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Just my two cents, but I can tell you on the opposite side, I have just started working with a new company after looking for another position.  My previous employment just wasn’t very positive and heading downhill faster than I had anticipated.  Once I started my search, I found out that is indeed a market for job seekers, as I was pretty much able to write my own ticket, and I stuck to my guns to get it.  Turns out this company was using a recruiter.  I met with the recruiter, and things have turned great.  On the flip side, my old boss has taken on my old projects, and I don’t believe he’s had any resumes come through to fill the position.  Again, just my opinion…


David A. Topete, SE

Structural Engineer


From: Josh Plummer [mailto:joshp(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:02 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Hiring practices


Our copany (RISA Technologies) has had a few positions to fill for awhile.  We’re having a difficult time finding qualified candidates who want to work in California.  We’ve posted the positions on SEAOC’s website.  The only response…. crickets chirping.  Seriously, I don’t think we got a single response.  Are the other people on the list experiencing similar problems? 


Part of it may be that we have some unusual requirements for an engineer.  Or maybe our positions are being viewed as something of a career change for the people who are applying.  But, still it’s surpising how few candidates we’ve had.  Is it really that booming of a job market that there just aren’t any engineers available?! 


If so, what are the rest of you folks doing to deal with that situation?  Are you going to recruiters?  Are you hiring new grads rather than PE’s? 


Every now and then I get flyers in the mail about an position where it’s obvious that it’s a mass marketing letter sent out to everyone who’s got a PE or SE or something.  Maybe that’s the way to go, but it seems kind of extreme. 


I’m looking forward to hearing what other folks are doing to attract quality employees. 



Josh Plummer, SE


RISA Technologies


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