Step 5: Search for Specific Employment Opportunities and Research Target Companies

Once your marketing materials have been prepared, you are ready to begin looking for employment opportunities using CyHire, secondary sources and your network.  Access the Application Tracker & Interview Reflection Tool in Canvas to keep track of job opportunities at your target companies.

Research Target Companies: Determine which employers appeal to you MOST. Image shows bar graph of companies A-F with largest bars ranks #1, #2, and #3.

CyHire – Your Primary Source of Information

CyHire has search features that allow you to search for the jobs that you are qualified for and the system has a job alert feature that will regularly run a search and email the results to you.  It is important to use the job alert or to check CyHire regularly since new jobs are posted each day.  Once again, two major benefits of using CyHire are that 1) the companies posting positions on the system are specifically looking to hire ISU engineers and 2) all positions  posted at ISU will be on the system (unlike the bulletin boards located around campus).

More information on using CyHire for your job search can be found below and here.
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Using CyHire for Job Searches

CyHire has a number of tools and functions, but one of its primary uses is to search and apply for employment opportunities.  Hundreds of companies work with Engineering Career Services to post engineering internships and post-graduation positions at all times of the year.  Even though the bulk of hiring happens around career fair season, companies continuously seek engineers and add positions to CyHire.  A significant percentage of the jobs are posted by companies that do not physically recruit on campus.  Since all jobs must be posted on CyHire to ensure equal employment opportunity compliance, CyHire should be your primary source of information at all stages of the job search process! You may also be able to find opportunities on sites such as LinkedIn or Indeed. However, jobs posted to CyHire are specifically targeted to Iowa State students.

CyHire can be used in the following ways to connect with employers and their job opportunities:

  1. Investigate job postings and apply – Under the “Jobs” tab you can do quick searches or detailed searches to find engineering employment opportunities.
  2. Coordinate interview schedules – When you apply for positions through CyHire, the Interview section will indicate whether you have been selected for an interview.  When you are selected to interview, you will use this area to schedule your interview. You may also be contacted directly by email or phone to schedule an interview with the company you applied to.
  3. Automatically receive information about new job postings and reminders –The “Job Alert” function within the Saved Searches menu (under Jobs tab) will regularly run searches for you automatically and send you an e-mail detailing openings that match the search criteria you have set when you create the job alert.  Also, Career Services will periodically send you important information about career opportunities or interviews that match your qualifications.

Secondary Sources of Information

While CyHire should be your primary search tool, you should also use secondary sources.  If you are particularly interested in specific companies, use their websites and/or social media sites.  The federal government uses exclusively.  Many direct website postings can be found easily by search engines and job aggregators.  If you use these websites, please always go directly to a company’s employment site to apply for positions.  Avoid applying for positions through 3rd party employment sites to avoid unsolicited email and contacts.

Government and State of Iowa Positions: (Federal Government Jobs for 300+ agencies.)

Search tips for co-ops/internships: Use the keywords, “Engineer Intern” to find many hits on engineering internships/co-ops.
Search tips for post-graduation positions: Use the keywords, “Engineer Recent Graduate” to find many hits on entry-level engineering positions for undergraduates and graduate students.

State of Iowa (State Government Jobs for Iowa)

Job Aggregator Websites: You can use a state job board such as or a national aggregator such as as an additional way of looking for positions. Aggregators are web search engines that often use keywords and locations to gather and display job postings in an area.  When looking through results, we encourage you to view and apply to positions through the engineering company’s website.