Recruiter secrets to finding the right job for you

Recruiter secrets to finding the right job-fit for you

Do you ever wonder if you’re on the right career path? How can you tell if your job makes the most of your talents?

Consulting with a recruiter is a good way of finding out!

We asked our recruiters how they help AM professionals find the right fit. Asking yourself these few questions will help you choose the right job for you.

1. How do I want to feel at work?

“As recruiters we often look for, and work with, the intangible aspects of a candidate to truly figure out their motivations, and to see what opportunities are the best fit for them” says Alexander Daniels Global recruiter. “Even if you are not sure what you want to do, knowing how you want to feel at work is almost as important.

If you like to just put your head down, focus and work, then a job with some team leading responsibilities may not be right for you. On the flip-side, if you love talking to people and teaching others, maybe a team leading position may be rewarding for you – even if job duty-wise the two jobs are very similar.

2. What management style do I prefer?

Although it’s still a minor amount, an increasing amount of companies in the additive manufacturing industry are getting more location-independent. This means that they are flexible in terms of where their employees work. But this also comes with some complications. More particularly management style and independency.

If you are a highly independent person that enjoys having a big impact on the company without being told exactly what needs to be done, maybe a position in sales, as for example a Business Developer or Key Account Manager, may be the right fit for you.

3. Are there opportunities to learn new skills?

No matter what job or industry you’re in, you should always be learning. It can be a brand-new skills or strengthening an old one. Learning is a sign that there’s still more to gain in your role. Loosing your desire to grow or learn may very well be a sign that you need to make a job change.

4. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose __ , because __

This little exercise helps you realize what parts of your job you are truly passionate about. And you should aim to find a job where this is part of the job description.

“Employees are happiest in jobs that provide them with feelings of accomplishment and joy. And just because you are good at a job, doesn’t mean that that’s what you should be doing” says Alexander Daniels Global recruiter.

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How to showcase your skills in an interview

how to best showcase your skills in an interview

Managing to showcase your skills in an interview is crucial, and could be the tipping point for convincing the recruiter and hiring manager that you are the perfect candidate for this job.

We asked our skilled recruiters how candidates best demonstrate that they actually have the skills they list on their resumes. Here’s the inside scoop:

1. Share Your Portfolio

In this industry, where some technologies and job descriptions may be difficult to comprehend, bringing examples of your work can go a long way towards showcasing your skills. A good strategy is to create a portfolio of your work and your proudest projects. Consider sending this portfolio to the hiring manager or the person with whom your interviewing, prior to the interview. This way they will have time to review it, and it will allow you to go into more details about the projects

2. Prepare To Share Details

It’s one thing to list your skills on a resume or LinkedIn; it’s another to explain exactly what you have done with them. Therefore, it is important that you use the right lingo in the interview

  • DO: use industry buzz words and mention technologies, languages and tools used to complete a project.
  • AVOID: vague words and phrases that make it sound like you do not have an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter

3. Use The STAR Response Method

When the interviewer asks you the inevitable question about how, where or why you have used a certain skill, respond with the STAR (situation-task-action-result) method. By doing so, you provide all the information the interviewer needs to assess your abilities within that certain skill / field.

Situation: describe the context within which you performed the task – for example, you were working on a group project, or you had a conflict with a co-worker

Task: describe your role and responsibility in that situation

Action: describe how you completed the ask with what methods, technologies, tools, etc. Focus on what you did, i.e. say “I did …” instead of “We did…”

Result: explain the outcomes generated by the action taken – emphasize what you accomplished or what you learned

4. Ask Questions

By asking questions to the interviewer at the end of the interview shows both that you are serious about being considered for the position, and it shows that you are curious and knowledgable. Try to ask questions that show your deep knowledge of the industry and of the company you’re applying to in particular. You might ask a question about a business process, a certain technology, or about the company culture

5. Use Concrete Accomplishment Stories

Show – don’t tell. This is crucial in order to really showcase and highlight your skills. By using concrete stories of your previous accomplishments and including the impact that accomplishment had on the company, the interviewer is able to assess your skill better.

