Four ways to get your ideas in front of potential employers

Many engineers have a very specific idea of the kinds of work they want to do. It could be designing buildings that have a zero carbon footprint, or software that will make peoples’ lives easier, or a high-efficiency engine. If you have a specific goal, you also likely have a good idea of which business leaders are able to help them reach that goal.

This is the “key employer” idea of employment searching — determining which ideal employers and industries are most likely to help you reach your goal, and then finding ways to impress those key groups of individuals with your abilities to help them achieve their own goals.

Let’s say that you want to build a career helping to promote better urban spaces, through helping remediate “brownfields” — properties that have been impacted by former industrial use, through heavy metals and other contaminants in the soil. You want to reach property developers, and environmental engineering firms, with the message that your firm can reliably clean up problems at contaminated properties.

That can include developing content that presents your ideas to developers of properties, and to engineering firms that focus on environmental issues. But how do you get your ideas in front of the “key employers” you want to reach? 

 This content can include:

·       Guest posts on blogs that are read by the key clients

·       Articles in their business and professional magazines

·       Content posted in their LinkedIn groups

·       Having their tweets retweeted by the people that they follow

·       Content posted on the websites of their industry and professional publications

Are you using all four facets of your key employers’ perspectives?

Every potential employer is really four people, in a way — which allows you to reach them through four kinds of media.

1. Industrial media

Some specialized media are “industrial” in their orientation, reaching a specific industrial sector such as retail, forestry, software or manufacturing. You can present these media with information on trends in contaminated site remediation — maybe pointing out how faster and cost-efficient the new technologies can allow for shorter construction schedules.

You’ll need to tailor your message to the needs of the specific industry — a publication for the retail sector, for example, might be interested in contaminants that can come from retail properties, including dry-cleaning shops, where fluids may have leaked into the soil under the establishment.

2. Professional or occupational media

Some publications focus on a specific profession such as law, accounting or engineering. If you develop an article for a legal publication, you’ll need to describe the legal liabilities involved in owning contaminated property, and how to manage those legal risks. If you want to reach the financial people within property development companies, focus your content on ways to improve the financial value of brownfields.

3. Geographic media

Some media focus on specific cities, regions or countries. To reach these geographic areas, look for ways to discuss what’s exclusive to those areas, such as a high water table, or geology that allows contaminants to be spread off the property line due to fractures in the bedrock. Perhaps there are local government incentives to promote the remediation of brownfield properties, so that they can be developed, and your article could discuss those incentives.

4. Issue- or cause-related media

Lastly, there are publications that focus on a certain issue or cause — for example, I’ve helped my clients publish articles in “ReNew Canada,” a magazine focused on infrastructure renewal, as well as “,” an online publication addressing the issues of inner-city development. 

It’s important in each case to understand the publication’s orientation, so that you can develop content that is relevant to those readers. This means convincing the editor or manager that you can produce content with those readers in mind.

Can one person be interested in all four kinds of media? Certainly. Imagine a lawyer who works in property development in New England, with a company focusing on high-rise infill development. If you have a key client that fits those criteria, you can reach that client through all four of those media types.