In this session of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, we will focus on the job search process and will interview a member of the Engineering Career Community who is in the process of searching for an engineering job because he has hit a ceiling in his current position.
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser
In the Take Action Today segment at the end of the show, I answer a question from one of our listeners.
Listen to this episode and learn how Matt approached his job search process:
Questions to ask yourself when looking for a job:
- Do I want to stay in a small niche market in my current engineering industry? – Tougher to find a job, but once you become a well-known expert in that specific niche you will have a lot of success in your career
- Do I want to go to a different sector in the industry or a different industry altogether? – You will have more opportunities to try something different, or cross over to another discipline
When investigating companies:
- Find companies within the your desired geographic area and search their websites
- Find leaders in professional organizations who have a lot of experience and success in the same industry and contact them through LinkedIn or at a networking event to ask for guidance
- Set guidelines for your engineering job search – geography, commute, need for relocation, industry, etc.
How to stay focused during the engineering job search process while working in your current job:
- Research and learn more about the specific engineering industry
- Read technical articles that keep you motivated and happy
- Listen to inspirational podcast like The Engineering Career Coach Podcast 😉
- Take a break and relax – go to the gym
Constraints when you are looking for an engineering job:
- If you don’t have an engineering job, you have more time to work on your job search and you can widen your scope or range of what’s an acceptable situation
- If you have a job, you are limited in research time so you have to maximize your time
Some career advice:
- Think about all the potential job scenarios before they happen when you get that offer letter
- Understand and recognize when it is time to make a move
- Think about what makes you happy or unhappy
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What is your approach to the job search process?
We would love to hear any questions you might have or stories you might share on your engineering job search or transition.
Please leave your comments, feedback or questions in the section below.
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success