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Search for The Right Manufacturing Job

Search for the Right Job for You... Not any old Job!

Search for The Right Manufacturing Job

So you want a new job? But you don’t want any old job – surely you’re worth more than that, especially after what you’ve put into your career so far. It’s important to get the right job. But how do you do this?

What you need to do is identify what type of job best suits you – what do you actually want in your new role? So what’s the best way to do this? Well there are a few things that will help…


  • Consider the sector of manufacturing, engineering or technology you want to be employed in, and for which you have appropriate skills. This may well be your existing one or a more specialist area within your current field. Alternatively it may be a related or allied industry sector. Need more help or ideas? Try searching a technical recruitment agency website for a range of related jobs. Also you may have a career plan which could help you consider the next type of job you wish to aim for. Even thoughts like pondering the next logical step up from your current position, might help you focus.

  • Consider what aspects of your job (and indeed your preferred job) you most enjoy. What would you be looking for in this new position? What is important to you? Jot down a list. To get you started consider items like pay, pension, working conditions, training and professional development, amount of leave, commute, flexible working etc.

  • Equally consider what you do not want to see in your preferred job. This may be the worst aspects of your current or past roles. Again, list things you really want to avoid in your new position.

  • Think about the type of job that is right for you at this stage of your career.  Do you want a permanent job; if so have you researched what the typically salary is for someone with your skill-set in the geographical location you are looking at? Alternatively, have you considered contract positions, often paid by the hourly rate? If asked, what would be an appropriate rate for you? Contracts can be highly lucrative, but are riskier in that longer term work is not guaranteed. Having said that, what is the demand and trend in your industry? It’s common for engineers and technicians to work as contractors for years, managing the end of one with the start of the next. Contractors often work on projects or stages within projects. Industrial employers commonly recruit contract workers to obtain specific skills immediately. 

  • Would you prefer to work for a blue-chip larger company – a widely recognised employer that reads well on your CV and probably offers structure, perks (including organised training) and further opportunities? Alternatively would you prefer working for a small-to-medium sized enterprise (SME)? Here you are more likely to get noticed quickly, make a greater company impression, and probably progress more quickly within the business. Smaller businesses will probably have greater scope to be dynamic, innovative and flexible. With SMEs your influence and contribution are likely to be greater. Again this is great for quantifiable evidence for your CV.

Search for The Right Manufacturing Job: Reflect to Raise Your Awareness...

The purpose of considering the points above is to:

  • Raise your awareness and consciousness of the positions available to you.
  • Target jobs in areas best suited to your aims and aspirations.
  • Focus your thinking and searching for roles which most closely match your skill-set and level of expertise.
  • Highlight the job aspects you enjoy, whilst minimising those you don’t.

The Right Manufacturing Job

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If there is such a shortage of engineers, why aren’t engineering salaries shooting through the roof? What do you think?

We constantly hear about the skills shortage in engineering and high-end manufacturing? Well according to the laws of supply and demand, a shortage of anything should increase its value. So why aren’t engineering salaries sky rocketing as a result? Or are they? What do you think?

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