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“Engineering Stress” while at work!

Engineering stress does not refer to a “measure of the intensity or internal distribution of the total internal forces acting within a deformable body across imaginary surfaces.” Here I am referring to the physiological demand many of us are experiencing in response to the ever...

The “Backdoor” Reference

We have all been asked for a list of references who can speak about our professional capabilities. These people are usually colleagues, clients, staff and/or supervisors. Most of us choose a broad base of folks from our network whom we anticipate will offer positive information...

Engineering Executives Vie To Lead Private Equity Assets

Private equity continues investments in engineering companies. Whether buying firms as wholly owned assets or in part ownership, these venture capitalists are approaching firms with a multitude of proposals. Their growing role in the consulting engineering industry is welcomed to many firm stakeholders as...

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...

Has Your A/E Firm Taken Over Your Identity?

Are you known as a civil engineer, architect, landscape architect and planner OR are you known as an employee of your employer?   Recently an outstanding executive engineer was set to interview with my client. This engineer had worked as a leader in his firm for 20...

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...

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 “...