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  1. Yeah, the thing is I'm pretty busy and also gonna be out of town until early February so 60+ days will likely push that to early April at best. Not the end of the world but with weddings and summer happening, I originally wanted to get everything done with by June. Oops, I done goofed.
  2. Okay, so I'll have a pretty slim chance to take it next quarter late May to early June then unless I apply immediately, huh? And even then, it sounds like it could be up to 3 months to get the Authorization to Test.
  3. I passed the 8 hour portion and have my 2+ years of experience already. If I apply around early February, when can I expect to get the green light to take the seismic and surveying exams? Do you register for the exams the quarter after you are approved? Basically, I'm hoping to take the exams around late May or early June. Sorry, I'm just not understanding the whole application system too clearly and any help and insight would be greatly appreciated.
  4. I will look into calling around those times as well as getting myself involved with local communities and alumni.
  5. Well, huh, I was totally unaware of the call to change the Master's requirement. Thanks for the heads up. I guess I will postpone my Master's degree plans indefinitely. Thanks for the heads up to Riverside. I don't have many friends or people that I know around there, but I'll still check it out. And when I said "I was wondering if you are able to help me with this," I meant if the person I was talking to would be able to address the question I raised but I guess it's a little fuzzy so I'll scrap that out. Also, the reason for calling earlier makes sense. Thanks.
  6. Real quick: Experience always trumps education No, you will not need a Masters for your PE Where are you located/looking for work? If you can get by financially, it isn't a bad idea to get your foot in the door by taking a lower paying position and then proving yourself I like the idea of calling or going in person to apply. Yeah, I figured/knew experience was generally better before but was considering education as an alternative and an in-the-meantime plan. As for the PE requirements, I read somewhere as well as heard from others that by 2020, the PE education requirement will be bumped up to a Master's degree. (Correct me if I'm wrong on this; I'll also double-check the Internet.) I'm currently located in Los Angeles (San Gabriel Valley) and would like to stay here/nearby in LA county, Orange county, or San Diego county. At the same time, I'm open to Norcal (SF/Bay area), Seattle, Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston), and Chicago since I have a few friends/family/acquaintances/connections spread around. And yeah, I don't have too big of a financial burden since I live at home, but that's the thing.. I can't even get a lower/intern position with my current method and efforts. I'm willing to pretty much take anything I can get, but the thing is I'm not getting anything. Lastly, I will be calling a few places towards the end of the week asking them if they could use a hand. Does it sound like a better idea to call toward the end of the week (like on a Thursday or Friday)? Also, since I'm unfamiliar with a lot of things in the engineering world, what would be the best time to reach them (early in the morning, right after lunch, late in the afternoon before they get off from work ~4:30pm) - when? And is my introduction satisfactory? "Hello, my name is ----. I'm a recent civil engineering graduate and I emailed the HR department a couple of weeks ago inquiring about any positions you might have. I was wondering if you are able to help me with this. Basically, I'm asking to see if you currently have any internship or entry-level positions available. I'm very flexible in what I'm willing to do. Can you direct me to someone I can talk to about this or the person in charge of hiring decisions? Thank you." I'm really glad the engineers on this forum are so helpful, insightful, and encouraging so far. Please continue to send feedback my way, critique my resume & cover letter, and fill in any blanks that seem to be missing. Thanks so much!!
  7. Hah, yeah, thanks for the good ol' slap in the face wake up call. I have been looking for internships as well as entry-level positions and I haven't been able to get either, which I guess is why I'm just getting impatient and frustrated with the whole fiasco. Also, for internships, they generally post that they're looking for people with later graduation dates so I'm not sure if I'm even eligible for them - though I still do apply, heh. I'll try the more personal phone/visit approach this coming week for local (smaller) firms that interest me. Also, with that, how does this sound? "Hello, my name is ----. I'm a recent civil engineering graduate and I emailed the HR department a couple of weeks ago inquiring about any positions you might have. I was wondering if you are able to help me with this. Basically, I'm asking to see if you currently have any internship or entry-level positions available. I'm very flexible in what I'm willing to do. Can you direct me to someone I can talk to about this or the person in charge of hiring decisions? Thank you." Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Keep 'em comin'!
  8. Oh, I guess my idea of internships was that it's a lower-level position compared to an entry-level one with $15/hour for intern and ~$25-30/hour for entry-level. I'd be open to just starting with an internship to get my foot in the door so to speak and to get real relevant experience while I'm at it. However, what I meant by settling was that considering I have a four-year degree already, shouldn't I technically be entry-level ready instead of going for these "lower-level" positions? Then again, many so-called "entry-level" positions I'm seeing require or at the very least prefer 1-2 years minimum experience with internship sufficing that requirement. Also, pay/money while important isn't my main concern but I don't want to be giving free labor considering my educational background. Ahhhhh.