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5 job hunting and interviewing strategies for experienced candidates

5 job hunting and interview strategies for experienced candidates

How is job hunting for experienced candidates in the additive manufacturing industry? 

In this industry, job-seekers’ demographics are broad and range from very young university graduates to the older more experienced crowd. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, the younger candidates having the advantage of age and time to learn while the more experienced candidates have, well, experience and can possibly bring more value to the company.

But how are experienced job seekers viewed by employers? Do they need a different approach to job-hunting than their younger counterparts? We have asked the Alexander Daniels Global recruiters, as well as outside sources to give you the most trustworthy advice.

1. USE YOUR NETWORK

If you’ve been in the workforce for long, chances are that you have a vast professional network that you should utilise. With several years in the workforce, the chances are that you have some rather senior-level people in your network – make the most of it!

2. TWEAK YOUR RESUME

At this stage in your career, there isn’t a need to include every job you had since high school on your resume – unless they are highly relevant for the position you are seeking. Secondly, you want to come across experienced, but depending on the job you are applying for, you do not want the hiring manager to think you are over-experienced and/or too expensive to hire. Therefore, it may be a good idea to avoid starting resumes or cover letters with phrases such as “Over 30 years of experience…” unless it’s a senior role in that specific field.

3. UPDATE YOUR SKILLS ALONG THE WAY

In this industry, the technology is ever-changing and it is important to stay on top of the industry and trends. If you are lacking some of the skills need to land the job you want, consider getting training before or during your job search. Every skill acquired is one more to make you stand out from your competition. And make sure to highlight the accomplishments of trainings to show your willingness to learn and eagerness to keep up with the everchanging technology.

4. BE CONFIDENT

You want to express that you are not stuck in your ways, and that you are willing to be flexible and able to quickly adapt to a new environment. Be confident about your experience, your capabilities and what you have to offer. Another important point is to keep an open mind when it comes to taking a position or salary that may feel beneath you – once you land the job, you can work your way up.

5. STRESS YOUR EXPERIENCE

In an industry like this, where there is a huge skills gap, experienced candidates are more valuable than ever. Try to highlight your knowledge, experience and also your ability to teach others, particularly younger professionals.

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3d printing recruitment process

5 ways to explain a gap in your employment history

3d printing recruitment process

A large unexplained gap in employment history may be a showstopper for employers. Why is that?

A long unexplained gap can sometimes give employers the wrong impression about both your capabilities and your personality. It may imply that you are not capable of landing a job. It may imply that you were ‘dishonorably discharged’ from your previous job. And worst of all, it may imply that you are too lazy and don’t care about your career. You want to show career progression and an increase in scope and responsibility as a result of your good work. You DON’T want to show career stagnation. Some people leave gaps on their resume and hope to be able to explain the gap in an interview. The trouble is, that the gaps might prevent you from getting to the interview stage.

So how do you explain the gap in your resume?

1. Emphasize why you left the previous job

Be it downsizing, budget cuts, or the position being moved to far away for you to relocate, make it known and clear why you left the previous job – already in the resume. Even if you left the previous job voluntarily, mention it. It’s perfectly acceptable to mention sabbaticals – and try to highlight what you did during the sabbatical and how it might have impacted you

2. Emphasize any activities you undertook during the gap to improve your professional standing

This relates to the previous tip as you should ALWAYS make sure to mention

  • Any valuable experience: for example volunteer work or major personal projects
  • Any certifications or courses you did during the gap
  • Any freelance, consulting or contract work you’ve done. These activities show a huge sign that you have taken action and your career into your own hands.

3. Avoid negativity or blame

Even if your former employer handled your exit badly, avoid at all costs to bad mouth them. Come up with a sincere, simple way of summing up what happened.

