Be the Stand-Out Candidate in Your Electrical Maintenance Job Search
Skilled workers applying for electrical maintenance jobs are in a good position to land the job they most want. Why? Because, according to Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) research, 75% of manufacturing, construction and industrial organizations struggle to fill their skilled roles.
In today’s environment, though, the number of jobseekers has increased dramatically. This means you’re in competition with many other strong candidates. To get the attention of your preferred employer, and be given the opportunity to really show what you’re about in an interview, you’re going to need to stand out from the crowd.
Here are our top tips to help you do this.
Reviewing Your Resume
Desirable electrical maintenance jobs are attracting many candidates. All of these send in their resume. With so many resumes to review, it is perhaps unsurprising that the average hiring manager spends only six seconds on each one. You’ll need to make a great first impression to pass this swift and draconian resume review.
When optimizing your resume, ask these questions:
- Is the layout clear and coherent?
- Are you using standard fonts and text sizes?
- Is it clear and concise? (You don’t need to list every part of your work history and education – put in the most notable aspects, so your resume is easy to scan)
- Have you explained what machinery and equipment you are familiar with?
- Is the relevant training you have undertaken listed?
- Have you tailored your resume for the specific electrical maintenance job you are applying for?
Preparing for an Electrical Maintenance Job Interview
Your resume has done its job. You’ve been invited for an interview. This is your chance to prove to the hiring manager that you are the perfect fit for their electrical maintenance job. Here are some tips for preparing for your interview:
· Research the Company
Knowing the company that you are possibly going to work for will help you stand out to the interviewer. It will show that you are enthusiastic about the job, and that you are aware of what will be expected of you.
· Familiarize Yourself with the Company’s Products or Services
As a candidate, you should understand the type of electrical maintenance work you will be doing when you land the job. Having a general idea of the company’s clients, and what services or products the company sells, will help interviewers know you are serious about wanting the job.
You should be able to quickly find out this information by reviewing the company website, and can impress interviewers with how much you already know about the company offerings.
· Give Results-Oriented Answers
When you want to stand out, you need to be specific with your answers. Most candidates will give generic answers to questions. Go into your interview prepared with stats, numbers, and results, that demonstrate your value to an employer and your team. For example, in your previous role, did you:
- Notice small issues on electrical equipment that saved the company money in costly replacements in future?
- Fix issues on equipment that no one else noticed and could possibly have put an employee in danger?
Think of specific examples from your work history about how you have delivered positive outcomes for colleagues, managers, and employers.
· Ask Great Questions
Treat your interview like a conversation. It is not only the chance for the interviewer to get to know you, but it’s also your chance to get to know the hiring manager and the company.
Employers may judge you on the questions you ask during an interview. Do your research. Be creative. Ensure you ask questions that show your enthusiasm for the electrical maintenance job offered.
Remember to show that you are being selective in your job search, and restricting your applications to the right job and the companies in which you will fit well. How do you do this? Ask questions about the company culture, your prospective colleagues, and the responsibilities of the role.
Deliver the Right Skills
When researching a company and the role advertised, you should look at the skills they value. This will not only include the hard skills that you will need to be successful in the electrical maintenance job, but also the soft skills such as communication that they value in the workplace. Don’t forget that companies value dedication and work ethic highly, too.
Key skills for maintenance jobs include:
- Attention to detail
- Ability in preventative maintenance
To Sum Up
With high competition for electrical maintenance jobs, preparation is key. Take time to compose a killer resume that makes a first impression that cannot be ignored. Then, prepare for your interview so that you provide great answers and ask intelligent questions.
In short, research the companies you are applying to, customize your resume to the role advertised, and share incredible work examples in your interview. Do this, and you’ll create a connection between you, the role, the hiring manager, and the hiring company.
For help finding your next electrical maintenance job, contact Mac Incorporated.