Engineers in all fields are in high demand, but make no mistake – competition in the job market is fierce. You will be competing with lots of talented professionals every time you go after a position, so it is critical to set yourself apart and sell yourself as a top engineering candidate from your resume through your interviews.
It Starts with an Effective Resume
Your resume is your ticket to an interview, so it is important to take time to craft an effective document that showcases your fitness for a position and makes the hiring manager want to learn even more about you. First and foremost, tailor your resume to each job you apply for. Make sure you include all relevant skills and experience asked for in the job posting and your objective statement aligns with the specific position.
It is also important to quantify your achievements in your work history, rather than simply listing your responsibilities. Experienced hiring managers can glean your tasks from your job title, so focus on results. Include any awards or accolades you’ve received, as well.
Practice Showcasing Both Technical and Soft Skills
Engineers must have technical knowledge, but you won’t be working in a bubble. You may have regular contact with clients or be supervising other staff members, and you’ll have to be able to communicate well with people at all levels of leadership.
Therefore, it is important to develop anecdotes to use in interviews that highlight both technical and soft skills. Focus on areas like:
- Teamwork: Engineers can’t deliver results on their own. They work together with a team towards a common goal. It is important you can lead when necessary and follow when required. Discuss the value of teamwork in your interview, focusing on times when you helped facilitate strong work among a group.
- Overcoming obstacles: Engineering projects almost always hit a few snags along the way. Budgets may be tight, critical team members may leave, unforeseen emergencies can crop up on the job site, etc. Think about the ways you work to overcome obstacles when they arise.
- Leadership ability: Not all engineering positions are supervisory, but engineers are often tasked with taking the lead. Develop specific examples that showcase times when you had to step up and lead, both when you were asked to and when you were not asked to.
- Communication: Engineers deal with complex, high-level concepts. However, they must be able to communicate those concepts to people who don’t have the same level of knowledge or understanding. Think about times when you had to effectively communicate with people outside the engineering team.
Work with an Insider
If you truly want to give yourself an edge over the competition, work with a professional engineering recruiter. A recruiter can find you positions that align with your goals and will also do a bit of advance work with the hiring manager, selling you as a top candidate.
If you are an experienced engineering professional seeking new opportunities and you are ready to partner with a recruiter, reach out to PEAK Technical Staffing today or submit your resume online for one of our current openings.
PEAK Technical Staffing can help connect you with employers and opportunities that leverage your engineering expertise and advance your career. We partner with employers nationwide who are looking for people with your skills and experience. Since 1968 PEAK has helped engineering professionals find jobs that offer flexibility, challenges and rewards.
If you are looking for employers and opportunities that will take your engineering career to the next level and help you to achieve your goals, contact a PEAK recruitment expert today.