how to kick-start your job search in the 3d printing industry

Are you ready to jump into a new job opportunity? If the answer is yes, you have come to the right place. The following is our top tips on how to kick- start your job search in the 3D printing industry.

Kick-start your job hunt in 3D printing additive manufacturing

1. Optimize your LinkedIn profile

To allow companies (and recruiters) to find you via LinkedIn, and to provide them a quick but thorough overview of your professional profile, make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date with your previous jobs, education, skills, etc.

  • Keywords: Use industry keywords and specific discipline keywords in your headline, your summary and your experience section. The LinkedIn search engine looks for keywords in your profile when deciding what profiles to include for a particular search query.

  • Headline: Grab attention with a headline that precisely defines your skill set. Make It unique, while containing words that express exactly what you can provide an employer.

  • Summary: use your creativity here. Your summary should draw employers in and make them want to know more about you. It should discuss your experience and passions as they relate to your career goals.

Read further about optimizing your CV here.

2. Apply early and often

Hiring managers or HR personnel get hundreds of applications for each job. It is very unlikely that they will read through each and every one of them, so it is crucial that you apply to a job as early as possible, as postponing it by a week, could result in your application not even being read.

It is a good idea to have two tracks in your job search: one where you apply to existing jobs, and one where you network and contact employers to find out about jobs before they have been posted.

3. Network, network, network

The 3D printing industry is a relatively close-knit industry where people tend to communicate and network often. Use this to your advantage by contacting employers you are interested in.

Make sure you make yourself appear relevant and interesting by writing a brief elevator pitch to send to them, instead of just writing ‘hello, I’m looking for a job’.

Even if that person cannot help you, they may refer you to other acquaintances, and before you know it, your job search has set off!


Having your references ready up front could put you weeks ahead of other candidates who still have to collect theirs.

In the 3D Printing industry, having references to support your job application is crucial for the employer to ensure that your application and experience is honest. In most job processes, there will come a time, when the hiring manager will ask for your employer references. Having good references prepared up front, with approval from your referrer, saves a lot of time in the recruitment process, and the hiring managers don’t have to wait weeks before they can make a final decision on hiring you.

Typically, employers ask for about two to three references. Those references should be able to vouch for your skills, abilities, and qualifications as they relate to the jobs you apply for.

You can include the references, with name, company, position and contact details on your resume, or you can get a written recommendation on your LinkedIn profile.


Are you interested in reading more Career Advice to help kick-start your job search? Check them out here!

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