It really is amazing how many jobs and how many markets are available to professionals in the modern day. Whatever your unique talents and skills are, there is a job opportunity waiting for you. But it’s important to know where to look. There are several industries in particular who are in constant need of skilled workers to accomplish their business goals. These industries are willing to hire students and experienced professionals who have the skills they are in need of throughout the year.
So, whether you are new to the job market or returning to find your next big opportunity, here are four industries that are on the lookout for you.
Manufacturing is an industry which is growing steadily for several years now, and its growth is hinting at the fact that the industry is changing. Companies are struggling to find the skilled and responsible workers who are able to keep their machine and business running smoothly. Manufacturing jobs are well-paid with a high level of technical knowledge required, but for the right people these opportunities are hard to pass up. Technical skills are needed to step into these new roles, but for those who have the right experience or an interest to learn how manufacturing is changing the world today, this is an exciting market to be in.
Technology is another field that is evergreen when it comes to careers. It keeps changing and keeps looking for workers who are eager to try new and improved processes and advancements. Nowadays, from using an electric toothbrush to sending a satellite on to a planet, technology covers every part of our life. It is also expected by 2020, that the number of software programmers and IT related jobs will increase by 20%. The whole world is dependent on technology and it is clear that this field will never disappoint you in terms of its diversity and work culture. Technology is also a sure fire way to gain more knowledge and experience, so if you are looking to learn new things this is a great career for you.
Engineering combines a person’s talents with their imagination. It gives space to experiment. From solving complex problems to finding the right way of connecting two circuit bridges, engineering jobs are increasing in demand without a reliable supply of skilled workers. Companies are always on the lookout for good and smart engineers who will take care of business without burning it down. But 85 to 88% of engineering companies are struggling to find suitable candidates for their job openings. That’s why, if you are a builder, a thinker, an innovator – engineering is an engaging and growing industry that just might be right for you.
Energy is one of the most aggressive markets for hiring these days. Almost 20,000 to 30,000 jobs are added every year. And a huge part these new jobs are based in clean technology, sustainable and renewable energy. Opportunities include work as machine technicians of the wind turbine, solar panels installer, clean fuel car technicians, and a lot more. This business requires you to have the technical knowledge various machines and their working parts. But even with almost 7 million workers, technicians and managers working under this group, the industry is always thirsty for new skilled talent.
For more advice on building a career in these and other top industries, connect with a recruiter at US PRO today.
Resumes are a powerful tool. They tell your professional story in a succinct and easily digestible way. But don’t think that they are built for the single purpose of setting you up for an interview.
The importance of professional networking hardly needs to be reiterated but your resume can be a helpful foot in the door when it comes to connecting with other professionals. While networking used to be all about attending meetings and mixers arranged by employers, today’s professional networking is much more flexible and innovative. Your networking strategy should be a balance of digital networking and personal connections.
When reaching out to new connections, send them a copy of your resume. That way they know who you are and why you are interested in building a relationship with them. You could even go so far as to ask for advice on how to write a stronger resume or what experience you should pursue to be in a situation where they would consider hiring you. The information you can receive based off a conversation around your resume can be very valuable. You might not get a job offer out of the conversation, but there is still plenty to learn from your professional network is you have the guts to ask.
If you don’t already, you should consider LinkedIn as the necessary digital equivalent to your resume. In fact, your LinkedIn profile should be structured very similarly to your resume. It should highlight your most impactful achievements, the results you have gained from your experience and hard work, and the value of your work for employers. It can build off those basics to supplement with links to other content, conversations with industry and interest groups, and also, of course, your connections with other professionals in your industry. If you are not actively building your network online, through social media, your resume is the perfect place to start. From there you can build a social media profile that gets you the industry attention and respect you deserve.
Your portfolio of previous work is one of the most engaging pieces for employers reviewing your professional marketing material. An online portfolio is a more visual representation of your resume. You can add video and photos, or other graphic elements to make the reading experience more interesting. You can build off the bullets and basic information to really tell the story of who you are on the job. If your resume tells employers what they need to know to interview you, your online portfolio shows them why they should hire you. Buffer a bare-bones portfolio with the interesting personal projects and volunteer work that help add depth to your resume. Make sure that just like you would in your resume, the projects in your portfolio are the best examples of the work you are capable of, and keep your portfolio updated as new opportunities come along.
For more advice on building a career in these and other top industries, connect with a recruiter at USPRO today.
