Principal Industrial Wastewater Engineer – Charlotte, Houston or Atlanta
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for Principal Industrial Wastewater Process Engineer for an international environmental consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have at over 15 years of demonstrated experience in the design of industrial wastewater treatments systems plus the following skills and abilities:
A proven track record of project management and technical design accomplishments of industrial wastewater treatment systems for Oil/Gas production facilities, manufacturing ,coal fired utilities or nuclear power facilities
I was on Linked In this morning and read a nice article "5 Reasons Why Recruiters Are Not Calling You" . It was a good article that centered around mistakes many job seekers make on resumes that may be a red flag for recruiters. It also contained some good advice and promoted the Career Coach's resume writing business. Most articles about recruiters portray us as a negative force in the job market hated by employers and job seekers alike. I thank Deborah Walker for not beating that dead subject again. Anyway, back to the main point of this article.
Other Reasons Why Recruiters Don't Call
There are many more reasons why recruiters, like myself, would not call a job seeker. Let me share some of them:
Weak Industry Networking Relationships: One of the downsides of social media is people do not create as many face to face personal relationships anymore. Your network of friends should know you well enough to refer recruiters to you on a regular basis. If your network of friends are not talking about you then it may be harder to get attention from recruiters.
Embellished Resumes: The old adage says "If it is too good to be true, it probably is" . If the language in your resume reads like a advertising piece, recruiters may pass it over. The same is true for poorly written resumes. Make sure your resume is well written and believable before you send it out.
Some Job Seekers Use "Shotgun" Approach to Get Attention: Recruiters understand that job seekers want to find a job as quickly as possible. However, some job seekers believe that applying to every job and broadcasting their resume to every recruiter e-mail address is going to draw attention from recruiters. A word of advice – Be specific to where and to whom you send your resume. You may get a better response.
Build a Relationship With a Recruiter Before You Need A Job: "Its not always what you know but who you know" The last recession flooded the market with job seekers all vying for a few jobs. If you know that your company or industry is in trouble, it is a good idea to build relationships with recruiters before you need a job. Recruiters are in the business of matching the skills of candidates to specific positions. The better they know your background, the better the chance of a phone call.
Recruiters Are People Too
Unfortunately, some job seekers and employers have had bad experiences with recruiters through wrong expectations or unethical practices. We, like everyone else, are imperfect and fallible, Just because a recruiter does not call you or return your overtures.does not mean they are against you. Most recruiters are working positions with very specific requirements set by the employer. If your skills do not match, a phone call may not come. The best strategy to find a job is to network and develop multiple sources of leads.
Environmental Jobs Are A Knowledge and Relationship Driven Market
Have you heard the saying "It's not what you know but who you know." In this "new normal" economy, knowledge and relationships as well as strong skills are the keys to acquiring high level environmental jobs. If you are a environmental engineering or science graduate or experienced environmental professional seeking a new position, here are some important knowledge areas and skills you need to showcase in your resume in 2013 .
Knowledge of Environmental Regulations: New and updated environmental regulations will force companies to find ways to stay in compliance. Environmental professionals will have to translate these changes into solutions that meet compliance and lessen financial liabilities. Environmental regulations are a key driver for the creation of environmental jobs.
Knowledge of Sustainability Principles: It is important to understand that Sustainability has different definitions and levels of acceptance in different industries. If you are seeking corporate environmental jobs, learning these definitions and how to develop profit streams from them will lead stronger opportunities.
Business Development/Sales : Relationships are a key component of environmental jobs. Environmental professionals must have "relationship capital" ( ie. trust and expertise) with qualified clients, regulators and stakeholders to sell their services and bring in profits over the long term
Technical Skills & Knowledge of New Environmental Technologies: Professionals who can execute the basic technical tasks of their profession using the latest environmental technologies will find it somewhat easier to protect their careers because they can pursue opportunities in consulting, corporate and entrepreneurship.
Financial Management & Project Funding: Many new environmental projects will require private investment, alternate funding sources like crowd funding and a higher level of financial accountability. There will many clients who will be dependent on these resources to pay for their projects. Strong environmental consultants will know how to pull these funds together.
