The Perks of Taking a Temp Job

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Professional employees sometimes resist the idea of taking a temp job, usually for one of three reasons: 1.) they fear the time spent in a temporary position will cut into hours that should be spent searching for a permanent job, 2.) they fear being stigmatized by peers and future employers, and 3.) they assume temp…

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Linkedin for Engineers: What Makes a Profile Stand Out

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You’re an engineer, and you’re stepping onto the job market for the first time in a long time (maybe the first time ever). You’ll need to grab the attention of potential employers by polishing your resume and cover letter, of course. But you’ll also need to elevate the passive aspects of your search, including the…

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What Employers Look for in Data Processing Candidates

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Growing companies, marketing firms, academic institutions, healthcare facilities, and many other organizations need to collect and organize huge volumes of data in order to complete their tasks and reach their goals. But before this data can be parsed and examined on a large scale, it needs to be entered into applicable software systems in the…

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Why it Pays to Pursue a Career in Engineering

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 10 percent of all jobs available in the United States at any given time can be considered “STEM” jobs, or those requiring a college degree in any category of science, technology, engineering or math. Those who hold three years of experience these fields in addition to a…

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Including Temp Work on Your Resume: A Bad Idea?

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You contacted your temporary staffing agency to help you find a contingency position while you searched for full time work. Smart move! Because of that single phone call or email, you were placed in a temporary position that helped you keep your skills fresh and your finances under control while you planned your next long…

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Talking Tech in your Interview: How Much is Too Much?

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You may be a true expert in your area of network management, cyber security, or application development. And during a 30-minute interview in a room containing only a table and a few chairs, you may feel like your only tool will be your ability to speak like an expert and say the kinds of things…

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Re-entering the Engineering Workforce

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After you’ve been away from the workforce for a while, jumping back into the game can present some serious challenges, both practical and psychological. This is true for almost all professions, but each field and each industry also brings a unique set of hurdles that relate specifically hiring manger preferences and the tasks required by…

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The Value of IT Certifications

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This week, the staffing team at Tech Needs turned to some of the hiring managers in our professional network to ask them an important question: “During the candidate selection process, how much value do you assign to IT certifications? Do candidates require formal certifications to make it past your gatekeepers? Do you consider these certifications…

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Can an Engineering Society Support your Career?

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If you’ve completed your education with a bachelors or Master’s degree in engineering, and you’ve held a role as a junior or senior engineer for at least five years, you may be eligible to pursue your PE and become a licensed Professional Engineer. Adding a PE to your credentials will broaden your leadership role in…

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Financial Service Industry Jobs are on the Rise

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The financial service industry has undergone a rapid expansion during the past two years, and at this point—midway through 2014—hiring rates show no signs of slowing down. According to Careerbuilder.com, moneyjobs.com, U.S. News and several other media outlets that monitor trends in the financial sector, about 35 percent of employers in this industry will be…

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