Many candidates struggle with the interview process. It can be very difficult to know whether you are doing everything you need when so little feedback is provided from an interviewer. If you get an offer after an interview, it’s a pretty good sign that your interview skills are where they need to be. But if all you hear is a no thank you with no elaboration on why, how are you supposed to know whether you’re hitting all the right notes when you are in the interview chair. The harsh reality is that if you do not get the offer you’re looking for, then you are missing out on something when it comes to your interview skills.
The most important thing you should know about being successful in an interview is the need to connect with your interviewer. Help them get to know you both as a candidate and as a person. Be real. Be memorable. Give them a reason to want to continue the conversation at a later date. Building that emotional bridge will help you engage with your interviewer, help them see you as a potential teammate, and get them thinking about how you can add value in the role you are applying for.
You can count on every other candidate they interview having a similar set of skills and level of experience that make them qualified for the role. But it’s the candidate who is able to connect and built rapport with their interviewer that will land the job.
A tried and true emotional engagement strategy is the simple but powerful element of storytelling. This works well for businesses and for interviews both. Storytelling is a communication style designed to engage the listener. Stories are powerful because they allow the listener to put themselves in the shoes of the storyteller. It creates near-instantaneous emotional connections, and allows the teller to take the audience on a journey of discovery, where they can experience the history and achievements of the candidate in a real-world scenario. Storytelling helps bring those bullets on your resume to life, and give them meaning in the greater context of the role, making you a more interesting and personable candidate than anyone else just sticking to the facts of their resume.
Too many candidates focus on their responsibilities and tasks from previous roles when they really should be focusing on their successes and their results. Employers want to know what they did that made a difference for their past teams and past companies. What would you bring that is unique to you, if you were to join the team? If you can put your actions in context and highlight those positive results in a quantitative way (focus on the numbers), then you place yourself on a scale which they can easily compare other candidates to. Make sure you are highlighting the best of your work to bring your resume to the top of the pile, both during the application process and in the interview itself.
For more advice on how to shine in an interview, connect with our team of industry-leading career recruiters at USPRO today.
Knowing what you want to do with your career is one thing, but knowing what jobs are in high demand is quite another. As is true with job markets over the ages, different skills and roles have come into the forefront as more sought after by employers than others. There is an ebb and flow as time goes by that influences what employers are looking for from their new hires, and understanding what roles employers are likely to be hiring for will help you focus your training and educational efforts to position yourself better to find a job you love.
Data drives business decisions today, and it affects how companies create and sell products. Without that data, companies would be just taking a shot in the dark in what they provide the world. The smart companies in almost every industry are obsessed with market and customer data right now, and how they can use that to give themselves an edge. Market research analysts are how they take raw data and analyze it to understand customers, predict trends, determine what pricing should be, and provide valuable feedback from the marketplace. In fact, the demand for market research analysts is expected to grow by almost 20% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To be competitive in this job market and land a market research analyst job, obviously you’ll need an educational background in marketing or economics (at least a bachelor’s degree to get you started). You’ll need strong math and analytical skills for this job. But if you have what it takes, analysts earn more than $60k on average.
Computer engineers have been one of the top-ranked professions for several years now and it’s not hard to see why. In fact, this field is projected to continue growing well through 2018. As more companies go digital and both startups and enterprise companies are looking for creative, innovative developers and software engineers to design and refine computer programs to help them grow their business, software engineers will continue to be at the top of the market. It takes a serious educational investment to prepare yourself for such a career, however. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science along with the strong programming skills you’ll need to do your job. But once you’re able to do the work, the work will likely keep coming. The demand for software engineers is expected to grow more than 17% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—much faster than average. And once you have the degree and the skills, you can count on a median salary of $102,280 per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Biomedical engineering is the meetup point of two very hot industries today, those being the healthcare and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) industries. Biomedical engineers develop equipment, devices, software, and computer systems used in medical facilities, and as an aging population needs increasing medical support, this market is projected to grow fast and furious. The demand for biomedical engineers is expected to grow by a huge 23% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And those in this procession are able to earn a median salary of $85,000 with at least a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering.
For more advice on how to find the right job for you in such a competitive market, connect with a recruiter at USPro today or explore the current opportunities.
For those either new to the job market, or making a return after a prolonged absence, the focus needs to be on showing you have the experience you need to get the job done. But getting that experience can be a challenge in its own right. Here are a few tips to help you gain the experience you need to get ahead in your job search.
