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LVI Associates: Your Premier Partner for Exceptional Architecture Talent in Singapore & APAC

With our global influence and expert knowledge spanning design, planning, and implementation, we have become the go-to source for permanent, contract, and multi-hire talent solutions throughout all phases of architectural projects in Singapore & APAC.

With over a decade of experience in Architecture talent acquisition, we consistently deliver exceptional results in hiring, onboarding, and retention. If you're eager to refine your processes, enhance employee competencies, and stay ahead of the curve with data-backed insights on salaries, benefits, and industry innovations, we are here to help.

Leveraging our strategic network of Architecture talent, we can expedite your search for specialized experts. Don't hesitate to request a call back today or submit a vacancy specification.

Whether you're on the hunt for world-class architecture talent or an Architect exploring new career possibilities, trust LVI Associates to be your reliable ally. Our dedicated team excels in delivering top-tier professionals, including Architectural Planning Directors, Acoustic Consultants, Project Managers, and more, tailored to your specific needs in Singapore & APAC.

Benefits of working with LVI Associates

In the world of architecture, innovation and advanced technology have become pivotal for achieving enhanced resilience. As the demand for digital tools and automated design processes rises, factors such as talent gaps, the impacts of COVID-19, and the focus on sustainable structures are propelling industry growth.

If you require immediate architectural placements or strategic talent sourcing, look no further than LVI Associates Architecture. Our team offers the necessary resources and expertise to deliver remarkable results. Here are some key benefits of collaborating with us:

Experience

We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner inArchitecture

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A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working worldwide acrossArchitecture.

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Our award-winning Architecture talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your Architecture recruitment needs.

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Architecture Jobs

In the ever-changing landscape of architecture, technology plays a crucial role, driving persistent revolution in the field. As we look ahead, we envision a future where advanced architectural technologies, such as 3D modeling, virtual reality, and AI-powered design tools, become commonplace in workplaces across the APAC region. To stay at the forefront of this exciting transformation, it's essential to align yourself with a talent partner who truly comprehends the evolving trends in Architecture.

Project Architect

Licensed Architects and Project Managers (Texas) Locations: Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio About Them: A well-established architectural practice with a legacy spanning four decades is looking to add to their architecture teams. The firm prides themselves on delivering innovative and impactful designs that enhance the built environment. Their team thrives on collaboration, creativity, and a commitment to excellence. Position Overview: The growing Texas firm is actively seeking Licensed Architects and Project Managers to join their dynamic team across multiple Texas cities. As a key member of their firm, you will contribute to exciting projects that shape the urban landscape in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Responsibilities: Licensed Architects: Collaborate with clients, stakeholders, and design teams to understand project requirements. Develop architectural concepts, considering functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability. Prepare detailed construction drawings, specifications, and permit documents. Oversee construction phases, ensuring adherence to design intent and quality standards. Manage project budgets, schedules, and regulatory compliance. Mentor junior architects and contribute to their professional growth. Project Managers: Lead project teams from inception to completion, overseeing all phases. Define project scopes, budgets, and timelines. Coordinate with consultants, contractors, and regulatory agencies. Monitor progress, resolve issues, and ensure project milestones are met. Facilitate effective communication among team members. Conduct regular site visits to assess construction progress. Requirements: Licensed Architects: Bachelor's or master's degree in architecture. Active state licensure in Texas. Demonstrated experience in architectural design and project management. Proficiency in AutoCAD, Revit, or other relevant software. Strong communication and leadership skills. Project Managers: Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, or related field. Proven track record in managing architectural projects. Familiarity with construction processes and codes. Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities. Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently. Why Join The Firm? Be part of a collaborative and forward-thinking team. Work on diverse projects across major Texas cities. Competitive compensation and benefits package. Opportunities for professional development and growth

US$110000 - US$110001 per year
Dallas
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Sr. Architect

🌟 Job Opportunity: Registered Architect for Manufacturing, Industrial, and Semiconductor Projects 🌟 Company: A well-established architectural firm in Dallas, Texas, with a rich legacy spanning over two decades, is experiencing remarkable growth. As they expand their portfolio, they are seeking talented professionals to join their dynamic team. Position: Registered Architect Location: Dallas, TX (with potential opportunities in Houston as well - Healthcare focused office in Houston) Role Overview: The firm is seeking a skilled Registered Architect to contribute to their exciting projects in the fields of manufacturing, industrial facilities, and semiconductor design. As part of their collaborative team, you will play a pivotal role in shaping innovative spaces that drive progress and enhance functionality. Responsibilities: Collaborate within the design team, working closely with stakeholders, engineers, and clients. Facilitate design efforts from schematic design to design development phases and through to construction. Contribute your expertise to manufacturing, industrial, and semiconductor projects. Ensure compliance with industry standards, codes, and regulations. Participate in project meetings, presentations, and reviews. Qualifications: Registered Architect with a valid license in Texas. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Architecture. Proven experience in manufacturing, industrial, or semiconductor projects. Proficiency in relevant software (AutoCAD, Revit, etc.). Strong communication skills and ability to lead and collaborate effectively. 5+ years of industry experience What We Offer: Competitive salary range Full-time position (Monday to Friday). Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. Engaging projects that make a real impact. Opportunity for leadership within the Dallas office

Negotiable
Texas
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Sustainability Director

About Us: LVI's client is a leading architecture and engineering firm committed to designing and building sustainable, innovative, and resilient projects. Our team of experts work collaboratively to create environments that positively impact the communities they serve. We pride ourselves on integrating cutting-edge technology with sustainable practices to deliver exceptional results. Position Overview: We are seeking a dynamic and visionary Sustainability Director to lead and expand our sustainability initiatives across all projects. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking leader with a deep understanding of sustainable design, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship within the architecture and engineering industry. This role will involve collaborating with various departments, clients, and stakeholders to drive sustainable practices and ensure our projects meet the highest standards of environmental responsibility. Key Responsibilities: Develop and implement comprehensive sustainability strategies for the firm. Lead the integration of sustainable design practices into all architectural and engineering projects. Collaborate with project teams to ensure sustainability goals are met, including energy efficiency, waste reduction, and use of sustainable materials. Stay current with industry trends, regulations, and certifications related to sustainability (e.g., LEED, WELL, BREEAM). Provide expertise and guidance on sustainable building systems, renewable energy technologies, and environmental impact assessments. Conduct sustainability assessments and life cycle analysis for projects. Facilitate sustainability workshops and training sessions for staff and clients. Represent the company in sustainability forums, conferences, and industry groups. Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including clients, regulatory bodies, and community organizations. Prepare and present sustainability reports and documentation for internal and external audiences. Monitor and report on the progress of sustainability initiatives and projects. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related field (Master's degree preferred). Minimum of 10 years of experience in sustainability, with a focus on architecture and engineering. Proven track record of successfully implementing sustainable practices in complex projects. In-depth knowledge of sustainable design principles, green building certifications, and environmental regulations. Strong leadership and project management skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and stakeholders. Proficiency in sustainability assessment tools and software. LEED Accredited Professional (AP) or equivalent certification preferred. Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance. 401(k) plan with company match. Generous paid time off and holiday schedule. Professional development opportunities and support for continuing education. Collaborative and inclusive work environment.

