In this episode, we talk to Shailesh Kumar, Senior Vice President and Head of Technology at ClickUp, the fastest-growing productivity platform, about building a hyperscale engineering organization and retaining talent in today’s environment.
This is a guest post by Zane Pucylowski , P.E.
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Most people think that one of the first things all managers look at when hiring employees is their level of education. This line of thinking is becoming outdated. Employers are often seeking employees who have the skills for the job over education. Having a degree in the field is not the only key factor any longer. An employee with job skills and hands-on training is often more in demand than a person who only has a degree in the field.
Many times, a person having the right set of skills is more beneficial for the business than only having a degree. Teachers and parents have been preaching to students for decades the importance of getting a degree. That way of thinking has shifted in recent years. Well-known CEOs like Elon Musk and Jeff Weiner have gone on record many times saying companies need to pay more attention to skill sets than degrees.
A New Way of Thinking
This is a guest post by Jacob Valentien, PE
As I am sure everyone in the civil engineering industry and associated disciplines would agree, it seems like there is always a need for more help. With how fast it seems that things are moving and how quickly some markets are growing, building a quality team in a timely fashion is no easy endeavor. Balancing the backlog with the appropriate number of team members has always been challenging.
I want to tell you…
Over the last couple of years, I have been helping grow a satellite office of a larger firm from less than five people to now close to 20 — and still growing. I wanted to share some of the helpful guidelines and thought processes that we use as navigational beacons for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring to build our team.
Getting the Right People on the Bus
In episode 88 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Stephen Morse, PE, LEED AP from Grant Engineering about growing a civil engineering company from the ground up. Stephen talks about the process he went through in growing his company from starting out in his apartment to now having a growing office in New York City.
Here are some of the questions I ask Stephen:
- What made you decide to start your own civil engineering company?
- Tell us about your experience of hiring your first employee.
- What types of projects are you currently working on, and what is your involvement in those projects?
- How many employees does Grant Engineering have?
- Can you explain what the organization: “Engineers Without Borders” is?
- What would you say to a civil engineer that might consider starting their own civil engineering company?
Here are some key points discussed on growing a civil engineering company:
This is a guest blog post by Brian Howe
- Above all else, the best advice my mentor gave me when I was getting ready to interview was “Do the job in the interview”. Simply put, you should know what the job description calls…all you have to do is use examples from your experience to SHOW how you have done the job before, performed it well, and have the ability to be groomed/developed for further advancement. [Read more…] about Top 5 Things To Do in An Interview to Ensure Success
In today’s episode, HR expert Amanda King gives you four steps to being a rock star engineering job candidate.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the 4 Steps to Being a Rock Star Engineering Job Candidate With HR Expert Amanda King:
Step 1 | Who you are – Identify your values and your priorities
Make a decision about targeting what engineering companies you want to work for as opposed to what jobs you want to get.