If you’re looking for a new job or internship, consider signing up for IEEE Collabratec. The online platform now lists thousands of job openings and provides access to resources to help you polish your résumé and determine the salary ranges for different engineering positions. And to develop your career, take advantage of IEEE Collabratec’s communities of technical professionals who can provide career advice.
“Historically, one of the top five reasons members say they join IEEE is to advance in their careers,” says Charmain Williams, global career resources product manager for IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, in Piscataway, N.J. “IEEE Collabratec is bringing together in one place the many career-related resources offered throughout the organization, making it easier to find and use them.”
Here’s what’s available.
With the integration of the IEEE Job Site into IEEE Collabratec, nearly 3,000 engineering jobs have been posted; new ones are added daily. Some 5,000 employers list open positions with the IEEE Job Site throughout the year, and that number is expected to grow.
The postings are grouped under the Opportunities tab in the main menu. Search results can be narrowed down by location, technical field, and the date the job was posted. From the listing itself, job seekers can fill out applications or save listings they’re interested in. And to tell friends, colleagues, or those in online networks about a particular job opportunity, users can simply click on the Share icon next to the listing.
In the near future, recruiters will likely access IEEE Collabratec to seek out talent. From within their Collabratec profiles, job seekers can upload their résumés and specify employment preferences, just as they can on sites such as LinkedIn and Monster. And if you’ve elected in your settings to share that information publicly, hiring managers can eventually discover you for potential employment opportunities.
Employers have been finding the site quite useful. “IEEE Collabratec is a different animal for employers,” says Michael Buryk, director of recruitment advertising and list services for IEEE Media, in New York City, who oversees the IEEE Job Site. “It’s a platform that lets employers access the best and brightest candidates.”
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
Two other valuable resources can be found in the Opportunities section, including IEEE RésuméLab—an online program that can help you write better résumés and cover letters, work on improving your interviewing skills, create a professional portfolio online or, if you know someone who’s good with a camera and you’re not shy, create a video résumé. You’ll also receive tips on sprucing up an existing résumé to make it look more professional and eye-catching. The site even suggests wording for responses to employer inquiries and thank-you notes.
IEEE-USA’s Salary Calculator can also be accessed through IEEE Collabratec. It helps engineers in the United States determine the salaries paid for a multitude of jobs at locations around the country. By entering various factors such as your location, your number of years in the industry, and your level of education, you’ll see how your pay compares with that of others. There is a fee, US $65, for this service. IEEE-USA also offers the 2015 Salary and Benefits Report for $125 for IEEE members ($225 for others); this report includes charts and information about total compensation in the engineering field. The data is also available broken down by industry, including communications, power and energy, and systems and control. Each of these separate reports is available for $49.95 ($149.95 for nonmembers).
For career advice, you can tune into the CareersConnect-USA and CareersConnect-India communities, which provide areas where IEEE members can discuss their career aspirations and concerns. Pose a question, and you’ll likely get answers from others working in similar fields. For example, discussions have dealt with which IEEE resources are most helpful to people wanting to advance in their fields and suggestions for planning a successful engineering career. Community members can also share links to articles and discuss items in the news relevant to their jobs.
In the IEEE Consultants Exchange, members can network with others who have set themselves up as consultants. They can exchange ideas about how to grow their businesses and get advice on writing contracts and marketing their services. Some members have even found people to partner with on projects.
Of course, a host of other professional communities are available to users of IEEE Collabratec based on their interests and geographic locations, such as Women in Leadership, IEEE Young Professionals, and the Africa Technology Network.
This article is part of a series explaining the many things possible through IEEE Collabratec, the new online tool that helps technologists network, collaborate, and create, all from one central hub.