Job Seekers

apples & oranges

Does Company Size Matter?

The 2016 job market is in full swing and with it, if you are lucky, comes choices. Seasoned professionals, as well as graduate engineers, find themselves approached with opportunities. Today's civil engineering companies are as different as their employees. In your job exploration you need to...

workplace gossip

Companies & Gossip

One definition of Gossip is “a form of communications that an individual(s) participates in for the purpose of discussion, or passing onto to others, hearsay information.”   In the past year, several new sites and apps have been created to  "modernize office gossip." Memo recently celebrated its one year...

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...

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...

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...

New Year New Job

New Year — Time To Get A New Job?

Around the first of the year many of us assess our job. As an architecture and civil engineering executive recruiter, I find January to be a very busy month!   New year resolutions abound. Candidates tell me that they will not spend another year working for a company...