right people, but LinkedIn can help make an introduction...as can mixers put on by your alma mater, professional organizations in your field, classmates, etc.

I always vote for going after the big dream.  Now is the time to do it!  I also like to eat and keep a roof over my head.  There is no shame in taking work where you can get it and continuing to chase the job you truly want. 

Best of luck!

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