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        Advice to Engineers, the importance of selling your soft skills to potential employers’

        Soft Skills to excel your engineering job search

        There is no doubt about it, today’s engineering marketplace has never been more competitive. Add in remote working and the competition for positions increases.  In the space of two short years the working world has changed significantly. As employees we need to change and adapt with it.

        You are not just a qualified engineer; you are a well-rounded individual with personality that can add value to organisations. In today’s world this is more important than ever as employers want personnel that can fit well with their established teams to complete deadlines on projects.

        Engineering organisations want you to slot into their cultural fit because according to breathe employees are:

        • Happier
        • Stay longer
        • Engaged with the company
        • Have increased productivity

        Another change in recent years is the rise of social media. It is now common for engineering companies and hiring managers to look you up on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok before they shortlist you for interview. 

        Engineers are problem solvers, create solutions and have impressive skills but what can sperate you from your competition is your “soft skills”. How your present yourself professionally is an important factor when trying to win the job race.

        Get ahead of other engineering professionals by upgrading your soft skills

        So, what are these soft skills that help me get ahead in your career?


        To work and perform well in most environments you will need to be able to adapt to changing situations and be open to new technologies and ways of thinking. This soft skill might be a new way of thinking or a change of mindset for an engineer.

        Its natural for people to resist change and revert back ‘’to the old way’’ of doing things. Being open to change and being flexible may help you get that promotion your after or that new role you have dreamed of.

        Interpreting Body Language:

        Reading a room and your ability to pick up other people’s body language can help pick up on unspoken issues.  This social skill may help you come across more empathetic to colleagues by altering your verbal messages.

        Having self-awareness of your own body language can also influence the way others respond to you. According to Indeed “Being highly aware of your own body language can influence your productivity and reputation in your workplace”

        Listening Skills:

        The ability to listen and truly take on what is being said in a conversation, presentation or meeting is really a vital skill in today’s workforce. Listening and active listening is more than just nodding your head, making umm sounds and making eye contact.

        Listening is about taking on board what is being said engaging with the content of the conversation. Taking on necessary action if action is required and refer back to the speaker if further clarification is needed. This is a simple soft skill but requires attention and concentration.

        Self Confidence:

        Not to be mistaken with arrogance or cocky but having self-confidence about your own abilities from past experiences and your qualifications is something you will need to get ahead in your career.

        The ability to have confidence talking about previous projects and their results in interviews will carry you a long way in your engineering career.


        Having the ability to hold a conversation with people from different backgrounds is an important skill to get ahead in your career. At conferences or any other events you never know who you could meet, it could be someone who could have a great influence on your career.

        Having strong social skills will help you integrate into different teams quickly. According to a recent study by HR Digest, people who have the added advantage of social skills along with their technical skills have more job opportunities and higher wages.

        Developing soft skills can be difficult especially if your introverted by nature. However, by joining sports and social clubs you can meet likeminded people which can help develop this skill.

        These soft skills will help you in your career to get ahead. If you feel that you’re lacking in any area there are courses out there to help you. To progress in your career don’t get too comfortable, push yourself to get to the next level of your engineering career.  Always seek out the best opportunities for you and your growth.

        For more career advice get in touch with us today

        5 Tips When Starting a New Job

        Starting a new job can be daunting. Leaving a role that you are comfortable in, or getting back into the workforce can bring its own doubts and fear. This is perfectly natural, but just remember why you are leaving your current engineering job for a new one.

        We have tips to help you in your new role. Check out our five tips when starting a new role below.

        LinkedIn Can Be Key To Your New Role

        LinkedIn can be so important when finding that new finance job. In the below slides we show you how LinkedIn can be Key to finding your next STEM role.

        Prepare for your STEM Interview

        How to make a great impression

        Congratulations! you have landed an interview. Your CV jumped out and caught the attention of the hiring company, you’re one step closer to landing that dream job. Now its time to prepare for that interview and make a lasting impression.

        We have got you covered, below we have tips on how to make that lasting impression. We have broken it down into three steps

        • Before the interview
        • During the interview
        • After the interview

        Part of our jobseeker service offering at STEM Recruitment Partners and Martina Quinn Finance Recruitment is interview preparation.

        Prepare for your STEM Interview

        Before the interview.

        Research The Company

        Its obvious but its something that should never be overlooked. Know everything on their website from their about us page, latest news. product and services they provide and everything in between, know their website inside and out.

        Don’t forget to check out their social media and take note of key milestones, events, updates, or announcements. This will give you a greater understanding of what the goals of the company are and will cover you for the inevitable ‘’What do you know about us’’ question.

        Research The Interviewers

        Often you might have information on who will be interviewing you. Make use of LinkedIn and find out where they studied, where they were employed previously and what groups they are members of.

        This will help you build a rapport with your interviewer or interviewers. Building a rapport early makes you stand out helps make a lasting impression.

        Prepare Questions and Answers

        ‘’Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail’’ A famous quote from Roy Keane, spoken in a different context but it also applies for interview questions. Common interview questions such as

        ‘Tell me about yourself?