The skills gap between a seasoned professional and a recent graduate can easily put off employers from hiring rookies, but keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere. The key is to gain the industry knowledge and the professional network that will help make you more attractive to employers. That doesn’t necessarily mean holding a regular job in the industry. It can include everything from volunteer work to contract work. Experience is an excellent, and perhaps the best, indicator of future performance so make sure you build the relationships and the understanding of the environment and the work that will mean less on the job training and time to settle in to a new professional environment.
Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company. But not every business has opportunities for volunteers. Internships are another important way to gain the experience you need to be effective in a similar role. Look for opportunities where they exist. Don’t focus on only volunteering or interning at the places you want to work in the future. Every bit of experience you gain in the professional world will help you build your resume. And the diversity you bring to the hiring table with a varied background is of great value to future employers. So, focus in on the industry and the skills you will need in the future, then do what you can to practice those muscles and learn from others who are in the thick of things to better prepare yourself for future opportunities.
Another important way to get important experience and learn how to talk business with businesses is by expanding your professional network. Find a mentor within the industry that you are looking to grow into. Ask questions, shake hands. Share your interest and your desire to be an effective employee within the industry. You’d be surprised how open and invested people can be if you show them you appreciate their time and take the opportunities seriously. The hardest part about getting yourself into a good position within an industry is knowing what you don’t know. Once you understand that, you can focus your efforts on gaining the experience and the education you really need to hit the ground running.
Temporary work is an often overlooked opportunity for individuals looking to gain more experience. Contracting is a great way to learn a lot very fast as employers need professionals to step in quickly and make an impact on their business. Come into a contract armed with the skills and knowledge that can make a difference for that specific role or project, but plan to leave with a depth of industry knowledge and understanding that can truly make a difference in your long-term career.
A job search is challenging for many different reasons, but one you might not think about too often is the challenge of weighing different options. But to ensure that you are setting yourself up for long-term success in a new position, it’s worth weighing the various pros and cons of each offer before you make a decision. A common comparison is culture and pay. Every company you work for will offer a unique culture in which you will be expected to work. This can impact your overall effectiveness and happiness on the job, so be mindful of how that culture will influence your decision making.
On the other hand, pay is an important factor too of course. Your starting rate can make one offer distinctly more attractive than another, but also consider long terms trends of pay growth within the company you are considering. If they are offering you a nice onboarding package but the company is unlikely to promote from within, you can be setting yourself up for future frustrations. All these decisions can help you better understand what will and what won’t make you happy and content in a job for the long term, so consider all angles carefully before making a selection.
But there’s more to culture and pay that will influence your success within a new role. Here are a few additional elements of a job that can help you decide which job will be the better fit.
How long it takes you to get to/from work every day can have a very real impact in your overall happiness within a role. If you find yourself frustrated to sit in traffic for long periods of time, a long commute may be a good reason to not take a certain job. It can mean less time with family, and more money spent on transportation expenses. So, take everything into account when evaluating whether it’s the job for you. Keep in mind that if a long commute does make a job less attractive to you, it’s worth talking to the hiring manager about remote options if it makes sense for the role. Even for those with a long commute, a day or two working from home can make a big difference.
Many jobs these days do require travel. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for before accepting an offer. Whether you will be required to get yourself from point a to point b, or if the company will be footing the bill, large amounts of travel can be a challenge for some employees, particularly those with families at home. On the other hand, if you love to travel such a job might seem like more of an exciting adventure than a burden. Ask the question and weigh the value for yourself.
Mentorship and professional learning opportunities hold a great deal of value for employees looking to advance their career. Many companies do invest heavily in the development of their staff, so if you are interested in growing internally, a job with a mentorship program and a strong L&D department (learning and development) might speak to you more than opportunities with less focus on professional growth. Again, weigh the advantages and your preferences carefully, and pick the one which is most meaningful to you.
We live in an uncertain world. You may have a great job right now, but you never know how long that security will be there. Every company goes through hiring cycles, where aggressive hiring and layoffs impact the lives of everyday workers. It’s a good idea to always be prepared with an updated resume in case anything happens or in case anything better comes along. Here are some key tips that will help you keep your resume up to date, just in case.
Consider setting a date where you will update your resume no matter how secure your job seems at the moment. A good time to do this is New Year’s Day or even your birthday. Take some time and go over your resume and making sure all the information is current. By setting a goal to update your resume once a year, it will always be fairly current and ready to submit on a moment’s notice.
You may even want to start updating it sooner if the industry you work in is going through some changes. If you hear about layoffs happening at your company, start updating your resume right now. You will need to be able to get a jump on the others who have similar skills and experiences and be ready to take a new job as soon as possible.
