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News for Your Career in the Interconnect Industry

April 2006

 

What else are you going to do on company time?
Abridged: Reuters NEW YORK, NY -- A quarter of U.S. workers who use a computer admit using it to hunt for a new job on company time according to research conducted for professional staffing company Hudson Highland Group Inc. "It's one of the ways employees deal with work-life balance issues," said Robert Morgan, chief operating officer at Hudson Talent Management, one of the company's divisions. "Because we're spending so much time at work, that's the only time we have to schedule some of those appointments."

Half of the workers surveyed said their companies monitor their computer use, while three-quarters said they believe their bosses know how much they use the Internet for nonwork activities. Job-hunters may not be overly concerned about what their bosses know, Morgan said. "Once they've made that decision to make a job change, they're probably less concerned about their current employer finding out," he said. "What employers really need to focus their efforts on is why are people looking for a job, versus trying to get them to stop looking for it at work."

More than two-thirds of workers said they spend "hardly any" time on personal e-mails, surfing the Web, in chat rooms or blogging in a typical work day, it said. One percent said they spend more than two hours a day at work on such activities, it said.

Tips for dealing with negative coworkers
Abridged: About.com LOS ANGELES, CA -- Deal with negative people by spending as little time with them as possible. Set limits. Causes of their negativity are not your concern. Every negative person has a story. Don't impact your positive outlook by listening to the stories, or reviewing the history and the background about the grievances purported to cause the negativity.

Learn to deal with negative coworkers and avoid spending too much time with them. If you are forced to work with a negative person, set limits and don't allow yourself to be drawn into negative discussions. Tell your coworker you prefer to think about your job positively. Suggest the negative person seek assistance from human resources or their supervisor.

If all else fails, talk to your own supervisor or HR staff about the challenges you are experiencing. Your supervisor may have ideas and may be willing to address the negativity. Persistent negativity that impacts coworkers' work is a behavior that may require disciplinary action. If negativity among employees in your company is left unaddressed, the negativity can affect your ability to professionally perform your job.

Job growth picked up in February
Abridged: CNNMoney.com NEW YORK, NY -- Job growth picked up in February, topping forecasts on Wall Street, according to a recent government report. The economy generated 243,000 new jobs last month, up from a revised 170,000 in January, the Labor Department reported. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast a gain of 210,000 jobs. It marked the second best gain in U.S. payrolls over the last 12 months, trailing only November, when job growth bounced back after being depressed by the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Still, even with strong job growth last month, the unemployment rate edged up to 4.8 percent from 4.7 percent rate in January, as more people who had stopped looking for work started looking again. The household survey used to generate the unemployment rate showed 335,000 additional people in the labor force last month.

The other closely watched number in the report, the average hourly wage, edged up 5 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $16.47, in line with forecasts of economists surveyed by Briefing. Overall, the numbers struck a good balance between job growth with modest inflationary pressures, economists said.

Hiring outlook expected to remain steady
Abridged: CNNMoney.com NEW YORK, NY -- Employers, confident but cautious, plan for modest hiring increases in the coming months, according to a survey released this week. Of 16,000 employers interviewed by the temporary staffing agency Manpower, 30 percent plan to add workers in the second quarter of 2006. Six percent plan on reducing staff, while 58 percent plan on no changes at all. Six percent were undecided.

"The U.S. job market has been growing at a safe, incremental pace in recent years, and Manpower's survey data highlights the comfort zone that has emerged from this climate," Jeffrey Joerres, Manpower's chief executive, said in a statement. "Employers have reported similar levels of hiring for nine quarters now, which tells us that they are not willing to throw off the equilibrium with radical shifts in hiring."

The mining industry reported the most bullish outlook in 25 years, fed by demand for coal in light of record energy prices, the survey said. But the majority of other industries plan few changes, the report said. It noted a small uptick in hiring plans in the education sector, and a slight downturn in the public administration field.

Small businesses will drive economy
Abridged: The Press-Tribune ROSEVILLE, CA -- Labor statistics released last week suggest a growing economy, tilted toward new jobs with predominantly higher wages, said Jonathan Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and head of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The economy continues to grow, but key future factors in sustaining it will include education and training in math and science for youth, along with a labor force poised to adapt to changing skill demands, said Snare.

"The news is good. The growth in recent years is in higher paying jobs. But it's critical workers get education and training they need," Snare said. "It's the smaller firms that drive job growth in America. The road map to job foundation is small business growth." Snare, head of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In the proposed federal budget for 2006-2007 currently being considered in Congress, the American Competitiveness Initiative will hopefully be approved, he said - that program will allow unemployed workers to use up to $3,000 in career investment accounts to pay for education or job training to learn new skills, should they qualify.

Women in the workforce
Abridged: Diversityinc.com LOS ANGELES, CA -- The percentage of women in the work force has declined steadily during the past five years. Sociologists and economists suggest that women may have already hit a wall in the amount of work that they can pack into a week. Others say many women simply are opting to raise families.

But it's not only time constraints and family demands that have taken a toll on the percentage of women in the work force. The decline for most groups of women since the recession of 2001 reflects an overall slowdown in hiring, which affected men and women roughly equally. "The main reason for women's declining labor-force participation rates over the last four years was the weakness of the labor market," says Heather Boushey, an economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal research institute in Washington.

A startling report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, presented to Congress last month, says the decrease in the rate of women entering the work force is slowing the nation's economic growth. "The new factor at play," the report says, "is the change in the trend in the female participation rate, which has edged down on balance since 2000 after having risen for five decades.

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Under general supervision utilizes workstation to create & inspect manufacturing toolings from customers' data files. Modifies various aspects of PCB image, e.g., line widths, pad sizes, date codes, etc., to comply with specific Engineering standards. Completes required documentation and signoffs on the completed files. Processes package along to Documentation Control. Performs required file maintenance

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Director of Operations Southwest
Our client is PCB manufacturer in Southern California seeks an experienced operations manager in PCB fabrication. Strengths in manufacturing planning and systems, High volume and quick turn. Military and commercial product. Will oversee all aspects of a successful three shift operation. Must have a strong working knowledge of the printed circuit board manufacturing/engineering processes.

Quality Manager Southwest
Our client has an opening for a senior level quality manager that has experience maintaining certifications, writing corrective actions to departments that are violating written procedures. Candidate needs to have extensive background in PCB manufacturing, mil spec, ISO, in a high technology product environment. Must have strong customer interaction skills
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