You’re working hard and doing what you love, designing new parts and products, but you just can’t see any potential for career growth. You’ve searched through LinkedIn, Monster, and Indeed and have come up empty. If you can relate, it might be time to start trying some more focused job boards to uncover that new opportunity. To help you out, I’ve pulled together 10 sites providing a wide array of engineering jobs:
This site is a well-known and respected source of industry news, but you may not have known that they have a job section. In addition to articles with career advice, Engineering.com lists countless jobs that appeal to their audience – engineers. You can refine your search according to location, keywords, and discipline.
National Society of Professional Engineers
This is what I like about professional societies and associations – they provide more than just monthly newsletters! Organizations like this often have a large audience, which means more opportunities for both employers and jobseekers to get found. The job portal also has a Resources page with access to professional resume writers, career coaching, reference checking, and more. This site is definitely a stand-out.
The website itself is sparse, which can make for a less distracting experience. One thing to be aware of is that listings are not in chronological order, though there are a wide range of opportunities – from engineering, to nursing, to marketing. Some of the posts have orange text under them that says “Easily apply,” these postings link back to Indeed.com, where you can apply online. The other posts all seem to link back to employer websites. All in all not a bad search experience.
This is a well thought out job portal with all the bells and whistles. You can use the “Find a job” section to refine your search, or browse through the featured listings. Once you register with the site, you can upload your resume to help employers search for you, and then browse through the Job Seeker Tools, which includes a special section for students. The “Quintessential Careers Job Seeker Tools” section under Job Seeker Tools also has all the information you could possibly think of when applying for jobs, including top resume mistakes, interview questions, Thank-You note guidelines, and more. Definitely one of the better job search sites.
US Army Corps of Engineers
If you’re looking for a challenging engineering job that truly has an impact on this country, there’s no better place to look than the United States Army Corps of Engineers. There are opportunities available for people with numerous skill-sets, and this is an organization where you can pretty much work anywhere in the world and expect the same working conditions and benefits you’d get back home. As far as the site itself, the “Careers” tab will link you to the USAJobs.gov website, where you can browse public sector jobs. You’ll have to create a resume on that platform before you can actually apply.
EEWeb is an online community for electrical engineers that also happens to have a job board. The benefit here is there’s more opportunity to network with other electrical engineers, and there’s also a ton of great content and news related to the industry. So in between job applications, you can brush up on what’s new in the field and come up with smart talking points for your next interview.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
While most sites allow you to refine your search by category, ASME’s job board really puts this feature in the spotlight, encouraging you to pick a category and go from there. This helps cut through the clutter of job postings that don’t relate to your personal experience. The site also has a salary calculator, which determines the average salary for a worker in your field, within your geographic region, with your experience – this all helps when you get to the negotiation stage of hiring.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) I was extremely involved with SME during my college years, and even became president of our chapter. Since that time, I’ve continued to keep up a relationship with the Society, and am happy to include their job portal in this list. Registered job seekers can browse listings as long as they’re signed in, and can also opt in to email alerts that fit in with their search. Employers can choose from a number of job posting and recruitment options.
Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA)
This site requires a little bit of clicking around to get where you want to go – whether that’s an employer page or a job seeker page. But once you get there, it’s a standard setup where you can browse by keyword or location. The Resume Bank button takes you to a page with opportunities that you can apply for directly on the site, as opposed to clicking through a hiring company’s website. The catch is that your application is literally added to a bank – you’re not applying for a specific job at a specific company — these are positions that are constantly being filled by a variety of companies. Submitting your resume will get you seen by more people, but you’re not in control of who it’s getting sent to. Not a bad thing, just something to consider as you weigh your options on this site.
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