Career Guidelines for Engineering Professionals
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Perth based JSM Appointments® focuses exclusively on engineering jobs for the professional engineer, engineering technologist and engineering associate as well as providing HR consulting services to companies with engineering jobs in their target industry.
Our recruitment consultants are skilled at interpreting selection criteria for engineering jobs, and work closely with our clients to account for relevant elements derived from four classifications - occupational category, engineering discipline, jobs function and industry background.
While we cannot guarantee any professional engineer success when applying for engineering jobs, we will provide constructive feedback and guidance to maximise the chances of successful placement.
The following information is provided to assist when applying for professional engineering jobs in Perth, WA or further afield.
- Tips when applying for engineering jobs
- Preparing your CV
- Conquering the selection process
- Candidate resources
- Professional Associations
- Information for overseas candidates
Applying for Engineering Jobs
- Applications should include a covering letter or email clearly stating the engineering jobs you are applying for (use job reference numbers quoted in adverts). Include your contact details and preferred method of correspondence. Advise if you do not want to be contacted at any specific time or place (e.g. by email at work).
- As a professional engineer your CV should be presented in a clear and concise format. Microsoft Word document files are preferable when making electronic submissions.
- Your CV should include a brief overview of your qualifications, professional engineer status and experience. Present a snapshot of your work experience for each job / employer working backwards in time. Highlight your core competencies and detail your experience, accountabilities and achievements. Pay particular attention to the job criteria. Where possible highlight specific achievements that address the criteria.
- Include at least your highest professional engineer or other qualifications earned with details such as date obtained and institution attended. Also provide appropriate accreditation details (professional engineer affiliations).
- Provide a list of at least two suitable referees with full contact details (include an email address if possible), place of employment and their previous or current position in relation to your job.
- Contact the recruiter if you do not get a prompt acknowledgement of receipt of your submission. Posted mail and even email sometimes goes astray.
Preparing Your CV
This document is a story about your professional engineering career both in terms of history and ongoing objectives. It will have a significant impact on your success in applying for engineering jobs.
Opinions differ on what is the correct format for Curriculum Vitae (often referred to as resumes in the USA and Australia - technically a resume is a summarised version of a CV). Don't get too hung up on actual layout, just keep in mind what it is that you are trying to achieve. The content should be accurate, relevant, concise, easy to read and presented in a structured, neat, clear and logical format. Here is a sample CV template you can use as a guide.
For more information about professional CV preparation for engineering jobs please contact our Perth recruitment consultants.
At JSM Appointments® we are paid by our clients (those companies who have engaged us to fill engineering jobs) and we meet our obligation to them by sourcing, selecting and presenting quality candidates with relevant qualifications, experience and attributes.
We are also committed to ensuring that professional engineers are presented in the best possible manner. Your JSM Appointments® recruitment consultant has the qualifications and experience to provide you with coaching, advice and support leading up to and during the selection process.
However, preparation is important and we encourage you to consider the following when researching and preparing for interviews:
- Find out information about the company
- Understand the job description and selection criteria
- Be prepared to discuss your shortcomings
- Consider your ability to commit to the job
JSM Appointments® offers information and guidance to applicants embarking on the initial stages of their engineering jobs search.
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The following associations may prove a useful resource for professional engineers in Perth:
- Engineers Australia (EA) - assesses paraprofessional and professional engineer qualifications for the purposes of skilled migration to Perth, WA or Australia.
- Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers (APESMA) - is the largest national non-profit organisation representing professional employees.
- Consult Australia - is an industry body representing the business interests of firms providing engineering jobs, technology and management consultancy services.
- National Engineering Registration Board (NERB) - was established jointly by Engineers Australia, the APESMA and ACEA.
- Project Management Institute (PMI) - is the world's leading not-for-profit project management association with chapters in Australian capital cities including Perth, WA.
Overseas based professional engineers are encouraged to visit the following web sites for more information on migrating to, working and living in Australia:
- Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) - In most cases you will need to ensure that you meet the requirements for obtaining a visa in Australia prior to seeking any engineering jobs either as a professional engineer in Perth, WA or Australia-wide.
- Migration Agents Registry Authority (MARA) - contact MARA to find an Australian migration agent.
- Engineers Australia is the designated authority to assess paraprofessional and professional engineer qualifications for the purposes of skilled migration to Perth, WA or Australia.
- Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFEs and private providers) and the higher education sector (mainly universities).
- Trades Recognition Australia provides occupational skills assessment services for people intending to migrate to Australia and domestic skills assessments for Australian residents.
- VETASSESS is Australia's leading vocational education and training (VET) assessment provider.
Please contact us today to find out more or get additional advice and assistance.