Project Management: Environmental professionals will have to be more adept at project management; coaching, motivating and recruiting people as well as interpreting the new domestic and international environmental regulations. All of these areas will have a significant impact on the profitability and delivery of projects.
Knowledge of Cyber Security: Why would an environmental professional need to know about this? Good question. Certain parts of our country's infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber attacks and could be used create massive disasters, if breached. Many new environmental jobs in the information technology space will focus on infrastructure cyber security, disaster prevention and recovery.
Political & Legal Savvy: Environmental and infrastructure projects are often politically charged because of the fight between environmental concerns and the need to create jobs. Environmental professionals will have to navigate these issues without losing sight of their client's objectives. Further, they will have to learn how to engage the public on complex environmental topics.
Environmental Jobs Will Be Hot For Years to Come. Are You Ready?
In a past articles, we have discussed how much the environmental industry has grown and some of the sectors that growing faster than average. I will continue this trend but I want to hear from our readers. Here is what I like to know
What areas of the environmental sectors interest you?
Engineering touches every aspect of our lives. Yet most of us are not consciously aware of the contributions engineering professionals have made to make our daily lives a little easier. Think about these examples of engineering: Your cell phone. Your home. The water you drink. Your car. The highway , traffic lights and bridges. All of these are examples of engineering that touch our lives every day. Now I want to invite you to take another step: Use Engineers Week to Introduce your child to engineering. Why should you?
Engineering Disciplines Are Among the Fastest Growing and Well Paid Professions
"At an average starting salary of $70,400, computer engineering was the highest-paid major in 2012. Other engineering majors that were among the top 10 were chemical engineering, ($66,400, second), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,000, fourth), mechanical engineering ($62,900, fifth), electrical/electronics and communications engineering ($62,300, sixth), and civil engineering ($57,600, seventh). "
If you search through many of the open positions on major job boards you will see a large number of engineering positions. One major issue that parents have with introducing their children to science and math based professions is : "How can I share this information with my child if I am not good in math and science myself?"
How Engineers Week Can Help You Introduce Your Child To The Engineering Profession.
As I move forward in this article, you will have to take into account that venues like the Super Dome are like small cities which have high power demand during large events. The Super Bowl Blackout is a big deal.
Super Bowl Blackout Changes Momentum of Game And Raises Questions
Power Industry Needs Skilled People
I have heard all. "The half time show drained the power""Disgruntled Saints fans wanted to get back at the Commissioner." The Super Bowl blackout has sports commentators and fans looking for and making up answers for one of the strangest occurrences in sports. One ESPN football analyst mentioned that the league is "not sure who to punish" for the blackout because they don't know why or how it happened [my paraphrase]. Most writers are going to talk about New Orleans' chances of getting another Super Bowl or how it changed the momentum in the game. Here we are going to discuss a deeper subject: the Power Grid.
Large Blackouts Not Unusual. Just Surprising
Large scale non weather related blackouts are not unusual. We are just surprised they happen. In late 2011, parts of the southern California, Arizona and Mexico were darkened by a blackout caused by "human and systemic error". The short explanation was a 500kV power line shutdown after an employee performed a maintenance procedure in a substation and a cascade of systems failures. In 2003, the Northeast Blackout darkened an area that included New York City, Detroit and parts of southern Canada. 50 million people were without power for two days. The cause was attributed to a combination of human and systemic failure. Today, some news outlets are reporting that an "abnormality " triggered a main feed line to shut down which could point to some type of human and systemic failure.Hmmm.
The Power Grid System is Old That Why It is Failing
Hurricane Katrina's destruction of the Super Dome forced a massive and expensive reconstruction project which should have addressed the electrical concerns within the building but not necessarily the power grid connected to it. Let me explain further. Most of the power grid in the US was built nearly a century ago and has fallen into various states of disrepair and obsolescence. Another unfortunate circumstance of our antiquated system is most major repairs and upgrades to the power grid take place after a destructive weather event like Hurricane Katrina because many local codes require new construction to update to current standards.But even after an event like Katrina, the New Orleans city grid maybe upgraded but it still may not be a " Smart Grid".