Traditional recruitment strategies are no longer enough to fill most positions, let alone high demand/low supply jobs in the engineering profession. The days of determining you have a need, then posting a job and sifting through resumes are long gone. Companies who want to remain competitive and thrive in today’s hiring environment need to look…

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Recruiting and retention challenges remain among the most concerning for companies that hire engineering professionals. I know the statistics and I experience them first hand while recruiting for our clients, but it became even more apparent when I recently attended and presented at an American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington (ACEC-WA) conference. In speaking with…

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with author Lee Caraher to discuss her book “The Boomerang Principle – Inspire Lifetime Loyalty from Your Employees,” and I loved what she shared with me on building company culture. Today, I want to pass along some pearls of wisdom from that conversation. I’m certain most people…

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You must ALWAYS be recruiting, and to do that, you need to be where the people you’re trying to recruit are. Networking is a critical component to your engineering recruitment strategy and must be considered part of your long game. The more you network and the longer you do it, the more benefits you will…

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Following a due diligence checklist when hiring is critical for any role within your organization, and it is often something that gets overlooked in companies that don’t have clear processes and procedures for hiring new employees. The results of overlooking this final step in your hiring process can be devastating. As you know, adding people…

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We all know the saying, “You can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken.” Lack of knowledge, self-awareness, and personal bias create blind spots in our businesses and our lives, and blind spots are a recipe for disaster. If you change lanes when someone is in your blind spot while driving…the outcome is not…

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Filling Engineering roles, especially the mid-level (5 to 8 years of experience), can be a real challenge. There are many concepts and strategies to recruit top engineering talent that I’ve shared in previous posts, but oftentimes great employees can come from referrals within your organization. So, today I wanted to take a deeper dive on…

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Whether you’re doing your recruiting with an engineering search firm, your internal recruiting team, or a combination of the two, it’s critical that you treat the search just as you would a project. This means you need to designate a Project Manager or Project Champion for the search. Throughout my years of experience recruiting, I’ve…

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Your company’s reputation with customers isn’t merely critical to the success of your business. It’s also a very major factor in attracting top talent employees to your company. Your reputation will do one of two things. If your reputation is where you’d like it to be, it’s going to make your recruiting efforts a whole…

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Whether you’re looking to make a change in your engineering career or not, your resume acts as a wonderful tool of reflection and planning. It’s the perfect time of year to review your professional accomplishments, projects, and new skills and to document them while they’re fresh in your mind. It’s also an opportunity to review…

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