Job Hunting in a Tough Economy

Are You Ready to Re-Enter the Automation Job Pool and Compete with Other Professionals Just as Qualified as You? Here Are Things You Can Do to Stand Out from the Crowd

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ISA Certification Programs

• Certified Automation Professional (CAP) Program—This program prepares professionals for the direction, design and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems.

• ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Program—This program focuses on calibration, documentation, troubleshooting and repairing/replacing instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow and other process variables.

• Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMM) Program—This program is for preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance. CIMMs are multi-skilled individuals who have primarily mechanical expertise rather than instrumentation or electrical backgrounds.

• ISA CAP Associate Recognition Program—The ISA CAP Associate program is a recognition program for students graduating with a four-year technical degree who are interested in an automation career.

• ISA CST Associate Recognition Program—This program recognizes your achievements and commitment to a career in automation and control.

• Control Systems Engineer (CSE) License—ISA supports the CSE license (a specialized Professional Engineering (PE) license recognized in the U.S.) for engineers in automation and control.

For more information on ISA’s different certification program offerings, visit


Build an Effective Resume

When was the last time you updated your resume? If the answer is 10 years ago, you have work to do. Your resume is what employers see first. This is your first impression, and first impressions can be opportunity breakers.

Building a resume takes time and effort. When you are ready to update your resume, remember the following helpful tips:

  • Keep it short. Don’t make your resume longer than one page because employers don’t have the time to read through too many pages.
  • Be concise, to the point, and always use action words to describe previous job responsibilities. 
  • Use bullet points to organize your resume. Bullet points highlight important details such as specialized skills, job experience, training courses and educational achievements.
  • Be honest. Enhancing your past experience or listing qualifications that you don’t possess will only hurt you in the end.
  • Don’t forget to covert your paper resume to an electronic format. Today, the pre-screening for any job is done electronically.

Job Interview Do’s and Don’t’s


  •  Be yourself
  • Be on time
  • Have your career goals and qualifications in mind
  • Do your homework. Get to know the company before you arrive.
  • Provide specific examples of your accomplishments
  • Show your appreciation to the recruiter. Send thank you notes after the interview


  • Dress inappropriately 
  • Forget to sell yourself
  • Lie on your application or in the interview
  • Speak negatively about past jobs
  • Look desperate, even if you are
  • Leave your cell phone on



Remember the times when networking meant going to career fairs and industry events with your paper resumes and business cards in hand? Well networking today has a completely different meaning. Now, technology allows you to network on cyberspace.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn, Ecademy, Ryze or another professional networking account—or perhaps all of them—don’t wait one more day and open one.

What are these social networks and how do they work?

LinkedIn is an international network of 30 million professionals in 150+ industries and a business-oriented social network that keeps you in touch with industry colleagues and experts. It helps job seekers make contacts and enhance their careers through industry networking opportunities.

Ecademy is a business networking site with 150,000 members worldwide. This social network includes blog capabilities, marketplace listings, news feeds, events and mrore.

Ryze is another business networking site that hosts 250,000 members who are working towards making new business connections. Rize helps its members build up their careers, while helping them find jobs or make sales connections.

Don’t limit your cyber networking to just one site. Re-visit CareerBuilder, Hotjobs and if you previously uploaded your resume to those sites. Don’t forget to update all personal information and revise your employment search preferences.

If you want an industry niche career source, join Control Connection at no cost. Control Connection connects our Control members with new employment opportunities. In this space employers and recruiters have access to our specialized niche where they can view resumes and post jobs. Job seekers can post anonymous resumes, view jobs and sign up to receive personal job alerts.

Job hunting can be stressful, especially in today’s economy. Embrace the economic crisis and take the time to evaluate your skills to prepare for a future career if needed and to use your networking skills.

If you are lucky enough to keep your current job, be prepared to work additional hours, take on additional responsibilities and learn technologies you haven’t worked with before. If you are laid off, keep a positive attitude.

Study the market, study your options and be prepared for the future. The current economic crisis will pass,  and when does, you should be prepared to be even further ahead of your competition.

Katherine Bonfante is Control’s digital managing editor.

Online Career Resources

  1. Control Connection
  2. Career Builder
  4. Yahoo Hotjobs
  5. Measurement Control & Automation Association
  6. Dream it-Do it
  7. Career Voyages


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