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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 »

Adapt or Fail: How to Tailor Your Hiring Process for the Contract Marketplace

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman When it comes to running an effective hiring process, one size does not fit all. You may lose talented engineering contractors to competitors unless you adapt your full-time hiring regimen to fit the fast-moving, task-oriented world of contract staffing. The traditional hiring process for regular, full-time engineers is time-intensive and focused on… 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 »

Build a Compelling EVP to Attract Top Engineering Talent

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Having a strong employee value proposition, or EVP, is critical when it comes to attracting, motivating and retaining talented engineering professionals who can positively impact your organization’s success. In fact, recent research indicates that middle market companies with compelling employer brands and EVPs averaged nearly three times more revenue growth than those… 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 »

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 »

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