Five Tips for Career Success from a Caterpillar Recruiter

After following a non-traditional career path at Caterpillar, Tye Smith now sits on the other side of the interview at Caterpillar and is sharing advice on how to be successful in your career.

Looking for the inside scoop on what goes on behind the interview and recruiting process at Caterpillar?  Tye Smith works as a Human Resources representative where he tries to provide the best candidate experience possible. Following a non-traditional path, Tye himself has been in the candidate seat many times before landing his role with Caterpillar. 

“My goal is to hire candidates that have the right attitude and are open to growing with the organization. Caterpillar really focuses on empowering employees to be the best version they can,” said Smith.

So, you might be asking yourself, how do I know if I’m the right candidate? How can I make sure to find a company and position that fits? Well, Tye has some tips for you:

  1. Gain Non-Work-Related Experience
    If you don’t have a ton of work experience, don’t fret; Tye encourages candidates to find other opportunities to highlight and grow their skills and experience. Lead a group, volunteer in the community, join boards; these are just a few ways to expand your leadership skills.
  2. Be Open to a Variety of Geographical Locations
    Where you work is important, and so is where you live. However, Tye suggests not limiting yourself to location (especially early in your career), great opportunities can be found anywhere.
  3. Have the Right Attitude
    Early on in your career – and always, Tye says you need to remain humble, work hard, network and be prepared to do what it takes to achieve your best work. He says knowledge in any field is important but backing it up with hard work is key.
  4. Network, Network, Network!
    It is important to build a good relationship with your immediate team, but Tye also recommends expanding your connections beyond your team. “Don’t get stuck, go out and see everything both in and outside of your company, this will further develop your knowledge of the enterprise while building your communication and learning skills”
  5. Take Your Time
    No matter what path you decide to take, Tye says it’s acceptable to take your time in order to build the life and career you want. “You don’t need to race to catch up with everyone else, success is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Think you now have the key to a successful career at Caterpillar? Join our team today by searching and applying for jobs! Who knows, you might run into Tye along the way.