Career Development

It’s Not About The Title or The Money: Stop Lying To Yourself!

If I had a penny for every time a job seeker told me that they would not reject a job offer based upon the title or the money, I could have bought an island years ago!  Stop lying to yourself.   Inevitably, 95% of job offer rejections center around money or...

relationships

It’s All About Relationships

Relationship: the state of being connected   Engineering projects, project teams, department teams, clients, civil engineering recruiters all have one similar characteristic – RELATIONSHIPS. This includes our relationship with ourselves, our colleagues, our supervisors, our clients, our candidates. We cannot escape this inevitable connection.   How we treat others,...

Professional Registrations – More Than Wall Decorations

For nearly 30 years I’ve been connecting employers and job seekers in the civil engineering industry. Sometimes I have someone who is a great fit for a position but the company does not want to interview the person. Why? Because the individual did not have...

2013 E-Week

Celebrating Engineering Week

This is "ENGINEERS WEEK" and we encourage you to get involved! It isn't too late. This year the theme is "Celebrating Awesome." Please visit NSPE and ASCE to see what events are scheduled in your area.   Let us know how you are celebrating the civil engineering...

Hoover Dam

Demand For Engineers Increases: Infrastructure Asset Management & Sustainability

Engineers that understand infrastructure asset management are in demand within the U.S. engineering marketplace. Infrastructure asset management specifically focuses on the need to sustain structures such as highways, bridges, water treatment facilities, electric utility and transmission lines in addition to many others. Mounting pressures to cut...

Corp of Engineers

Civil Engineering Firms and Hiring Retired Military

This week I was thrilled to hear a client say, "My ideal candidate would be someone who was in a leadership role in the Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, etc." Throughout my 20+ years as an executive recruiter for the civil engineering industry,  I have...

Internship

What Happened To The Civil Engineering Internship?

Another casualty of the economic downturn: The Civil Engineering Internship.   Recently I received a call from a career development coordinator for the engineering department at a respected university. We discussed the difficulty in finding internship placement for her recent civil engineering graduates. In the past,...

job offers

Choosing Between Civil Engineering Job Offers

Spring has sprung and there appears to be a sense of energy within the civil engineering job market. As a civil engineering recruiter, my phone is ringing from companies looking to hire and from experienced civil engineers ready to make a job change. Fortunate candidates...