Question: Do you know of any resources or opportunities to look for engineering job postings or network beyond the obvious sites like monster.com and others that work?
Ben B., Wilmington, DE
When it comes to putting your engineering resume and cover letter to work in your job search there are multiple ways to go. Here are my top suggestions.
1. Job Sites: The job sites which you are familiar with have become more and more popular over the last few years with engineering employers. Certainly monster.com, careerbuilder.com and dice.com are the leads. However there are others you may want to visit such as indeed.com which can has engineering jobs that are not carried in the main job boards.
2. Job Events/Fairs This is especially effective in defense when “cleared” engineering job fairs take place. Employers are typically looking to hire quickly and engineers with clearances are at a premium. Other job fairs or events are also a great opportunity. Check your local paper for special hiring events. If you are an entry level engineer then University career fairs are a great option.
3. Linkedin.com has grown in its ability to connect professionals with jobs. The opportunities are unlimited of course and the signal to noise ratio may be low but there are plenty of engineering job postings and linking on the site that could lead to interesting opportunities in engineering.
4. Recruiting Agencies are very adept at placing engineering candidates. Sometimes they advertise engineering positions but many times they do not. You can search for placing agencies in engineering and call them directly. They will in most cases keep your resume and when an opportunity shows up you will be on their portfolio of professional engineers.
5. Corporate Sites are a great source for engineering job postings. Many corporations, especially large ones do not bother with monster.com or other sites. They know engineers looking for a job know them and come to them. So identify several large corporations in your area and visit their sites regularly. Often times they will not have to advertise engineering opening past their site unless the position goes unfilled for a while and you will get the scoop first.
6. Local Newspapers are often overlooked by engineers looking for a job (especially big city papers) and can carry many ads for hiring events and engineering openings that are not available on the web. This is a main opportunity when other engineers are looking online and sometimes forget the local advertising venues.
7. Professional Societies. Networking events at professional engineering societies or social events/conferences are a great opportunity to get to know people and to post your resume with a targeted audience that hires engineers.
There are others like craigslist and minor job boards that also carry engineering openings but the 7 above should get you to 90% of the openings out there.
If you have any questions about this or any other topics please feel free to contact me directly.
Good luck with your search!