Increase Your Chances Of Finding Your Next Construction Engineering Role
Whether you’re facing redundancy or are just ready to move on from your current engineering role, finding a new job can be challenging. Searching on job boards and online can be extremely time consuming and frustrating at times. It might take a while for a suitable job to appear and if you apply and don’t hear anything back you might be left scratching your head, especially if you feel you met all the requirements listed in the job specification.
Here are five ways you can increase your chances of securing a new role:
- Dedicate time every day to searching for a role
If you only check job boards and websites on a weekly basis, then you might be missing out. Often companies will stop looking at CVs/applications once a certain number of people have applied or they’ve shortlisted enough people for interview. If you’re the sixtieth person to apply for a role, the chances of you making the next round are much slimmer than if you were the tenth. Time is precious to companies and they don’t have time to read every application.
Obviously, you need to be careful about when you search, especially if you’re still in work. It can be tempting to look on your lunch break but you don’t want your employers to find out you’re looking to move before you’ve secured your next role. Try to search before or after work at home instead. Don’t tell a work colleague that you’re looking to move because, even if you trust them, they might accidentally let the cat out of the bag.
- Get your CV up to scratch
If you haven’t updated your CV recently then now is the time. You should also think about writing a cover letter or two that you can amend to suit the different roles you apply for. Your CV needs to be concise, professional in tone and laid out well. Let knowledgeable friends and family have a read and suggest how you can improve it. Remember, you need to portray yourself in the best light as this is the first thing a potential employer will see.
Tailor your CV individually for each role you apply for, ensuring you highlight the key skills and requirement the employer is looking for. To find out what shouldn’t be on your CV, read this!
- Create a LinkedIn profile
The world of job searching has changed a lot over the last few years. LinkedIn is the work version of Facebook and having a profile can really boost your chances of finding your next engineering role. Set up a profile, connect with people you know and add people you want to get to know. Thanks to your connections, you might find out about roles before they are even advertised.
- Don’t go it alone
You don’t have to search for a role on your own. If you speak to a recruiter who specialises in engineering roles then they will speak to you at length about your requirements, tell you how to improve your CV and start putting your forward for roles.
Your recruiter will do their best to find you the perfect role and help you prepare for interview. They will have several engineering clients that they work with on an exclusive basis or can call up and mention that they have an excellent candidate that they might be interested in. You might find that you’re the only person being interviewed for certain roles – wouldn’t that be amazing!
- Stay positive
Getting an interview is the first step and you might not get the first job you interview for. The important thing is to stay positive and learn from every experience. If you do get a rejection, always ask for feedback because this might highlight something you can work on for your next interview. The right job could be just around the corner.
Remember, it’s not just the company interviewing you, it’s you interviewing the company. You want to find a place that will suit your personality and tick as many of your boxes as possible. Sometimes you might have to compromise but think about what matters the most. For instance, if a short commute is important then accepting a job that’s based an hour and a half away isn’t going to be for you.
We hope our tips have given you plenty of food for thought. For further help and advice, please give us a ring on +44 (0)1252 413 080.