        Why do you want to leave your current role?

        What interests you about our company?

        Will allow you to demonstrate who you are your experience, knowledge and value that you can bring the hiring company. Here is 21 common interview questions from Pass my

        Know the job description

        Read the job description multiple times and highlight what skills it emphasises. Match skills you have with the job description and have examples of how you used those experiences in past and current roles.

        Use the STAR model to explain technical situations

        STAR is an acronym for

        • Situation
        • Task
        • Action
        • Result

        In the world of Engineering, Manufacturing, Life Science and Supply Chain its very easy to get bogged down by the technical details when answering a question. By using the STAR model, you can explain how your technical capabilities helped the company overcome a problem or situation.

        Prepare examples of your work

        It is common to be asked about specific work you have carried out in previous roles such as projects completed. Think of work you have done in the past that is relevant to the job description.

        Gather a list of intelligent questions to ask the interviewer.

        It’s not all one-way traffic when it comes to interviews, they provide a platform for you to understand the company better and understand the people in the company better. Interviews allow the employers to know if the candidate is serious about the position. The interviewer will be expecting you to ask them questions, here is a list questions compiled by the Business Insider to ask the interviewer it may help you on the day.

        The interviewer will be expecting you to ask them questions, here is a list questions compiled by the Business Insider to ask the interviewer it may help you on the day.

        During the interview

        Get Your Outfit Ready

        Make sure you have your formal outfit ready the night before the interview. Don’t be scrambling around the house looking for your belt just before your about to leave. Have everything ready, you have enough to be thinking about.

        Bring Copies of your CV and a Notebook

        Take five copies of your CV to the interview with you just in case there are multiple interviewers. This shows your organised and considerate. Having a notebook allows you to take notes of key information that the interviewer is telling you. This shows you are interested and serious about the role, however, don’t use a tablet or phone to take notes as this may be seen as ignorant or rude.

        Arrive Early

        Be at the interview 10 – 15 minutes before the interview. Do a recon of the commute a few days before the interview so you know where the building is, how busy is the traffic, where you can park and how long of a walk you have to get there.

        Make a great first impression

        First impressions last, people say it for a reason. Make sure you look professional check your clothes for stains and your shoes are shined etc. Try and display confident positive body language, give a firm but not too tight handshake and remember to smile throughout the interview.

        Treat Everyone As If They are The Hiring Manager

        This goes without saying but nerves can interfere. Just remember to treat everyone with respect including front desk staff, security personnel cleaning personnel, security etc. Your potential employer may ask for feedback from other employees and as we said earlier first impressions last.

        Respond Honestly to Questions

        It may be tempting to decorate your skills and achievements in our experience interviewers find honesty respectable and refreshing. Focus on key strengths and again use the STAR model to deflect questions you may think show weaknesses.

        Bring Them Back to your Skills and Achievements

        When asked a question use it to your advantage by bringing to examples of how your skills and experience helped your past companies. Keep your answers focused and concise as your time is limited in an interview.

        Do Not:

        Speak negatively about past roles or employers as this makes you come across as adverse in an interview. If you feel your not getting what you want out of your current role, try focus on the skills and experience you have gained and what you want in the short and long term.  

        After the interview

        Ask About the Next Stage

        Ask the interviewer about what the next stage in the process is. This shows enthusiasm for the role and will allow you to prepare for the next stage in the process.

        Send a thank you email.

        Send a thank you email to the interviewer, showing your appreciation for taking time out of their busy schedules. This shows that you are considerate.

        We provide free jobseeker consultation to ensure you are placed in a role that fits your needs and values.

        COVID’s impact on STEM Job opportunities

        The STEM industry has sailed very well throughout the coronavirus outbreak. While the economic consequences of COVID-19 and the supply chain disruptions have touched every industry, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers and employers in the areas of science and engineering have remained robust throughout the pandemic. There are more job vacancies across engineering, pharmaceutical, medical device, supply chain, and technology employers than pre-pandemic levels (which were already high) with no shortage of career opportunities in the short to medium term and likely well into the future. It’s a great time to be involved in STEM industries

        Both in Ireland and in international western markets, salaries are increasing above the rate of inflation. Year on year ‘STEM’salary growth has been recorded across Ireland, the UK, EU, and the US, whilst salaries in other sectors across Ireland and most of Europe have remained below current inflation rates. Furthermore, people working in the STEM industry have a generally positive outlook: most respondents are content with their positions and hopeful for the coming year.

        It’s no surprise that COVID-19 was cited as the top issue to impact career prospects and salaries in a poll of 2,400 respondents (Ireland/UK/Europe) across all industries. With lockdowns and other restrictive measures have had a significant detrimental impact on the overall productivity of countries, survey respondents’ with STEM backgrounds expected more jobs to become available and further pay increases in 2022

        Impact of COVID-19 on Job security

        COVID-19 also appears to have altered people’s perceptions of job security. 33% of the 2020 survey respondents (data taken before the pandemic) planned to change careers. However, this year, 41% said COVID-19 had influenced their decision to look for a new job (a sizeable increase of 8%), while 25% thought changing roles was not the best option during the pandemic.

