In today’s episode, HR expert Amanda King gives you four steps to being a rock star engineering job candidate.
Here are some key points:
Step 1 | Who you are – Identify your values and your priorities
Make a decision about targeting what engineering companies you want to work for as opposed to what jobs you want to get.
Understand your ideal situation, ask yourself which parts of the job make you unhappy or uncomfortable.
Identify what is important to you, think about the career paths you have access to even before building your resume.
Step 2 | Using your network – Leveraging your network (i.e. through LinkedIn) to identify the best engineering companies and other engineering career opportunities.
Have a specific resume for every engineering job that you apply for.
When you are trying to get an engineering job, you’re essentially a sales person and your product or service is yourself.
The more that you can do to show that person or engineering company that they need your product or service, then higher are the odds that they are actually going to purchase it or hire you.
Step 3 | Resume preparation – Make sure that your resume is tailored to a job posting, same type of skill sets that the engineering company is looking for.
Look at the job postings, make sure that you put those key words all throughout your resume.
Ways to compose/present your resume:
- By Chronology
- By skill sets
- By achievements
Step 4 | Taking action – putting all these steps together to make a maximum impact every single time for the key company you are applying for.
- Putting together the values and priorities sheet (what’s important to you as an engineering job candidate)
- Find out through your network if there are engineering companies that meet those goals that you have, the values and culture that you want to work in
- Starting to build a resume and tailor it around those engineering jobs and opportunities using keywords in your resume, making sure that it is tailored to every opportunity that you apply for
- Follow up – pay attention to ways you can follow up on your resume that go beyond the simple email (personalized follow up using YouTube videos)
More details on these in the episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, we give you some advice on how you can figure out your next best engineering career path move.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe
About our guest Amanda King
Amanda King is currently the Principal and owner of PeopleSavvy HR Group, Inc. which is an HR consulting company that provides on-demand HR support to businesses in growth mode.
The success of her clients relies on her experience providing leadership teams with strategic HR planning and fulfilling daily needs such as recruiting, new hire orientation and on-boarding, employee relations issues, compensation, performance management, disciplinary issues, benefits, organizational development, compensation management and special projects.
Resources and links mentioned in this session include:
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Have you thought about your values, priorities, your ideal company culture, and your engineering career path?
We would love to hear any questions you might have or stories you might share on how this episode have guided you to a job search success.
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success