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Finding a Job in the Engineering Industry

28/07/2015
Stephen Robinson, Fircroft’s Account Manager based in Saudi Arabia, has over three years’ experience recruiting primarily for engineering roles. Here he discusses the different factors you should consider when looking for your next job.
 
For many, the chance to work in the engineering industry is a lifelong ambition. The unique opportunities and the fact that you can travel all over the world make it an incredibly appealing line of work.
 
However, even for the more experienced engineers, finding the right job can be a frustrating task. There are numerous factors you need to take into account before accepting, or even applying for, a specific role. We’ve compiled a few tips on what you should consider when looking for employment.

Where do you want to work?

As mentioned, a job in this sector can take you anywhere in the world, even if it’s only temporary. You have to be prepared to travel offshore too, which some people may not be completely comfortable with. Determine how long you think you can stay away from home for, or whether you’re willing to relocate abroad on a permanent basis.

Fircroft works closely with companies on every continent. Within Europe, there are vacancies in France, Norway, the Netherlands and Russia. Further afield you have the US, the Middle East, South East Asia and Brazil. Check out our locations page for a full list.

Which roles are you suitable for?

Whether you’re a Manufacturing Engineer, a Quality Engineer, a Chemical Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer, our list of vacancies is extensive and constantly changing. Based on your previous experience, you will be more suited to certain types of roles than others. It is common to be interested in career progression during your job search, therefore it is useful to not only search for jobs at a similar level to your current role, but also the next step up. If, for example, you are an Engineer but feel you have the experience and knowledge to apply for a Senior Engineer position, speak to Fircroft about progression and career advancement for advice. Recruiters are able to provide expert guidance for your CV and interviews.

Fircroft works with companies across a variety of sectors, such as oil & gas, automotive, power & energy and mining & minerals. Jobs that cover different disciplines are constantly being advertised, so you should be able to find something ideal for you at any time. There really is something for everyone.

Contract or permanent?

The final thing to consider is how long you would like the job to last. Some might prefer something that will cover them for a few months, whilst others are after something a little more stable. Fircroft splits job types into contract and permanent.
 
Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s all about your personal preference. Are you happy knowing you won’t have a guaranteed income when your contract ends? Or do you prefer not being tied down? There are plenty of opportunities available in both categories.

Fircroft has an easy to use search function, designed to connect you with the most suitable roles. Just go to our homepage and choose your preferred location, sector and job type, and you’ll be presented with a list of appropriate options.

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