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Old 08-15-2010, 10:39 AM
 
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I am a civil engineer with 4 years experience in public works projects. I got laid off last November and since then I have been searching for a job but have had ZERO luck so far!

I also finishing my master's degree in construction management and i was wondering if anyone can give me some guidance as where to look for a construction or construction management jobs. I have contacted many construction companies but no one is hiring and they are all in hiring freeze right now.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Where were you laid off? San Diego or Souther Calirfornia? I am sorry to say that AFAIK, engineering companies are closing right and left...at least the boutique ones.

Simon Wong does CE, they are in Scripps Ranch. From what I know, they are also up the creek.
Sundt is in the Morena area off the 5. They are a big outfit.

The way things are right now, your best bet is to be persistent. Even though you are a CE, some resourceful tactics will go a long way for you in getting to the right person to speak to at any company. Even if it doesnt get you a salaried position, there is no better time to get your name out there. When things start getting better, you will have developed some rapport or relationship with some of the people you may not get a hold of when things are busy.

Plan on working as an independent and offering your services. In this day and age with the economy the way that it is, its going to require wearing a few different hats to make some cash doing what you do. JUST being an engineer is just not going to cut it....there are lines of CE's out of work right now. What makes you different?
Just some food for thought. Good luck
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:02 AM
 
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Hi Shmoov_groovzsd

thanks for your thoughtful advices. I totally agree with you that these days being an engineer will not cut it. Believe it or not, currently I am working as a car sales man in a car dealership and it is really hard to believe in a place where it used be called land of opportunities, it is land of difficulties now.

a tangent question to the subject, when do you think things are going to get better?
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Hi Shmoov_groovzsd

thanks for your thoughtful advices. I totally agree with you that these days being an engineer will not cut it. Believe it or not, currently I am working as a car sales man in a car dealership and it is really hard to believe in a place where it used be called land of opportunities, it is land of difficulties now.

a tangent question to the subject, when do you think things are going to get better?
Hi, glad I could help.
I am not so sure we are going to see things getting better for a while. At the rate we are going right now, it seems every 3 months the news does not get much better. The only projects I see growing are government sponsored projects.
I dont see a lot of money going to the stock market for anything building related. Raw materials are down, builders are down. They are also not forecasting very good near future prospects for Southern California.

My guess is as good as anyone elses. It could be ten years before real growth happens again.
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