Audio Engineer Job Search Tips

An audio engineer job search is a very mixed bag. The types of work available, and the various levels of professional expertise required can be a real nuisance. Audio engineers are usually professionally understood by musicians and producers. They are not job advertisement writers, and that doesn't help finding jobs much, either.

Job Search Issues for Audio Engineers 

The different types of work vary considerably for audio engineers. There is a further issue in terms of the career credentials involved. Audio engineering is a "portfolio" career, as well as a normal job, and to progress, experts need work which showcases their abilities. There are also pitfalls in audio engineering jobs. Mixing a band, for example, doesn't necessarily include getting paid very well, if at all. Some media jobs are monotonous, monitoring sound levels with microphone levels the main areas of interest. That's not particularly useful in professional terms, because it's a basic, expected skill set.Job q uality, therefore, is a major issue. When searching there are some basic rules:

  • You need a reliable employer: All employers have reputations which are a reasonably reliable guide to working with them. Major media are reliable employers, and allow for some field work as well as studio. These jobs are good resume material, and can provide references.
  • Recording studios: These are good employers with regular work for their own core employees, as long as they're getting paid themselves. Small independent studios can be a problem, however, for that reason. Balance the valuable experience with the risks.
  • Technical issues: The career portfolio for audio engineers includes a daunting array of equipment, hardware, software, and media platforms. These are all part of the technical job requirements for audio engineers, and you should check out in detail the industry standards with the good audio jobs.
  • Staying up to date: "Ongoing education" is a requirement for audio engineers, whether it's mentioned in job descriptions or not. Current and advanced audio, media and software experience is particularly useful. 

Job Search Techniques

The only redeeming feature of searching audio engineering jobs is that it's a specialist field. Something as simple as a type of recording equipment can find these jobs in job descriptions, and they're also useful for staying focused on the professional elements. Technical jobs allow you to search things like this and get specific.

The important issue for audio engineers is to avoid mentioning the words "engineer" or "engineering" because the word alone will also bring up many other jobs.

Other types of Job Search 

  • Networking: Audio engineering produces natural networks, and is unusual in that most professional contacts are useful, being in either the same or closely related areas of media. It's also particularly valuable in avoiding bad risks, and you can check out possible jobs effectively.
  • Cold canvassing: This is somewhat more productive in audio engineering, because production people in all media are usually receptive to having a very useful technical specialist around. You can pick up quite a lot of freelance work like this, so bear it in mind when thinking about possibilities.