Most people ask me about finding a job. They want to know who is hiring and who I know. Well, many companies are hiring but the companies rarely reach out to me for help. I know they are hiring because I see the advertisements and I know that there is so much work coming. I see adds from Blue Stream, Mastech, Meridian Blue Construction, Vertical Limit, Nexius, TowerComm, and many more. I put plenty of job links at the bottom of the post. Don’t be afraid to go to the company websites and apply. If you know people, ask them who is hiring. If you are on Facebook, put out a post in a tower group. It helps to ask around. If you get a call then make sure you know where you want to work and what you want to be paid. Don’t be afraid to negotiate but also be reasonable.
So when I look on-line I see that many climbers are looking for jobs. I also see many companies are looking for climbers and technicians and engineers. So where is the disconnect between the groups? I am not sure so I am going to put this out here to see if I can help. I am going to put together the steps for building a resume and a LinkedIn profile for you. Most people that give me a resume didn’t put much effort into it. I am going to try to help with that. This will work for anyone even though I know mostly tower climbers and field engineers and field technicians follow this.
First off, look at what’s going on. There are so many LTE builds going on and it involves a lot for tower work for the next few years. They need help to get it done. There is also still broadcast work and public safety and other industries that will go wireless. So the work is out there. A few articles I pulled are http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/techflash/2014/03/why-newly-formed-blue-sky-towers-is-spending-80m.html and http://www.rbj.net/article.asp?aID=206751 to show that there are a few articles out there. If you just want to search for a job there is plenty of help out there foe that as well. Look on Facebook for wireless or tower or engineering groups, someone there may want to hire you or be able to point you in a direction of someone who is hiring.
I like to use LinkedIn. It really helps to put your resume and background up on LinkedIn, go to www.LinkedIn.com and complete a profile, it’s free but it does take some time. I would recommend setting some time aside to do this because you want to do a good job. You may want to use Word or another program to do spell check. I need something to double-check my spelling. Actually, I am a horrible typist and that is the real problem. So, be honest and fill in the work experience. This is a place that most companies will look for your background. Make sure you put in your certifications and some projects you worked on. Mention what you have worked on, like maybe LTE builds or if you are in broadcast or if you have done public safety. The great thing is if you make a mistake or miss something you can always go back and edit your profile. Always save your work, early and often.
Even if you have been in the industry for 20 years and most companies know you it still helps to have your background somewhere a prospective employer can see it. If you look there will be a link for your page. Mine looks like this, http://www.linkedin.com/in/wadesarver if you want to see an example. LinkedIn can be a powerful tool once you learn to use it. I know many of you that call me for jobs, well, here is something you can use when you look for work. Use the link, copy and paste it. Post the link on Facebook. Just be honest and use this to get you the interview, then if you have a story to tell or some issues to discuss it then. Also, don’t forget to list your certifications and accomplishments. If you worked on an AT&T or Verizon or Sprint build, then mention it. If you have done public safety or broadcast then say it. If you are a rigger or wind tower guy then put it on the resume. Let them know your accomplishments in the summary portion of the profile.
Now that you built your LinkedIn profile you don’t need to create another resume, you already did it! Did you know you can create a PDF version of your resume from LinkedIn? You can do it 2 ways.
First Way – If you are logged into LinkedIn, then go to your profile and to the right of “Edit Profile” there is a down arrow. Let your mouse hover over it and you will see 5 options, pick the “Export to PDF” option and LinkedIn will export your PDF to a PDF file foe you to email to prospective employers.
Second way – Go to http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/ and sign in with LinkedIn or enter your LinkedIn name and password, it is part of LinkedIn so you will be OK. Then print your resume to PDF or on paper, whichever is easier for you to work with. I would recommend the PDF so you can email it and post it. If you want to you can copy and paste it to Word or on an email. If you hit the share option you can get a link to your resume, like this http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/e24pt8vlx.
Now you have a resume you can email to someone. You also have a link that you can include in the email to show your resume on-line and you can make changes to it. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from the companies to see how you can improve your resume or LinkedIn profile.
I don’t have any affiliation with LinkedIn other than I have used it in the past. It is a great tool. I don’t have any affiliation with any of the websites below other than I know they advertise a lot of wireless jobs. I am going to be honest, it really helps to know people. Most jobs I have gotten is because I have known someone who knew about a job. Many employers don’t advertise all the job openings.
If a company makes you apply on their website, don’t get discouraged and use the LinkedIn profile as your reference. It takes time but if you want the job then do it. Just be patient and learn to save your work often.
- http://telecomcareers.net/ http://telecomcareers.net/jobseekerx/SearchJobs.asp?acc=349425&f=1
Just a note, I am coming out with a new book soon and I plan to change my website. So changes are coming. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or feedback.
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