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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 »

Four Ways to Save Money by Hiring Contract Engineers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman In the dog-eat-dog world of engineering, managers are constantly seeking new ways to lower operating costs. That’s why savvy managers are taking a hard look at the return on human capital and strategically integrating contract professionals into the engineering talent pool. Four Cost-Reduction Strategies No. 1: Control ancillary employment costs Although managers… Read more »

Three Tactics for Hiring Customer-Centric Engineers

Look for traits and behaviors that reveal the presence of customer-centric DNA  By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Engineers are renowned for their ability to solve problems and manage details, but they aren’t typically known for their customer service skills. Frankly, finding customer-centric contract professionals is so difficult that engineering managers often employ product managers or other go-betweens… Read more »

PEAK Technical Staffing’s Growth Featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times

From the Business Times (reprinted with permission) As the economy goes, so goes the business at PEAK Technical Staffing USA, and, right now, business at PEAK is looking pretty good. The company, based in O’Hara Township, is opening three new offices to meet the growing demand it is seeing from customers for specialized contract engineers.… Read more »

The Need for Speed

Jump start the selection process to overcome a shortage of contract engineers By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman “Time kills deals” should be the mantra of managers and human resource leaders who need to keep agile competitors from cornering the market for highly qualified contract engineering professionals. Recent news reports confirm that pending retirements and a lack of… Read more »

Ten Engineering Recruitment Interview Questions to Avoid and What to Ask Instead

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Managers performing engineering recruitment need to evaluate a contract engineer’s commitment and work ethic in addition to their engineering skills. However, they often ask illegal questions to uncover relevant information. Unless each probe is carefully worded, it may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or a slew of… Read more »

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