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Tips on how to improve your chances of landing the best engineering job

If you have decided to go into the engineering field, you have chosen a career that is always in demand.  There are many ways an individual can ruin his or her chances of finding the best engineering job.  But we want to help you avoid them.  And although there are several “opinions” out there that focus on the reasons why you won’t get the job, think positively and read further for some tips that will help you improve your chances.

Tip 1: Make sure you are qualified in the area of engineering that you feel most passionate about.  If you want to make the world a greener place, then environmental engineering may be the answer for you.  Once you decide what you want to do, make sure you receive the appropriate training—and specialize in the field that will lead you into a career in which you will be happy and most content. And then, customize your engineering resume to fit your field.

Tip 2: Take that passion with you when you go to an interview.  If you are passionate about green engineering—hoping to discover a creative way for all families to afford to go green—then take this enthusiasm along with you to your interview and display it on your power engineering resume.  Most people go to an interview tense and nervous.  However, if you want to work with this company, you need to just be yourself.

Tip 3: Don’t hide yourself under a rock when it comes to experience or talent.  A resume is not about your bragging about yourself; it is about what you have to offer.  Be proud of what you know and can do.  There are two possibilities: The hiring manager can look through your resume—and, if it’s well written—learn all he or she wants to know.  Or—if it has been poorly written—this same person may have ask you one hundred questions.  It is much easier and more time effective for everyone if the hiring manager can view all pertinent information on your professionally written engineering resume.

Tip 4: Are you unclear about what you are worth? Don’t be—or you will sell yourself short.  You need to have the confidence in yourself that your parents have for you.  Don’t bring this unstable confidence to your interview or the hiring managers may detect it.  If you don’t have confidence in your abilities, why should they? Working as an engineer takes the knowledge that you learned in school—and any experience—and you don’t want to approach the interview with a lack of confidence.  Your resume is your ticket to a new position—and a new life.  Don’t worry.

Tip 5: Act professionally.  You were already taught to do this, but it is more than just dressing the part and saying, “Yes, sir.” and “No, sir.” Don’t criticize any former employer.  No one is going to hire you if they suspect—even for a moment—that you might go to your next employer and speak negatively about them.  Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion—and not everyone is treated fairly—however, an interview is not the place to hash out any anger or dissatisfaction.  An employer is looking for positive, enthusiastic people who are continually looking up and want to better themselves—not take a step back.  When you present your engineer’s resume, wait until they ask you questions before saying anything.

It is also important to dress appropriately for the interview so that you look respectable.  Make sure that you allow yourself ample time to not only get ready for your interview but also drive to the interview.  You don’t want to be late (allow for traffic delays and other unforeseen circumstances) and you don’t want to feel rushed as this can affect your answers to questions, as well as make you even more nervous.

Always be calm and relaxed—even when you are a nervous wreck.  Practice for your interview by placing some questions on index cards and then answering them—or have someone else ask the questions so that you can practice with another person.  This will give you the confidence you need to say the right thing—in the right manner.  Review your resume, and make sure that it conveys everything you want it to.  And proofread it—three times.  And have one or two other people proofread it too.

Keep trying if you don’t get the job.  There are hundreds of jobs out there today for engineering positions—and there will be again tomorrow.  Don’t give up your search; just try harder—or even try a different approach to interviews.  Your professionally written engineer’s resume will say everything for you.

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