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The Career Guide Book for Engineers


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Preface xix Acknowledgments xxiii About the Author xxv Part 1 Successful Career Planning 1 Successful Careers Start with You 3 2 Developing a Successful Career Plan 11 3 Career Trategies: What Works and What Doesn't? 41 4 Successfully Making a Job or Career Change 59 5 Strategies for Getting Your Next Promotion 69 6 Career Discussion Guide for Employees, Managers, and Mentors 75 7 Thementoring Process and Value to Your Career 87 8 Stuck in a Dead-end Job? What to do to Break Out 103 9 My Career Has Plateau, Now What? 107 10 How New Graduates Can Successfully Transition Into Industry 111 11 Phases of Retirement Planning: Beginning with the Young Engineers 119 Part 2 Company Structures, Organizations, and Barriers Impacting Your Career 12 How Company Size Affects Your Career 135 13 The Corporate Ladder: Careers Open To You 143 14 Invisible Company Barriers Stopping Your Career Growth 157 15 Getting Ahead In Product-Oriented Organizations 163 16 Getting Ahead In the Functional-Matrix Organization 167 Part 3 Determining the Criteria By Which You Are Measured and What It Takes to Get Better Performance Ratings as Well As Promoted 17 Determining How the Company Measures Your Performance 173 18 Determining the Informal Criteria By Which You Are Assessed 191 19 The Leading Reasons Engineers Are Not Successful 203 Part 4 Improving Your Performance on the Job and Standing Out From Your Peers 20 The Engineering Process in Your Company: Learning the Business 221 21 Team Skills: Essential for Successful Engineers 253 22 Generating Career Advancing Ideas 263 23 Getting Promoted Whether Your Project Is Successful or Unsuccessful 277 24 How to Ask For A Raise: It Is Easier Than You Think, Even In Bad Times 289 25 How to Get Your Next Promotion 297 26 People Networking: A Vital and Indispensable Career Skill 307 27 Accomplishing More in Less Time and Getting Organized For Success 325 28 Your Internet Image: It Could Be Sabotaging Your Career 345 29 The Importance of Maintaining A Company Calendar 351 30 Join an Engineering Society: Enhance Your Career 357 Part 5 Successfully Dealing With Difficult People at Work (People Skills) 31 Dealing With a Difficult Boss 363 32 Diversity-Endorse It Or Be Left Behind 377 Part 6 Lost Your Job? Looking for a New Job? Strategies to Make You Successful! 33 Time to Change Jobs Or Stay 383 34 Using the Company's Job Opening System To Your Benefit 387 35 surviving layoffs, corporate takeovers, mergers, shutdowns, and reductions in work force 397 36 Understanding the Job Search Process 415 37 Self-Inventory 421 38 Searching and Finding Jobs 427 39 Creating Resumes That Get You Interviews 437 40 Cover Letters That Will Impress Employers 449 41 Why Portfolios Are Important For Engineers 455 42 Interviewing 461 43 Following Up, Getting an Offer, and Negotiating 475 44 Relocating and Starting the New Job: Tips To Make It Easier 483 Part 7 Further Education and Lifelong Learning 45 How to Get an Education From Your Company 495 46 Getting A Master's Degree: So Worth It! 505 47 Lifelong Learning: Growing or Decaying 513 Part 8 Financial Planning 48 Basic Financial Management 101 519 Part 9 Fast Track Advancement and Career Accelerators 49 Getting On the Fast Track for Advancement 533 Part 10 Be a Consulting Engineer 50 What Is a Consulting Engineer? Is This the Right Choice For You? 545 51 Setting Up and Building Your Consulting Business 553 Appendix A Career Planning Workbook 571 Appendix B Self-Inventory Workbook 589 Appendix C List of Engineering Societies 595 Appendix D Notes 601 Index 605

About the Author

John A. Hoschette is a Technical Director with Lockheed Martin in Eagan, Minnesota. He has also worked with other world-class organizations such as Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, and?Loral. Mr. Hoschette has helped more than 5,000 engineers enhance and advance their career development. Additionally, he is a senior member of the IEEE, the author of more than sixty published papers, and adjunct professor at several universities. He is also the author of Career Advancement and Survival for Engineers (Wiley).


"This all-inclusive guide will serve as an excellent resource forengineers at any stage of their careers. Highly recommended.Upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, andgeneral audience." (Choice, 1 March 2011)

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