If you are looking to take the next step in your engineering career, chances are you are reviewing your skills and qualifications to make sure you are as up-to-date on your resume as possible (and if you haven’t yet, you certainly should). Making sure you have the most in-demand skills that employers are looking for will help your resume get noticed right off the bat, and help you land the type of job that you will be satisfied with for the long term.
The most important and most pursued engineering skills in our current job market might surprise you. But it’s worth asking the question: How are your IT skills? While they may not seem like a top priority for an engineering candidate like yourself, we at ACS Professional Staffing have noticed a growing trend in our clients requesting the sorts of candidates who they can rely on in the new, smart, and tech-savvy job market. Here are the top three IT skills you should have as an engineering candidate.
Beyond the Basics
Many employers today expect most of their employees to be up-to-date on the latest business communication and productivity software programs. That means that various email and document production software programs (such as Microsoft Outlook and Word) should certainly be in your wheelhouse. Knowledge and proficiency in standard spreadsheet and formula-based programs is also likely to be expected.
An additional skill set that employers like to see on an applicant’s resume is the ability to troubleshoot computer issues as they occur. Whether your computer is having difficulty connecting to the network, or a co-worker’s email has been compromised, having the knowledge and ability to pinpoint the problem, then act to provide a solution, will help to save you and your employer time and money.
Engineers often benefit from the ability to build and manage electronic databases, depending on their area of specialty. Big data and analytics is a growing field within many industries. Knowing how to design a database, manage the information in an efficient manner, then translating the information into an actionable response is a great quality for an engineer to have. There are plenty of uses for electronic databases across various industries, but a thorough understanding of the concept behind what makes databases useful within your specific job market will be sure to give you an edge. Need some help? Check out what PC World has to say in ‘How to Build Your First Database with Microsoft Access’.
Mapping or Modeling Skills
Many engineers are trained and gain experience using specialist software programs such as ArcGIS or CAD/CAM packages during their university education. Familiarity with these programs is as essential to your qualifications as it is for a carpenter to be familiar with commonly used tools. These software programs are, in essence, the tools of your trade. Make sure you market those skills so employers know they can count on you to get the job done. For everyone from beginner to advanced in their experience level, Lynda.com has some great video tutorials to help you be at the top of your tech game.
Are you an engineer with one or all of these skills? Then we have some great engineering jobs in Oregon, Washington and beyond!