How Social Media Can Help Launch Your Engineering Career
Twitter improves job seekers chances of being found by engineering recruiters
The number of engineering professionals incorporating social media into their work is growing quickly. Engineers now look for white papers, news and inventions online, with Twitter and LinkedIn quoted as their main sources.
With almost 9 million engineers now on LinkedIn, there is a constant flow of information and discussion about innovations in the industry. There are countless LinkedIn groups, designated to share advice, articles and even work opportunities.
It is worth mentioning that 89% of all recruiters report having hired someone through LinkedIn, according to a survey by Herd Wisdom, an employee engagement firm.
Among the biggest engineering groups on LinkedIn for recruitment are Electrical Engineers World, Engineering Career Opportunities and Engineers Looking for Stuff. Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced engineer, there will be a group to suit you.
Engineers and scientists have adapted rather easily to the social media phenomenon, incorporating social media into their working days: 61% of engineering professionals, according to CALGAVIN, an engineering firm that specializes in heat transfer solutions, use social networks for work related activities.
Furthermore, 60% of them would look for product recommendations online, according to the same research.
Although about only 22% of those surveyed said they used Twitter, there are several Twitter profiles worth following: DesignWorld, ENGINEERINGcom, and Eng_Exchange provide interesting content daily. Also, by trying to use relevant Twitter hashtags, job seekers can improve their chances of being found by human resources departments.
Joining specialized online communities will help engineers to improve their online presence. (EngineeringBecause is among the best networks, linking young engineers with the industry's prime companies and providing a platform for sharing innovative ideas).
It is also worth getting involved in open-source projects on GitHub, an online tool for programmers, and looking for collaborations and answering relevant questions on Quora, the question-and-answer platform.
Social media is a crucial tool for engineers. By building an online presence, they can welcome new career opportunities and find inspiration through sharing ideas, and improve the engineering industry's image.
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