Search for The Right Manufacturing Job
Search for the Right Job for You... Not any old
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
- 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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