Example:

“The former company hired a new Executive VP who decided to bring in his own people from his previous organization. It was a shock and disappointing, but the truth is that the time was probably right for me to pursue a new challenge”

4. Formatting the years on your resume

If you really want to avoid drawing attention to the dates and possible gaps of a few months between jobs, you can list only the years of employment and leave out the months.

For example, instead of:
Company A, January 2010 – January 2012
Company B, August 2012 – December 2014

Write:
Company A, 2010 – 2012
Company B, 2012 – 2014

You should still be prepared to answer questions about why you left Company A, but this will increase your chance of getting invited to an interview.

5. Prepare positive reasons

Be sure to prepare for questions and prepare your answer. Here are some tips on ways to formulate typical gaps in a positive way

Travelling

  • WRITE: I took six months out to immerse myself in a different culture and I feel that I have both gained a new perspective and learned some valuable life lessons. These months made me really ready to focus on my career
  • DO NOT WRITE: I spent six months travelling because I was not ready to start working

Family Issues

  • WRITE: I spent the last year caring for a sick relative. Their health is now recovered and I’m ready to re-enter the work force full-time
  • DO NOT WRITE:: I had personal issues that I prefer not to discuss

Sickness

  • WRITE: Due to a recurring medical condition I was unable to continue my previous position. However, I have now returned to full health and I am ready to take on my next challenge
  • DO NOT WRITE:: I have a recurring health problem that has made it difficult for me to hold down a job

Fair or unfair, as it may be, employers often worry about hiring someone coming back to work after a long gap. Especially in this industry where technology and processes change so quickly! Therefore, your challenge is to show that you have been keeping up with new developments and are 100% ready to go back full speed.

Want more career advice?

At Alexander Daniels Global, we are specialized in recruitment for the additive manufacturing industry. We want you to succeed so we have created a bunch of free career advice. Check it out!

How to turn down a recruiter

how to turn down a recruiter

How do you turn down a recruiter? If you’re lucky, you’ve had recruiters reach out to you via LinkedIn or email. If you are looking for a new position, the response is obvious: when can we talk more?

But if you’re not currently looking for anything new, how do you respond to the recruiters message without burning bridges? Because let’s face it; these days, people are likely to change their jobs every 3-5 years. So maybe one day, you will need this recruiter. And then it is important that you haven’t burned that bridge.

Being recruitment specialists, we know this situation very well, and we want to  help you sort it out!

1. Give them a straight answer

It’s professional courtesy to not waste the recruiters’ time, because they are not trying to waste yours either. Giving a clear reason to why together with showing gratitude, is also very important to maintain a good relationship.

Example: I’m flattered you reached out and considered me as a potential candidate. Unfortunately, I am very happy in my current role and not interested in making a change right now

Or

I’m flattered you reached out and considered me as a potential candidate. Unfortunately, I am currently looking for something different and more within my field of expertise. I am currently looking for a job as a XX where I would be able to develop my skills within XX

2. Keep the conversation open

You can’t predict the future. But you can prepare for it. You may not need help now, but may need it in the future. So it is important to keep the conversation open. The fact that the recruiter finds your profile appealing now means they might later, as well. Ask to connect on LinkedIn to stay in touch and hope that one day you may be able to help each other out.

Other benefits of connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn are

  • They have great networks
  • They are good to have when you find yourself looking for a job

3. Offer to help

Finally, offer them help if you can. Knowing that they are interested in people like you to fill a certain position, it is likely that you know others in the industry who could be a good fit as well.

It’s a win win: you may be able to help out a friend or colleague and the recruiter may feel like they owe you one – this one will get you to their “Hall of fame of candidates”

When the time comes, and you are looking for a new position, you have a strong relationship to leverage.

4. Turn the conversation into a positive.

Find out why the recruiter has contacted you. Were you recommended by a colleague? Has your resume or LinkedIn profile stood out? Understanding why you stood out can be helpful for future job searches.

