With the new year soon upon us, some advice always helps when planning to look for a new engineering job in 2017. Here are fifteen tips for engineers searching for a great position in their field over the next year. Good luck on the hunt!
Update Your Résumé With Practical Experience
Hiring managers want to see tangible evidence of the positive impact you made for previous employers. Fine-tune your résumé to ensure this information is quickly found.
Create a Cover Letter Template
Personalized cover letters add a special touch when searching for work. Create a cover letter template you can quickly modify for every engineering position on your wish list.
Become Certified in a New Technology
Companies want talented engineers who are always growing their skill set. In 2017, learn and become certified in a hot technology new to you.
Volunteer at a Nonprofit Tech Organization
Take the time to volunteer at a charity or nonprofit organization next year. They typically need help with technology and it looks good on your résumé.
Start an Engineering Blog
Starting an engineering blog is a great way to hone your writing skills. You are also able to network with others in the field – a good idea when searching for a job.
Expand Your LinkedIn Presence
Sharing your blog posts on LinkedIn helps boost your readership. Also, take steps to expand your account by being active in LinkedIn engineering Groups and connecting with other engineers.
Attend Local Engineering and Technology Conferences
Attending local engineering conferences is a great way to grow your professional network. You may even find a great company looking for new engineers.
Leverage the Alumni Association at Your Alma Mater
The alumni association at your college is another great resource when looking for a job. Also, talk to your former teachers to see if they know of any openings.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
It is important to keep a positive attitude throughout a job search. Stay patient even when things are going slowly.
Practice Your Interviewing Techniques
Interviewing is arguably the most important part of finding a new engineering job. Spend some time fine-tuning your interviewing skills.
Make Sure your Professional Attire is Dry Cleaned
Don’t forget keep a supply of dry-cleaned professional attire on hand for interviews.
Clean up Your Social Networking Presence
Check your social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. – to ensure there is no unprofessional content posted.
Consider a Part-Time or Temporary Contract
Being open to temporary engineering positions provides more opportunities with different organizations. It may even lead to a full-time gig.
Fully Research the Company in Question
Spend some time researching any company where you are interviewing. Impress the interviewer by knowing their business and history.
Partner with a Great Engineering Staffing Agency
A partnership with a staffing agency that understands the engineering industry might be the best move for your career.
When searching for a staffing agency partner, look no further than Synerfac. As one of the top engineering staffing companies in Raleigh and the Research Triangle, we can help make your job quest successful.