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08/20/2011 10:55 AM

I had a particularly rough week - it was all I could do to Margarita it away last night. So, for those of you in similar (or worse) situations - what are the best websites for hunting engineering jobs? It's been 7 years since I last used one, I imagine the field has changed.

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08/20/2011 11:19 AM

Sorry to hear that. It seems that there is no good news to be found anywhere.

As soon as it gets to be 5 o'clock, somewhere, I'll have a shot of Gran Patron Platinum in your honor. (It was a birthday present)

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08/20/2011 2:34 PM

Thanks, I had Patron Silver in my Margaritas, and they came with a shot of rum on the side, which I haven't quite figured out yet.

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08/20/2011 2:56 PM

That's so you can gradually convert your margarita into a daiquiri as the evening moves along.

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08/20/2011 2:58 PM

Ah. I guess I shouldn't have just downed it then.

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08/20/2011 10:44 PM

It's to light and do a flaming shot to celebrate.

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08/20/2011 1:08 PM

i am very sorry to see that a person of your calibre (going by your posts on CR4) has to look around for a job. Why don't you look for openings for (a) being a consultant and (b) look for overseas opportunities. You may think of it as a hardship, but not to worry. we have McDonalds and KFC round the corner. American engineers have a reputation for being very good and professional. You may get a good assignment ! Good luck, cheer up, find out where Lyn lives and go get some of that Tequila

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08/20/2011 2:36 PM

Thanks. I should probably just be glad to have a job, in my field, in these times.

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08/20/2011 1:52 PM

Sorry to hear that you're now in the hunt for a job.

I've not searched for a engineering job lately but there's the generic job site Monster.com that does have an engineering subsection. For Electrical Engineering there's the IEEE site for members and then there's also dice.com.

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Thanks. I'll check out that IEEE site.

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08/20/2011 10:35 PM

www.monster.com

is one of the biggest. All the engineering schools have career centers.

another is

http://www.workopolis.com/

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08/21/2011 8:08 AM

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08/20/2011 10:48 PM

This one is not free like monster or dice but I found the last job I quit to start my own company through them.

http://technology.theladders.com I also recommend the resume service. It was not cheep but it was worth the money.

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08/21/2011 8:12 AM

I saw the ladders in a google search, I'll take a look, thanks.

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08/20/2011 11:43 PM

Medical field seems to still be strong. Can you work in that field? I hope you find a rewarding offer behind the next door.

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08/21/2011 8:09 AM

When I was a kid, biomedical electronics was a big interest. That might be fun.

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08/21/2011 12:58 AM

Hi, What is your field of interest? You can go to the following sides.

www.expatenginering.net

www.railwaypersonnel.com

www.dubaijobs.com

Seach for enginering jobs and you will find many more.

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08/21/2011 8:14 AM

Thanks, I'll have a look.

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08/21/2011 4:10 AM

Engineeringjobs.com engineeringjobs.net monster jobsite when you find a job you like, or looks in the right area, look up the agency and register there. Also update your cv every 3 months or less, keeps it on the top of the pile, If you are able to relocate, mention it in your cv

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08/21/2011 6:58 AM

Hi bhankiii,

Just relax, do not loose your cool. Jobs come and go. You are qualified Electrical Engineer, you should get job soon. Use this time as holiday but also search new job as suggested by our friends. Hope you will get one soon and celebrate with Champagne.

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08/21/2011 8:11 AM

Thanks, I haven't lost my job, just my enjoyment of it. Maybe a holiday is what I need.

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08/21/2011 7:40 AM

One suggestion would be going on Elance.com though not generally for employment you may find some suitable contract work there. Occasionally they look for long term commitments as well. Good luck.

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08/21/2011 10:39 AM

When I took a job finding course. they suggested a different approach to job finding.

this approach will eliminate a lot of wasted time and energy, and focus directly on your goals, and people who can help.

1) Figure out what you really want to do for work. perhaps it is time for a change in career path. this is crucial to your own satisfaction. perhaps even take one of these courses to figure it out. the tools are pretty good. don't assume you know everything about yourself already.

2) Get out the phone book, and identify the companies that you would want to work for. make a written list

3) Do some research on your ideal companies. (internet/personal network) keep writing.... it is therapeutic, and sharpens your focus.

4) phone the company and ask for the engineering manager, to ask "technical questions" (to bypass admin and HR... try different tactics. they are the enemy) (write down names, titles, and numbers of eng mgrs.)

5) Ask the engineering manager if he/she is hiring, and can you submit your resumé directly to them. (write down details of jobs)

6) Make very professional looking resumé's, and put in manilla envelopes with printed labels. include professional references and be specific in the cover letter about what you think you can do for them. After talking to the manager, you should hopefully be able to apply your experience/skills/education to their objectives. Don't be afraid to hand write the cover letter.. it will really stand out. Make sure your references will give you a glowing, but accurate reference.

7) tell them in the cover letter that you will call in a couple of days, to arrange an interview. (be specific about when, as a person with a busy schedule has to 'schedule' others in. don't plead.)

8) follow through exactly with all arranged plans. (proof that you will do what you said you would do)

9) keep going...

If you are diligent with each step of the process, you will find satisfaction quickly. Personal connection skills are important. Imagine if you were searching for parts, you wouldn't have difficulty talking to service personnel or engineering managers... keep it simple and real. you are offering a service.. and you are selling.. but it has to be practical and tangible to your customers. you need to believe in your self and what you offer.

most companies are being flooded with job apps...a personal connection that you have been able to form with the eng manager will raise your profile much higher than others who just do mass emails from websites. become real to your chosen company, and find ways to connect with the people who count. when your future boss realizes how you targetted them, they will probably be impressed as to how you accomplished it, and somewhat honoured that you chose them... it speaks volumes.

consider self employment, even if it is just to fill out the resumé

are you willing to relocate? are you electrical eng?

best wishes

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08/21/2011 10:44 AM

I like the approach. GA

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08/21/2011 1:04 PM

I agree. A sound approach. If you are an engineer, treat getting a job as you would an engineering project.

The only thing I would add to Chriss288's excellent piece is that I also put my resume and supporting material in a file folder with my name on the tab.

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08/21/2011 3:43 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. I do know exactly what I like to do, so that part is not a problem.

oh, and yeah - I'm an EE.

oh, oh, and I wonder what made the title of my post jump from Looking around to Looking a\Around

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08/21/2011 3:54 PM

It looks as though somebody couldn't decide whether "around" should be capitalized (as an adverb) or lower-cased (as a preposition without object).

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08/22/2011 10:53 PM

Nice well thought out plan Chris. I would expect nothing less though.

There is an other option. Contact one of the owners of Lyn-Door industries. They could probably use another demented person well qualified engineer to dream up that crap they sucker the public into buying help design the quality products the are helping to save the world with.

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08/21/2011 3:13 PM

www.Engineering.com has a pretty good job board.

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08/21/2011 4:17 PM

Check Infomine. This site services the mining industry, but includes other engineering jobs as well. Robert E the Reb

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08/22/2011 8:16 AM

When I was unemployed, I found that Careerbuilder.com suited me best. I liked the way you could set up and save searches. Also, each state should have a job listing site (MOworks, SDworks, IAworks, etc.) Good luck!

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08/23/2011 6:22 PM

I like to use INDEED. It is a general job search website, but it seems to pick up a number of jobs that you can't find on other sites.

http://www.indeed.com/

Good luck with the hunt.

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