  9. Yeah, I am totally on board with getting work experience first.. but unfortunately, that's it - I just can't seem to get anything.. which leads me to my current dilemma of deciding whether or not to just take on the Master's to save/make the best use of time or keep job searching and hoping I can break through. Also, I can see what you mean in terms of the academic exercise of graduate coursework for pure students with no experience.
  10. Thank you for your advice and insight on connecting with companies/firms as well as the whole Master's degree decision. Concerning walk-ins, I've read/heard that dropping by in person may be a little awkward and invasive considering the firm might be busy with project work and other stuff. Therefore, it sounds like it would be wiser to call them and ask for any internship or entry-level positions instead. Any thoughts on this? Also, with that, how does this sound? "Hello, my name is ----. I'm a recent civil engineering graduate and I emailed the HR department a couple of weeks ago inquiring about any positions you might have. I was wondering if you are able to help me with this. Basically, I'm asking to see if you currently have any internship or entry-level positions available. I'm very flexible in what I'm willing to do. Can you direct me to someone I can talk to about this or the person in charge of hiring decisions? Thank you."
  11. Southern California is personally at the top of my preferences, but yes, I'd certainly be open to going to Texas - Austin, Dallas, Houston in no such order.
  12. Hello engineerboards community, So it's been a while of job searching and I still haven't been able to land many interviews let alone a job. I managed to get one phone screen interview but there wasn't much of a follow-up so I figured it's a goner. I'm looking for an entry-level transportation/transit/traffic engineer position but don't have any relevant experience in the field. (Cover letter and resume: http://imgur.com/a/NgHAE) Anyway, lately, I've been thinking of just going back to school for a Master's Degree in Transportation Engineering. Ideally, I'd want to just get a job and get some experience under my belt instead of going for the Master's. However, it just seems like it's not happening right now so I want to make the most out of my time and thought pursuing the Master's would be worthwhile. Also, if I don't get enough experience by then, the PE license will eventually require Master's degrees so there's that. That being said, any of you that have experience or insight on this, can you shed some light please? Does it help or hurt to get a Master's degree without any relevant/internship experience? That is, will it help or hurt my chances of landing an entry-level position? What do you think are my best options right now? Should I just keep job searching or go for the Master's? Should I "settle" for internships? I've been considering this as well but can barely find anything either. Also, in my job searching approach, I was thinking of calling some of the local smaller (transportation) engineering firms around my area and seeing if they had any positions since my email inquiries haven't gotten me anywhere. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!
  13. Hello engineerboards community, So it's been a while of job searching and I still haven't been able to land many interviews let alone a job. I managed to get one phone screen interview but there wasn't much of a follow-up so I figured it's a goner. I'm looking for an entry-level transportation/transit/traffic engineer position but don't have any relevant experience in the field. (Cover letter and resume: http://imgur.com/a/NgHAE) Anyway, lately, I've been thinking of just going back to school for a Master's Degree in Transportation Engineering. Ideally, I'd want to just get a job and get some experience under my belt instead of going for the Master's. However, it just seems like it's not happening right now so I want to make the most out of my time and thought pursuing the Master's would be worthwhile. Also, if I don't get enough experience by then, the PE license will eventually require Master's degrees so there's that. That being said, any of you that have experience or insight on this, can you shed some light please? Does it help or hurt to get a Master's degree without any relevant/internship experience? That is, will it help or hurt my chances of landing an entry-level position? What do you think are my best options right now? Should I just keep job searching or go for the Master's? Should I "settle" for internships? I've been considering this as well but can barely find anything either. Also, in my job searching approach, I was thinking of calling some of the local smaller (transportation) engineering firms around my area and seeing if they had any positions since my email inquiries haven't gotten me anywhere. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!
  14. Yeah, but I updated it and wanted to see if I could get additional feedback.
  15. Hi everyone, I just recently graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. I'm kinda just chillin' at the moment but I'll be job searching in the near future. That said, I'd like to get my resume polished before I start applying anywhere and everywhere. So established EngineerBoards community, if you have time, can you please help me look over my resume? Truthfully, I understand that while much of it can be quite lengthy and wordy, I would just like to know your take on where/how to cut down everything. From the objective to the bullet points to pretty much anything and everything, let me know which parts are good, which parts are totally unnecessary, tacky, over-the-top, and essentially what I can and should do to make it even better. I am all ears and would greatly appreciate any constructive criticism and feedback as I take the next step towards my career. Thank you all so much for your time and help with this. Gratefully, frogger P.S. I've used some placeholders to protect my confidentiality. ResumeEB.pdf
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