5. Recruiters understand the current job market

You have gotten connected to a person that has a pulse on the current job market within your specific industry; use this to your benefit! Ask about hiring trends, future opportunities and expected outlook for your industry. Is there a certain skill most in demand? What companies are growing? Where are most of the jobs located? This information can be crucial to your future job search!

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At Alexander Daniels Global, we are specialized in recruitment for the additive manufacturing industry. We want you to succeed so we have created a bunch of free career advice. Check it out!

7 secrets to a great video job interview

7 secrets to a great video job interview

Our best tips and tricks to nailing a video job interview!

1. Be familiar with the technology

Make sure you are up to speed with the technology that you will be calling through and get comfortable with it before your interview – not the moment you are supposed to be calling in. Do a test run – technology can be tricky and you never know when your build-in microphone is going to have a bad day, or your wifi decides to take a break. Make sure you have taken steps to smooth out the process so you appear as professional as possible.

2. First impression

It is just as important on video as it is in person. Approach your video like a movie director. Lights, camera, action.

Lights: Your whole face should be visible and bright without shadows. Use two lamps, one on either side of the camera – that should do the trick! If the lamps are too sharp or harsh, soften it with a scarf or paper towel.

Camera: choose a neutral background that doesn’t disturb the eye, and remove any clutter from the frame. A blank wall or door is your best shot. The angle of the camera is also important – make sure you are neither looking up or down at the person you are talking to.

Action: you may think that the importance of body language decreases when you are on video. But it doesn’t. Even if they can’t see that you’re wearing sweatpants, you will know. Treat the interview as professionally as you would a face-to-face interview.

3. Communicating

Be aware that 55% of communication through video is conveyed through your facial expression – so make sure you look relaxed and enthusiastic. And most important of all, make eye contact. Eye contact, on a computer? Yes. You need to look at the camera and not at the images on your computer screen. To remind yourself, you could put a colourful post it note next to your camera, and draw an arrow with a message that says ‘look here’. Now remember: there’s a fine line between good eye contact and the serial killer stare. Webcam eye contact can feel a bit awkward at first and a lot of people respond by over-compensating.

Here are some other tips to a positive body language

  • Head nodding: shows patience and understanding
  • Genuine smile: shows positivity and warmth
  • Leaning forward: shows interest, concern and understanding

4. Take your time

Even though you have done a test run and your connection is perfect, it might not be on the other end of the interview. Therefore, make sure you speak slow and clearly – not only to ensure that the microphone picks up all you say, but to accommodate the possibilities of a transmission delay. Pace yourself and use a slower rhythm whenever there’s internet involved. Use a visual nod to confirm that you heard the question, and then wait 3 seconds to reply the question.

5. Don’t fidget

We all have some little nervous tics or twitches – it’s normal. But in this kind of interview, it is important to make an effort to avoid doing it. Not only do you risk revealing your anxiety but you also risk muffling the audio – a microphone records close sounds more clearly.

6. Be careful with screen sharing.

In this industry, it is not uncommon that the hiring manager asks you to share your screen with them, so you can walk them through your CAD designs or coding. To be prepared for this request, make sure you have all your internet browsers closed, so you don’t accidentally show them that you have just googled the last question they asked you. And make sure you are logged out of any chat on social media, so notifications don’t interrupt your interview.

7. Avoid too much body motion

This may create blurry or jumpy images at the receiving end. Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position so you won’t need to shift around. A nice neutral stance in your chair, with both feet on the ground, should be fine.

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3 must-do after the job interview

3 tips must-do's after the job interview

What are the crucial must-do after job interview? 

In the additive manufacturing industry, companies have often had bad experiences with their hiring processes, having candidates that are disengaged and eventually fall out of the recruitment process. Therefor, showing your engagement is alpha omega  if you really want that job

The line between being PERSISTENT and pushy is thin  – so let us help you sort things out.

