How to Prepare for Campus Placement: Ten Commandments of Success
With plenty of engineering colleges, it has become very difficult for the recruiter to visit each and every college campus. Students studying in average engineering colleges seldom get a chance to appear in campus placement of their dream companies. Therefore, this article tells them about useful tips and proven practices to increase their chances of getting a good job offer in campus placements.
According to All India Survey of Higher Education-2012, engineering is the second most preferred course at the undergraduate level in India. However, with growing number of engineering colleges and universities, it has become very competitive for engineering graduates to get their desired job. A report by McKinley management consultancy reveals that only 25% of engineers graduated in India are readily fit for any job. Undoubtedly, every job seeker wants to be in the group of successful 25%. But, they don’t have adequate guidance and support in their colleges to get their dream job. Therefore, this article will guide you to get a good campus placement job offer while studying in college. Actually, it’s not very difficult to get a campus placement, you just have to prepare well before appearing in campus placement. Following ten commandments of success will definitely help you to get your dream job:
- Improve Logics: You have to start practicing quantitative aptitude, improve logical reasoning skills, and solve puzzles from your 2nd year onwards. Don’t wait for pre-final or final year to start preparations. Because, at that time you will be occupied in the summer internship, projects, seminar, etc. Suggested resources to prepare:
- English-Vinglish: Many companies ask questions of synonyms, antonyms, conditional sentences, prepositions, passage reading, etc. It is advised to start practicing from the 2nd year of your engineering. In order to improve communication skills, regularly participate in Group Discussion, English Debate, or English Extempore kind of competitions being organized in your colleges. One interesting way is to watch English movies or TV Serials with subtitles. Read interesting English novels or books. It is equally important to improve English writing skills because many companies organize E-mail or essay writing tests for candidates. Suggested resources for practice:
- Any good book of English Grammar.
- Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
- Barron’s essential words for GRE
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- Test your skills: Once you have prepared for aptitude and English, you should test your knowledge and skills on online test portals. There are a plenty of them available for free. Popular one is: www.indiabix.com
- Are you ready: Once you have enough confidence in your knowledge and skills, you can start preparing your resume to apply for various jobs. To prepare a strong job winning resume, refer resume and cover letter section of this website. Proofread it carefully. You can take help of your friends or Training Placement Cell to inspect your resume. TIP: Don’t just e-mail your resume to Human Resource Guys, use a strong subject line and write a brief cover letter including the necessary keywords important for the particular job.
- Brush up your skills: In order to enrich your knowledge and stand apart in the crowd, you should complete some good certification course based on the current demand of the industry. Specific courses like CAD, CCNP, OCJP, SAP, Embedded System, Solid Works, etc. can be a bonanza for job seekers. Now a day, E-learning courses are also gaining wide popularity. Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) provider platforms Coursera, edX, Udacity, etc. offers a wide range of professional courses to add much value to your skill set. Don’t forget to update your resume whenever you acquire a new skill or completes a new course. Updating resume is mandatory, in fact, many job portals prefer resumes which are continuously updated by job seekers. Refer article: Quality Improvement in Indian Higher Education through ICT for more details about such initiatives.
- Social Networking: LinkedIn is a strong professional platform that can help you to showcase your profile to many Human Resource guys of industries. So make a good professional profile on LinkedIn and spend around 15-30 minutes daily for an immediate job. Refer Linkedin’s recent portal exclusively designed for placement: Placements.com
- Apply, apply and apply: Create your profiles on popular job portals like Naukri, Times job, Monster, Shine, etc. You will get interview calls based on your skills and location. Before appearing for the test of any company, go google and find out old question papers of that company to get an idea of question pattern. Many a time, company websites don’t show any current job openings however candidates send their resumes to those companies. Such resumes are termed unsolicited resume. Learn how to submit unsolicited resumes.Enquire basic details of the company like CEO name, tagline, key working area, recent media updates, etc. Refer mock interview of a fresher candidate to get more insights of the same.
- Helping Hands: There are many consultancies which conduct periodic paid assessment tests and share results with many of their client companies looking for talented professionals. Some popular players are E-litmus, Aspiring Minds (AMCAT), Cocubes, Mettl, etc. It has been observed that E-litmus provides best results so far. However, its test is comparatively harder than its counterparts. Cocubes works on the college level so if your college is not partnered with it then ask your Training Placement Officer to do it ASAP.
- Phone a friend: Try contacting alumni of your college/ branch who are already working with eminent companies worldwide. You can get their details from your Training Placement Cell or from alumni website. In case you don’t have an alumni website. Let’s kick start it on Alma Connect (A platform to connect, network & leverage your private alumni network).
- Technical Test/ Interview: Many companies organize subject test to access the technical skills of students. IT companies mostly ask about programming skills, therefore, it is recommended to start practicing for programming skills from the 2nd year of your degree course. There are many global programming competition like top coder, hacker Earth, Google Summar of Code, etc which can help to strengthen your programming skills. Other important subjects need to be studied seriously are data structure and algorithms, database management, object-oriented programming concepts, etc. For job in IT field, students can refer website: Geeksforgeeks
Those who think that they can’t prepare for aptitude and English by themselves can also join nearby coaching centers running pre-placement programs. However, this preparation phase must start from the mid of your degree programs.
All the very best!!
Assistant Professor and Coordinator T&P,
MLV Textile & Engineering College, Bhilwara