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I work as an Civil Engineering recruiter, specializing in developing relationships with Infrastructure Design Engineers and Construction Managers nationally.
In answer to your questions:
1. Everybody is in the same situation recruiting professionals into California because of cost of living and because there is a limited candidate pool that is getting more limited.
2. People move for a variety of reasons, but the top two reasons I see for making a change is to accelerate career growth/job stretch, or a geographical change.
3. Yes it is a booming market. The smart money is for professionals to tap into an information source to explore career opportunities to see if the opportunities are superior to what your doing today. Most people don't move just for compensation, but if you want to make more money now is the time to do it.
4. Yes, recruiters are busier than ever, again it is also a good bet for employers as well as professionals to align themselves with recruiters that are networked into their industry space in order to tap into a very busy and passive candidate pool that does not have time or interest to be looking at job boards. Professionals will make a move if they are either contacted by their own personal network or by a recruiter who specializes in developing relationships with professionals, taking the time to understand what information would be of value to them and then matching them up with the opportunity they desire. Note: Just like many professionals are passive, allot of the key opportunities are passive and not posted on job boards.
5. The key with anything is relationships, so if you want a key opportunity or you want to recruit a key professional for your company, align yourself with a recruiter that works in your space to make the introductions.
Robert Riquelme
National Executive Recruiter
Infrastructure Engineering and Construction Management
Office 800 282-0360 x125, Cell 858 401-2855

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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(949) 951-5848 (fax)