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The Truth About Counter Offers

The Truth About Counter Offers

After careful consideration, you’ve decided to accept a new position and resign from your current employer. Typically, giving your two weeks notice is the hard part. However, with a high demand for talented employees and a shrinking candidate pool, counter offers are becoming increasingly popular making the decision to leave even more difficult. The truth is, no one wants good employees to take their talents elsewhere. It’s inconvenient and…

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Proofread Your Resume with These 6 Tips

Proofread Your Resume with These 6 Tips

Though you may be given some grace for grammatical or spelling slip ups in text messages and social media conversations, a hiring manager reading your resume is far less inclined to be so forgiving. Some are so strict that they always follow the “one and done,” rule for mistakes, discarding any resume or cover letter that shows anything less than fastidious attention to detail. You only get one chance to impress a hiring manager with your…

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Can Engineers Save Detroit?

Can Engineers Save Detroit?

The Past History and Human experience present three very distinct depictions of Detroit. The first is a window into the past, where the bustling post WWII city was the manufacturing capital of the world. Filled with 1.8 million residents, the city became a hub of automotive manufacturing, and promised prosperity to all who moved there. The Present Flash forward 60 years and you are left with a city that some Michiganders love, others fear, and…

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Are Manufacturing Jobs Coming Back to the U.S.?

Are Manufacturing Jobs Coming Back to the U.S.?

Between 2009 and 2012, 50,000 jobs returned to American soil after a time in facilities abroad. Just five years earlier, that number was reportedly much closer to zero. Though economists are looking at the same numbers, they are coming to drastically different conclusions. Some interpret these 50,000 jobs as a herald of the beginning of the end for the U.S. outsourcing trend while others view these jobs as a temporary return in a revolving…

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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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