5 tips for job search as an industrial engineer
1. Design a strategy
We have to face the job search as if it were an engineering project that we have to face. In this way, following the guidelines of the development of projects, we must establish not only a strategy taking into account all the aspects that we must overcome in our search, but also a planning of the actions that we have to carry out in order to achieve our objectives.
We should start by developing a curriculum that exposes, never surpassing the two pages, our experience, skills and abilities. Once we have the curriculum, it is advisable to get letters of recommendation that will serve us if they require it in a position.
Now there will be a search and segmentation of the companies that interest us and, together with an action planning, we will send you our CV. If we have not consulted an offer where it appears how to send it, we should call to inform us what to do, since most companies prefer to have them in electronic format by sending an email and, even, others have a specific site on their website for this purpose.
2. Never leave your training aside
Once you have your degree, one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your professional career is to believe that you do not need to study anymore. Every profession needs a constant update, but the Industrial Engineering is in constant advance and you can quickly become obsolete if you are not informed about the matter.
In addition, training is essential for specialization, something that will make you different from the rest and engineers who try to compete with you in your job search. Taking master’s degrees, obtaining certificates or taking courses and conferences such as those offered by COIIAOc, will mean an increase in your specialization and knowledge and, in addition, one more aspect to add to your curriculum.
3. Take care of your social networks
LinkedIn is the number one portal in terms of job search, but it is not the only social network that you must take care of in order to get a job. Keep a check on your non-private publications on social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; since it has become a habitual practice that the human resources department inquire into our profiles before arranging an interview for the vacancy to which we present ourselves.
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4. Job bank
Even if you do an active job search by submitting resumes, you should also consider the passive job search. This method does not require more than the registration in offers published in job portals. There are different types depending on whether they are generalists, a specific professional sector or specialized placement agencies that offer more services than simply incorporating our curriculum into a database.
Generally, after publishing our profile, we will only have to update it if there is a change in our trajectory and be attentive to the offers that are published. The COIIAOc has a job pool where the members can register through their web portal and in which offers are published periodically.
5. Do not put limits
The current globalized world in which we live where we can have breakfast in Madrid and a few hours later to be having dinner in Paraguay, means that we cannot and should not put limits on our job search. The greatest opportunities for industrial engineers, far from focusing on Europe, are now focused on America and Asia. Currently, throughout the world, dozens of job offers go out daily, it’s just a matter of deciding how far you want to go.
Finally, another aspect that limits finding a job is to further segment the search to fields or specialties in which you feel most comfortable. Specialization is a point in favor, but discovering other areas can also help you expand your engineering knowledge, especially if you are young. S greater opportunities for industrial engineers, far from focusing on Europe, are now focused on America and Asia. Currently, throughout the world, dozens of job offers go out daily, it’s just a matter of deciding how far you want to go.