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6 Things You Have to Know Before An Interview

6 Things You Have to Know Before An Interview

Any experienced job seeker will tell you to never go into a job interview without having done all of the proper research. It would be akin to taking a road trip without any preparation – no luggage, no hotel reservations, and no points of interest – except for plugging the coordinates into a GPS seconds before you put the key in the ignition. Sure, you might physically make it to the end but will you have done anything worthwhile in…

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Is Sustainable Manufacturing in the Cards?

Is Sustainable Manufacturing in the Cards?

Is your company going green yet?  Whether you think climate change is a serious concern, or shrug it off as a bad case of paranoia, the topic is here to stay.  Industry professionals – whether by actions of goodwill or steady pressure from the EPA – are focused on going green.  While the specific effects of sustainable manufacturing remain controversial, companies are nonetheless attempting to latch on to its principal…

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25 Key Places to be Networking!

25 Key Places to be Networking!

When you’re looking for a new job, you shouldn’t limit your search to just scanning through job boards. There are thousands of opportunities, cloaked from the conventional job seeker’s radar, that are wide open for those who can put their networking skills to good use.  Where should you start? Anywhere! Here’s just a few of the hundreds of places you can learn about new jobs. 1.) Industry Conferences – Meet your peers in person and…

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Retaining Top Talent

Retaining Top Talent

  The job market is thriving and top notch employees are experiencing more opportunities than ever.  Although this is great news for job seekers, employers will soon face the effects.  With a shrinking candidate pool, employers are not only having difficulty obtaining talented candidates, they may soon struggle to retain them. Employees most often leave their current employers due to lack of communication.  As managers it is extremely…

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R&D 2.0: The Right R&D Informatics System

R&D 2.0: The Right R&D Informatics System

Is the R&D process too disjointed? Some might say yes. In a recent whitepaper from IDC Manufacturing about 56% of companies deemed their R&D efforts to be marginally effective at best with only 25% achieving an actual market release. When researchers try to analyze petabytes of data cached across incompatible systems, low percentages aren’t quite so hard to believe. New releases are changing the way data is organized, accessed,…

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Recruiting in 2013 – The Challenges of Finding Qualified Applicants

Recruiting in 2013 – The Challenges of Finding Qualified Applicants

Recruiting in 2013 – The Challenges of Finding Qualified Applicants By Brad Beleski- Omni One I’ve been in the technical recruiting industry (mainly engineering) for almost 10 years now.  In this time period, I’ve seen some of the hottest markets and some of the worst markets that our economy has been through in decades.   When the automotive industry tanked in 2009, it was one of the most difficult times to find openings – especially…

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Bouncing Back from Interview Mistakes

Bouncing Back from Interview Mistakes

You can prepare all you want for an interview, but sometimes mistakes just happen. When the time comes, and you slip up, no amount of research, job experience, or flashy skills will help you bounce back from an awkward blunder. But you can’t allow any mistake, no matter the size, to derail your entire interview, and with some quick thinking you can easily get back on track. Here are a few common interview mistakes and how you can recover…

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R&D 2.0: Is Our View of R&D Obsolete?

R&D 2.0: Is Our View of R&D Obsolete?

In a recent Q&A session, Bill Clinton cited R&D in manufacturing as a major part of what makes it a “job multiplier.” 90% of patents come from manufacturing and that means jobs for engineers, skilled manufacturers, and quality assurance technicians. For years now, R&D has primarily been the plow that, when wielded effectively, furrows deeper into the rich soil of innovation.  So, the question is: are we using R&D…

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How Scientists Turned Cement into a Metal Conductor

How Scientists Turned Cement into a Metal Conductor

Is it possible to transform cement into glass?  How about a metal conductor?  That is precisely what researchers have accomplished at the Department of Energy and Japan’s Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/Spring-8.  The team claims to have used lasers to transform cement into a glass-metal hybrid, a triumph that would send alchemists during the Renaissance into a frenzy.  So is alchemy becoming the new engineering? With the rapid…

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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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