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What Are Hiring Managers Looking For in Entry Level Engineers?
After completing your education, entering the workforce as an engineer is an exciting next step. While career prospects for engineers are booming, the job hunt can seem daunting. Luckily, engineering is typically more than a job — it can be a fulfilling lifelong career.
To make your job search easier, we’ve created a guide to what hiring managers are looking for in entry-level engineers. In short, they are looking for proficiency in two areas: communication skills and technical skills.
You’ve probably familiar with the stereotype that engineers are overwhelmingly introverted or reserved, but that’s not always the case. Engineers and coders are just as diverse as the codes they write. In fact, hiring managers very much care about the personality and fit of their entry-level engineers.
Hiring managers look for friendly and eager candidates. Regardless of whether your work will mostly be completed in solitude, it’s important to hiring managers that you can contribute to the team. According to a survey by Glassdoor, appearing informed and involved in the workplace is the most sought-after trait by hiring managers.
To round out the team, hiring managers also seek entry-level engineers who will bring something unique to the workplace dynamic. This will vary depending on the type of company and who you are—but rest assured that your uniqueness can be a major asset when joining an engineering team.
Demonstrated technical skills are, of course, also greatly important to hiring managers. If you can’t engineer or design code well, you’re probably not a hiring manager’s top choice.
One way to demonstrate your engineering skills is by holding a degree or certificate from a reputable program. In fact, coding bootcamps like Hack Reactor often connect you directly with hiring managers who already trust the bootcamp’s training. Hack Reactor’s Employer Partnership program puts high-performing grads in contact with top-level companies who know the quality of Hack Reactor coding bootcamps.
Related to technical skills is knowledge of the business. Because entry-level engineers can work at just about any type of company, it’s imperative that candidates with strong technical skills show off their expertise using industry language. Talking the talk will show that you can also walk the walk, which is a major draw for hiring managers.
By breaking down your skills into communication and technical strengths, you can articulately sell your application to hiring managers. For more engineering and coding tips, check out the Hack Reactor blog. To learn more about Hack Reactor bootcamps, visit our website.