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3 Notable Tips to Find a Civil Engineering Job in a New City

As an expert in civil engineering and architecture recruiting, I have helped countless engineers and architects seek a new job when they are relocating to a new city. Now more than ever, people are considering relocating to new cities that fit their values better, are less expensive to buy a home, have better weather, or offer a better quality of life. If you are thinking about a geographic move in 2023, here are some things to consider.

Don’t rely on posted ads

Many candidates I place are in jobs that were never posted on the internet or ever appeared on the company’s website. (Hint: we do not post all our openings on our website either)

Do run a google search for firms in the city you are moving to

Once you pull up the names of the firms that perform the type of work that you do, look at their website. How is their career page set up and does it look like they have the culture you want and share your values? Do they have projects that would interest you?

Don’t rely on sites like Glassdoor

You need to gather a complete picture and just because a company has a bad review on Glassdoor, it does not make them a bad place to work.

Also, a good civil engineering recruiter who specializes in your niche can give you great insight into the reputations of specific firms. We see the turnover and we know which firms are very hard to recruit people from so it’s never a bad idea to consult with a good recruiter who knows the geography and knows the players in the market.

A good architecture recruiter has relationships with lots of firms and can get your resume in front of the right person when there isn’t a job opening posted on the website. Oftentimes, strategic hires are discussed behind closed doors before an ad ever appears on Indeed or the company website.

Finally, many of our clients allow for fully remote work so there may be a perfect fit for you and your family to relocate and work from anywhere!

For more information or if you have questions on the best ways to research firms when you are relocating, reach out for a confidential conversation!


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