Negotiable
Washington
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Architekten Mit LPH 1-5

I am currently working with a Leading German Architectural and development office that is looking to expand their office with the addition of experienced architects in LPH 1-5. This is a company that is fourth coming with their innovative approach to sustainability providing their clients with the highest stands of buildings according to DGNB. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to be apart of growing a German business. If you are an Architect with Aspirations to grow into the role of a project manager this is a great opportunity for you. Below is a summary of what some of the tasks will include: Leading real estate projects across Germany with a focus on Munich Be a responsible leader and support internal and external project teams. Work with contractors and clients to deliver high quality project turnovers. Project Management across phases of the HOAI (1-5) and working alongside AHO guidelines. In order for you to be considered for this opportunity you should have the below qualifications: Bachelors degree in Architecture 3+ years experience in Project Management Experience working on residential or comparable real estate projects. Extensive experience across LPH 1-5 Experience across all LPH phases 1-9 is an advantage but not essential If this sounds like an opportunity that may be a fit for you, please do not hesitate to apply.

Negotiable
Münchendorf
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Mid-Level Architect

We are partnered with a leading architecture firm in Honolulu, renowned for their commitment to innovative design and sustainable practices. Our client, specializing in a diverse range of projects, is seeking a talented and motivated Mid-Level Architect to join their dynamic team. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in historic preservation, experience with multi-family and government projects, and proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, or BIM software. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to significant projects in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Key Responsibilities: Develop and manage architectural designs from concept through completion for a variety of projects including historic preservation, multi-family residential, and government buildings. Collaborate with clients, consultants, and team members to ensure project success and satisfaction. Produce detailed architectural drawings, plans, and specifications using Revit, AutoCAD, or BIM. Conduct site visits and assessments to ensure compliance with project requirements and standards. Stay current with industry trends, building codes, and best practices in architecture and historic preservation. Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Architecture from an accredited institution. 3-7 years of professional experience in architecture, with a focus on historic preservation, multi-family, and government projects. Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, or BIM software. Strong knowledge of local building codes, zoning laws, and regulations. Excellent design, technical, and problem-solving skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines effectively. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with a collaborative mindset. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance. Opportunities for professional development and growth. Flexible work environment with potential for remote work. Engaging and collaborative team culture. Work on impactful projects that shape the community. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in learning more, please don't hesitate to apply.

US$100000 - US$115000 per annum
Honolulu
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Architect II

A nationally recognized architecture, engineering, interior design and planning firm with offices across the country is offering a long-term career opportunity for a Mid-Level Architect with at least 8 years of experience. Practices include, Healthcare, Academic, Sports. Essential Functions Execute and enhance the design intent while preparing the construction documents. Supervise small and medium size teams of professional and technical support personnel in project situations. Manage and deliver the production of the construction documents for small and medium sized projects. Provide technical support to project team members. Assist market segment leaders and the marketing department in the preparation of design documents and presentation material. Schematic Design and Design Development Work with the project manager and the project designer in creating buildings which serve the client's needs and responds to their desired image, space and aesthetic. Develop code compliant designs. Participate in design presentations to the client. Required Education and Experience Bachelor of Architecture Prior experience as architect for components of projects with a demonstrated technical and organizational proficiency Superior graphic design and building design and conceptualization skills Proficiency with AutoCAD, Revit, etc. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite Experience hand drawing and sketching Preferred Education and Experience Masters of Architecture Proficiency with Rhino, Grasshopper, 3D Max and Sketch-up Benefits Generous paid time off, 401(k) plan with company match, tuition reimbursement, flexible/hybrid work options, paid parental leave, excellent insurance offerings including medical, dental, vision, accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity, identity protection and more.

Negotiable
Baltimore
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT- 7-12Y - ITHACA

We have a current opportunity for a LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT - 7-10Y - ITHACA on a permanent basis. The position will be based in Ithaca. For further information about this position please apply. We're on the lookout for enthusiastic landscape architects/designers to join our growing studio! Here's your opportunity to play a role in shaping an energetic practice and contribute to meaningful projects. Come aboard to help expand our program and take charge of our varied portfolio, which includes projects ranging from parks and green spaces, waterfront developments, urban revitalization efforts, transportation and infrastructure planning, trails, higher education initiatives, to stormwater and green infrastructure projects. Responsibilities: Assist senior landscape architects in conceptualizing and developing design ideas, presentation materials, graphic renderings, and illustrations. Contribute your creative ideas and participate actively in design team meetings. Assist with design and production of construction drawings and models as well as reports, cost estimates, specifications, and other project deliverables. Provide construction administration services, including submittal review, RFI responses, site visits and quality control. Collaborate with diverse teams of architects, engineers, environmental scientists, and surveyors to bring projects to life. Help craft impactful presentations for clients, communities, and public agencies. Contribute to proposals and marketing materials to secure new projects. Build strong relationships with colleagues, clients, and project partners. Skills and Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Landscape Architecture (or equivalent). Minimum 7 years of experience in landscape architecture, site/civil engineering, or related fields. Registered Landscape Architect License Technical expertise: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD or MicroStation, and Adobe Creative Suite. 3D modeling skills (Sketchup, Rhino, or other) and rendering software experience preferred. Passion and creativity: A love for design and a desire to make a difference through public spaces. Teamwork and communication: Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Growth mindset: A willingness to learn and contribute to building a successful studio.

