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5 tips to secure well-paying offers in the engineering sector
Having been trained on the technical side of things, engineers are generally equipped with strong analytical and problem solving skills. With such specific skills and knowledge, engineers typically believe that all they need is hard work to get ahead – in reality, this is only part of the recipe to securing a well-paying job.
Top engineering employers are seeking out candidates who possess far more than a specialized set of skills and engineers starting out need to be aware of that. Here, we share some tips on how to secure a well-paying job.
1. Create your technical CV
Stating your engineering skills, for example, the software that you are familiar with, such as AutoCAD, Solidworks and Minitab is a great way to get started on building your technical CV. You can also list engineering projects or products that you’ve worked on, using numbers to support your work and demonstrate your impact in roles that you may have interned or worked at previously.
Quick tip: List out your achievements in bullet points – it will make your CV easy on the eye, and hiring managers will be able to pick out your key skills quickly.
2. Build an engineering portfolio
A picture speaks a thousand words. Engineering projects often involve a lot of drawings. Therefore, it’s essential to showcase your engineering skills with examples. Demonstrate your talents with physical or digital aids, such as photos, videos, graphics, process sheets, and models.
Quick tip: Extra points go to engineers who showcase and include recommendation letters in their portfolio.
3. Sharpen and show off your soft skills
Technical skills are highly valued, but it’s the soft skills that help you stand out from the crowd. First, identify the top five things that the company you are applying to is looking out for. This can be derived by looking at their company mission and values, or speaking to people who have worked in the company to get a better understanding of the company culture. Next, pursue activities to improve and hone your soft skills. These extra-curricular activities can range from joining a toastmasters club to brush up on your presentation skills to playing a team sport to develop skills as a team player.
4. Stand out in an interview
Engineers are natural problem solvers. However, your job may require more from you. For example, you may need to make quick decisions and be able to communicate your solutions in an effective way. Be prepared to describe how you successfully applied these skills to a particular task or problem in interviews. It is also important to describe how you took initiative to resolve conflicts and problems at work – this is a key trait that demonstrates your leadership abilities.
Quick tip: To prepare for the interview, jot down a list of soft skills and prioritize the most relevant skills at the top, supporting each skill with an example of how you applied it in a particular instance, along with descriptions and how you helped to add value to the company.
5. Build a relationship with engineering recruiters
Engineering recruiters and head-hunters have the most in-depth network within the industry – anywhere from MNCs to SMEs. For example, most of the recruitment consultants at Page Personnel have prior experience working in the engineering sector. Getting in touch with these consultants is a great way to understand what opportunities are available in the market. Recruiters can not only help by sharing insights of companies, but can also help you to identify your strengths and a company that might be your best fit.
Quick tip: Not all companies hire talents through traditional job boards or social media platforms like LinkedIn. Keep in touch with your recruiter to receive the latest updates on opportunities in the job market.
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