a few comments:
I got my first ‘pro’ job back during the severe financial recession of the early 1980’s. It was extremely tough and had a ‘ratio’ of about 250:1 if gauged by what I wanted versus what I could get.
In all honesty I did turn down about 3 or 4 offers in areas that wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. So maybe the 60:1 number is about right.
Be persistant, work on networking and relationships.
For your 1st job be willing to relocate a long way from home.
Work on a project while you are searching for a job. Before the days of the internet and instant information availability, I sat in a little tiny town in the middle of nowhere and taught myself RF Receiver Design (that is what I wanted to do). That was a very difficult task.
After 10 months of looking via the usual methods I jumped in the car and starting driving to my potential targets. The closest one was 420 miles away. Walked in, handed them my info, and got an instant interview at 4:30 pm and left at 7:30 pm. (they made an offer in the mail the next day)
The next day I went to another firm and got thrown out on my ear.
Driving 420 miles and walking in in a suit sufficiently impressed them plus the fact that I mentioned that I had been working on a project that aligned with THEIR NEEDS.
The interview started with the usual new graduate questions - strengths, weaknesses, etc, etc, blah, blah. Pointing to a briefcase, I mentioned my design project, self taught, living in rural isolation. That is what they are looking for. Self motivation on a project that ALIGNS with their needs.
Imagine that - I was a mediocre college student with mediocre grades that started working for a world class company doing first class aerospace advanced design work. If I can do it, you can do it too !!!
But you have to move away from the usual dribble blah blah of the interview process that causes you to blend in with a sea of suits.
Artists have things called portfolios. Every engineering student should have a portfolio. The first items in the portfolio should be the high school FIRST projects. Then add items as you go through the university culminating with your senior design project. You can also add research assistantships and so on. A project doesn’t have to be iron hardware. It could be a mathematical analysis, simulation, design project.
My portfolio completely banished all the usual and traditional metrics of hiring to the trash heap. All the traditional objections (like grades) for setting aside my application were forgotten because my portfolio aligned with my employers needs.
FIRST is a great launching pad for starting your portfolio - Take advantage of FIRST and the opportunities to start your portfolio today !!
Work hard, live hard, have fun.
( water game anyone ? <grin> ? )