US$70000 - US$100000 per annum
Ithaca
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Safety Director

We are working with a leading subcontractor renowned for excellence in roofing, waterproofing, gutters, and building envelope solutions. With a steadfast commitment to safety and quality, our client is seeking an experienced Safety Director to oversee the comprehensive safety programs, ensuring all projects adhere to the highest standards of safety and compliance. As a Safety Director, you will play a pivotal role in maintaining their reputation as a leader in construction safety. You will be responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the company's safety initiatives to prevent workplace injuries and ensure compliance with all regulatory laws and standards. Key Responsibilities: Develop and enforce a robust safety program that aligns with OSHA standards and industry best practices. Conduct regular site inspections and audits to identify potential hazards and ensure compliance with safety protocols. Lead safety training sessions and certification courses for employees at all levels. Investigate accidents and incidents to determine causes and implement preventive measures. Collaborate with project managers and crew leaders to integrate safety measures into project planning and execution. Manage and coordinate all communication with regulatory bodies. Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, innovations, and legislation in safety. Requirements: Proven experience as a Safety Director or similar role in the construction or related industry, particularly in roofing, waterproofing, or building envelope projects. Bilingual proficiency is highly desirable to effectively communicate with our diverse workforce. Certification in OSHA 30-hour construction safety and health. Strong analytical skills to assess risk and implement effective solutions. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. If you are interested in the opportunity and meet the above requirements, please don't hesitate to apply.

US$130000 - US$160000 per annum
Fife
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Forensic Architect

Looking for a highly-motivated mid-to-senior level licensed Architect. Individual will have knowledge in the behavior of building enclosures and their components for use in forensic analyses relating to residential, commercial, industrial facilities, marine and inland structures. Experience in performing failure cause & origin analysis on building systems, authoring technical reports, and construction litigation is desired. Building envelope types include, but are not limited to, cladding, wall enclosures, roofing systems, and fenestration components. Responsibilities and Duties include: Perform forensic investigations of building envelope failures. Diagnose failures in building envelope systems and recommend solutions for remediation of those failures. Field work to document as-built conditions and damage to building systems as a result of natural (wind, water, fire, earth movement, etc.) and/or human induced origins (design and construction errors/omissions). Natural events can include large catastrophes such as regional floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes. Utilizing building codes, technical knowledge, and understanding of construction practices to establish repair scope recommendations as well as cause and origin analyses. Evaluate design drawings and documentation. Communicate with clients, interface with code officials and contractors to address construction issues to provide detailed reports. Manage multiple project assignments, executing them on time and within budget. Retention and development of client relationships. Education and Experience requirements: Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Architecture from an NAAB accredited program required. State of California Licensed Architect through NCARB's ARE examination. Multiple state registrations (or ability to obtain) a plus. Minimum 10 Years Architectural experience in design or other background that promotes an understanding of building construction. Experience in property loss and construction defects a plus. Knowledge of national building and construction codes (IBC, IRC, IEBC, etc.) Understanding of heat, air and moisture control principles within enclosure materials and assemblies. Familiarity with performance and testing requirements, details and specifications for building enclosures. Familiarity with façade components and assemblies, particularly at their interfaces. Understanding of material selection as it relates to long-term durability and performance of building enclosures. Experience in providing Litigation Support including Expert Testimony at Depositions and/or Trial, Mediation or Arbitration proceedings, a plus. Registered Roof Observer (RRO) and Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) designations are a plus.

US$120001 - US$150000 per annum
San Diego
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Project Architect

About Us: A leading architecture firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in education, healthcare, cultural, community, and museum projects. With a strong commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability, we strive to create spaces that inspire, empower, and enrich communities. Job Description: We are seeking a talented and motivated Project Architect to join our team. As a Project Architect, you will play a key role in the design and delivery of various projects in the education, healthcare, cultural, community, and museum sectors. The ideal candidate will have a passion for architecture, strong design sensibility, and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment. Responsibilities: - Lead the design development and documentation phases of projects from concept through construction administration. - Collaborate with project managers, designers, and consultants to develop innovative design solutions that meet client needs and project requirements. - Prepare and coordinate architectural drawings, specifications, and construction documents using Revit software. - Conduct site visits and field surveys to assess existing conditions and ensure compliance with design intent and building codes. - Coordinate with engineering consultants, contractors, and vendors to integrate structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems into the design. - Participate in client meetings, presentations, and workshops to communicate design concepts and progress. - Mentor junior staff members and provide guidance on technical and design issues. - Assist with project management tasks, including budgeting, scheduling, and resource allocation. Requirements: - Bachelor's or Master's degree in Architecture from an accredited institution. - Minimum 5 years of professional experience in architectural design and project management. - Proficiency in Revit software is required; experience with AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. - Strong design portfolio demonstrating expertise in education, healthcare, cultural, community, and museum projects. - Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. - Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. - Architectural licensure or eligibility for licensure is preferred. - Knowledge of local building codes, regulations, and permitting processes in Baltimore and Maryland. Benefits: - Competitive salary commensurate with experience. - Comprehensive health insurance coverage. - Retirement savings plan with employer match. - Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. - Professional development opportunities and continuing education support. - Vibrant office culture with team-building activities, social events, and volunteer opportunities. Join our team and contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive impact on communities in Baltimore and beyond. Apply now by submitting your resume!

Negotiable
Baltimore
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Project Architect

About Us: A leading architecture firm based in Richmond, Virginia, specializing in education, healthcare, cultural, community, and museum projects. With a strong commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability, we strive to create spaces that inspire, empower, and enrich communities. Job Description: We are seeking a talented and motivated Project Architect to join our team. As a Project Architect, you will play a key role in the design and delivery of various projects in the education, healthcare, cultural, community, and museum sectors. The ideal candidate will have a passion for architecture, strong design sensibility, and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment. Responsibilities: - Lead the design development and documentation phases of projects from concept through construction administration. - Collaborate with project managers, designers, and consultants to develop innovative design solutions that meet client needs and project requirements. - Prepare and coordinate architectural drawings, specifications, and construction documents using Revit software. - Conduct site visits and field surveys to assess existing conditions and ensure compliance with design intent and building codes. - Coordinate with engineering consultants, contractors, and vendors to integrate structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems into the design. - Participate in client meetings, presentations, and workshops to communicate design concepts and progress. - Mentor junior staff members and provide guidance on technical and design issues. - Assist with project management tasks, including budgeting, scheduling, and resource allocation. Requirements: - Bachelor's or Master's degree in Architecture from an accredited institution. - Minimum 5 years of professional experience in architectural design and project management. - Proficiency in Revit software is required; experience with AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. - Strong design portfolio demonstrating expertise in education, healthcare, cultural, community, and museum projects. - Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. - Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. - Architectural licensure or eligibility for licensure is preferred. - Knowledge of local building codes, regulations, and permitting processes in Baltimore and Maryland. Benefits: - Competitive salary commensurate with experience. - Comprehensive health insurance coverage. - Retirement savings plan with employer match. - Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. - Professional development opportunities and continuing education support. - Vibrant office culture with team-building activities, social events, and volunteer opportunities. Join our team and contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive impact on communities in Baltimore and beyond. Apply now by submitting your resume!

