While it is true that the world is undergoing an economic crises, it can still be said that there is a need for people who are going to rebuild the world market from the ground up, and one such group of people are the engineers.
Engineering jobs may be a little difficult to come by these days but they're the kind of industry that will never go out of style and will never be done without. So for those who are looking out for jobs in engineering, here are a few ways in which you can find a job that suits your particular area of engineering.
How the Bigwigs do it
Most of the big multinational companies find their engineers by going directly to educational institutions. They do this by going on campus tours and visiting different universities to entice qualified engineering students to apply for the career opportunities that they are offering. Some firms deal directly or have tie-ups with specific engineering departments or course their offers through faculty members. Other ways of recruiting through universities include posting notices on public bulletin boards or online notice boards, while others attend on campus recruitment fairs and giving talks that promote their company to potential applicants.
This is particularly helpful to those who are still studying or are about to graduate. Since most of the big companies bring their career openings to schools, graduating students headed for careers in engineering should take advantage of this great opportunity.
Another route that engineering students can take is through internships. Often, on-the-job training is one way to get your foot through the door and be able to show your potential employer how valuable you are as an engineering asset to the company. Internships also help you make connections with people in the same industry that will be able to help you find work in the future.
The Media is your friend
Because not everyone can benefit from attending on campus job fairs and not all jobs can be found within the ranks of the big multinationals, jobseekers must expand their means for job hunting by looking at other ways in which they can find jobs. One such way is by looking through different forms of media, of which the Internet may be emerging as one of the most powerful and effective. Jobseekers can hit a gold mine of engineering jobs by checking daily with general job boards as well as niche job boards.
General job boards include such popular web sites as Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com. These are big websites where engineering companies as well as employers from different industries can post their job openings and where jobseekers can apply for the open posts. Niche job boards on the other hand are more specialized since they focus either on specific skills like engineering, or specific areas, like the different cities in the USA. Niche job boards may not hold as many jobs as the major job sites but they are more tailored to a specific criterion like industry and locality.
Another useful medium for seeking engineering jobs is print advertisement in newspapers. Most small companies and government departments looking for employees with an engineering background post their job openings in newspapers. Checking your local paper daily will give you an idea of which companies are looking to hire.