Whether you're a recent graduate entering the field, a veteran or trying your hand at a new industry, if you're looking for engineering jobs you may not know exactly what you should be focusing on in your job searching approach. However, by looking at what industry professionals recommend about the current market, there's a strong chance that you'll be able to improve you approach.
According to Develop Online, for instance, when looking for workers in software and development engineering, many hiring managers want applicants both technical abilities and cultural awareness. Not only do they expect their applicants to know their stuff when it comes to various programming or development languages and approaches, but many expect applicants to be interested in the specific product being developed or offered to ensure they will be a positive fit with company culture.
Another tip when assembling a resume is to show more than just previous work history and references, including testimonials from higher-ups about specific accomplishments managed in the field itself, ThomasNet says. For instance, many engineers who work in development may want a former boss to explain an example of their documentation skills. This not only eases the vetting process for many industry officials but will make resumes stand out in a more direct and impressive manner.
Engineering is, above all else, a hands-on field, with employers more interested in workers' design and visualization abilities than they might be with other skills. Meeting this need is easier than expected if an applicant provides a short portfolio of their work along with their application. Recent design plans that were worked on during projects, with only a few minor changes, can present a clear example of a worker's skills and experience being applied actively. Another successful strategy can be inventing a customized sample problem, meant to be similar to a prospective employer's typical projects, and solving it with examples and information to back up skills. Either of these will show improved and impressive hands-on abilities.
Manufacturing.net adds that in the application process and beyond, it's important to always ask questions and remain aware of what's going on during a specific project. This approach can range wildly, from a cover letter asking rhetorical questions about how a specific company can improve their business results to direct questions during an interview about how a company works and how they can potentially improve their daily practices with different routines. One of the oldest phrases in the world is that there are no dumb questions, and that holds true in the engineering field.
Manufacturing.net adds that it's a great idea to find a mentor in the field, and their background and abilities don't necessarily matter. Former employers, teachers and even leaders at staffing companies can all provide insight upon how they succeeded finding new jobs, and all of them will likely have networks that job seekers can benefit from. Those breaking into the industry may want to utilize the resources of a staffing expert, who will likely be able to find contract positions from which workers can gain experience.
As with many other fields, it doesn't hurt to put a personal approach on your hiring efforts. ThomasNet recommends sending resumes specifically to leaders of a firm instead of that company's HR, either through researching the company online or visiting the office in person, if possible. These strategies will help put a face on a candidate's name and show off their confidence in their abilities, both of which will directly improve hiring efforts.