1. Call In A Favor

Do you know someone on the inside? Now might be the time to utilize that contact! Ask a reference to reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager via LinkedIn (or in person) to drop a note praising you.

The note should be simple and could sound like this: “I hear that John Johnson is interviewing with you. I’d just like to say that he would be a strong asset to your team and he is a sharp employee”

2. Send A Thank You Email

Nothing screams engagement like follow up. To make your thank you email especially powerful, include the following 3 elements

Highlight the good things of  the interview
Simply thank them for taking their time to interview you, and try to highlight your favorite parts of the interview:  how you see yourself in the company, the management style, how you find the job attractive, etc. This shows that  you also listened and afterwards reflected on the interview AND it helps you determine if the company is the right  fit for you

Follow-up response to interview question
If you draw a blank on an interview question, this is the time for you to modify or amplify a response!
The note could read: “When you asked me about my biggest career achievement, I apologize that I drew a blank.  The moment I walked out the door, I realized that I should have mentioned …”

Include documentation that illustrates your ability to do the job
Carefully select one or two “pieces of evidence” that show that you are the right person for that job!  For example, press mentions, analysis, reports, etc. Show them, that you can do the job

3. Start Preparing For The Next Interview Step

Now that you’ve had a feeling of what the company wants from you, from the first interview, it’s time to leverage that knowledge and use it to prepare for the next interview. In this industry, the need for talent is urgent, so when a company starts recruiting, they mean business and they want you to start asap. Therefor you should be prepared to be called in  tomorrow. Prepare as soon as possible. And make sure you dig deep to find something  most people do not know about the company. E.g. a milestone, an award, or another defining moment.

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top 5 fatal interview mistakes in the additive manufacturing industry

fatal interview mistakes additive manufacturing

Our recruiters share with you their experience and stories of the worst interview nono’s that they’ve come across in the AM / 3D printing industry.

The outrageous ones, like taking a call during the interview or emptying the office candy bowl, are rare, but  there are some common ones that keep appearing.

Interview Mistake #1: Badmouthing former employers

Did you leave your last job on bad terms with your boss or colleagues?  Especially in the AM industry where competitors are also future or former collaborators, and everyone knows  everyone, it is important not to  burn your bridges.

TIP 1: Try to spin the negative to something positive.

If you are worried about answering the question “Why did you leave your last job?”, then prepare an answer to this question before arriving at the interview.

Interview Mistake #2: Not Having An Elevator Pitch

At some point in any interview you will encounter some variation of the question “So tell me about yourself?”. This is your chance to outshine your resume and is a direct invitation to tell the interviewer what you can bring to the table, besides your hard skills. In the AM industry, it’s important to show employers that you are also capable of clear communication and transmitting knowledge in an understandable way. Since the average human attention span is 5 seconds – this pitch has to be loaded and ready to be fired if you really want to leave a strong impression.

TIP 2: Prepare the pitch from home. And practice, practice, practice.

It should be approximately 60 sec. long and be able to express your value proposition as an employee.

The pitch should answer these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I do?
  • How do I do it? (soft skills)
  • What do I do it for? (show genuine interest in the industry)
  • How am I different?

Interview mistake #3: Not Following Up

Following up on an interview not only signals that you are engaged with the process and that you are interested in the job, it also demonstrates the quality of your work as an employee and it proves your ability to stand out in  the crowd of job candidates.

TIP 3: Immediately send a thank you e-mail to the person who interviewed you

Use the thank you note to demonstrate what a great employee you would be – confirm your commitment to  following through a task to the end, exhibit your writing and communication skills.

Interview mistake #4: Not Researching The Interviewer

It happens more often than you would think; that people show up to an interview not knowing if who they  are about to talk to is the Senior Vice President of R&D or an HR employee. This can be fatal.

