EPG is a staffing and recruiting company that is 100% focused on helping electric and autonomous vehicle clients hire the best people through our industry and product-specific expertise.
Are you looking for a new job in the electric vehicle industry? Whether it is your first time or you are starting the job-hunting process all over again, looking for a new job can be difficult. Being in the staffing industry, we’ve had many talented people reach out to us at EPG recently, looking for help finding new jobs. We wanted to put together a guide to help people find their dream job. Many of these suggestions might seem obvious, but they are tried and true and you would be amazed at how many Ph.D. wiz kids we see that ignore the obvious. Here it goes:
Refresh your resume with the new skills and experiences that you have accumulated, especially thoughts that apply to the EV industry or are tangential such as solar. Create a master copy, then, for each individual company and position, whittle it down to the most relevant information. Update it with your skills and experience, focusing on keywords and, if possible, data-driven validation i.e. increased sales 60% YOY. Add in keywords and experiences based on the job description, company mission, and company services/product. People are busy, so keep it clear and concise. Brevity is your friend. For a more detailed look at writing a resume check out our resume writing guide.
Find a company and/or product that you are passionate about. It’ll show in interviews. Companies want to hire people that buy into what they are doing or trying to do. You can only fake excitement for so long, your true passion (or lack thereof) will show.
Use LinkedIn, duh. First, update it using the information from your resume and have past colleagues or bosses write recommendations. Recruiters like EPG use LinkedIn to find candidates every day, so make sure your profile is set to “Open to Work” and has keywords sprinkled throughout. To be proactive, find the people in the positions/companies that you want to be in and connect with them. Ask them for a call to learn about their journey. This will get you a foot in the door and help you learn what made them successful in the application and interview process.
“Easy for you to say!” Yeah we know we are a recruiting firm but we promise you we are here to help. Most people have had a bad experience with a recruiter, but don’t let that deter you. A good recruiter like EPG will help you update your resume, prep you for interviews, and be a sounding board from day one through offer acceptance, start date, and beyond. We will provide you with feedback from the interviewers and help you reach your maximum potential. Check out our openings and submit your resume here. Also, keep in mind that recruiters are typically very busy so if there’s not an immediate opening that fits your needs it’s best to connect on LinkedIn and reach out to them when something comes along.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
If you are excited about a particular position, be relentless in following up. Keep bugging HR and hiring managers until they give you an interview. This goes back to passion as following up shows you are serious. We’ve hired people both internally and via placement with our clients simply as a result of them following up with us.
Search the 100 most asked interview questions and take the time to write out the best answer you can think of for your situation. Create examples of your skills and experience as it relates to the job description, company mission, and company services/product. Research, research, research. Read through the company website, review the interviewer’s LinkedIn profiles, watch relevant Youtube videos, etc. Use this info to come up with intelligent questions and to create a sales pitch for yourself. When we hire people internally at EPG, the first question we ask them is “what do you know about EPG and what we do?” If they didn’t take the time to read our website, we know they aren’t going to be a good fit for what we are building.
Write a few sentences after each interview and share them with the interviewer thanking them for their time. Ask them follow-up questions, or whatever feels right for you. If you’re neck and neck with another candidate in the interview process, this could be the detail that tips the scale in your favor.
Adapt. React. Readapt. Apt.
In the wise words of Michael Scott, “Adapt. React. Readapt. Apt.”. We think what the world-renowned businessman was trying to say was to never be content and to always keep improving. Or at least that’s how we interpret it. When you complete an interview, evaluate what you did right and what you did wrong, then adapt and react based on this. If you are working with EPG, we can get feedback for you from the interviewer. Continue to craft your sales pitch and hone in on what makes you the best candidate. Self-reflection is important.
As with many things in life, simply persevering will get you far. Job hunting is going to be a roller coaster – you aren’t going to get every job that you want and there will be bad days. Keep that chin up and ask yourself, “What do I need to do today to get where I want to be?”
Trying to find a job can be stressful, but as long as you apply these pointers, you are already on your way to landing a job you actually want in the electric vehicle industry. If you still aren’t sure or have questions about what it is like to work with EVs, our door is always open! Feel free to reach out to EPG at any time with questions or if you are ready to take the leap, we’d love to help you find your next job!
EPG is a staffing and recruiting company that is 100% focused on helping electric and autonomous vehicle clients hire the best people through their industry and product-specific expertise.