According to a recent survey, members ranked career-related services as an extremely important IEEE benefit. With this in mind, the IEEE Job Site, where members can go to search for jobs and upload their résumés, has been greatly simplified so that the site is much easier to navigate. Also, job openings are more prominently displayed, and résumé-building tools, links to upcoming career fairs, and career guidance articles have all been updated.
TOOLS FOR THE JOB HUNT
Need help polishing your résumé? Look no further than the Job Seeker Tools page. There, you can build a basic résumé by following step-by-step instructions or upload an existing résumé by logging in with your IEEE Web account. You can use your résumé to apply for jobs posted on the IEEE Job Site; employers can also find you if they search for keywords included on your résumé.
The page also now has links to IEEE RésuméLab and the MentorCentre program, two free online resources launched in the past year. IEEE RésuméLab provides tools to help with the many tasks needed for landing a job, including writing résumés and cover letters, or a video résumé, and improving your interviewing skills. MentorCentre supports career development by helping would-be mentees find a mentor who, for example, might share their research interests, career aspirations, and even their native language.
To help with negotiating a salary, the IEEE-USA Salary Service tool has been updated with a Salary Calculator that provides the salary range you should expect for your expertise and line of work. The results are based on data from more than 70 000 IEEE members in the United States.
The Job Seeker page also includes tools for IEEE student members, including lists of internships and entry-level jobs, tips for writing effective cover letters and thank-you-for-the-interview notes, and questions commonly asked at job interviews.
One of the best places to meet prospective employers is at a job fair. Accordingly, the IEEE Job Site’s Career Events page features a calendar of upcoming events. The page also includes recorded career webinars from Microsoft and Qualcomm and presentations from experts giving career advice.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
On the Career News page, you’ll find articles on issues affecting the technical workforce and the engineering field around the world. For example, “Skills Shortage Challenges European Tech Industry” [April 2014], by Ron Schneiderman, chief editor of Wireless Systems Design magazine, provides insight into why some European countries, such as Germany, are having a hard time finding people with the right skills to fill numerous engineering jobs.
A selection of IEEE Spectrum articles are also featured, such as “The Newest Organized Labor Group: Start-up Employees” [March 2014]. Senior Editor Tekla Perry reports that 300 Silicon Valley engineers have come together to develop a “Start-up Employee Equity Bill of Rights,” which aims to bring more transparency and fairness to the process of offering equity compensation for employees of start-ups.
At the bottom of the page, the “Subscriptions” section lists resources that job seekers can sign up to receive, including the IEEE Job Site Career Alert. This is a bi-weekly email newsletter reporting on jobs, education, management, and other issues facing engineers in the workplace.
IEEE members can also create a job seeker profile and set up an e-mail alert to notify them when a job is posted matching their specific criteria.