- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill (June 27, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070684987
- ISBN-13: 978-0070684980
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,184,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Contract Engineering: Start and Build a New Career
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From the Back Cover
Make today's new employment paradigm work for you. If you're an engineer or manager, you've noticed the change: contract engineering is growing apace while staff employment shrinks. This unique resource tells you how to make this paradigm shift work for you, whether you're hiring or looking for an engineering job (or expect to have to). The only practical guide to focus on the concerns and needs of engineers and managers. Contract Engineering shows both sides how to use this new paradigm to achieve win-win results. This indispensable, comprehensive guide: shows engineers how to: connect with contract staffing firms-with guidance on writing resumes and interviewing; evaluate contracting prospects and choose the right jobs; and take a proactive career approach that uses contract employment to maximum advantage. Gives managers the tools to: determine how and when to use contract and contingent staff; ensure optimal productivity from those workers; select a solid staffing provider-and make it a strategic alliance; and accurately assess contract worker performance-for the benefit of the company, the staffing firm, and employees. With instructive case histories, personalizable worksheets, and contact information on contract employment firms nationwide, Contract Engineering gives you the motivation, strategies, and resources that enable you to prosper-professionally and personally-in this dynamic and flexible new industrial environment.
About the Author
Amanda G. Watlington is Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing at Terra Community College in Fremont, Ohio. She is a consultant in business strategy development, Total Quality Management, and marketing with the Internet. Ms. Watlington has written numerous articles on evolving business strategies and business solutions, and lectures on TQM and the applications of new technologies in business and education. Roger L. Radeloff is President and CEO of ITS Technologies, Inc., which provides technical and professional staffing, consulting, and outsourcing services to major corporations. A registered professional engineer in Ohio and California, he has been involved with many engineering firms as owner, principal, and consultant. Mr. Radeloff received the Small Business Administration’s Ohio Business Innovator of the Year Award in 1987, was a nominee in 1994, and was a finalist for the 1996 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An especially good indicator that the author has actually been there is the way it is emphasised that you should NEVER call a contract engineer a "temp."
My only criticm is the fact that the basic injustice and inefficiency of contract engineering is not questioned. I've done this for nearly 20 years and I don't recommend contracting to any one. Yet, more and more, it is the only way to actually find a job. It turns a skilled specialist into an itinerant technical tramp- always hustling to sell himself- and always wondering where the next assignment is coming from. Moreover, it is a meat-grinder for the youngster in engineering. There is no gradual teaching and mentoring, no recognition of a "learning curve." There is never any training for the contractor. You either instantly fit-in or you are thrown out.
Oh yes, one other thing. If you have too many contract assignments and projects on your resume, many employers will hold it against you. You can end up as a "permanent" temp....
One other thing that should have been brought out in this book, but was not even hinted at, namely, shared data bases and "black-listing" among contract houses.