It’s Time to Accelerate Your Engineering Career

June 20th, 2016

There is no doubt that engineering is a noble and in-demand discipline. Without engineers we wouldn’t have bridges, airplanes or computers. Becoming an engineer takes years of education and training to become fully qualified. Once you have completed your necessary training and have gained some experience in the workforce, you should seriously consider where you want your career to take you, both in the short term and long term.

This article will discuss the importance of career growth, and seeking an employer who not only allows for but encourages your professional development. Here are a few tips to give your engineering career a boost.

Gaining Experience Quickly

One of the quickest ways to gain experience is through temporary positions. Each employer and work environment has new lessons to learn and new opportunities to further your career. Taking on temporary contracts will provide you with a wide exposure to different teams and projects that will add variety to your resume and experience to your professional profile.

While there is something to be said for staying with one employer for an extended period of time, if you don’t have the ability to show you grew within that one position by taking on increasing responsibilities over time, you are doing your career a disservice. It can be difficult to gain a wider array of job experiences while working for one employer, and that is why taking temporary contracts will help you gain experience quickly and efficiently.

Taking on Passion Projects

Show employers you are fully invested and interested in your career by experimenting outside of the office environment on various passion projects. Offering your services pro bono or volunteering with a nonprofit in your free time shows your commitment to your community and your interest in providing value outside of your 9-to-5 job. Taking on passion projects provides you with the opportunity to learn new skills or put your existing skills to good use.

Seek to Improve Your Work

Great engineers are always learning because the industry is constantly changing. New technologies and methodologies are ever revolutionizing the engineering industry. In order to accelerate your engineering career, make sure that you are never settling for just good enough. Actively seek to improve your work through soliciting quality feedback and staying on top of current events in your field. Your attention to detail and commitment to your work product will stay with you and influence your career and your reputation.

Building a Strong Network

Last, but certainly not least important is building a strong professional network to support your long-term career goals. Working with a staffing partner to find the right opportunities is the more vital step in this process.

If you find yourself in a situation where your current employer is not supportive of your career growth, it is time to reevaluate your options. The team at Search Staffing is well trained and supportive of advancing the careers of engineers in the workforce. They are a reliable source of support in your job search and are able to connect you with employers who are committed to your career goals. Contact us today to speak with a Search Staffing representative about where you want your career to take you.

3 Skills to Display as a Machinist

June 20th, 2016

Your resume is your front line of attack in your job search. You need to present yourself well on paper even before you have the chance to interview with an employer and prove your abilities. A well-written resume should be clean, concise, free of mistakes and spelling errors, and above all else, it should present your skills and qualifications in an effective manner. Employers are on the lookout for certain key skills in their machinist candidates. Are you confident those skills are reflected well in your resume?

Today’s article will discuss the three most important skills to promote in your machinist resume and how best to illustrate your qualifications to a discerning employer.

Skill #1: Precision in Measurement

A great deal of the daily tasks machinists are required to perform involves taking and managing precise measurements. They need to measure size and weight of raw and finished materials to ensure accuracy and effectiveness. Those measurements must also be regularly compared with those of scale drawings to ensure parts are produced within the required tolerances. Measuring is a prerequisite for on-the-job quality control which is of key importance to employers looking to hire machinists.

Within the body of your resume, it is worthwhile to illustrate how your precision in measurement has benefited past employers in terms of the quality of your work. It is also worth listing as a key skill within your skills and qualifications section, preferably near the top of your resume.

Skill #2: Craftsmanship

Machinists are considered to be skilled craftsmen, and as such are in high demand. Those who are trained well in the art and science of machine operation are also expected to perform with a high level of craftsmanship. Taking pride in the work you do is what will set you apart in competitive talent pool. Make sure employers know you provide value in your craftsmanship by describing how your attention to detail, quality and precision have improved a product or process on a previous project or for a previous employer.

Skill #3: The Ability to Operate Common Machine Shop Tools

Flexibility across workplaces is another important skill that will help you catch and keep the attention of your prospective hiring manager. Emphasize your ability to operate multiple standard tools, as well as some less-standard tools as well. A wide familiarity with the different machines that are in use today will reassure employers that you are up to date on real-world work environments and that, once hired, you will be prepared to hit the ground running.

Discuss your adaptability across multiple workshop environments within the body of your resume, preferably in relation to your unique successes or accomplishments within your work history. While flexibility might be considered more of a “soft skill” than the other, more technical skills you will want to list in your qualifications section.

If you are looking for your next exciting opportunity in machine operation, give the recruiters at Search Staffing a call. They can help you prepare a resume that will grab the attention of industry-leading employers and set you on your path to a better career. Contact us today!