Start off by updating your contact information. For many people, this changes often. Professionals change phone numbers, move, or even just get a new email address on a regular basis. You don’t want an email or phone number on it that you haven’t used in a while when a prospective employer needs to contact you.
Similarly, make notes of rewards and accomplishments that you have received since the last time you updated your resume. Even if you don’t think some awards will make much difference to a future employer, it’s important to track your accomplishments. Employers have been known to make the final decision on a job based on the fact that one applicant belonged to a service group. Additionally, it can impact financial decisions as well. So even if you don’t see how it will make an impact for you in the short term, keep track of those wins as best as you can.
Get recommendations from people you have worked with recently and frequently. It doesn’t hurt to ask even if you aren’t looking for anything new. Having letters of recommendation on hand is smart so you will always be ready to go to an interview without waiting for someone to write a letter. It’s also easier to do now than ever before with professional networking sites like LinkedIn. These sites have recommendation sections build into their platform, and it is very easy to send a request when you need one.
Along those same lines, make sure you update your references regularly. Some of your recommendations might already be people you aren’t in touch with anymore. Some might have moved or changed phone numbers which need to be updated. Make sure your references are reputable people that know your character. It is a good idea to let them know you will be using them as a reference so they aren’t taken by surprise when they get a phone call. And make sure they are current enough to be comfortable putting in a good word for you in the future.
For more advice on preparing for a job search this year or next, connect with the team at US PRO today.
As if looking for a government job isn’t nerve-racking enough, there are some unique elements to this type of job search that make it a different experience altogether. The rewards for working for your country and your community are plentiful, but in order to prove your value, you really need to go above and beyond as a job candidate.
Federal job applications look very different from the type of application you may be used to submitting for jobs. A federal resume should be more detailed and more expansive than what your average resume template may currently have built out. The average resume for a job in the private sector is about 1-2 pages. A federal resume should be at least 10 pages long and include a detailed curriculum vitae of the work and projects you have accomplished to date. Include examples and success stories that help round out your work history. References and security clearances are also worth including right from the beginning.
The key is to focus on your exemplary work history with a focus on your key strengths as they relate to the job you are applying to. Highlight your accomplishments. Make sure you share successes. And show reviewers that you are truly committed to the job you have applied to.
Let’s say that you’re looking for a government job and see one that really interests you, but it would definitely require a move. Don’t assume that it’s impossible to interview for the job if you don’t live there. Even in cases where postings say they are not considering candidates from outside the immediate region, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t apply. What it does mean is that the organization is not anticipating the need to cover any interview travel or relocation expenses.
That means that if you want to keep yourself in the running, you should include a phrase—prominently placed in your cover letter—that says that you are willing to relocate for this position and would be happy to travel to their location for an in-person interview. It’s important to inform reviewers that you are a serious candidate, ready to make a change in your life for this job, including the financial commitment that would entail.
Government agencies often need to hire locally and quickly. If you make that a challenge for them to hire you and accomplish these goals, the odds will not be in your favor. While it is physically possible to start a new job in a new city just two weeks after you accept their offer, it does present certain challenges that you need to prepare to address. Make yourself the best choice and the right choice by instilling hiring manager confidence in your abilities and in your availability for an easy and quick onboarding process.
For more tips on how to land a government job, connect with the recruiters at US PRO today.
The hеаlthсаrе induѕtrу iѕ оnе оf thе fаѕtеѕt growing markets in thе world. Thе induѕtrу is made up of hоѕрitаlѕ, clinics, and several оthеr аѕѕосiаtеd ѕесtоrѕ. The hеаlthсаrе induѕtrу has seen substantial grоwth as a rеѕult оf thе growing inсrеаѕе in dеmаnd for hеаlthсаrе fасilitiеѕ, both in the рubliс аnd рrivаtе ѕесtоrѕ. That’s good news fоr job candidates.
Healthcare is quickly creating many lucrative business орроrtunities fоr nеw аѕ wеll as еxiѕting candidates in thiѕ fiеld during thеir jоb search. With thе соѕtѕ rеlаtеd tо mеdiсаl services escalating, mоrе аnd more individuаlѕ аrе ѕееking mеdiсаl insurance, thеrеbу contributing tо thе growth оf thе induѕtrу.
