If you're looking to hire electrical or electronics engineers, we probably don't have to tell you that they're in high demand right now. How high? According to labor-insights provider Burning Glass, more than 57,000 job postings for the roles went up online in the last year alone.
It's no wonder. Everything is so wired these days — products, buildings, factories and more — that you'd be hard-pressed to bring anything to life without involving an electrical or electronics engineer. So having these engineer roles open for too long can bring projects to a halt.
How can you speed up the process to keep things moving? Follow these six steps to hire a good candidate, fast:1. review your hiring process for efficiency and speed 2. research competitive salaries in your area 3. define the skills required for the roles 4. post an attention-grabbing job description online 5. research hiring trends in the engineering industry 6. determine the best way to make your hire
Ready to start strengthening your recruitment game? Keep reading for more tips to get going.
1. speed up your hiring process
Long hiring processes that drag on are often the result of outdated or inefficient practices. That's fine if you're not in a hurry — but most people looking for electrical or electronics engineers need to move quickly. If you want to know whether your hiring process could use a refresh, take a look at the diagram below and see where you can make your hiring process more efficient.
2. develop a competitive compensation package
Electrical and electronics engineers have a highly specialized skill set, and demand for their skills is only going to rise in coming years. That means that these folks can be pricey to hire.
To attract the best talent, you need to offer a competitive compensation package. What kind of numbers are we talking? Randstad's 2019 Salary Guide is a great place to begin your research. And since compensation levels for your area could be higher or lower depending on the local cost of living, labor supply, and other factors, head on over to our salary calculator to dig deeper in the up-to-date, location-specific data available.
3. identify the top skills for electrical and electronics engineers
Not every electrical or electronics engineer has the same set of skills. And likewise, not every job in the field needs a new hire with the same background. Depending on their work history, electronics and electronics engineers can have vastly different skills and areas of expertise, so to find the ideal candidate, you'll need to get a clear sense of what the role entails for your company. Begin by asking questions like:
- What type of electrical work will this person be doing?
- Will they need a background in electrical design for products, or circuitry?
- Should they have drafting expertise?
- What about project-management skills?
One way to start narrowing things down is to figure out the skills the right hire would need to be successful. Think about it this way: What are the "must-have" skills that the hire couldn't do without, and which skills are just "nice-to-haves"? Get a list going of the non-negotiables and the extras, so that you can incorporate them into your job ad.
To get you started, below are the most sought-after skills for electronics and electrical engineers according to job postings over the past 12 months:
4. write an eye-catching job description
Building a pipeline of qualified applicants rests on a clear and engaging job description. The tips below can help you get started writing one that hooks job seekers and excites them to apply.
For more tips on how to engage potential applicants, read our guide to writing highly effective job descriptions.
make your job postings easy to read with short paragraphs, clear language and bulleted lists.
5. brush up on the latest industry trends
Before you embark on any hire, you'll want to get familiar with the trends driving the industry. Not only will being "in the know" help you put the role in the context of wider trends in the economy, you'll be empowered to make better choices as you review candidates.
For starters, here are a few trends playing out in the electrical and electronics engineering space that may impact your hiring decisions:
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting 21,300 new jobs for electrical and electronics engineers by 2026.
- Demand for these roles is increasingly concentrated in the manufacturing industry, which accounted for more than 44 percent of job postings in the past 12 months.
California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Florida are leading the pack in hiring electrical and electronics engineers, so employers in these markets will need to expect even greater competition.
Thumb through our 2019 engineering trends guide for more details about the factors affecting the industry and these roles.
there will be 21,300 new jobs for electrical and electronics engineers by 2026.
6. choose your channels to find candidates
You could start your candidate search anywhere — direct outreach on LinkedIn, a sponsored job ad, cash to employees for referrals. In fact, there are so many options out there that deciding where to start can be the hardest part of the hiring process.
There's a lot to consider. Not every channel is right for every role, and factors like your company size, recruitment budget and the type of role you're looking to fill should all factor into your approach. Finding a strategy that works could take time — time you probably don't have.
One solution is to get expert help from a professional staffing firm, one with deep knowledge of the engineering space. By working with a staffing partner, you'll gain access to their pool of vetted, qualified candidates, so there's no time wasted in trying to build and maintain a talent pipeline yourself.
To learn more, get in touch with our engineering experts at Randstad today or browse our pool of available engineers in our Find Employees portal.