6 Job Search Tips from a Successful Engineer

6 Job Search Tips from a Successful EngineerI spoke with an engineer today as he was finishing up a project. I asked for his perspective on jobs in his career field. He was very willing to talk and had some inspiring answers to my questions. His experience is unique since the company he works for is global. He is not from the United States, but has worked both here and abroad. I asked him what he thought was important to keep in mind for someone pursuing a career in engineering. He had a great response. His answers will apply to any career field so get ready to be encouraged! Here are 6 Job Search Tips from a Successful Engineer:

Grades are Not That Important! – Believe it or not, he volunteered this answer! Of all career fields, you would think that grades would be critical for consideration in engineering. It turns out that they are not. Other characteristics are far more important than grades. Hopefully this comes as good news to you. Your GPA receives so much focus during High School and College, yet it is not the focus during the application process.

Show Enthusiasm – this is critical to interviewing for any position. Show enthusiasm for the company, for what it is that they do and for the opportunity that stands before you. It’s about engagement. It’s about showing intensity and focus during your discussions. When you show enthusiasm for the future you become an attractive candidate. When I hire someone, I like them to be excited about what I do and about what they will be doing for my company.

Take Ownership – When you are interviewing, writing your resume or working in an internship, find ways to take ownership of projects or show that you are experienced with taking ownership. This means that you take responsibility for outcomes. It means that you are invested in the success of a project. Give examples of this from your work history, or make a practice of it in your internship. Be careful not to blame others for failures, but take responsibility for contributing to results, even if they are not positive. You can always talk about what you learned from your mistakes, and how adjustments were made.

Be a Good Learner – Employers want to hire applicants that are interested in personal growth. You need to demonstrate that you are anxious to learn. Can you name any recent books that you have read? Are you interested in advancing your skills? What new things have you tried lately? Be ready to talk about what you have learned. Better yet, find a way to show it.

Develop Good Communication Skills – Communication skills are likely the most important skills of all. This means written, spoken and non-verbal communication. Can you carry on a conversation? Do you ask intelligent questions? Can you make yourself understood in plain “English”? Can you communicate well when under stress? Do you present an approachable image when people are around you? How is your spelling and grammar? Can you write a complete sentence without using Chat Acronyms? These are some things to work on if this is not your strength. Communication is Key!

Show Confidence – Be confident in your ability, but not arrogant. Give examples of your success. Don’t just brag about what you can do. Remember that employers want to hire team players, and can be put off by a “know-it-all” attitude. Your knowledge will show up as you talk with hiring managers. One of the best ways to show confidence is to have a history of work success. Employers want to know what you can do and what you have done. If you don’t have much work history, find ways to gain accomplishments in your chosen profession. Even volunteering is helpful to get some success stories.

I really enjoyed my discussion with this engineer. What was very interesting to me was that it didn’t take him long to think of this list. He just rattled the details off quickly, and patiently waited for me to write them down. I was impressed. It would appear that these are very real issues in his world. What is, hopefully, encouraging for all of you, is that these tips apply to any career field, not just the trades, or engineering. All but one of these tips applies to life outside of the classroom. Almost without exception, it is more important to focus on your attitude and who you are, than on your written qualifications and what you know!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!