        Impact of COVID-19 on STEM Students

        Following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM students’ internships were abruptly cancelled, and their academic endeavours were significantly interrupted. Many graduates were pursuing a STEM degree or profession or had landed internships and summer employment in STEM industries and their internships were canceled. Career prospects looked at risk in early to the middle of 2020 but once Ireland came out of lockdown 1.0, students adopted remote learning, and those with life science and engineering degrees once again were in high demand. Big Pharma, ICT, Construction, Civil Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain companies are all competing across Ireland for real STEM Talent.

        The Future

        It’s difficult to predict future events. Fortunately, Covid’s impact on the STEM sector was met with resilience and adaptability to rapid changes. Those in STEM careers are the Scientists, Engineers, and Innovators that will continue to tackle this pandemic and other future global challenges. In short, it’s a great time to build a career in the STEM Industry.

        How to Create an Attractive STEM LinkedIn Profile

        LinkedIn is one of the most widely used platforms, with over 800 million people from 200 countries and territories worldwide. The main reason for such a high number of users is the economic opportunities in various employment sectors. With the massive number of users comes high competition, and hence, it is necessary to create a LinkedIn profile that is attractive and unique. 

        As a person associated with STEM, your profile needs to be optimized correctly for rapid growth and attracting high traffic.

        If you find it hard to create a perfect STEM LinkedIn profile for yourself, we got you! 

        This article discusses the most effective tips and strategies to help you create the most optimum STEM LinkedIn profile to increase your engagement. 

        1. Keep the head statement engaging

        The first thing that anyone will view or read on your STEM LinkedIn profile is your head statement. And hence it needs to be crisp and to the point without anything unnecessary. It should be 20 – 30 words short and easy to understand in one glance. 

        For example, if you are an engineer, write about your stream, place of finishing your qualification, and current job position. Please do not include your skills, achievements, or other information, as you do not need it in the header. 

        1. Be active and open to requests

        It does not matter if people connecting have the same background as yours. What matters is the number of connections you make to expand your reach. And hence, be open to requests and connections and try communicating and spreading awareness about your motive through chat.

        If your connection grows, you can head to emails as it is more appealing than the LinkedIn chatbox. 

        Also, be active and consistent with replying and solving queries quickly without making anyone wait for your response. Doing this helps set a positive impression and keeps the person interested. 

        1. Display a short and confident profile

        Your  STEM LinkedIn profile is the major source of developing interest in people that pushes them to add you as a connection. Hence, your profile needs to deliver maximum information in the most innovative ways. 

        The tone of your bio on your profile can either make or break your connection, so it needs to be highly engaging and confident. Try to include complete information creatively to generate interest among the readers. 

        Another factor that influences your profile is the length of the summary. Nobody likes reading shabby long paragraphs, and hence, keep your bio short and to the point. 

        4. Include your achievements

        Another crucial step in optimizing your STEM LinkedIn profile is including all your achievements. Be it big or small, every accomplishment on your profile increases your value and makes people confident about your motives. 

        You could also add images of certificates and letter recommendations, making your profile stronger. All your work experience, webinars, workshops, etc., can make a huge difference, so ensure making them a part of your profile.

         5. Keep it professional

        LinkedIn is an economic platform used by professionals to expand their reach and build an audience for their brand. You need to understand that they are not your friends or family, and hence, you must maintain professionalism at all times. 

        Be it your summary, posts, texts, or emails, all of them need to be written in a formal tone without any unwanted interferences. Even if you have been in touch with another profile for a long time, you still need to keep it professional. Interfering in someone’s personal life or passing personal comments can lower your image and ruin your connection. 

        These were a few of the most effective tips and strategies you can use to create an attractive STEM LinkedIn profile. Follow each one carefully and watch your profile gain an audience in the shortest time.

        STEM Careers in Irelands manufacturing & engineering industry.

        STEM Life Changing

        Think of what has been achieved by the world’s Scientists and Engineers in the past 12 months, innovating and working on solutions for the biggest crisis in modern times.

        Employees with STEM backgrounds – Science Technology Engineering and Maths have more opportunities than ever before and will be expected to solve an endless number of problems. 

        The Scientists of today have created vaccines to help put an end to the Covid-19 Crisis.  The Scientists and Engineers of tomorrow are likely to save the planet from Global Warming and maybe other unforeseen threats.

        How to make the best ‘Career Move’

        Every job seeker knows that preparing properly for an interview increases your likelihood of a successful interviewing outcome.  Simple logic. 

        Another major benefit that is often understated, is the time a job-seeking candidate loses by entering into a lengthy interviewing process with the wrong type of employer only to end up turning down an offer or worse still, starting the role and realizing it was the wrong career move a few weeks in!

        In short, if you learn as much as possible about the role, your potential new team, manager, the organization, and its future, then you are far more likely to land a great career move. 

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