I recall a time many years ago when Ford had a graduate program specifically for PhDs. But no more. I recall when I was going for jobs with a PhD. I think the issue is multiple: I noticed the following: manager and other engineers didn't always like the idea of a more qualified person being around (they were used to be the most qualified), they assume you have a lot of useless knowledge (this is only partly true, I only once used knowledge from my PhD in my work), they assume that you're less interested in working as an engineer (when I look at a number of my fellow PhD students, I can see why they think this). I do know that consultants like to employ PhDs; it allows them to claim that they have extra skills that their clients do not, which is essential for consultancies to show. You might like to look into these areas. Finally, you need to find the right way to talk about your PhD. I found that if I said that 'while I have a specialisation, I enjoy a broad range of interests', then I was better received. Many employment agents seem to have mental limitations and will still not get what you're talking about though. Just move on from them. I noticed that such people were not worth my time. The other thing you can do is explain why you did the PhD. If you say something like - 'this topic fascinated me and I wanted to take it further than what was covered in undergrad', then that helps. If asked why work in industry, then you can say 'I have gotten the academia bug right out of my system and I am really keen to do more tangible work.' I found that these things went down fairly well. You want to basically look like you're one of them and that the PhD is more like a hobby that gives you a few extra bit of potentially useful knowledge. I hope that helps.