For engineers, the challenge isn’t finding job opportunities—it’s being able to differentiate themselves from others with similar skillsets. Now, more than ever, engineers need to go beyond expertise and professional background to secure their ideal job. Here are 3 ways stand out as an engineering job seeker:
Speak to your Soft Skills
There are stereotypes out there that label engineers as individuals with no soft skills. In this market – there is an abundance of engineering opportunities, but in order to propel yourself to the next level, it is important to separate yourself from the pack. Employers know you have the right technical skills, but more and more are now looking for the right culture fit – engineers with solid communication skills. If you have soft skills to back up your professional experience, don’t be afraid to put it on your resume!
Demonstrate Social Awareness through Social Media
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but engineers who develop their social media presence can quickly differentiate themselves from other candidates. According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 social media recruitment survey, 60 percent of employers revealed they use social networking sites to research job candidates. That being said, showcasing your interests, communication skills, and expertise on social media is one sure way to get noticed. LinkedIn is a must for job seekers looking to advance their careers, but there are other engineering platforms that fly under the radar. Here are seven social media outlets that engineering professionals are utilizing to advance their careers.
Talk to Specialist Recruiters
If you’re looking for a good resource to discover career advice or new job opportunities, be sure to reach out to recruiting organizations that specialize in taking your career to the next level. Tell them that you’re interested in an opportunity listed on their job board, or that you’re looking to take the next step in your career. The extra effort of reaching out can go a long way.
How Can Brightwing Help?
Brightwing has over 40 years of experience helping engineering professionals advance their careers – We build lasting relationships with a diverse group of companies and leverage our client relationships to connect you to the right engineering opportunity.