Seeking a job in any industry can be challenging, but one of the most challenging industries to break into is the automotive industry. With advancements in technology, process, and tools happening nearly every day, hiring managers are forced to be very particular and precise in what they are looking for. Candidates are required to have specific qualifications, skill sets, and adequate amount of experience. While experience and a well-rounded skill set are important, job seekers must be able to take the first steps to finding the correct job and going about the application process correctly. This will be a three-part blog discussing three major tips for job seekers.

Part 1: Invest in Yourself and in Your Resume 


It’s important to understand who you are and what it is you want out of a job. It’s easy to say your name, where you are from, and some small details about yourself, but do you know what you are looking for? What kinds of positions, technology, etc. interest you? Where are you wanting to be in five years? In ten years?


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Understand Your Resume  

Many interviewers are going to ask these questions, so it’s ideal to have your thoughts already written down. It’s important to know what you are currently doing and what you are wanting to do in the future. Although this seems simple, it can be difficult for many people. People think having the fanciest resume or a nice title will help to sell them to their next opportunity, but in reality, that’s not the key to success.


The first step to investing in yourself is to know what’s on your resume and why it’s relevant. People think they must have a long resume, an abundance of skills, and history in the industry and volunteering. But adding things to your resume just to add things is not beneficial. A long resume is only valuable if you have the experience to back it up. Resumes should be straight to the point. When you’ve been working for many years, it’s important to highlight your work experience that is applicable to the current position or industry you are trying to break into. When highlighting your work experience make it very clear what it is you did - if you worked on a project, name the project; if you worked in sales, name what you sold, what targets you hit, how you assisted in revenue growth, etc. When a resume is unclear it can be easily overlooked. Make sure you understand the role you are currently working in to be able to explain it.


Leverage Your Experience

Experience is important on a resume, but for those who are entry level, and don’t have 10+ years of experience, then you need to highlight your skills, education, and anything that could make you more eligible than other entry-level people (volunteer experience, projects from school, affiliations, etc.). Entry level does not mean ineligible, but it can be more difficult to find entry-level roles. In these situations, building relations and networking can be very beneficial. The more people you know, the more opportunities you are likely to find.


Practice Your Elevator Pitch 

The second step is to know your elevator pitch. This is a brief overview about yourself that explains: Who you are, what you are currently doing (school, work, both), what you aim to do for your career (if you already are in it, explain why you’re looking for a change), and finally explain why you would be a beneficial member of the company. This is a great way to give the highlights of yourself without overselling. If they are interested, they will inquire more and you can go more in-depth.


Dress for Success 

The last step in investing in yourself is appearance. You wouldn’t go to a job interview in jeans and a t-shirt. You should dress business professional in almost every case, even if the company has a business-casual dress code. It’s important to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. This is great advice to job seekers because the better you present yourself, the better you come across to a potential employer. People say that appearance isn’t everything - and they are correct - but when interviewing, always dress to impress.


Investing in yourself is not something that job seekers do for other people, it’s something they should do for themselves. The more confident, professional, and straightforward a candidate is, the more likely they are to impress a future employer. Employers don’t want employees who show up in wrinkled clothes, with a resume that they cannot discuss or explain in depth, only to tell the hiring manager they “Want a job.”


Be willing to discuss your background and provide examples, be honest on your resume, dress for success, and be confident in yourself.

Follow along our three-part series as our expert technical recruiters share their tips and tricks with job seekers. 


Do you want to be connected with a recruiter or learn more about our open careers? Contact LHP today! 

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Megan Verkamp

Written by Megan Verkamp

Megan has 5 years of experience in the automotive industry, working as a marketing manager for LHP Engineering Solutions. During Megan’s time at LHP, she has been involved in several co-marketing partnerships with Jama Software, NI (previously National Instruments), TÜV Nord, Model Engineering Solutions, and the State of Indiana, to name a few. Megan has been an integral part in creating the current Functional Safety service offerings for customers in the Industry and promoting these services to help OEM’s, Tier 1, and Tier 2 suppliers grow within the perpetually complex Functional Safety domain. Outside of her work at LHP, Megan graduated from Trine University with her master’s in business administration in 2017 and most recently spoke on the importance of a content-driven marketing process for engineering and technology organizations at the Content World Marketing Conference.