Let’s paint a picture: imagine you assume that your interviewer is HR personnel, so you, as the considerate  person you are, put effort into explaining her what technologies you have worked with and what those technologies are – just to let her know the basics so she can translate to the hiring manager later.

Instead, your interviewer is the Head of R&D and knows EVERYTHING about those technologies and is more  interested in hearing what you can do with them as opposed to what they are.

Now you’ve just spend your precious interview time trying to explain to a bird how to fly.

TIP 4: Google and LinkedIn are your best friends!

You’ll be able to target your sales pitch better – and you will feel much better knowing who you’re about to meet

Interview mistake #5: Forgetting That The Interview Is A Two Way Street

Remember: it’s not only you that need to sell yourself – the company needs to as well.

In this industry, there are many small companies and startups and those sort of environments also require a certain flexibility.

You need to use the interview to figure out, if you fit into the company and if their environment matches your needs

TIP 5: ask questions

A way of showing interest while also figuring out if you fit in with the company, is by making sure to  have questions for the hiring manager at the end of an interview.

Having relevant questions also require you to know t e company and the position well so make sure you do your research

Want more career advice?

At Alexander Daniels Global, we are specialized in recruitment for the additive manufacturing industry. We want you to succeed so we have created a bunch of free career advice. Check it out!

Optimize your cv for the 3d printing industry

Optimize your cv 3d printing additive manufacturing

We review hundreds of CV’s every week, so we know what catches attention, and what scares us away. Let us help you optimize your CV for the 3D printing / additive manufacturing industry.

1. Give an introduction to the company and your role

This industry changes everyday and therefor we might not know all companies by heart. If there is no introduction to the company and position, we are not always sure what you were doing there and thus how that might be relevant for us to place you.

Examples:

  • Example: “Materialise has over 25 years of experience in providing 3D printing services and software solutions for a variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and art and design”
  • Example: “I joined as a technical sales engineer to support the product management team”

2. Specify your experience

The 3D printing / additive manufacturing industry is complex and there are many different skills and technologies. Because of the talent shortage, we are looking for talent within industries with synergies to 3D printing. Therefor, it is crucial that you specify exactly what kind of experience you have.

Therefore, stress and specify technologies, software and machines you have experience with. 

3. Tailor your cv to the job

You have probably read this one before. But that doesn’t make it any less relevant!

Generic CV’s rarely work – unless your profile and experience is generic too, which none of us would ever admit to of course.

They don’t work for several reasons including:

  1. Your skills related to a specific job don’t stand out
  2. It shows that you are not committed to the application process

Therefore: Do. Your. Research.

Do an effort to carefully read the job descriptions and try to match your experience to this – make sure to put the best matches at the top of your bullet points

4. remember the  “… And So What?” Factor

Our job, as recruiters, is to create a story around your profile, and present that in the best possible way to the clients. Therefor, something we are really looking for in your CV, is your ability to spell out the connection between your background (skills and studies) and the job requirements.

Remember to find the business value of your degree and job experience.

What did it teach you to do? How will that be useful in the job you are now applying for? Address each job specification – try using the phrase “Trained to…”

  • Example:  “Trained to organize and analyse data in a concise and visual manner”

5. Keep your sentences short and to the point

You don’t need long sentences in your CV. Keep paragraphs short and to the point.

Try to write in a news-flash style with an ‘action-result’ or ‘result-action’ approach.

  • Example: “Shortened production time by 25% through process optimization”

Want more career advice?

At Alexander Daniels Global, we are specialized in recruitment for the additive manufacturing industry. We want you to succeed so we have created a bunch of free career advice. Check it out!

tips for your 3D printing job search: all your job questions answered

Tips for finding your next 3d printing additive manufacturing job

We want to help you with your job search in additive manufacturing / 3D Printing. This is our attempt to try and answer some of your burning questions.

Question 1: How do I optimize my LinkedIn for an AM / 3D printing job search?