Negotiable
Richmond
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Interior Designer

A top architecture and engineering firm has an amazing opportunity for an Interior Designer with expertise in hospitality, commercial, or corporate experience to join their team. You will be responsible for interpreting, organizing and executing the conceptual design of projects. Responsibilities: Client interface is critical Work directly with clients Conducts programming efforts such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings and equipment, lighting and color coordination Develops innovative design concepts Implements all phases of a design project Select and specify furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering and artwork Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Interior Design or Architecture Varied experience in workplace and commercial interiors Comfortable working in Revit 4 plus years' experience in interiors projects required, Must have passed the NCIDQ exam or be a registered Architect with current license Expert computer skills Revit, Adobe Suites, 3D rendering programs Expert attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization, and problem solving If interested in discussing further, please reach out!

Negotiable
Houston
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Addressing Australia's Engineering Talent Shortage: Practical Approaches

The shortage of skilled engineers in Australia is a pressing concern shared by everyone involved in infrastructure development. This deficit is hampering the country's ability to execute crucial infrastructure projects effectively. KPMG's Annual Leadership Survey underscores a major worry among leaders, with up to 77% losing sleep over the challenge of finding the right talent. Similarly, a report by Professionals Australia titled “Engineering a Better Future” estimates a shortfall of 200,000 engineering professionals. Elizabeth Pugh, Associate Director at LVI Associates Australia, shares her insights on this engineering profession gap and delves into how organisations can overcome it by leveraging international talent. Read about her observations below:There's a general consensus that international engineers play a crucial role in bridging the immediate skill gap. However, the focus on nurturing local talent through education and enhancing the profession's appeal is equally important for long-term solutions. The debate intensifies around optimally utilising overseas talent, with barriers still in place. Dr. Maryam Raji from Melbourne University's Faculty of Business and Economics emphasises the need for educational reforms and increased professional attractiveness to develop local talent. She refers to Engineering Australia’s report to the Department of Home Affairs, which reveals that 70% of engineers in Australia are international-born, yet many are either unemployed or not working in their field. My experience as a professional services engineering recruiter in Australia confirms this. Frequently, international engineers with extensive global experience are overlooked due to their lack of familiarity with Australian building codes and regulations. Common reasons for rejection include: Time constraints: Firms often lack the time to train new hires on local regulations due to pressing project deadlines.Fear of talent loss: Concerns that trained engineers might leave for competitors.Negative assumptions: Doubts about international engineers' ability to adapt to local market regulations.As a practical and business-oriented manager, I understand these concerns, but it's clear that Australia could better leverage international engineering talent. A national, or even organisational-wide, integrated strategy could help to address these challenges.Solutions include:Conversion courses: Creating a mandatory framework for educating and testing experienced engineers on Australian building and regulatory requirements, similar to initiatives in healthcare and legal sectors.Positive workplace culture for retention: Ensuring a supportive work environment is essential for retaining all employees, regardless of their origin.Dispelling myths: Recognising the value of international engineers who have successfully adapted and contributed in various countries, including Australia.In short, there are likely many other viable solutions to this persistent and growing issue. What other strategies could effectively address Australia's engineering talent gap? My team and I at LVI Associates welcome any additional insights or suggestions, and if you are facing challenges attracting top talent, please do not hesitate to get in touch.​​Elizabeth PughAssociate Director - AustraliaAssociate Director - Elizabeth, heads up the Australian and Southeast Asian Engineering talent space. She and her team are well-versed in the nuanced requirements of the region and are well-equipped to help organisations across all parts of engineering businesses. LVI Associates' proven track record in connecting talented individuals with outstanding organisations ensures that we help you source the best talent available. Start a conversation about your talent needs today.REQUEST A CALL BACK

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Be interview ready – offshore wind roles

