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Managing Mobile Workers: Creative Ways to Keep Roving Engineers Engaged and Informed

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman It’s ten o’clock on a weekday morning – do you know where your engineers are? Between client meetings, site visits and conferences, your team is constantly on the go. It’s no wonder that managers are always looking for new and better ways to keep roaming professionals in the loop. As David Clemons,… Read more »

Lights, Camera, Hired! How to Ace a Live Video Interview

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Are you ready for your close-up? With companies like Skype and Google+ Hangouts increasingly turning to video-chat software (WSJ article) to screen prospective engineering contractors, you need to shine when it’s time to turn on the webcam. Here’s how to make the most of your moment in the spotlight. Set the stage… Read more »

Should You Involve Your Team in the Contractor Selection Process?

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Did you know that co-worker relationships play the greatest role in determining on-the-job happiness – even more than financial compensation? In fact, 91 percent of engineers say they want to meet their prospective peers during the interview process, while only 73 percent say it’s important to meet the CEO. Peer interviews actually… Read more »

Land the Job! How to Ace a Contract Interview in 5 Easy Steps

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman While managers often explore career goals and employment gaps when interviewing candidates for full-time jobs, they focus on different issues when selecting contractors to fulfill a specific engineering mission. In a nutshell, they want to know if you have the skills and experience to hit the ground running.  Here’s how to convince… Read more »

5 Best Practices for Maximizing Engineering Contractor Performance

How to Keep Your Contract Engineers on Task and Performing      By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Contractor performance is critical to delivering engineering projects on-time and on-budget. However, even highly talented veterans may veer off course when they’re unfamiliar with the environment and the engineering process. “Inevitably, there’s something missing from the requirements,” notes project management… Read more »

Key Spot Shortages Trends for Engineering Talent

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman It’s so hard to find industrial engineers in Houston, that veteran contractors command premium pay. Meanwhile, miles away in Detroit, automakers are letting employees bring their dogs to work in order to keep high flying Silicon Valley firms from poaching prized engineers. There’s no empirical evidence of a general shortage of engineers,… Read more »

Career Contractors

We thought you might be interested this article of Today’s Engineer.  The article speaks to the notion of “career contractors,” those engineers who prefer contract work over full-time employment with a single organization. Moving from project to project enables veteran contractors to work on projects they prefer.  Besides being able to work on plum projects,… Read more »

Top Engineering Managers Share Five Morale-boosting Tips

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman The lackluster economy has taken its toll on employees. A research report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that only 29 percent of workers in the 31-to-61 age group were “very satisfied” with their job. The rest were either “somewhat satisfied” or not satisfied at all. To avoid losing… Read more »

Alberta Could Feel Impact of Job Shortages by Fall… Calgary Herald July 19, 2012

Reprinted from: Calgary Herald July 19, 2012 Alberta’s job market is so strong these days that it’s enticed an American staffing company to set up its first Canadian office in Calgary. Peak Technical Consulting Canada, which specializes in recruiting and placing engineering and technical professionals, opened in June to focus on the oil and gas industry… Read more »

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