Leveraging IoT Expertise in Your Industrial Job Search

03.13.24 | Job Search

Are you familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT)? If you have skills and experience in this area, you can stand out from the crowd when searching for your next light industrial role. But what exactly is IoT, what specific skills are involved, and how can you improve?

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to a network of connected smart devices, from personal medical devices to smart thermostats to autonomous vehicles. These devices are found in both consumer and industrial applications. They utilize data collected from sensors to automate common tasks while also running real-time analytics on usage patterns and other information.

Common IoT Skills

Working with the Internet of Things requires a unique skill set. Commonly used skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Python and other programming languages
  • Big data analytics

Note that you don’t necessarily need these skills to work in manufacturing or distribution, even when the main product is IoT devices. But many facilities are now relying on IoT technologies to improve processes and streamline logistics. Taking the time to learn and refine your IoT skills now can help to future-proof your career.

Gaining IoT Expertise

Both in-person and online courses in these and similar skills are readily available. But if you don’t want to take a formal class, you can build a reasonable amount of expertise on your own. One-off seminars at networking events, conversations with tech-minded friends or coworkers, and even YouTube videos can help you figure out how to get started. Once you understand the basics of a new technology, create some sample projects on your own and play with them regularly. The goal is to become as proficient and comfortable as possible with each skill.

Highlighting Your New Skills

Gaining new skills will only help you land a job if you show them off. Create a Skills section on your resume. Expand upon them in your cover letter. Talk about them during your job interview. Be prepared for a formal skills assessment, in which you’ll use those skills to complete a sample project.

Looking for a New Role?

Workbox Staffing offers light industrial jobs in more than 30 locations across the Midwest, Midatlantic, and Southeast. If you’re ready to jumpstart your light industrial career, take a look at our open positions or simply send us your resume today!