​Discover 10 tips on how to prepare for an offshore wind interview Preparing for a job interview for an opening in the offshore wind industry requires thorough research, an understanding of the industry's unique challenges and requirements, and showcasing your relevant skills and experiences. As talent experts in the energy and infrastructure space, we’ve compiled a checklist for you to use to simplify this process. Here are some reminders to help you prepare effectively and put your best foot forward: ​1 - Research the company and the offshore wind industry: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the company you are interviewing with, including their projects, mission, values, and recent achievements. Additionally, research the offshore wind industry, including current projects in your region, market trends, regulatory frameworks, and key players. ​2 - Review the job descriptionCarefully analyze the job description to identify the key skills, qualifications, and responsibilities required for the role. Note specific technical knowledge or certifications mentioned and consider how your own experiences align with the requirements. ​3 - Showcase your knowledge and experienceDemonstrate your knowledge of the offshore wind industry during the interview. Highlight any relevant experiences you have, such as working on wind energy projects, knowledge of wind turbine technologies, or experience with offshore operations and maintenance. Share specific examples of your contributions and accomplishments in similar roles or projects. ​💡 Added tip! If you come from a different professional background but have landed an interview at an offshore wind-focused company, it's a great opportunity to highlight your transferable skillsets to offshore infrastructure. This is especially useful if you have experience in marine operations, structural engineering, high-voltage electrical engineering, or substation experience. Make sure to shine a light on skills like working with development frameworks, handling grid connections, tackling installation and commissioning tasks, being well-versed in health, safety, and environment (HSE) practices for marine operations, managing contracts, navigating LTSAs and FIDIC contracts, and obtaining permits. Demonstrating your proficiency in these areas will showcase your diverse skillset and show that you're a seasoned professional with plenty of relevant skills for the company. ​4 - Familiarize yourself with offshore wind challenges Be prepared to discuss the unique challenges associated with offshore wind projects, such as challenges in the local supply chain, environmental impact assessments, grid integration, or weather conditions. Showcase your ability to handle these challenges by recounting examples of problem-solving or innovative approaches you have taken in previous roles or projects. ​5 - Understand safety and environmental considerationsOffshore wind projects prioritize safety and environmental considerations. Familiarize yourself with relevant safety standards, regulations, and practices, such as those set by different regional governance. Highlight any safety certifications or training you have completed and demonstrate your commitment to maintaining a safe and sustainable work environment. ​6 - Brush up on technical skills and industry terminologyReview technical skills and knowledge relevant to the offshore wind industry, such as wind turbine technology, power generation, electrical systems, or project management. Be prepared to discuss industry-specific terminology and concepts, showcasing your understanding of the technical aspects of the field. ​7 - Prepare examples of problem-solving and teamwork Be ready to share examples of how you have solved problems, overcame challenges, and have worked effectively in teams. Offshore wind projects often require collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, so highlight your ability to work well in such environments and contribute to achieving project goals. If you have experience working with diverse individuals or overseas teams, make sure you’ve gone through these projects in your head to keep them at the top of your mind. The offshore wind industry is a dynamic and quick-moving one. Being decisive and efficient in decision-making and communication are valued soft skills. ​8 - Anticipate behavioural and situational questionsPrepare for behavioural and situational interview questions that assess your competencies and fit for the role. Practice answering questions that demonstrate your ability to handle pressure, work in diverse teams, communicate effectively, and manage conflicts. ​9 - Have questions ready for the interviewerPrepare thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the specific role, project details, and career development opportunities. This shows your interest in the company and your proactive approach to understanding the role and its expectations. ​10 - Conduct mock interviews and seek feedbackPractice mock interviews with a friend or mentor to refine your responses and gain feedback. This will help you improve your confidence, clarity of expression, and ability to effectively convey your skills and experiences. ​Finally... Remember to dress professionally, arrive early, and maintain a positive and confident demeanour during the interview. By thoroughly preparing and showcasing your knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for the offshore wind industry, you can position yourself as a strong candidate for the role. ​At LVI Associates, we are dedicated to empowering energy and infrastructure professionals to achieve their career goals. By taking the time to truly understand your aspirations, we provide you with unparalleled opportunities in the industry that align with your ambitions. Unlock the door to your future by exploring our latest roles. Register with us today and take the step towards your next career move.

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Top Tips to Secure Your Dream Engineering Job

​When was the last time you considered a career move? Often when we are working we are focused on the job in hand, and sometimes forget the bigger picture, and that the job market is rapidly changing every day.

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How a talent specialist can widen your career opportunities

Achieving success in a competitive professional field requires leveraging the expert knowledge of a talent specialist who understands both you and your sector. Obtaining a position that puts your abilities to use and offers room for growth can be challenging, however. That’s why having an advocate familiar with the market, organization, and industry is essential for a successful career.   Differentiating yourself from other top professionals can be made easier with the assistance of a talent specialist. Their extensive knowledge of your market, personality, and skill set will enable them to determine the best job for you that matches your skills, culture, renumeration, and development goals.As most senior level roles are exclusively advertised within an organization’s internal network and their talent partner’s network, job boards can provide little more than useful resources to help you begin identifying opportunities and get a general feel for the market. Therefore, it is often the case that professionals with a highly sought-after skillset are approached for a well-matched position when they aren’t necessarily looking for one. So, by seeking the advice of a talent specialist when considering a career move, you will benefit from an expert match-making service within an internal network of hiring organizations, and receive timely, direct feedback. The talent specialist acts as a representative for both you and the hiring company, operating with an understanding that time is precious. They will help to improve the communication process, place you in a strong position to get the most from the opportunities presented, and ensure that the culture of the company you are interested in is aligned with your personality and requirements. After all, a top talent partner’s main goal isn’t to get you into a seat in the office, but to present you with an opportunity in which you can thrive long-term. The power of strong relationshipsA talent specialist will have a strong relationship with the hiring organization and may have even placed other professionals in previous roles, meaning they’ve built up a level of trust and understanding with the people who make up the business. This gives them leverage when advocating for you and provides you with information about the company that you need when making an important career decision. A strong talent partner will have made it their business to know the company inside out and will be able to tell you exactly what they are looking for, rather than giving you generic information that ends up wasting your time.Don’t be afraid to ask questions – a talent specialist is a great source of in-depth market knowledge, giving you access to current industry trends or changes, which can give you the edge should you need to tailor your resume and interview strategy to stand out from the competition.For future referenceNurturing a relationship with a talent specialist can help you secure a position with promising prospects. Even if you don’t find the perfect role on the first try, that relationship will mean you are kept in their mind and in their database for when the perfect opportunity does arise. From resume advice to salary guidance, a talent specialist can update you on the market and show you how to leverage that to find the right role. They can also actively network for non-advertised opportunities that best fit your career goals, while helping you enhance your resume or professional branding, so you are equipped to make a stellar first impression to a prospective employer. Networking with a specialist talent partner can also develop a long-term relationship for future opportunities. In years to come, when you are ready for the next step, that consultant will still understand you, your requirements, and the best next steps available to you. And for you, it’s always a plus to have a rapport with someone who’s helping to steer your future.Experts in the art of selectionTalent partners are selective by nature. Honing the skill over time, they hand-pick the most suitable roles for professionals seeking a new opportunity. Not only does this tailored approach maximize success for all parties involved, but it also helps professionals to recognize the potential in an opportunity they may not have considered on their own, while reducing the competition and creating a higher chance of success. Be open to networking with talent specialists when you may not be actively looking; the best opportunities can often pop up when you’re least expecting it.The inside scoopAt senior level, opportunities are not always advertised through traditional mediums. Specialist talent consultants are privy to a range of positions that only they and the organizations’ internal networks are aware of. This could be especially useful in situations where the vacancies that suit your skill set are few and far between.Leading businesses often utilize a talent partner because it’s a more efficient way for them to hire the right person. Therefore, rather than hunting for opportunities that may not be visible online, you could save considerable time working with a talent specialist.Working in your interestsApproaching a job search can be daunting, but a great talent partner offers a wealth of knowledge on the state of the current job market and your specific industry. Once they get to know you and what you’re looking for, their only objective is to place you in the role that is right for you. Once they have a clear idea of what you have to offer both professionally and personally, a talent partner can help you present a strong resume to any hiring company that meet your needs. It is therefore imperative to be open and honest with your talent specialist, taking the time to clearly define your needs and expectations.Liaising with a talent partner can help increase the efficiency of your search. When you succeed, they succeed, and so it’s important to remember that they are truly there to work in your best interests, with your long-term career trajectory in mind. In the same way that networking is often less effective if you just ramp up your activity when you want a job, reaching out to a talent specialist and building a relationship with them over time could help you secure better opportunities in the future.We partner closely with senior-level professionals with elite skillsets to enable their careers now and in the future. If you would like our help to find your next opportunity,  get in touch today.

