In the U.S., nearly 75,000 new engineers graduate per year, but there are not enough students to match the demand for aerospace and defense needs. It is estimated that only around 44,000 of those new graduates are qualified to work in the aerospace sector. Given the fact that aerospace firms must now compete with companies like Amazon and Google for top engineers, wages are skyrocketing and competition for talent is getting tighter. Use these tips to improve your aerospace recruiting processes and attract the best and brightest.
Adopt Modern Recruiting Methods
Relying on traditional methods of recruiting isn’t cutting it anymore. If you’re posting jobs and waiting for talented engineers to line up at your door, you’ll be waiting a while. Aerospace companies need to start recruiting like Google and Amazon if they want to compete with these companies for top talent. This means developing a strong social media presence, working to establish relationships with passive candidates and students, and building robust compensation packages that include nontraditional benefits and perks.
Focus on Culture
Graduates and professional engineers are drawn to well-regarded companies because of the panache associated with working there. It’s a lot “sexier” to work for Amazon than a defense contractor. However, aerospace companies that focus on building a great corporate culture can compete for talent.
“Culture” isn’t just about nap pods and volleyball courts. Nontraditional amenities are worth investing in; however, culture is much more than that. Culture is the personality of the organization and it informs the way employees go about their work. A positive culture where engineers are supported and are encouraged to innovate can go a long way in the recruiting process.
Work with a Professional Aerospace Recruiter
Modern internal search and HR teams are stretched beyond their limits. Most teams don’t have time to develop new ways to recruit talent when they must hit their existing mission-critical goals. Working with an aerospace recruiting firm can ensure your internal team can focus on their goals and the firm can access top talent.
PEAK is a market leader in aerospace engineering staffing. Our recruiters partner with manufacturers of:
- Aerospace and Defense Parts and Equipment
- Armored Military Vehicles, Aircraft Engines and Parts
- Satellite and Missile Defense
- Military Track Vehicles
- Navy Vessels and Shipbuilding
- Systems Engineering/Training Systems
- Ground Data Collection
PEAK works with firms that support companies and government agencies by filling aerospace, marine and mechanical engineering jobs with the best and brightest talent in the market. PEAK complies with all DOD security requirements, has held Secret and Top-Secret clearances and utilizes the E-Verify system in compliance with DHS requirement to provide security-cleared professionals. Contact PEAK today to learn more about the ways we can help you recruit aerospace talent.
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If you are looking for skilled, experienced engineering professionals to help your business succeed, contact the recruiting experts at PEAK Technical Staffing today.