Updated: Apr 30
All those students who are about to get graduated from the university are likely to be considering their options for the future. If you are looking for a job and you have not yet secured a campus placement, it's not really late to start thinking about what kind of work you'd wish to do.
It might be a frightening idea to consider - How to get started? What steps should you take to be prepared for finding a job that can match your expectations?
Here are 3 strong tips for you to get started.
1. Determine your objectives
Despite the fact that there is an endless supply of career opportunities available, figuring out where your profile can match perfectly might be tough at times. A good idea to begin can be to review multiple industries or organizations or the sectors along with various career responsibilities that you find most intriguing. Then you can surf through the currently available job vacancies in those areas of interest.
Among the industries that chemical engineers work in include (but not limited to) 'Oil and Gas', 'Petrochemical', 'Pharmaceutical', 'FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods)', 'Fine and Specialty Chemicals', 'Polymers', 'Biomedical', 'Biotechnology', 'Cosmetics', 'Fertilizers', 'Pulp and Paper', 'Healthcare', 'Safety and Environment', etc. Chemical engineers also work in a variety of other fields. For a comprehensive grasp of all these industries, you can go through a variety of things. You can read online about all these sectors, you can probably read the chemical engineering journals available in your department. The most useful option is to have a talk with the people who are actually employed in all these sectors. Recently, there have been multiple events wherein chemical industry personnel is present with their services/products. You can attend all such events. A good example of such an event is Chemtech Expo.
At the end of this review comes figuring out what is the best suitable place for you!
2. Know almost everything about the company
After you've identified a position that interests you, you'll need to get into details of the same by conducting a thorough investigation. Try to search about the company as much as you can. Although this might not always be helpful, you can talk to someone who's an existing employee or an ex-employee of the company. Try to find out about the company from the news, for example, if they have any big announcement or any large scale project that is going on in the company. With this kind of insight, you can make a firm decision about whether it is appealing to you or not.
3. Attractive Resume and Cover Letter
The most important point to keep in mind is that the same resume can’t be sent to all the companies. Make sure that your resume and cover letter are tailored to the particular position for which you are going to apply or have applied.
Try to keep your resume simple and adhere to a straightforward and uniform format. Your resume can include right from your achievements to your projects to your co-curricular or extra-curricular activities (showcasing leadership skills and teamwork) to your hobbies and other important details. A good resume will always have titles followed by bullet points showing your individual contribution. You can use our guide '3 tips for a job winning resume for a fresher'.
While answering questions in the online job applications, be careful about your responses before submitting them. You can always prepare your answers separately and then copy-paste them into the application form.
Various companies have their own referral programs. If you are making use of such a program and going to put the name of the person who referred you in the application, make sure to have a detailed conversation with that person about this.
If you’re sending the resume and cover letter via email, double-check all your documents for errors and also check whether you've uploaded the relevant files.