News for Your Career in the Electronics
irresistible to employers
Star Tribune ST. PAUL, MN -- If
you've been passed over for promotion, rejected for the job of your dreams
or lost enthusiasm in your current career, maybe it's time to go back and
add the skills and education that would make you irresistible to employers.
"We see many adult learners return because they are passionate about a
career change and opportunities for advancement," says Dara Hagen, director
of career services at Century College. It's becoming very common for
students to return to school because without it many are not eligible for a
promotion and, in some cases, would not even be eligible to apply for the
job they now hold.
Lack of a bachelor's degree can also limit your ability to move to other
opportunities, which is becoming increasingly important. Once you have a
degree, your career options take off. Returning to school does take
sacrifices, and it is hard work, but the sense of satisfaction and the
skills developed can pay off not only in career progression but in your own
level of satisfaction with your life.
Getting the inside
scoop about an employer
The Wall Street Journal
NEW YORK, NY -- There are now many
ways to get the inside scoop about an employer - before you are hired. In
the latest expansion of the web phenomenon of social networking, more
websites are launching features that make it easier for job seekers to
connect with the employees of prospective hirers.
Job seekers should be careful. People tend to complain more than compliment
and what they post may not necessarily be true. On one online job board, a
user complains that "there is no work-life balance." Another user criticizes
the interview process, protesting that the company is "very, very
inconsiderate to your time." Still, negative comments from current and
former employees can make job-seekers aware of the cons in working for a
company. "I think disgruntled employees have something to say that's worth
hearing," says Jim Ivers, a 26-year-old M.B.A. student at Boston University.
People posting information online should know that anyone could be looking
at it. If you let your hair down a little too much and you start to write
about how you hate your boss, how you cut out a little early on Friday, how
the company's products are defective, there are great risks. There are also
lots of great opportunities if you do it right.
Study shows slow
job growth in tech sector
RENO, NV -- Job growth in the
nation's information technology industry has been weaker than some industry
leaders have claimed, according to a new report. From March 2004, about two
months before the industry began to recover, to February 2006, the high-tech
sector has added roughly 88,600 jobs -- less than one-quarter of the roughly
400,000 jobs lost during the three previous years, the report said.
One upside, the report said, is that "there remains considerable slack in IT
labor markets, so they should be able to fill new vacancies rapidly if the
recovery continues." Wednesday's report by the University of Illinois,
Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development was prepared for the
Seattle-based Washington Alliance of Technology Workers. It examined the
state of the technology industry, gauging employment trends nationally and
in eight key metropolitan labor markets.
The report also said job recovery seems to be strongest in Seattle,
Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, while Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los
Angeles, and San Jose, Calif., have seen relatively modest increases in
of jobs is running out of steam
Street Journal LOS ANGELES, CA --
Housing, the biggest generator of jobs in the current expansion, is running
out of steam. As a result, thousands of Americans, from bankers to
hardware-store clerks, are likely to find themselves out of work over the
next couple of years. For those who can transfer their skills to other
industries, such as health care, it won't be the end of the world.
Housing-related employment has accounted for about 23% of the 4.9 million
jobs created since the nation's job market began to grow in late 2003,
according to Moody's Economy.com. That includes architects, contractors,
real-estate agents, brokers and bankers, as well as the host of others who
provide the industry with materials and services. Now, the housing boom is
coming to an end.
"There's no question that the downturn in the mortgage business has caused a
lot of banks to cut jobs," says John Challenger, chief executive of
Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. From a macroeconomic perspective, the
housing slowdown, could be just what the economy needs. If the monthly
average rate of growth in U.S. non-farm payrolls falls and stays a bit below
130,000 that would help keep wages in check, relieving the inflationary
pressures that have worried Federal Reserve officials.
Older job seekers
can polish their images
Wall Street Journal
MIAMI, FL -- A more focused and
efficient job search can help job seekers who are past the age of 45
overcome age bias. Andy Armstrong is a veteran public-relations man, who has
sought a full-time PR post since a New York agency laid him off in 2002. The
49-year-old resident of Allendale, NJ, mainly blames his age. "Being older
doesn't help," observes Armstrong. "I've heard myself described as
overqualified many, many times."
It's a common lament among older applicants. But less obvious obstacles
often impede them as well. Some baby boomers "have a tough time thinking
about new ways of doing things," says Diane Darling, a Boston networking
specialist. "Employers ignore a prospect's age if he is impeccably
professional and technologically current," observes Bill Heyman, CEO of
recruiters Heyman Associates, New York.
Age can be a barrier if you don't promote yourself energetically. You should
maintain a sense of urgency during networking sessions and job interviews.
You may also want to consider hiring a career coach. Here are some tips to
help circumvent job-hunt roadblocks when you're past 45: Prepare a resume
that emphasizes your strengths rather than chronology; Speed your search
using new Internet tools; Enlarge your network and follow up feelers
promptly; Polish your pitch by soliciting feedback.
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Engineer – Improve overall
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Complete closing process and
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Responsible for corporate
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Maintains Fixed Asset Sub-Leger
Prepare daily and weekly sales
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Under general supervision
utilizes workstation to create & inspect manufacturing toolings from
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