So, if уоu are thinking about going intо the healthcare field, it’s important to make sure you have the skills and experience you need to get noticed. Aсԛuiring thе nесеѕѕаrу еxреriеnсе may seem challenging, but it’s very doable. All you need to do is take thе initiаtivе tо gеt аhеаd аnd work tоwаrdѕ gaining the еxреriеnсе you nееd to grow and prosper as a healthcare wоrkеr.
Cоmрlеting аn internship, while you are ѕtill in school, iѕ uѕuаllу a grеаt idea as a hеаlthсаrе field саndidаtе. Bу taking on аn intеrnѕhiр роѕitiоn, nоt only is thiѕ useful fоr you in gеtting experience, but it might аlѕо lооk аmаzing tо рrоѕресtivе еmрlоуеrѕ who are lооking fоr committed, hard workers to соmрlеmеnt thеir hеаlthсаrе tеаm.
Thеrе аrе соuntlеѕѕ internship opportunities оn thе intеrnеt if уоu put in the time and effort to look. However, you want to make sure that you’re getting the right experience with a high-quality internship. Just keep in mind that the more internships уоu аррlу fоr, thе bеttеr сhаnсе уоu hаvе оf gаining experience in the fiеld уоu desire.
Often healthcare organizations will allow you tо shadow an employee in your area of interest, or even possibly vоluntееr уоur timе. Pay a viѕit tо уоur lосаl сliniс or hospital tо аѕk аbоut орроrtunitiеѕ in shadowing or volunteering. Thеу mау аlrеаdу hаvе a рrоgrаm уоu can join as a prospective job candidate, or thеу might allow уоu tо соmе in оn уоur own time аnd lеаrn аbоut whаt a typical day in thе hеаlthсаrе рrоfеѕѕiоn lооkѕ likе. Either wау, it never hurtѕ tо аѕk аnd you соuld bе рlеаѕаntlу ѕurрriѕеd at what they have to оffеr.
As always, networking is the fast track to finding your next job. The existing соntасtѕ уоu have in thе hеаlthсаrе fiеld can help you tо grow уоur business. Fоr example, thеу may give уоu vаluаblе аdviсе аnd refer уоu tо other рrоfеѕѕiоnаlѕ and thеir patients. Sо, bе ѕurе tо mаkе the mоѕt оf thе relationships уоu hаvе, bесаuѕе they саn benefit уоu уеаrѕ down thе rоаd!
Working a few temporary contracts can actually be really effective in helping build your resume. It’s a quick way to get great experience in the healthcare field and make you stand out for future job searches.
For more tips on building your career in healthcare, connect with the recruiters at US Pro today.
When it comes to engineering, there are many things you can do to advance your career. Furthering your education is rapidly becoming a requirement for any type of career advancement today. But that’s not all. You’ll also want to focus on developing your soft skills and networking. Here are 3 things you should be doing (or at least considering) if you want to advance your engineering career.
Many engineers are expected to hold at least a master’s degree to be successful in their careers. Further education, or a multi-disciplinary background, can really help give you an edge. Many employers now look for candidates with advanced degrees “in progress” and even expect them to continue their education while working for their company. Some may even offer programs that support that pursuit financially (and in terms of schedule).
Overall, while the technicalities of being an engineer have increased, many schools have reduced the number of credit hours required to earn an engineering degree as an undergraduate student. This leaves employers in a bind as the candidates applying to entry-level engineering jobs are not fully prepared without the additional coursework a post-graduate degree provides. Rather than struggle to apply an incomplete degree to the real-life demands of a career in engineering, consider getting an advanced degree that will put you on better footing within your career now and in the future.
There are many soft skills that engineering candidates can benefit from when it comes to advancing their career. Communication is chief among those skills. Many individuals with a more technical focus struggle to translate their expertise into layman’s terms. In fact, it is the ability to communicate effectively with a large audience and to build strong relationships with stakeholders that employers find highly valuable in their technical staff. So, work on your soft skills. Build on your emotional intelligence. Because being able to work well with others is the key to long-term career success.
Networking is important no matter what you do, but as an engineer, your professional network can support your career growth and establish your credibility as an expert in your field. Reliability and references are two key elements of an upwardly mobile career. So be bold in growing your network. Ask for mentoring opportunities when they make sense. Learn from those with something to teach, while also contributing in your own way as well. There are so many ways to network effectively these days, from LinkedIn to industry events. The best way is the one that works best for you.
Don’t limit yourself to connections with people within your discipline. Engineering has several applications across multiple industries. You never know where your next opportunity will come from, so always be open to new things. And for more great tips to help you grow your engineering career, connect with the career counselors at USPRO today.
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