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How to get the most out of a long and challenging interview process

​Interviewing, particularly for senior-executive level positions, will often entail a rigorous process that includes a lot of prep, energy, and tough technical questions to assess if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle the role. In certain instances, you may even be invited to attend an all-day interview, which entails multiple rounds of exchanges with stakeholders and HR managers to determine how your skillset and character might fit into the company. This type of interview is of course intended to challenge you in a variety of ways, but while it can be tough, it is a valuable experience and an opportunity to get to know the company and the people who make it.If you are called to one of these marathon interviews, it’s important to set yourself up for success in advance, which doesn’t just mean pouring over interview questions and company information. Taking care of yourself both mentally and physically in the run up to such an exciting but demanding opportunity is equally as important as preparing your answers in that fatigue and stress can quickly derail your efforts. This article will guide you to set yourself up for a positive outcome when approaching a long and challenging interview process, whether it’s a job offer or a valuable experience to carry with you for next time. The full pictureBeing called for an interview is a great feeling. It affirms that your resume has hit the mark and that the hiring manager wants to find out more about what you have to offer. The interview itself can challenge you in ways you might not have expected, and in some cases can be a long and demanding process both mentally and physically, but it’s important to remember that if you’re not being challenged, the role might not offer you the right level of growth and development that will keep you fulfilled. Essentially, it’s not supposed to be a breeze.In particular, the idea of an all-day interview can be extremely intimidating, and a certain level of nerves can be a good thing. Single interviews are challenging in their own way, but are typically over in about an hour, while an all-day interview is an entirely different ball game involving meeting with several senior stakeholders within a company to gain different perspectives on your suitability. Depending on the role you are applying for, all-day interviews can come in a range of formats. For example, they may involve a mixture of exercises relevant to your role, plus general tests to check your culture fit, such as personality and IQ tests. This means that you are being tested on things that you can prepare for and traits that are innate to you. Therefore, while reading up on information that can support your professional assessment is one way to prepare, you’ll also need to start the day well rested and calm in order to present the best version of the full picture. Be prepared These interview processes are designed to push you out of your comfort zone and so preparation will be your greatest ally to help you keep your cool and put your best foot forward. Your potential new employers are attempting to gain a full picture of what you are about, from your skills and experience to your attitude and cultural fit and so however talented, experienced, and confident you are in your fit for the role, there will be elements of the process that will challenge you, demanding thorough preparation. Here are some tips to help you to prepare before you walk through the door. Request a scheduleThis is vital in terms of mentally preparing for an all-day interview. Knowing how the day will be laid out will help you get into the headspace of what is expected from you, helping to keep you calm and avoiding anything that might throw you off. You may have four very long interviews, or twelve very short interviews. Whatever the format, you need to make sure you are mentally prepared for what you are facing, and pace yourself around those all-important breaks. Request this a few days before your interview to give the employer time to check everyone’s schedules. Find out the names and job titles of each of your interviewersLook up their LinkedIn pages and find out their experience and expertise, and what relationship they may have with you if you win the position. If they are thought leaders, read their articles and blogs to find out their views on your industry. Researching your interviewers means you can find out how you can relate to them both personally and professionally, which will make them easier to engage with on the day. Prepare questions for your employer A day-long interview is an opportunity for you to get an impression of the institution you are hoping to work for from several angles. Think of all the information you want to gain from the different interviews and ensure you have prepared questions to ask each of them. This also takes the pressure off yourself during each interview and allows for breathing space. And in addition, your interviewers will appreciate the variation in conversation. Gather your examples and stories Prepare some notes on your most notable career achievements. Numbers work best, particularly if you’re short on time, so if your department contributed to a 20% increase in revenue, keep that number in mind. Think of your best and most impactful anecdotes, too - an example of a successful negotiation, a challenge where you were the lead problem solver, a project you managed from conception to launch. And don’t forget to let your personality shine through when telling your story as a good company will be looking for a good mix of skills and character.Stay refreshed The demanding nature of the all-day interview means you need to plan ahead and make sure you are equipped with the right items to keep you feeling fresh and help you stay mentally focused until the end. In most cases you will be offered plenty of chances to hydrate throughout the day, bring a flask of water or coffee is a good idea and will help you to stay alert. Much like a real marathon, these days require stamina, so plan your fuel to keep your brain sharp and keep your energy up between interviews. Choose healthy yet filling snacks like granola bars or fruit and avoid a sugar rush as the slump will be sure to follow. Also, be careful with caffeine. If you rely on it, regulate your coffee throughout the day to avoid any crashes in the afternoon.Having a mid-day freshen up can work wonders for your energy and focus. Packing sanitary items such as hand/face wipes, deodorant/perfume, and mouthwash may give you the reset you need, particularly after food and coffee, and will help to send you into the second half of the day feeling more awake. In addition, packing a comb or hairbrush will help you to remain presentable, which will make you feel better, too.It may be tempting to sit and scroll on your phone in between interviews, but getting fresh air and going for a walk, if you can, will help keep you mentally clear. Gentle physical exercise keeps your blood flowing, prevents tiredness and is the best way to keep fatigue at bay. Try to take a proper break without speculation and analysis of how the day is going. Your brain can’t work at full speed all day - try to slow it down and give it a rest before it goes back into full speed at the next interview. Meditation is known as a hugely beneficial practice in instances like these.Approach each interview consistently It is natural that you will exhibit both strengths and weaknesses throughout the day, and it can be difficult to approach the final interviews with the same energy as the first, but it is vital you remain consistent. Keep in mind that even though this is a marathon for you, your meeting with each interviewer is a stand-alone hour or two for them, so try to keep up with pace. Remember to shake the hand of each interviewer, introduce yourself, and be prepared to repeat yourself a few times throughout the day, however tiring it may seem. End each interview on a positive note about how you are excited to interview for the position, reiterate why you believe you are the ideal date, and that you look forward to hearing from them. However, keep in mind that your interviewers will be comparing notes, so avoid telling the same story and highlighting the same achievements during each interview, or you may risk giving the impression that your experience is more limited than it is. During your research process, think of the best information you have which will be relevant for each position. For example, the Head of Marketing may be engaged with examples where you have shown creativity or solved problems, whereas a sales director will be more interested in figures and percentages. A HR figure will be more interested to hear about your management skills, or a story about dealing with a difficult employee. Again, preparation is key.Stay on your A game Everyone is in the same boat over the course of an all-day interview. Talking for hours in a high-stakes situation can be mentally exhausting, and a mix of anxiety and disinterest can creep in, which is only natural regardless of how passionately you want the job offer. After the initial rush of your first interview, you may be facing fatigue, while your intention was to remain positive, confident, and enthusiastic throughout the day. A good way to avoid showing signs of fatigue during later interviews is to be mindful of your body language. Keep in mind that you should be enthusiastic with your gestures; lean forward towards your interviewer and show your passion for what you do through how you move as well as what you say. If you’re tired towards the end of the day, try to avoid speaking flatly and don’t forget to remain sitting up straight, as this will make you both appear and feel alert and passionate about the topic. The majority of all-day interviews will include a break for lunch mid-way through. Not only is this a chance to get a preview of the company canteen and how people interact during their break, it’s also the perfect opportunity to socialize with your possible new co-workers in an informal setting. Though you may need to refresh, you may also view your lunch break as another kind of interview relating to your cultural and personality fit. Your interviewers will be taking note of your social manner, and whether you are easy to communicate with. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discover more about the company in a more casual setting.Make notes before calling it a day​Remember how you took notes during each interview? At the end of a marathon interview day, you will likely feel completely spent. But don’t give in immediately. Make yourself sit down at your computer or take notes longhand about the points your interviewers emphasized. It’s great if you can be organized about this, but stream of consciousness is fine too, if that’s all you can muster. This is a way to debrief yourself while the information is fresh. Finally, use this to send a personalized email to each interviewer the same day, and thank them by reflecting on something about your conversation and express continued interest. ​These are sure-fired ways to increase your chances of successfully getting through to the next stage, and one step closer to your dream job. ​For more advice on how to successfully navigate your way through a marathon interview process, our expert team at LVI Associates is here to help. Contact the team today and one of our specialist consultants will be in touch.

