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The Golden Rules of Contract Engineering

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Every profession has unwritten rules that can make or break a career. Unfortunately, engineering professionals usually have to figure them out on their own – or discover them through trial and error when they venture into the world of contract engineering. To make your job easier, here are seven rules you need… Read more »

Engineering a Successful Job Search in the Digital Age

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman You’ll need more than great technical skills and experience to land a full-time or contract engineering job in the digital age. To execute an effective search, engineering professionals also need a healthy dose of expertise in marketing, social media, mobile technology and a little bit of showmanship. Here are some suggestions and… Read more »

Interview Like a Pro: Tips from Professional Media Trainers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman  Although answering questions from an engineering manager is not exactly the same as fielding questions from members of the media, there are similarities. Being coached by a professional media trainer, who understands the nuances that can make or break an interview, can boost your poise, confidence and communication skills. After all, most… Read more »

Career Insights: 5 Situations When Contracting Makes Sense

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman If you’ve spent most of your career working as a regular full-time employee, you may be wondering why so many professionals are leaving steady jobs to join the burgeoning gig economy. Granted, there are pitfalls, and a move to freelancing requires careful consideration. But there are times when contracting is a viable… Read more »

Career Insights: 5 Situations When Contracting Makes Sense

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman If you’ve spent most of your career working as a regular full-time employee, you may be wondering why so many professionals are leaving steady jobs to join the burgeoning gig economy. Granted, there are pitfalls, and a move to freelancing requires careful consideration. But there are times when contracting is a viable… Read more »

Job Hunting Tips for 2016 Engineering Graduates

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Some 77 percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year, with Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering comprising two of the top five majors. However, even graduates with high GPAs need a well-thought-out job search strategy, because the characteristics that employers value, and the hunting process itself, have changed… Read more »

Questions Engineering Managers Want You to Ask in an Interview

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman At some point during an interview, the engineering manager is bound to ask: “Do you have any questions for me?” This is your opportunity to showcase your motivation and cultural fit, and to prove that you’re ready to contribute from day one. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what engineering managers really… Read more »

6 Surprising In-Demand Skill Sets for Engineers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Did you know that 3D printing has become a must-have skill for engineers? Of course, math, detail orientation and problem-solving abilities are perennial requirements. However, the skills that can give you a leg up on the competition continue to evolve. If you haven’t looked for a new job in a while, what employers are… Read more »

Peer Power: Job Hunting Tips from Fellow Contract Engineers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Companies are increasingly hiring contract engineers to supplement the capabilities of in-house teams and assist with heavy workloads. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor found that 65 percent of employers plan to increase their use of flexible staffing to meet their future talent needs. But even if you work with several… Read more »

Peer Power: Job Hunting Tips from Fellow Contract Engineers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Companies are increasingly hiring contract engineers to supplement the capabilities of in-house teams and assist with heavy workloads. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor found that 65 percent of employers plan to increase their use of flexible staffing to meet their future talent needs. But even if you work with several… Read more »

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