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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Cover Letter

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Cover Letter

A cover letter’s sole purpose is to tell a potential employer as much about yourself in as few words as possible. It must be terse, informative, and appealing to a hiring manager’s eye. Sounds easy right? Unfortunately too many job seekers fall into the trap of simply regurgitating some of the material that is already present in their resume. This is a quick and surefire way to lose the interest of any hiring manager. So what should a…

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Crumbling Infrastructure: The Road Ahead

Crumbling Infrastructure: The Road Ahead

When a wide-load truck hit a load bearing truss and collapsed a segment of the I-5 Bridge between Seattle & Canada, it forced the American public to resume a discussion that’s been on hold: how are we going to improve our rapidly crumbling infrastructure? The Federal Highway Administration in a 2012 report rated 11% of the nation’s 607,000 bridges as having fracture-critical designs that lack the redundancy measures needed to…

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3D Printers Are Changing the Face of the Manufacturing Industry

3D Printers Are Changing the Face of the Manufacturing Industry

3D printers are making headlines all over the news, and multiple industries are already taking notice of and utilizing the potential of this new technology. The Manufacturing industry in particular is watching the rise of 3D printers with great interest. No matter what type of product major companies are producing, there is something to be gained by the revolution of 3D printing, and decreasing costs have already made this technology available…

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The Shortage of STEM Workers: Where Have All The Engineers Gone?

The Shortage of STEM Workers: Where Have All The Engineers Gone?

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) fields are a particular hot spot for young adults entering the workforce. Engineering positions in the civil, electrical, and industrial sectors are particularly booming. With the economy slowly on the rise and jobs opening up in multiple engineering industries one would assume that young adults entering college would be focused on these areas. The numbers clearly tell a different story. The…

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NanoSHIELD Coating: The Future of Manufacturing

NanoSHIELD Coating: The Future of Manufacturing

According to a recent issue of Scientific American, several next generation manufacturing tools & materials are expected to hit the market in the coming years. One of them is an extreme-duty alloy that is resistant to breakage even against incredibly dense materials and can possibly save millions over the course of a project. Intrigued? You might want to keep your eye out for NanoSHIELD coating. NanoSHIELD coating – abbreviated from Nano…

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Are You Ready for the Living Building Challenge?

Are You Ready for the Living Building Challenge?

From 2011 to 2012, the volume of LEED certified federal building projects increased by more than 50 percent. Worldwide, more than 50,000 commercial & institution buildings have been certified as LEED compliant. Environmental stewardship has steadily grown in popularity since the LEED program began in 1993 and has become essential to the repertoire of any forward thinking engineer looking to advance. As of April 22, 2013, the bar has…

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Job Search Stress: How to Overcome the Mental Hurdles of Finding a Job

Job Search Stress: How to Overcome the Mental Hurdles of Finding a Job

Finding a job can often lead to stress, depression, and any other number of unwanted barriers along the road.  These mental hurdles may present a formidable obstacle every now and then, but there are ways to hurdle them as you race towards success. You don’t know where to start Like with any project, finding where to start can often be the hardest part, and without anyone to guide you it can be quite daunting to sit down and work out the…

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Why Your Resume Isn’t Working

Why Your Resume Isn’t Working

You’ve probably heard the term “resume black hole” before, and unfortunately it’s no joke. With hiring managers spending mere seconds per resume, we’re willing to bet that for every 10 resumes you send out, just half are being glanced at, and only one or two are being read thoroughly. The problem is clear: The reason your resume isn’t working out is because it doesn’t stand out. We’re not suggesting you pretty it up with fancy…

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Jobs Report: Good News For Engineers

Jobs Report: Good News For Engineers

With the recession far in the past and engineering jobs on the rise, employers in various industries are seeking skilled workers to fill the rising demand of engineering jobs that have opened up over the past few years. These 2012 job numbers have revealed good news for jobs seekers, who remain in demand and won’t have to struggle through arduous competition over a limited amount of positions. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics,…

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What your body language says during an interview

What your body language says during an interview

Sometimes you can verbally say all the right things during a job interview and still not walk away with the job. If the interviewer is faced with the difficult task of narrowing down a list of exceptional candidates, he or she may look at what is being said through body language to disqualify an otherwise strong candidate from consideration. According to 2,000 surveyed bosses, the difference between who does & doesn’t make the final…

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