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October 26, 2011

Where are all the civil-engineering jobs?

Q: I have been on the lookout for a job in Seattle for some time now with very little luck. I am a land surveyor for the U.S. Forest Service, and while I am not stuck on staying in a government job, I think it might be a little safer at this point given what is going on in construction. I see perhaps two land-surveyor jobs per month in the metro Portland area, but I have seen maybe two total in Seattle. I am using both federal (USAJOBS) and King County job sites. Do you have any ideas for agencies I could work with?
-- R.H., Albuquerque

Kristen says: In the Seattle area, you will probably have more luck in the private sector due to extensive state budget cuts. There is quite a bit of commercial construction going on around the Puget Sound area; check out for opportunities.

Transit projects might also support your skill set. Sound Transit, our regional transportation authority, lists on its website some of the upcoming projects that may need surveyors. You will need to research the companies that are bidding on them.

Visit the King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston county websites to search for job openings. Our state capital is Olympia, and most of the advertised jobs with the state Department of Natural Resources originate there. Contact to subscribe to the DNR’s job-announcement email list.

I reached out to the local recruiting community and got some referrals for agencies you can contact for civil-engineering positions. Kelly Engineering Resources can be reached at Engineering Journeys Inc. can be reached at 360-691-2183. CSR Tech Services/Techstaff Inc. has clients in the field, including construction and private-industry contracts; call 206-382-5555 and ask for Mary.

Keep in mind that most of these companies are not going to offer relocation, so you might want to indicate on your résumé that you are planning on moving to the Seattle area on your own. Better yet, use a local address and/or phone number (Google Voice might be an option for this).

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Kristen Fife on October 28, 2011 11:08 AM | Reply

I want to thank all my readers for their support; this is my last column with NWJobs.

K M Fife on October 28, 2011 11:09 AM | Reply

I want to thank all my readers; this will be my last column with NWJobs.

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Kristen Fife Kristen Fife is a recruiter, resume consultant, and employment expert based in the greater Seattle area.

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