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Should You Get Your PE?

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The Professional Engineer (PE) license is not required, for engineers but it helps them prove their skills and expertise, allows them to advance higher up the ladder, boosts marketability – and often boosts salary. But becoming a PE is no easy feat. It takes a great deal of time, money and resources, which leaves many… Read more »

Interviewing for Soft Skills

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When evaluating engineering candidates, technical skills are the highest priority. However, soft skills should be of equal importance. While you can teach someone a new software program or a best practice, you can’t teach them how to think critically, act with confidence, read other people’s emotions or change their deep-rooted values. Someone who checks off… Read more »

Staying Motivated During Your Job Search

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No matter how anyone tries to spin it, the truth is, engineering job searches are stressful and time-consuming. The longer a search goes on, the more stressful it becomes. So, when you’re looking for new opportunities, how can you stay motivated during a job search? Remind Yourself This Is a Temporary Frustration When faced with… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Lead Civil Engineer

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Civil engineering is an exciting field that offers an array of opportunities for talented professionals. Civil engineers build the structures that keep us moving and working like bridges, tunnels, roadways, airports, railways, dams, sewer infrastructure, water infrastructure and buildings. They travel both long and short distances to meet with clients, work teams and job sites,… Read more »

Make Your Engineering Resume Stand out From Your Competition

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Competition for engineering jobs is fierce, and hiring managers are inundated with resumes for a single open role. Giving stacks of resumes a close read simply isn’t practical, and many hiring managers make snap decisions about whether to put a resume on the “yes” pile or toss it into the circular file. Here are some… Read more »

Career Lessons to Learn From

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Growing your engineering career is all about learning important lessons and building on them. However, many lessons are learned the hard way. Here are a few important career lessons to learn from today, so you don’t make mistakes as you move up. Fail Forward Failure is one of the best teachers you’ll ever encounter. Failure… Read more »

Four Types of Interviewers You Should Be Prepared to Meet

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No two hiring managers or job interviews will ever be the same, but there are some things you can count on and prepare for. Typically, the people who conduct interviews fall into four major categories. These are the four types of interviewers you’re most likely to encounter on your job search and tips for handling… Read more »

What Does It Take to Become a Successful Engineer?

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To become a successful engineer you must maintain your skills, stay on the cutting edge of trends and innovate. But it’s also much more than that. If you want to grow your career, it pays to focus on some less-obvious factors that can help you advance. Work Harder Than Anyone Else As Thomas Edison said,… Read more »

Highlight Your Ability to Embrace Change

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If there is one thing you can count on in any engineering job, at any level, with any company, it’s change. You can expect changes in management, staff, technology, procedures, best practices, company culture, project scope and budgets, and more. However, most people naturally resist change, which can stymie productivity, progress and growth. As you… Read more »

Networking for Engineers

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As a professional engineer, you likely understand the importance of networking. However, if you’re simply attending a few events a year and calling your efforts a success, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Today, effective networking includes an online strategy. Social Networking Is Not a Fad You might have been able to get away with… Read more »