It’s been 10 years since IEEE launched its members’ Job Site, and the service has never been so needed. In 2001, when the site was unveiled, the unemployment rate in the United States had hit a four-year high of 4.9 percent, and it was around 8 percent in the European Union. Today the unemployment rate in both regions is more than 9 percent and may climb.
No matter the employment picture during the past decade, IEEE has steadily improved the Job Site’s services to make it an ever more valuable tool for members and employers.
“It’s the IEEE Job Site’s responsibility to provide members with the latest career-related information and resources,” says Michael Buryk, recruitment sales development manager for IEEE Media, who oversees the site.
Today the site holds nearly 49 000 résumés. And about 5000 employers regularly post about 1300 openings each month. They include ABB, Google, the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. And Qualcomm, a new client, recently added a large number of postings to the site, according to Buryk, boosting the total to more than 2000 jobs.
The site has garnered a few awards along the way. This year it was selected for a second time as a Top 100 job site by Weddle’s, the so-called Zagat of the online employment industry and the world’s largest publisher of print guides to the more than 100 000 job boards operating on the Internet. And in 2008, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences named the job site as one of its honorees. It was cited for “outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet.”
IEEE members looking for jobs should begin by logging in with their IEEE Web account. They can then post their profile and existing résumé, or write a new one directly on the site. If you’ve already posted your résumé, don’t forget to refresh it occasionally to make it current. Just hit the refresh button and a new posting date will be displayed.
Job seekers can define their searches geographically as broadly or as narrowly as they wish. To make it easier to find specific openings, jobs have been separated into four categories: engineering, faculty, technology, and employer.
Job seekers can check how many times employers have viewed their résumés. They also can sign up to receive an e-mail alert when an employer posts an opening that matches their requirements.
To make navigating the site simpler, related links are grouped together under tabs displayed along the top of each page. For example, the Job Seeker Tools tab takes you to resources that show how to write a résumé, a cover letter, and a follow-up thank-you note, as well as provide interviewing tips. Under the Career Resources tab, you can search job listings by type and find salary information from IEEE-USA surveys, which portray average pay based on experience and training, as well as geography. There’s also a link to the IEEE Student Job Site, hosted by After College, where students can find internships.
The What’s New tab leads to career-related reports published in IEEE Spectrum, Today’s Engineer, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This section also provides a link to the IEEE Career Alert, a weekly newsletter with articles on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace culled from various sources. And there’s the monthly GoinGlobal e-newsletter, which features tips on how to expand your career opportunities by working or studying abroad.
The Career Events tab links to information on upcoming career webinars hosted by the Job Site, IEEE Spectrum, and IEEE-USA. You can also watch archived webinar sessions. Under the Career Fairs section of the page, there are links to events being held around the world.
There’s also a downloadable IEEE Job Site widget, a program that can reside on your computer desktop. With it you can launch a job search independent of your Internet browser. You can set up the widget to conduct a search according to your parameters, and you can install it on a personal website, a blog, or a Facebook page.
Employers posting job openings on the site benefit because they’ll reach “highly qualified and experienced candidates with the skills to fit their needs,” Buryk says. The organizations can also add brief videos about themselves. The videos open in a separate browser window and are accompanied by links to the companies’ home pages or to their job openings. Cirrus Logic, General Dynamics, Vestas Wind Systems, and Harris Corp. are four of the organizations using that feature. The openings are also posted to IEEE’s social media presences, including Facebook and Twitter.
It’s possible, too, for companies to host virtual career fairs during which they can interview job seekers via a live chat or answer a job hunter’s questions about a position. Or organizations can run webinars that provide an overview of themselves. Vestas, a manufacturer of wind turbines, for one, discusses its Graduate Programme, which offers qualified candidates the opportunity to tackle eight-month assignments at different Vestas locations, including China, Germany, India, Poland, and the United States.