It’s certainly a good time to be an engineer. The field offers a positive job outlook with several specialty areas expected to grow substantially:
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 27% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Likewise, employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, which is also much faster than the average for all occupations.
Despite this rosy future, finding the right engineering job still takes a lot of time and effort. And if you’re focusing on major job boards alone, you could wind up spinning your wheels and not finding the best-fit opportunities out there. The good news is that if you understand how engineering recruiters at companies fill their openings, you’ll have a much better chance at finding and securing the right job for you.
Even with today’s technological advancements, employee referrals are still the top source at many companies for job candidates. When a trusted employee can talk up your skills and experience and vouch for your character and professionalism, it’s going to go a long way with an engineering hiring manager and give them far more confidence in the prospect of hiring you.
What you can do: If you’re launching a new job search, reach out to your network of professional colleagues and let them know you’re in the market for a new job. Also, if there’s a company in particular you’re interested in working for – and you know someone who is employed there – give them a call and ask about openings.
Another way engineering recruiters find candidates is through networking, both in person and online. Not only do many of them turn to their personal network of contacts and colleagues to find prospects, but also to online engineering communities.
What you can do: From electrical and mechanical to civil engineering and beyond, there are online forums, message boards and communities devoted to these specialty fields. Find one in your field and get active on it.
Many engineering firms outsource their hiring function to a professional recruiting company. That’s why forging a connection with one will expose you to career opportunities that you might not learn about otherwise.
What you can do: Do some research and find engineering recruiters who can help you find the right career next step for you. For instance, at Murray Resources, we have an engineering division that is exclusively focused on recruiting for the field. For over 30 years, we’ve recruited engineering professionals, from chemical, drilling and civil engineers to geophysicists and gas schedulers, for leading companies all over Houston and the country.
If you’re interested in making a move in your engineering career – and connecting with top employers – we have the knowledge and expertise to help you. Contact us today to learn more or get started, or search our engineering jobs now.