We (Really) Get Engineers

Engineering Job Search & Recruiting Firm Canada | PHM Search

Why work with us?

As an engineer, we understand that you’re different than other professions. There’s a lot to know as an engineer, both technically and as a productive employee. Working with a recruiter can be complicated too.

After working with thousands of engineering candidates to date, we have heard some of the most common complaints you have about engineering recruiters:

  • Recruiters don’t really know what you do (or take the time to understand)
  • You rarely get follow-ups or feedback
  • Opportunities get exaggerated
  • Agencies work for the client and not you
  • Recruiters don't care about your career, just their commissions

We’re sorry if you have experienced any (or all) of these pains with previous engineering recruitment firms.

We’re on a mission to “get” engineers and show you how we’re different. Our purpose is to understand and appreciate what hard-working engineers like you do and why by providing a superior level of service, transparency and engagement.

Candidate Benefits

By joining our exclusive community of like-minded engineers and related professionals, you get the following perks:

  • 1-to-1 Career Discovery Calls to take inventory of your skills, experiences, and achievements, both professionally and personally
  • Access to exclusive Engineering Jobs with a growing roster of admired clients
  • Communications preferences (call, video, text, email, social) to fit your messaging mojo
  • Career mapping to highlight whether your job is moving in the right direction
  • Follow-up communications and updates to your application and selection process (typically within 1-2 days)
  • Ongoing job matching and alerts to future opportunities
  • Real-time compensation reviews to help you earn more money
  • Practical guidance on your career growth and progression
  • Remote working opportunities
  • Industry, salary, career information, and tips for making informed professional development decisions

For a confidential career assessment, email or give us a call!

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We Get Engineering Jobs

Since we're engineering recruiters, we have taken the time and effort to continually take stock of what professionals like you do, and the issues you face in your workplace.

If we don’t know, we will ask (or find the answers for you). If we mess up, we will hold ourselves to it, and show you how we can make it better.

Our candidate's mission is to earn your trust, respect, and build a relationship, one conversation at a time. If we’re not right for each other, that’s perfectly fine. We appreciate the opportunity to have established a connection and perhaps make a better fit at some point in the future.

If we’re a match, we will go that extra mile and invest our time and efforts to ensure we exceed your expectations to win that next career move.

For more on the technical jobs we recruit for, visit Find A Job.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What engineer types do you work with?

    We help a broad range of engineering professionals change jobs including, but not limited to the following industries:

    • Consulting Engineering (Design & Project Management)
    • Construction (General Contractors, Design Build, Heavy Civil)
    • Information Technology (Network, Cloud Computing, Systems Engineers, Software Engineers, DevOps
    • Data Science (AI, ML, DL, Analytics, Statisticians)
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Architectural
    • Oil, Gas & Mining
    • Power and Utilities
    • Facility Management and Real Estate Development.

  • How long does it take your recruiters to call me back?

    We typically get back to you within 24 hours. We strive to return every call, message or application. Occasionally, dependent on the priority of candidates and the urgency of communications, we may not respond as quickly as we would like. For this, we apologize. We are always looking to improve the service levels of our engineering job search firm. To help us be better, we encourage you to send us an email at with any suggestions or comments.

  • Is it worth signing up to an engineering recruitment agency?

    Without a doubt, finding a job through a recruitment agency offers a number of benefits. Here's a detailed list of some of the advantages of working with our engineering search firm:

    • Engineering professional recruitment is all we do, thus easing the matchmaking process with you and our clients.
    • Nearly 20+ year track record of success working with some of the leading companies and employers in your industry.
    • Consultative approach to recruitment: we coach and provide guidance for change, not just sell you a job.
    • First, we want to get to know you. If we are a good match, then we propose you consider an opportunity.
    • Earning trust to build a long-term relationship with you is more important than a short-term commission.
    • Leveraging technology and innovation to help make the process of working with us as simple as possible.
    • We are honest, transparent, and patient. If the timing is not right or you’re just not “feeling” it, that’s ok; we’d rather park things than risk compromising our relationship.
    • We take care of everything from, but not limited to scheduling, interview preparation, guidance with offer negotiations, resignations, counteroffers, onboarding, thank you letters, and help manage the many dimensions of making a career change.
    • Job alerts, blogs with recruiter expertise and tips, newsletters, and social media presence allow you to stay current and be in the know about topics that affect your industry and your career.

