UAB Engineering Masters Degree No Excuses AcceptedI received an email from a guy who wants a new job. Of course, I counseled him on all the things I've shared on here about the reverse interview, networking, and Three Steps to Being Employed. And yet, I still received this message:

Basically, I want to work in the engineering field (Power, control or telecommunication) with a little bit of programming. The major problem with me is, I did not go for a co-op or an intern during my time at college. Most of the jobs are looking for experience.

I would like to start with a programming field and later switch to the core engineering field. Or engineering company that do (sic) a little bit of software (programming).

For now I feel like my wish may not be fulfilled in this harsh economical times. Most of the companies that I have applied haven't replied. Others are on hire freeze. I have talked to a few recruiting firm using both email and telephone and they promised to let me know as soon as they get some openings.

Lastly, I want go back to graduate school as I work. (sic)

My response:

OK – you are working it the wrong way. You are doing all the things I told you do NOT work and not doing the things I told you that work. And if you want to believe the idea that “ For now I feel like my wish may not be fulfilled in this harsh economical times."....fine with me... .but what a waste.

People are hiring NOW. Multiple people I know have used what I told them and NOW have jobs- and jobs they want. There is always an excuse for not getting what you want – but the real problem is looking at you in the mirror.

You were told how to do this – and yet you want to go out and talk to recruiting firms and “apply” to companies. If you keep doing this enough — it might get you a job. But there's only an 8% chance that will pay off.

My suggestion.....

Quit making excuses. Your email is loaded with them.

Bad economy – Excuse. People ARE hiring NOW.

People are getting jobs. No COOP – Excuse. You cannot change the past. Be proactive towards the future.

Companies are looking for experience – Excuse. Go and get some experience. Any way you can. Volunteer if you have to. It's all about priorities.

They have not replied to you – Excuse. You have to get the right people and go after them.

They promised to let you know – Excuse. Do not wait on them – they will likely never call.

No one wants to hire someone with excuses – they want people who get it done. So do it now. In fact, you hate people who make excuses – you want to be the get it done guy.

Figure out WHO you want to be like. Who is in this area is where you want to be? Don’t know? Sounds like to me leaders with companies like Revere Control, Alabama Power, etc, etc, etc, etc . (Please do not be limited by these names.) Get on LinkedIN and search. See who is connected to who. Search the keywords you mentioned. Keep searching and looking for people who sound like they are doing what you would LOVE to be doing. Find how you are connected, get introduced, and seek them out. If you need – start with those I can connect you with.

That stuff I told you in the IEM class was not just for joy – it REALLY works. You are not seeing what I said about people and their careers – if you go our route you will get a job, might be OK, and later you will be looking for another but have no idea how to get there. Your degree might be over – but now is the time to make it work FOR YOU.

Dr. Dale Callahan is the Director of IEM and a contributing writer for the IEM Blog. His thoughts here represent the types of topics covered in the Entrepreneurial courses he teaches IEM clients.

Thanks to DaleCallahan.com for this article.