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Top Tips for Writing the Perfect CV for Your First Engineering Job

This article courtesy of Engineering.com. Performing the role of HR manager in an engineering business and running my own marketing business for the process industry, I have experienced the pain of trying to find the right person for a vacancy. As an engineering graduate, you might think you are at a disadvantage due to lack of "real life" experience. However, many descriptions of dissertations...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Keeps Adding Jobs, While Unemployment Rate Drops

October Factory Orders Hampered by Aviation Industry Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Close to Ending U.S. Cuts Trade Gap and Q3 GDP Posts Strong Gain The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November, above economists' expectations, while the national unemployment rate dipped from 7.3 to 7.0 percent. Last month's rise in employment also beat the moving 12-month average, driven by job growth...

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From Engineering.com: Great Ball Contraption

On Engineering.com's Inventions channel is a video of what could be the greatest Rube Goldberg setup ever -- and it's made out of LEGO. Does it get any better than this? We're not exactly sure if there's an actual end-goal for the Great Ball Contraption -- which took its inventor, a person by the name of "Akiyuki," 600 hours to build -- but it looks great doing nothing with 500 mini-balls. Sit...

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Is Perovskite the Future of Solar Cells?

Are simpler, cheaper solar cells on the way? Work being done to improve solar cell efficiency using a mineral called perovskite at Oxford University raises interesting possibilities. According to a summary at SciTechDaily, from about 2009 to now, solar cells made from materials called perovskites "have reached efficiencies that other technologies took decades to achieve, but until recently no one...

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Light Friday: Flatus-Snuffing Underwear Takes Off

Plus: Georgia Man's Thirst for "Power" Gets Him in Trouble What's So Weird About the Number 1,304,478,802,221,037,336,898,806,955...?? We're on the cusp of a smart-clothing revolution, with textiles that will be able to monitor blood sugar, adjust the volume of your music by brushing a sleeve, display changing messages, etc. But one age-old problem is already being addressed: embarrassing...

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Engineers' Confidence About Their Profession Rises

Demand for engineering skills in the U.S. continues to boost the confidence of engineers about their work and job prospects, according to a quarterly index that focuses on the profession. Overall confidence among U.S. engineers rose in the third quarter to a high of 64.0 on the Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index -- up from 61.9 in the second quarter. The quarterly index...

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Enterprise Resource Planning: Better On-Premise or Cloud-based?

The majority of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are installed on-premises and maintained by in-house IT personnel. However, ERP solutions are increasingly being offered in the cloud, and manufacturers are finding multiple advantages from the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. There are few systems more complex than ERP, which companies use to store and manage data from every stage of...

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Foreign Investors' Tax Implications for Small and Midsize Businesses

Foreign investors looking to acquire an interest in small and midsize U.S. companies face a big hurdle that can influence the economics of their negotiations and profoundly impact the value of their investments, and it's the U.S. tax structure. "One of the things that I see often and maybe is a temptation for some business owners is to think about the guts of the business deal first and to assume...

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Next Up for China: E-Commerce

China has for some time been a land of outsized opportunities. Its next big thing is e-commerce, which Beijing is aggressively promoting to revitalize a lagging economy. China's export-based economy drove growth for years. But the global downturn, higher wages, taxes and import/export duties, and competition from other Asian countries have reduced income in this area. The government is now...

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Auto and Industrial Emission Control Driving the Global Nanocatalysts Market

Ninety percent of all chemical products produced involve the use of catalysts at one stage or another, according to a report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA). The combination of nanotechnology in catalysts has led to the emergence of nanocatalysts, which boast significant economic advantages over traditional catalysts. As environmental regulations continue to impact automotive and other...

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