  • Who are your top engineering companies you work with?

    Our clients consist of small to large-sized market leaders across all of the technical verticals or industries we specialize in. They are composed of both established and emerging organizations spanning North America. Historically, our core client base has consisted of employers within Engineering, Design and Consulting. But, over the years, we have expanded into Construction, Technology (IT), Architecture, and Facility Management and Realty Development, while making inroads partnering with companies in Advanced Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, as well as Mining, Power and Utilities. The focus of our engineering job search firm is to work with clients with whom we have a long-term relationship. They are firms that have recognized the value of our recruitment partnership and who keep coming back to us for their ongoing hiring needs. When building new relationships, we seek clients who can demonstrate clear competitive differentiators and that share similar core values as PHM Search so that candidates like you are assured that you are being matched with like-minded employers.

  • How does your engineering job search firm protect privacy?

    We take your information and our relationship with you very seriously. Not only are we bound and adhere to governing Privacy Laws in Canada, but we have assured potential data breaches with leading security measures and protection. Furthermore, we will not disclose your information, identity, or details of our private conversations that you have with us without your consent or knowledge.

  • How can Job Alerts and Newsletters help my career?

    Job Alerts and subscribing to our PHM Newsletter are the best ways to be aware and not miss out on opportunities that are either time-sensitive or where information about such openings is exclusively shared with us by our clients. Job Alerts will notify you when we post a new job or opening or sometimes re-post a job that has resurfaced. Newsletters will help you with the latest career trends, job search advice, tips and market information to keep you abreast of what's relevant to you and to make it easier to change jobs when the timing is right.

  • Why are the best engineering jobs not advertised?

    There's an adage that some of the best jobs are rarely advertised, this defines what we coin as "hidden opportunities". These are positions that have just been created or have become open due to a recent change with a client (due to restructuring, resignation or termination). This can also be a situation where a client may be “thinking” about replacing an existing employee but doesn’t yet realize there’s a better candidate (like you) available or better suited for it. With such opportunities, you would work with one of our consultants to uncover a job that has just opened or been created specifically for you because of your skills and experience that could be a great match for one of our clients. This allows you to have exclusive access to jobs that neither you nor the market even know about and gives you leverage to have a job that fits you, rather than your fitting the job.

  • Do you offer contract engineering or temporary jobs?

    Yes. Some of the clients we work with do have engineering roles that are contract or project-based. This is a facet of our business that we are looking to expand, as we see it as an emerging growth area for PHM. When registering or applying with our top engineering job search firm, specify if you are also or open to contract or project-based opportunities.

  • How long for feedback after applying for a job?

    Thanks for your submission! Should your application or registration be a fit for a current or future assignment, one of our engineering Talent Consultants will reach out to speak with you. This typically takes 24-48 hours based on the priority of our requisitions (jobs). If you don’t hear from us, this usually means that you are not the right fit or the timing of your skills and experiences are not aligned for any current role we’re presently tasked with. You are free to give us a call or email us at to inquire about the status of your application.

  • What other services or benefits are there to working with PHM as a candidate?

    • Career Coaching, Consultation and Skills (Free to Eligible Candidates)
    • Flexible Scheduling – Talent Consultants are available by appointment most weeknights or weekends
    • Resume Writing Tips and Guidelines – we can refer you to trusted resume writers
    • Interviewing Skills and Techniques – our interview guidelines, pre and post-interview debriefs will maximize winning an offer
    • Offer Negotiations – we will give you tips or help you negotiate the best offer
    • Counter Offer and Resignation Protocols – why it’s never a good idea to accept a counter
    • Relocation Support and Services – we can help put you in touch with the right realtors, movers, and local community support for new arrivals
    • Onboarding – guidance on how to best integrate and fit into a new job
    • Career Mapping and Strategy – where do you want to be?
    • Free Compensation Analysis – real-time compensation evaluation
    • Ask a PHM Talent Consultant – if we don’t know the answer we will help find you one

From the first call to accepting an offer...PHM made it easier than any other firm I've worked with to consider an opportunity with one of their clients that was a great fit.  I'm now in a company that values my contributions and feel more utilized than I have ever been in my career.  Thank you PHM, this was simpler than I thought it'd be.

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