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Is Your Competitor Better At Dating?

Imagine that you are asked to interview with an architectural or engineering firm. The corporate recruiter tells you “The interview will last 45 minutes. There are 5 candidates coming in to interview for 1 opening. You have 45 minutes to talk to the hiring authority. We will let you know …

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Civil Engineering “…The future is not what it used to be!”

“The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”  Paul Valery Forty years ago civil engineers were concerned with issues surrounding pollution to air, water and the environment, traffic congestion, nuclear power, energy, global warming and oil shortages. Today those issues still exist …

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Unhappy Civil Engineering Employees

Over the past several years, civil engineering employers were faced with dwindling backlogs, staff layoffs, benefit plan cuts and reductions in job fees. This year, those employers are now confronted with a “new” issue: unhappy staff. The Charlotte Observer ran an AP article in January of this year. It cited …

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The Cost Of Finding A Job In The A/E/P Industry

This week I received a call from a candidate/ job seeker.  A senior manager in the A/E community, he told me about the increasing costs associated with his job search. He was asked by an engineering firm if he could drive 5 hours (one way), at his own expense, to …

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World’s Tallest Building Opens -How Tall Is Too Tall?

The Burj Dubai – Arabic for Dubai Tower – opened on Jan. 4, at a supposed height of 2,717 feet. Construction began on September 21, 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on October 1, 2009. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP (Chicago) are listed as the architect and engineer of …

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Outsourcing That’s In

CivilEngineeringCentral.com contributor Bryan Jay Burke discusses the issue of "Outsourcing" of engineering. He views outsourcing/subcontracting as a viable option for meeting staffing needs. It is something that every firm should have in its toolbox to face the economy

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