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Tips for Building a Deep Mentor Pool

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Being paired with a mentor can help new engineers navigate company processes, understand the culture and become productive more quickly. In fact, a study by Deloitte found that 80 percent of learning takes place informally, making interactions between mentors and mentees crucial for transferring knowledge. Having a deep pool of mentors makes… 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 »

Emerging Strategies for Managing an Agile Workforce

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman As more engineering managers leverage external talent on an interim basis, they are realizing that their organizations need a strategy to manage and maximize the contributions of outside experts and contract professionals. However, as workforce guru Dr. John Sullivan notes: “Some individuals think that an agile talent management strategy is little more… 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 »

How to Attract and Hire Creative Engineering Talent

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Engineers are naturally curious and resourceful problem-solvers who can handle most assignments with ease. But these days, managers are demanding even greater levels of creativity, due, in part, to the growth of new specialties such as robotics, 3D printing and the “Internet of Things.” So how can engineering managers screen candidates for… 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 »

Becoming a Client of Choice for Contract Engineers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman If your engineering firm relies on contractors to meet its goals and objectives, making a concerted effort to become a “client of choice” could turn your organization into a talent magnet. LinkedIn’s Winning Talent report found that organizations that earned a reputation for being a great place to work enjoyed reduced turnover,… 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 »

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