The job hunt is a gauntlet of rejection and anticipation. Time is more than likely of the essence, and no matter what you do you can’t seem to make the most of it. So how do you make the most of your time, while it’s not being valued by an hourly rate? While there may be an infinite number of things to do to prepare for and find your next dream job, we narrowed it down to three to steer you in the right direction.
Tailor Your Resume
Tailoring your resume to each and every job you apply for would take a lot of time. This is why we recommend taking a half day to a day focusing on polishing up your resume. Get rid of unwanted clutter that will deter hiring managers from what they want to see. Then if a job looks perfect for you, take some extra time to read over the job description thoroughly and be sure to include the specifics of your relevant experience with any industries, software, websites, platforms or programs that were mentioned in the job description. This may seem tedious, but if it results in an interview, then it was more than worth the extra effort.
Back to the Basics
With the various needs of all the different companies you have or are going to apply to, it’s impossible to tell which skills you should be improving on. This is why we recommend, no matter what level of engineer you are, brushing up on the basic skills to keep you fresh and ready for whichever position you may land. This keeps your mind in the engineering mode and makes sure that you aren’t overlooked for forgetting some basic skill that you haven’t used in over a decade because your last position didn’t require it. A hiring manager doesn’t know your abilities, so if they ask you a basic question about something you weren’t required to know anymore, they won’t care to ask about your more complex skills that you have been utilizing lately. Instead, they will just assume that you aren’t the right candidate and move on.
Why Go It Alone?
Another great way to make the most of your time, while looking for a better job, is to partner up with a staffing firm that specializes in your field. For engineers looking for their next dream job, RHM Technical, a RodgersHouder Company, is connected with some of the top companies in the world that trust our recommendation, especially when it comes to engineering candidates. Whether you are looking locally or remotely, finding a company that matches your career goals and is hiring for a position that you would be willing to accept is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Don’t work for a company or take a job that is beneath you. Work with RHM Technical, a RodgersHouder Company, the premier staffing firm for engineers, to find the job that’s been waiting for you.