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How to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

​A job offer is a great accomplishment, especially if you have devoted a significant amount of effort to crafting resumes and cover letters, studying potential employers and positions, preparing for presentations, and attending interviews, especially for higher-level positions. However, before making a final commitment, there are some essential factors to contemplate.A job offer should be accepted with a mindful approach as your working day and even personal life will be profoundly impacted. Your commute length, the availability of leave, and the work-life balance of the job should all be carefully weighed. After all, the quality of your life is contingent on your decisions.Before accepting an offer, take a moment to consider the following: Will this role impact your finances, work-life balance, and future? This guide helps answer all these questions, which will help you when deciding whether to accept, reject, or negotiate the offer.Am I happy with the salary offered?One of the headline aspects of a job offer to be considered is the salary on the table. Depending on where you are in your career, your salary should reflect your capabilities and overall worth within the job market, and ideally at least 10% above your current salary package. Using websites such as Glassdoor and Payscale to research equivalent salaries can you help you ensure you’re getting offered the right amount. There are other important aspects to a job offer to consider, but if the salary is lower than expected, then you may need to enter negotiations. Though a lower base salary may be offered, overall salary may be supplemented through bonuses or commission. Perks such as subsidized health care and childcare may also be included in the package, creating a mutually beneficial deal.The role may offer you a salary that is initially disappointing but puts you on a guaranteed and exciting career track with a larger reward in the near future. Also, consider the satisfaction of the job if you are offered a big step-up in pay. What demands will this new role put on you? While an impressive new wage can be attractive, it may weigh lightly against the additional stress and pressure that comes from an increase in responsibility. It’s good to be challenged from a new role, but not at the expense of your long-term happiness, so it’s important to find the balance between financial compensation and quality of life.What are the benefits?Alongside the salary, look at the break down of benefits and perks offered by the new position. If these aren’t outlined fully in your job offer, request the full details from the hiring manager. Some companies offer bumper benefits packages, which can be considered as valuable as your initial salary package. Look at the following benefits when evaluating a job offer: Annual leave - is there a generous allowance for paid time away from the office? Does the role have a good pension? What is the employer contribution to your pension? How good is the health insurance provided by the company? What does it cover, specifically? Does the role provide large money-saving perks, such as a company car, subsidized childcare, or paid memberships?How will the role affect my work-life balance?​Work-life balance is extremely important not only to your happiness, but also to your health, relationships, and even your success within your role. Consider the responsibilities of the role - are the day-to-day tasks stimulating and satisfying to you? Do they encompass the positive aspects of your previous role where you experienced success and growth? Will they challenge you to develop new skills/areas of expertise or are the tasks simply outside of your expertise or interests? Think about how the job will slot into your life, and how much control you will have over your work-life balance within the role. ​A large element to consider is whether the role offers flexible working, which may be particularly important if you have children. A role that allows employees to build their hours around their family obligations and provides regular opportunities to work from home can be far more appealing than a role that pays more but provides no flexibility. The commute also needs to be considered when evaluating a role for work-life balance. Is the role in a hard-to-reach location? Will you be dealing with daily traffic jams? Is the role reachable by public transport? How much will the commute cost in train tickets or petrol and parking? A job that requires a lot of travel can be exciting but can have a negative impact on your work-life balance as it can be tiring, costly, and time-consuming. If a lot of the role is spent ‘on the road’, you will need to consider how this will affect your quality of life long-term.​Am I a good cultural fit?​Hopefully, during your application and interview process, you will have had a taste of the company culture at your potential new organization. Review the business’s employer branding materials, their social media accounts, and testimonials on sites such as Glassdoor for more information. Your work environment is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a job offer. You will be spending around 40 hours a week there, so think carefully about whether that prospect makes you excited or anxious. Regardless of the job title, salary, or perks, accepting a job offer from a company where you will be glad to spend your time is what’s most important to your health and happiness.​Lean into your intuition and consider any potential red flags you may have identified. In some instances, it may be appropriate to request another visit to the office to talk to team members before saying ‘yes’ to the offer, or you may request another more informal chat with your manager to ask any lingering cultural questions. This may help you to get a good sense of the types of personalities within the company, and find out how the office operates and where you would fit in. Are teams encouraged to work collaboratively, or do they tend to work as individuals? Is there good camaraderie within the team? How do they support each other? Ask for examples to get the best understanding. ​Can I work well with my peers?​The people you work with, and indeed those you report to, can make or break a role. It is vital to your overall enjoyment of your job that you are working with people who bring out the best in you, as well as a team that will be receptive to your attempts to bring something new and beneficial to the company.​When considering a job offer, try to find out who you will be reporting to and who will be reporting to you. It is likely that the former will have been involved in the hiring process, but if you haven’t met them, you may want to arrange a meeting or a phone call to discover more about their leadership style while you consider a job offer. Ask what would be expected of you in terms of delivery and performance and run through a typical week within your team. If the ideas and working style of those around and above you don’t run alongside your own you may want to reconsider taking the job offer and keep on looking.​Does it advance my career?​You’re already on the job hunt, so your career progression will naturally be on your mind at this point. You may have an offer for a role that advances your career immediately, but the move could be a bad decision in the long term. Does the current job offer allow for further growth of your skills and talents? Or are you moving into a position that may lack the challenge you need in order to develop? It’s a good idea to investigate the training and networking opportunities provided by the role. Do you have time in your role to learn new skills, or attend sector conferences that will keep you informed of trends in the market? Does the business have a budget reserved for career development and further education of its employees? ​LinkedIn is a good website to research this. You can look into the career paths of current and former employees and see how those within the company have progressed either internally or through new roles. You may want to reconsider a job offer for a role where there is little progression or growth, or from a company that has no immediate growth plans, or any career development programs. On the other hand, you may wish to include this in your negotiation process.​Am I happy I got the job?​Now that you have considered the salary, the benefits, your work-life balance, the culture, your colleagues, and your career development goals, the final element to consider is your general ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to considering the job offer. Are you ecstatic to get the offer, or do you have your reservations? If you are reading this, there’s probably a reason you are taking your time to make a decision. Of course, there may be more personal factors at play that may incentivize you to accept a role quickly, but it is worth taking your time to consider how the prospect of starting this new position truly makes you feel. ​No job offer will be perfect, but it is important to trust your gut when an offer comes through, even if it just sparks some more honest negotiations. If you are unhappy with the lack of flexibility within the role or have doubts about opportunities for development, it may be better in the long-term to turn down the offer. Trust your instinct and intuition. If something is telling you taking the role is a bad idea, write up a list of pros and cons and weigh them up. ​Moving jobs is a big decision that affects many aspects of your life and steers your future. If you are unsure, it is always worth speaking to a trusted advisor, like our specialist consultants at LVI Associates, who will guide you through every step of the process. Get in touch for tailored advice.

