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Engineers: What are good career placement agencies? Which ones should I avoid?

I've done everything imaginable for nearly 3 years to get a new job (in my field: Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering) and yet I'm still at the same crappy workplace with the same nimrod boss doing the same bullshit work. I've tried job sites (Monster, CareerBuilder, even USAJobs), I've called in favors, I've filled out endless on-line applications with companies around the world, all for nothing. So I obviously need professional career help. Where are the best, and worst, places to get that help?


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Since it sounds like you may not have any issues relocating, look at Syracuse Research Corporation.

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www.boeing.com

I'm sure you've tried this but I know they are always looking for more engineers. The key to their hiring process is making sure you have the correct keywords in your resume for the position you're applying for. Be sure to customize your resume for each position you apply for.


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http://www.aerotek.com/

This job placement agency found me my current job as a software engineer. Good luck.
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I will never work for Boeing. They panic-hire and panic-fire so fast, so often, it'll make your head spin. Also, I had a fantastic summer graduate internship with them - after which they didn't do shit for me. I knew 3 managers, 2 senior tech fellows, and 2 college recruiters... and got nothing when I finished school.


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Re: Engineers: What are good career placement agencies? Which ones should I avoid?

[quote author=Helicon Twist link=topic=128001.msg2735376#msg2735376 date=1226351140]
I will never work for Boeing. They panic-hire and panic-fire so fast, so often, it'll make your head spin. Also, I had a fantastic summer graduate internship with them - after which they didn't do shit for me. I knew 3 managers, 2 senior tech fellows, and 2 college recruiters... and got nothing when I finished school.

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where at?

Just asking because I know some people at Boeing here in Cali and Some folks at Smiths Aerospace might be able to put out a good word at least.
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[quote author=Funky314 link=topic=128001.msg2735367#msg2735367 date=1226350772]
http://www.aerotek.com/

This job placement agency found me my current job as a software engineer. Good luck.
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i got a job once through these people too. it seems most of the work they have is temp work, which kinda sucks... nothing is set in stone. i was laid off from my last job, so i asked cp-e if they needed help, and they did, so now i work for them. I would rather get paid 1\3 what i used to, in order to do what i love. hopefully cp-e will pay tho...
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[quote author=Arkaneinc link=topic=128001.msg2735605#msg2735605 date=1226358103]
[quote author=Helicon Twist link=topic=128001.msg2735376#msg2735376 date=1226351140]
I will never work for Boeing. They panic-hire and panic-fire so fast, so often, it'll make your head spin. Also, I had a fantastic summer graduate internship with them - after which they didn't do shit for me. I knew 3 managers, 2 senior tech fellows, and 2 college recruiters... and got nothing when I finished school.

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where at?

Just asking because I know some people at Boeing here in Cali and Some folks at Smiths Aerospace might be able to put out a good word at least.
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SoCal, back in 2000. I was part of the Phantom Works group in the rented office space at the Long Beach airport business park. I miss that window view...

More recently, a friend of mine got sucked into Boeing's panic-fast entrance into the ATC business in D.C. 2 years later, he was out of a job, as Boeing shut down that business unit in record time.

Everyone else: Aerotek seems focused on civil engineering, which is way outside my areas of expertise.


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Re: Engineers: What are good career placement agencies? Which ones should I avoid?

I'm an ME, they day I graduated, I didn't have a job. The day after, I got placed by a local recruiting agency in a temp to hire position. I would have been hired, but I decided to leave after two months based on personal decisions. In leaving I set myself up with various recruiting agencies; SearchMasters, Kelly Engineering, Aerotek, and some other local companies. I was placed in a temp to hire position within a few weeks of beginning my search and set it up so I had a week off between jobs. I'm still getting calls from these companies nearly two years after getting hired full time (though it is annoying having to tell them the same thing every time. Yes Iím working. Yes, Iíve been here for about 2 years. No Iím not looking to moveÖ). I think the biggest problem with placement agencies is that most jobs are advertised as temporary. It's difficult to take a risk when there's no guarantee that the job will be stable. I think you just have to count on yourself being an extremely competent and hard working individual for a few weeks. If you can, surely theyíll hire you full time.

I have a friend that's been working at Boeing for about 3 years, he said he didn't have a computer for the first 3 months of his job. The last time I talked to him, he was trying to get out.

You donít have to worry about not being an expert in the field either. I think most engineering jobs are rather specific. The content covered in college seems more like framework that aids an engineers understanding of the content learned on the job. Donít be afraid to switch fields to something new or something that you find more intriguing

Itís my understanding that itís cheaper for a company to directly hire an employee than it is to hire through a temp agency. When I was hired, I had to promise to stay with the company for a minimum 6 months, so that the search service would make money over the course of 8 months rather than the two I was technically their contract employee. My initial salary was less, than it should have been due to this. On websites like Monster and CareerBuilder, search services often place ads for companies that say an X manufacturing company out of X city is looking for an X engineer. You could always type that information into Google, find the company and apply directly to avoid the middleman expense/inconvenience.
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