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How to Overcome a Mistake at a New Job

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Making a mistake when you’re new on the job can be a nerve-wracking experience. No one wants to let down their new team, and mistakes can be embarrassing and difficult to rise above. The good news? No one expects you to be perfect when you’re new to a team, and one mistake won’t derail your… Read more »

Do You Have Your 5-Year Plan Ready?

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In every job interview you’ve ever participated in, you’ve probably been asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Having a five-year plan in place isn’t just about formulating a great answer to that question, it’s also practical for your engineering career. If you don’t have your five-year plan in place, follow these steps… 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 »

Engineering Job Options: Structural Engineer

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A branch of civil engineering, structural engineering involves the design and development of large structures. They can range from buildings to bridges to sports arenas and more. These professionals are responsible for designing structures that meet client specifications and can withstand constant exposure to environmental pressures for decades to come. Structural engineers have a host… 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 »

How to Discuss Your Past Engineering Experience

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Every engineering job interview will be different; however, you can count on every hiring manager asking you to discuss your experience. This question helps them learn more about you as a professional, allows them to make inferences about the value you bring to the table and assess how well you align with organizational culture. Use… Read more »

Embracing Teamwork as an Engineering Pro

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Engineers rarely work in isolation. Complex projects require collaboration and teamwork; therefore, you must be able to showcase your ability to work well as part of a group in every interview. Hiring managers may ask you directly about teamwork, but it is much more likely they will make inferences based on the anecdotes you share… Read more »

How to Make Your Weaknesses Irrelevant

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Every engineering job interview you go on will be unique, but there are some questions you can almost always count on. Weaknesses are a topic that will likely be addressed by every hiring manager, but many engineers struggle when asked to talk about their weaknesses. Naturally, you don’t what to shoot yourself in the foot… Read more »