Do Your Homework
The current job market offers many wonderful opportunities in NDT. Where are they? What are they? Where do you find them?
The non-destructive testing industry is a fairly small community. There may be 60,000 people in the country who do what you do. It shouldn’t be hard to find out what’s going on and who is hiring.
Be a smart listener. You’ll be amazed at the information you will pick up if you listen actively and selectively. Keep your ears open on a job site, at a meeting, over coffee. Start building your own network of personal and professional relationships by making connections within the industry.
Surf the web. The Internet is a remarkable research tool, so use it to stay informed about the NDT industry. Which companies are growing? What new skills will be needed in the future?
Become active in your local ASNT chapter. The American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) is a great resource for information on jobs and training. If you’re an active industry “player,” opportunity may find you! Get in the habit of reading your ASNT publications and checking out job postings on the ASNT web site.
Consider a career counselor. A career counseling and search consultant can often help you focus your efforts, better prepare you for the job market, and help you find the right job.
After you’ve done your research, make your own “top ten” list of the companies you would like to work for and the number one reason why. Reputation? Location? High pay? Interesting work? All are valid reasons. This will become your targeted list when you search for your next position.