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Now that you are this outstanding applicant who received an interview opportunity. Be prepared and get ready to ace your interview with the below tips at the different stages:Pre-interviewDuring the interviewPost-interview​Pre-interviewResearch the prospective company.Bring your portfolio and any work samples.Be proactive and prepare in advance any questions to ask the hiring manager:We have previously mentioned that tenure is important for companies. Leverage the Q&A session to demonstrate that you are looking to build your career with the new employer. Ask questions about the company and their career plan for you. Check if the company has any mentorship programs to help progress your career and if there are any mentors/role models to learn from. Find out if the company has any equity scheme for employees. Asking the right questions can help convey your desire to have a long-term career with the company you’re interviewing for. ​During the interview​Explaining gaps in a CV It’s important to be transparent. According to a survey from LinkedIn, 96% of hiring managers will still hire someone who has been made redundant due to Covid-19, so don’t be afraid to share this information.  An interview is the opportunity to tell your story and get to know the hiring manager. Be prepared to share what you have achieved during time off – that can be independent consulting work, enhancing your skillsets (technical/software skills) or advancing your learning.   ​Salary - How to avoid overselling or underselling?​Step 1Identify what is important to you before heading into the interview, whether that is a higher salary, better benefits, or flexibility at work. That will impact your salary expectation.Step 2Always try to avoid answering this question. But how? Instead, reply with:"I have a full understanding of your company and the role. I would like to think/speak to my family before I come back to you by tomorrow.”"If you have never received a job description, “Can you please share the job description with me so that I can better gate the salary expectation for a role like this?”“I am looking for a salary that is reflective of my skillset. What would someone with a similar background in your company receive?”Step 3Do not give a salary range – the last thing you want is to be on the bottom rank. Give a number that you feel is feasible and competitive in the market. Currently, the market salary increment average is around 3%-6%. Opening a discussion about flexible/hybrid workWe highly advise to not discuss working from home or flexible working arrangements in the first interview. With interview processes usually around 2-3 rounds, the 2nd or final interview will be the best time to ask about flexible work arrangements. ​Rather than asking directly, you could reframe a question to “What are the current working arrangements for the team?” or “Is the current team mostly working from the office”. By rephrasing the questions, this can come across as an expression of interest for the working style and how the team operates instead of demanding the right to work from home.​Working from home or flexible work is a fairly new concept. If the arrangements have been agreed, it’s important to get this included in the contract or have written confirmation in an email when the offer letter is sent.   The must-ask question: why are you leaving your current company? It’s crucial not to speak badly about your current or ex-employers. Always turn it back into positive, you could say something along the lines of: “Everything is fine and pretty good in my current/previous company. I am looking to move because your company is the leader in the market. I want to learn from the best leader to broaden my horizon and further expand my skill set to grow within your company.” Use your research, “I want to be part of this new project that your company is doing. I believe my skill set can add value to the team/project.”  By answering smartly, it shows:You are really interested in the company.You are passionate about what they do.You are knowledgeable about the market.You have done the research and you know about their company. Post-interview Always follow up – drop a note to share your gratitude and connect with a hiring manager on LinkedIn. It’s advantageous for a hiring manager to remember you so you can establish a relationship – which is useful for referrals.​Ready? It is time.​Submit your CV to our Australia Engineering recruitment consultant team to explore your next career opportunities.SUBMIT CV​Take a step backStay Close, Stay Competitive - Top practical tips to secure your dream engineering job in AustraliaIn a highly competitive market standing out from the crowds is never easy, but it can make all the difference between success or failure. This begs the question, how can you differentiate yourself from others? Grab a copy of our tips Guide in full by filling out the form below:​​​

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