If you are looking for the next step in your engineering career in the energy industry, either as a recent graduate or an experienced professional, you have likely realized that a basic portfolio isn’t quite enough to get the attention you deserve. That’s because in today’s competitive job market, even engineers need to go above and beyond the average resume to build an excellent portfolio that really grabs the attention of recruiters and employers. Today’s article will take a look at some creative and smart ways to build an impressive portfolio in the energy industry.
Strengthen Your Basic Portfolio
A strong engineering portfolio is developed over years of academic and practical experience. The most effective portfolios are designed to display your unique skills and experience within your specialty arena. Select work examples which include the skills and experience you wish to exemplify depending on the sort of job you are looking for. Review job descriptions and requirements carefully to pinpoint key terms and qualifications that employers are looking for. A custom-tailored portfolio may be your key to getting the attention of the energy employers you most want to work with in the future.
Build on the Basics with Internships and Volunteer Work
If you are a recent graduate, you may find yourself at a bit of a disadvantage when competing for energy jobs with more seasoned professionals. One of the best ways to build your engineering portfolio in the early stages of your career is through volunteer work and internships. These projects give you the chance to learn on the job, test your skills against real-world scenarios, and above all learn from experienced energy professionals.
Take on a Few Side Projects
Side or passion projects are great additions to an energy engineer’s portfolio. They can exemplify some of your best work as well as your commitment to issues or projects you have an invested interest in. Side projects help to define your portfolio as unique to your skills and your passions. Employers love to see what sorts of projects a candidate is likely to be committed to in the future. Furthermore, side projects are a legitimate source of experience and skill building.
Share Your Experience
Setting yourself up as an expert in your field is now easier than ever. Writing or contributing to blogs or other industry publications is an exciting way to share your knowledge and experience while also developing material for your portfolio. Building a website which you can use as your own publishing platform is a perfect access point for your future employers to find and read your professional portfolio. Professional websites are almost as common place, and certainly as useful as a well-crafted resume or elevator pitch. In the increasingly digital and cloud-based environment the energy industry finds itself in, showing your knowledge and skill in the use of technology can help give your portfolio the competitive edge.
For more advice on finding the right energy engineering position, contact the experts at ACS Professional Staffing Services today!