Having Trouble Finding Local Electrical Engineer Talent?

June 13th, 2016

Electrical engineers are a very specialized talent pool. If you find yourself in needing to hire industry-leading talent but are unable to source high-quality candidates, it can be a very difficult situation. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do as a hiring manager to locate and attract talented electrical engineers to join your company.

Understanding the Electrical Engineering Talent Pool

Electrical engineering is a particularly specialized skill set, which requires a significant investment of time and education on the part of the candidates. Depending on your location, there may or may not be local schools which even offer the types of programs that will make your candidates qualified for the position. This is a key reason why some localities may offer only a handful of qualified candidates, and considering the demand for electrical engineers such areas see an unavoidably competitive hiring market. With that in mind, employers need to be proactive in their recruiting efforts and willing to provide the extra incentive to recruit and retain the talent they require.

Finding the Right Talent

Recruiting efforts such as help wanted ads, job listings, and job fairs are all hyper-local in their focus. Finding and attracting engineers outside of a given area can be difficult. While the internet has made it easier to communicate with candidates who are not located within the immediate vicinity of your business, convincing those applicants the work is worth a long commute or even relocation may not be in our best interest.

That said, social media is a powerful tool that allows employers to connect with a wider audience of candidates. There are often applicants looking for a change of scenery and as such are willing to widen their search parameters. To connect with your ideal electrical engineering candidates, be specific in your job descriptions, use smart keywords in your recruiting material, and be transparent in your expectations. To widen your search, consider joining localized groups on LinkedIn or Facebook. Above all else, make sure your company’s social media presence is strong and effective.

Networking with existing electrical engineers is another effective way to pinpoint high-quality talent. Many candidates or potential candidates are connected through school, work or social groups. Receiving a recommendation for a talented hire can be a simple and effective way to find your next electrical engineer. Ask current staff members if they have any connections seeking an opportunity with a company like yours, and consider offering a reward structure to incentivize hiring recommendations.

Working with a high-quality staffing firm such as Search Staffing often provides the support needed for companies to connect with a wider talent pool. We are highly skilled at recruiting and placing industry-leading talent in hard-to-fill positions. We have connections throughout multiple areas meaning our talent pool is more diverse and eager to hit the ground running. Give us a call today to see how we can help you find the talent you are looking for.

The Career Path to Become a CNC Machine Operator

June 7th, 2016

Interested in becoming a CNC machine operator? While there are a number of education requirements, training and experience you will require, this exciting and innovative career path is one that we are seeing high potential in. Today’s article will discuss the necessary steps you will need to take to become a qualified CNC machine operator.

About CNC Machine Operation

CNC Machine Operators are tasked with the necessary set up and operation of computer numerically controlled machines (aka CNC machines). These machines are regularly used in the metalworking industry, and job duties of machine operators include loading materials, setting tools according to job order, monitoring machine operation during use, and machine cleaning and preparation. CNC machinists are expected to document their jobs and monitor supplies. While operating CNC machines can be dangerous if done without the proper protections, operators are trained in the safety requirements and regulations necessary to operate the machinery as safely as possible. 

Career Requirements

In preparation for this career path, certified CNC Machine Operators generally have a college or trade school degree with a focus in machine technology or CNC machine operations. They are then certified through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) or the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International. Experience in machine operations of at least one year will help solidify your resume, along with skills in mechanics, familiarity with CNC programming software, the ability to read blueprints, operate tools such as calipers, micrometers, lathes, and mills, and enough physical strength and stamina to work while standing and the ability to life up to 75 pounds of material on a regular basis.

How to Become a CNC Machine Operator

Knowing the requirements and skills needed to become a CNC machine operator is a great first step in this engaging career. But depending on where you are in your own path can determine what steps you should take to get there. First, candidates should earn a high school diploma, followed by completion of a certificate or associates degree program with a focus on the skills directly applicable to the work CNC machine operators are expected to perform. Certificate programs through community colleges or vocational schools teach the necessary skills in a short period of time (weeks to months). Associates degrees last for two academic years, but supplementing the training necessary with more general education courses can help in your long-term career development.

Once your education is complete, you will need to solidify your skill set by getting certified. This can be done through many different schools or organizations (such as the National Institute for Metalworking Skills or Fabricators and Manufacturers Association), but all require work experience and specific coursework to qualify to take the exams. Once you are certified, the next step to becoming a CNC Machine Operator is to make the necessary connections to obtain a position.

Professional networking opportunities may be available to you through your school or training program, but working directly with a staffing partner, such as Search Staffing, will position you for quick and efficient hiring.  To see what we can do to help you land an exciting job in CNC machine operation, contact Search Staffing today.