Employment

resignation

When Your Employees Resign

No one wants to be rejected. When it happens, we take it personally and go through stages of hurt, anger and resolution.   When your employees leave your firm, you may travel the same path. However, employees typically make a decision to “fly the nest” only...

stalking the recruiter

Stalking the Recruiter

More than five years ago I saw a posting from a corporate recruiter on LinkedIn and wrote a blog about it. Very little has changed since that 2010 post!   That corporate recruiter had a status update “...

grey-haired engineer

Never Underestimate the Gray-Haired Engineer

It has always amazed me that many consulting firms “appear” hesitant to hire engineers with 40+ years of experience. With a sensitivity to age discrimination laws, companies find a variety of seemingly legitimate reasons for rejecting solid, experienced candidates.   Often, these engineers can be the best...

job rejection

Job Search & Rejection

No one likes to be rejected — whether it be from a potential job, promotion, client or love interest. It's disheartening, and human nature causes us to ask, "Why am I being turned down?"   If I can generalize a bit, civil engineers are analytical thinkers and...

Salary Compression: Engineers Penalized For Loyalty

Salary compression has several definitions. It can be described as a pay inequity when new employees receive salaries higher than those salaries being paid to the current employees in similar jobs. Whether at an Executive Vice President level or Project Manager role, it can be...

CEO or Project Engineer: Value Of Behavioral Assessments

More A/E firms are adding behavioral and personality assessments to their interview process. These tests or inventories “show” tendencies or ways that you are most likely to respond to your surroundings. Proponents say results from the assessments when used with a face to face interview...

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...

Work Burnout

Civil Engineers and Architects: Work Burnout. Get Motivated!

Whether you are employed or looking for a job, undoubtedly you have experienced work burnout. It is inevitable at some point. Most of us crave security. We want to know we can pay our bills and play along the way. That is usually enough motivation for me....