In this industry, the skill shortage is severe, which means that the industry is growing so fast, that the amount of talent and training demanded, is just not there yet. This means that companies are increasingly looking to recruit people with experience within industries with synergies to 3D printing. This also means that it becomes of paramount importance to make your expertise in different technologies or disciplines stand out. Be specific with which technologies and practices you have experience with.

Moreover, using keywords in your headline, rather than just putting your current job, attracts the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. For example, Project Manager, does not tell us a lot about your experience or your field, as opposed to “3D Printing Project Manager, Polymer Expert”.

Another tip is to add projects to your profile, so that the consultants can present you with solid and tangible examples of experience.

Question 2: Resume – How long should my resume be?

There is no definite rule as to how long your resume should be – one common rule though, is between 1-2 pages. In this industry though, it may be longer than this, relative to your experience, because some technologies or roles may need further explanation.

Question 3: Resume – What things should I highlight on my resume?

Your resume should be brief and to the point, yet making sure the reader knows exactly what you have been doing. This means providing a short introduction / summary of the company and your role there, followed by providing your responsibilities in bullet points.

It is important, for this industry, that you highlight technologies and specific skills and experience for recruiters to be able to identify you as a good fit – even though you may not have direct experience in 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing.

Question 4: Interview – What kind of questions will I get in an AM interview?

The short answer is: a mix of technical, soft skills and behavioral questions. Companies tend not only to be interested in your hard skills but are often interested in your motivations for the job and how you see your career evolving within that company.

Typical questions within this industry are:

  • Which types of machines/materials/processes do you have experience with? How have you worked with these? 
  • Have you worked in similar industries or with similar technologies?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Would you prefer working in a start-up or a multinational? Why?

Question 5: Skills – Which Additive Manufacturing positions and skills are in highest demand?

Being a company focusing on a niche industry (talent for 3D printing and additive manufacturing), we know what companies are looking for and how the industry is going to evolve, HR wise.

We provide in-depth reports on the additive manufacturing talent market and analyse demand and supply. In there, you will find the most in demand skills and roles.

Question 6: what is the salary benchmark?

Check out the 3D printing and additive manufacturing salary benchmark in our Salary Survey

Question 7: job hunting – how do i find a full-time additive manufacturing job?what is the salary benchmark?

Looking to transition from contracting work to a more permanent position? AM employers value culture fit, creativity, and passion for new technologies in full time employees.

Our job portal specializes in jobs within the 3D printing / AM industry, so you can start having a look here! If you do not find what you are looking for, send us your CV and we will see what we can do for you, or keep yourself posted on our LinkedIn company page as there will be new job postings every Tuesday.

Question 8: Job hunting – What is it like to work with a recruiter?

At Alexander Daniels Global, we work closely together with both our candidates and clients to ensure that both parties are happy.

  1. One of our consultants will have a phone interview with a candidate to assess both their soft skills and learn more about their career aspirations, motivations, and interests
  2. As fitting and desirable opportunities arise through our clients, the consultant will contact the candidate to see if they are interested in applying
  3. If the candidate is interested, the consultant will provide insights into what the employer is looking for, beyond the job description. This is highly useful for the candidate as many crucial wants and needs from a company perspective, are often not expressed in the job description – but as we know our clients very well, through long-term relationships, we also know what they want.
  4. The consultant will then alter the resume and present it to the hiring manager and talk to them about why this specific candidate is suitable for the job. Our consultants’ abilities to present and tell a story about the candidate is a huge advantage over candidates coming in through an application system. Our consultants know our clients and their hiring managers very well, and they know us, and have trust in our judgement and screening. This trust relationship is crucial for a good process and a high chance of placement.
  5. When an interview is arranged between the candidate and the company, the consultant will prep the candidate on the expectations and needs of the company

Do you have any further questions?

At Alexander Daniels Global, we are specialized in recruitment for the additive manufacturing industry. If you have any career related questions, we are happy to have a chat with you.