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Managing a Burned-Out Team

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Burnout is a very real phenomenon that impacts overworked professionals and causes mental exhaustion, physical exhaustion and even depression. Research shows that burnout leads to decreased productivity and lack of engagement, and burnout can actually spread among a team. A single burned out employee can start a domino effect of stress and exhaustion. If you… Read more »

What to Do If You Feel Underqualified at Work

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Starting a new engineering job is exciting, but also stressful. That stress can be compounded when you settle in and think you may be underqualified for the new role. If you feel you are in over your head and suspect you might not be qualified for your job, here are some things to consider. Hiring… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Stop Turnover in Its Tracks

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Turnover can be a challenge to overcome for many reasons, but the difficulty in gathering accurate data on why employees quit is one of the biggest hurdles. However, if you’re dealing with high turnover, it is essential to get to the root of the problem so you can focus on building a long-lasting, effective team…. 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 »

Engineering Job Options: Software Engineer

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Software engineers design and develop all types of programs from applications to software for operating systems and network distribution to, software for compilers. While they must be adept at coding, engineers are much more involved in the development of algorithms and analyzing and solving problems than with writing code. Software engineering roles vary greatly, but… Read more »