The Value of Partnering with an Engineering Search Firm

The Value of Partnering with an Engineering Search Firm
It’s a good time to be an engineer. The industry is growing across a wide array of sectors, and a record low unemployment is making it difficult for employers to fill vacant engineering roles. For engineers, it’s a perfect storm of opportunity.

Regardless of your level of experience or specialty, if you’re an engineer, today’s market is ripe for exploring a new job opportunity. However, with the industry being so busy, you’re most likely struggling to find the time to look for a new job. When you don’t have the time to conduct a job search personally, or if you aren’t familiar with the current engineering opportunities in your market, the best solution is the partner with a specialized recruiter who knows the industry.

Industry Knowledge

Most engineers have been in the unpleasant scenario of trying to explain the intricacies of their profession to a blank set of uninformed eyes. It can be a real bummer. When you are working with a recruiting professional to find your next opportunity, you’re going to want to discuss the granular elements of your work that you’re passionate about, and the ones you want to avoid. If the recruiting professional you select lacks an understanding of the engineering industry, this process can be time-consuming.

Instead, by partnering with a dedicated recruiter who exclusively works within engineering, you will avoid having to explain the fundamentals of your work. Specialized recruiters have a robust understanding of the engineering industry, as they spend all their time interacting with engineers, and people who are looking to hire engineers.

The knowledge serves as a tremendous asset for your job search, as you’re able to inform your recruiter precisely what you’re looking for, and then sit back as they go and find an opportunity that fits you.

Understanding Your Role

Change isn’t easy. For you to leave your current employer for a new opportunity, it needs to be the right fit for your professional strengths, interests, and career goals. If a position doesn’t align with you, it’s not worth your time applying and interviewing. By partnering with a recruiter that exclusively works in your industry, you can trust that they understand the type of roles and companies that represent a fit for you.

A general recruiter is unable to deepen their knowledge about a singular industry as they’re filling roles across a spectrum of businesses. They might spend today recruiting corporate accounting professionals, and start interviewing candidates for a data analyst role tomorrow. By only working with engineers, a specialized recruiter is constantly learning about the industry, which prepares them perfectly for understanding what you’re looking for in your next role.

Access to Their Network
Trusting that your recruiter understands the intricacies of your work and the career trajectory of your position is a huge asset, but at the end of the day finding your next job depends on your recruiter’s relationships with employers. Perhaps the biggest advantage of partnering with an engineering recruiter is that they have an extensive network of relationships with companies and firms that employ engineers.

Because of their reputation for recruiting in the industry, recruiting firms that specialize in engineering recruitment are the first call that employers make when they need to find top-notch engineering talent. If you’ve partnered with a recruiter at that firm, you’ll be positioned to be considered for that role.


Smith & Wilkinson Executive Search
Whether you know that you’re ready for a new job, or you’re curious to explore potential opportunities, the specialized and experienced recruiting team at Smith & Wilkinson can help launch your job search. Contact us today to learn more about our approach to engineering recruitment, and to let us know what type of opportunity you’re looking for.

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