The world has more need of engineers and other geospatial specialists than ever before, but that doesn't mean getting a job as an engineer is easy. Civil engineering recruitment firms see plenty of people who have the skills and the talent but find they just can't quite manage to seal the deal when applying for jobs.
Based on our years of experience in civil engineering recruitment and extensive industry contacts, we can offer some tips on how to land those job offers you want.
Four Specialists' Tips on Landing the Engineering Jobs You Want
According to P&S market research, the global GIS job market is set to grow from around $9 billion (2016) to $17 billion by 2023. Public sector and geospatial work are expected to make up the bulk of this growth. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fields of cartography and photogrammetry specifically will continue to boom with a growth rate of about 19%.
Other applications that will continue to be in-demand in a range of government and business settings include ARC GIS and AutoCAD, surveying, land assessment, environmental assessment work, urban planning, and visualization.
With such a high demand for GIS specialists, department managers, hiring managers, HR departments, and leaders in other Geography-related, engineering and tech fields may continue to struggle in their search for qualified, competent staff. With much of this work being project-based, employers and job seekers can expect to see many of these positions advertised as contract work.
If you are a GIS specialist who is on the fence about hiring or being a contract worker, you’ll want to consider the following.
A popular annual hiring forecast has surfaced and shows interesting predictions for 2018. The national study shows that 44% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2018 and 51% will hire temporary employees.
They have also found that 45% of managers currently have jobs they cannot fill because they can’t find qualified talent. Additionally, a staggering 40% of workers are planning to change jobs in 2018.
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder explains it by saying "More job creation, higher voluntary employee turnover and intensified competition for talent will be the main themes surrounding employment in 2018. There is a perfect storm happening in the U.S. labor market. Low unemployment paired with lagging labor force participation and a growing skills gap is making it very difficult for businesses to find qualified candidates – and this is for all types of roles. If employers want to remain competitive, they are going to have to look to new talent pools and significantly increase their investment in training workers to build up the skills they require."
As the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new!
As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on all that you have been through this year. What can you learn from your experiences? You may have excelled in some areas and failed in others. These achievements and setbacks are worth recognizing to bring awareness of how you can improve in 2018.
Take time out of your busy schedule to meditate over the following questions. As you answer each question, write down your responses on a piece of paper or start a journal. You may see profound change as you look back on these answers in the coming years.
Shared from Benjamin P. Hardy's blog who writes about self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. To view this and more of his articles, visit his site here .
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