Networking probably is the best way to find a job.
Unfortunately, many companies, including my last employer, block this path. They ONLY allow applicants to enter through the HR portal. They will not accept resumes any other way. And the vast majority of these sites will not let you enter any referrals by other employees. I would not have a problem finding people to network with since so many colleagues, hundreds that I personally worked with, were terminated over the last few years. Yesterday I finally found a local company that allowed me to enter a referral on their website.
I have been unemployed for 19 months. I am accomplished. I am too young to retire, and apparently too old to hire. I am also hampered by the de-industrialization of this country, especially where I live (CT). No industry... no need for engineers.
PE is only required in civil engineering and electrical construction fields. It should be required in more EE fields but employers don't want to support engineering as a licensed profession for economic reasons.
I may be the exception.
I was laid of and had my resume on Monster. Received a call from Ball Aerospace and a phone interview. WAs offered a contaract job that turned into direct 7 months later. That was 10 years ago.
I'd like to point out that I keep running into company policies that make finding work difficult. (The ones I run into as a contract worker may not apply so much to direct employment.) One large company says if it's been two years after I ever started working for them I'm "termed out" and need never apply again, another says that there "minimum requirement" is working experience with their PROPRIETARY toolset! So one is saying if you've worked here once then after a certain calendar date we don't want you again, for another if you haven't worked for us before you can't start now - and both companies are in the same industry! I find policies like this to be just arbitrary and frustrating, they may help meet some internal HR benchmark (like keeping rates low) but for the rest of us it just makes it harder to stay working.
I don't think it's all that hard - it certainly CAN be if you go about it the usual way - sifting through the ads, and jumping at every "opportunity" that arises. Usually that leaves you with a job you don't really prefer, so you end up being unhappy, with a job you didn't want in the first place.
I'd say that job seeking can be fun and rewarding. There is a great website I discovered the other day which I wholeheartedly recommend: www.jobdreaming.com
All you need to do is enter your dream job and they let you know when an opportunity for an interview (and employment!) arises - it's anonymous, so you can use it without worrying if your current boss may see it ;) I'm my own boss, so I don't really have that issue, but for others I think this may be an issue :)
They also have a neat Facebook app and hand out rewards, so if you're into that, check it out as well!
Do you guys know any other job hunting resources similar to this one? I'd like to know more about the fun ways to go job hunting - no boring ads and such...
Good luck finding your dream job :)
About five years ago I decided to change the country I live in. I thought that standard CVs are not going to get me job in my field so I created a simple website listing all my projects I made before with pictures and few words of description. I've put the address into CV and send sent it out.
Got many responses from small-mid companies, none from big guns (I wasn't really targeting them). Every interview I went to they would have my projects printed and we would talk about real problems I had while designing. Got a job after 2 months. Now 5 years down the line I have changed the job again and website proved helpful again.
I'm still getting at least one e-mail every few weeks with headhunters asking me if I would be interested in some new job.
None of the online applications ever worked for me.
Website did... and one more thing - always talk to reps coming to your work. Those guys know all the other guys and other companies and will help you get in touch with places that are thinking about hiring (I found out about my new job before it was posted online).