Guide to Landing a Job in the EV Industry
The electric vehicle (EV) industry has seen explosive growth in recent years and there are no signs of stopping for the future of transportation. This once in a lifetime shift in an established industry like the automotive industry has created a whole new set of career opportunities and exciting ways to follow your passions. This guide equips you with everything you need for your journey to an EV dream job.
I. Setting Your Course:
Electric Vehicle Landscape:
The global EV market is projected to reach $567 billion by 2025 (Statista, 2023), and with that will be millions of new jobs. Opportunities span from battery development to charging infrastructure maintenance and project management. Each area of the electric vehicle industry takes a special skill set and determination, it can be beneficial to begin your journey by focusing on a few key areas and shaping your course using this information.
Skill & Interest Match:
Identify your strengths—whether you're an engineering whiz, sales savant, or high voltage technician – nobody knows your strengths and weaknesses better than you. Research and explore the roles and job titles that best fit your strengths.
Education & Development:
Equip yourself with the right tools. Whether you’re an engineer, technician, or sales expert, your sector is likely to have relevant degrees, courses and certifications that will help you build a foundation. It can help to research and speak with the people that are in the types of roles and at the companies that you want to be in and see what secondary education they have completed.
Network & Stay Informed:
Join professional organizations like the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) or the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). Attend industry conferences and events to stay ahead of the curve. Utilize LinkedIn to connect with people within the industry.
II. Landing Your Dream Job:
Crafting Your Story:
Tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight relevant skills and experience. Showcase your passion for sustainability and technology. Most importantly, it is always a best practice to create a tailored resume specific to each company and position. Make sure that you use keywords and objective information to showcase your skills i.e. increased sales by 60% or decreased manufacturing costs by 11%.
Job Hunting Toolbox:
Explore industry-specific platforms such as EV.Careers. Network at EV conferences and events, utilize LinkedIn, and reach out to EV specialized recruiters such as EPG.
Research the company, prepare for common interview questions, and ensure that you have anecdotes about your skills and experience. And don’t forget to prepare your own questions for the interviewers so that you can better understand if the position is a right fit for you.
If necessary, develop a portfolio showcasing relevant projects, including personal ones. Quantify your achievements to demonstrate hands-on experience.
III. Sealing the Deal & Beyond:
Confidently negotiate your compensation package using resources like Glassdoor for average salaries in your role and location. Don’t forget to factor in cost of living in the specific location.
Onboarding & Adaptation:
Embrace the learning curve, ask questions, and network with colleagues during your transition into your EV role.
Career Progression & Growth:
Explore internal mobility opportunities, pursue specialized certifications, and stay updated on industry trends.