Never Underestimate the “Gray Haired” Engineer

March 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm 3 comments

By Carol A. Metzner President, The Metzner Group, LLC, and Managing Partner,

It has always amazed me that consulting firms “appear” hesitant to hire engineers with 40+ years of experience when these can be the best employees to join the team. They have survived market downturns; they understand commitment to a project, they know how to navigate a difficult client and they play nicely in the sandbox with others.
Here are some thoughts to review next time an experienced candidate’s resume graces your desk:

1. Studies prove that older employees show a loyalty to employers that exceeds that of
their younger counterparts
2. Older staff are excellent mentors; they have usually seen it all (at least once!).
3. Experienced staff tend to be more patient when dealing in adversarial situations;
4. Multiple reports show that total sick days per year of older staff is lower than that of
other age groups.
5. Older employees bring a palm pilot full of contacts of other potential employees!

Don’t be quick to scan for the graduation date on a resume. You could be missing your next “Employee of the Month!”


Entry filed under: Civil Engineering Shortage, Recruiting. Tags: , , .

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. B.V.Krishna Rao  |  June 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I’m a graduate in civil engineering having over 28 years of progressive experience in execution of various projects like Industrial, Oil & chemicals, Water supply, Defence establishments, Mining Infrastructure, Residential townships, Commercial & residential towers etc.

    Now, I would like to know the demand for my candidature and to serve in a country like Canada.

    Please revert with a brief on the above.

  • […] if he serves two full terms.  I am sure you have read all the rage as to how 60 is the new 40.  Earlier this year we blogged about how one should never underestimate the gray haired engineer.  What I am seeing in the civil engineering consulting world though, is that this philosophy does […]

  • 3. Manning Mahaffee  |  April 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Right on!!


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