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August 2008


Gas costs a rising factor in job hunting
Abridged: WBay.com LOS ANGELES, CA -- When it comes to making a living, how many miles would you travel? According to many hiring agencies and recruiters, people job hunting are taking climbing gas prices into consideration. "If we were looking at them commuting 20, 30, 40 miles for a work assignment, they're hesitating," Blaise Krautkramer at Firstaff Staffing Services said.


Each week, about 50 people walk into our agency office, all of them expressing serious concerns about these high gas prices. A fair amount of these people are passing up job opportunities. "The cost of gasoline is a component in their decision, and it's a difficult decision for them,"

Krautkramer said. A short commute is now a top priority for job seekers. "As the gas prices increase, the situation becomes more critical," Lori Reynolds of Manpower said.


Many job seekers these days are second-guessing whether or not they want to take those opportunities too far from their home because of inflating gas prices. As the cost of commuting goes up, hiring agencies are finding themselves promoting ride share programs and making more contacts, while also encouraging employers to consider telecommuting and freelance hiring options.

Learn what to say and what NOT to say!
Abridged: Best-interview-strategies.com SAN MATEO, CA -- Job interview questions are your greatest opportunity to prove to the interviewer that you are the best person for the job! The key is to give better answers than anyone else. To do this, you must anticipate likely questions, develop excellent answers and practice! Be enthusiastic and confident when responding to questions. Don't rush your answers, but don't ramble on and on, either.


Try to, um, avoid, like, using unnecessary words, right? And um, repeating yourself or, like, annoying phrases, you know? A good technique is to write out your answers to the questions you anticipate, then edit them to make them more concise. Then practice your polished answers out loud, over and over. If you can have someone help you, do a "mock interview".


Most questions will relate either to your ability to do the job or to the type of employee you will be. Here's one that is very commonly used to help the interviewer learn about both: "Tell me a little about yourself." When responding to this request, you should focus on both your personal and professional values. Always be honest, and talk about your best traits.

Highlight experiences and accomplishments you're most proud of.


Job seekers may want to alter their approach
Abridged: Yahoo! HotJobs SAN JOSE, CA -- Whether or not the U.S. economy has hit a recession, one thing is clear these days: Uncertainty is in the air. Nonetheless, experts say job seekers should pay attention to current economic conditions and expect that the job-search process may take longer.


The unemployment rate has risen, but it is not at a point that should cause job seekers to panic, says John Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Even at 5.2 percent or 5.3 percent, there is still demand for workers. Those seeking jobs in construction or mortgage lending might have a more difficult time finding employment, but we have not seen a significant downturn in hiring in other sectors.


Job seekers may want to alter their approach due to economic uncertainties.

Perhaps this means earning a paycheck at your current job while conducting interviews over your lunch break. Consider doing volunteer work that might lead to a paid gig. If you're currently unemployed, stay current by reading business and trade publications, and keeping in mind, you may have to take a temporary opportunity in order to keep yourself afloat.


Job hunting takes personal effort on your part
Abridged: Kiplinger.com WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The last time Phylise Banner looked for a job, the job market was much different. And as someone who designs online distance-learning programs for a living, she knows the world has changed since she last pounded the pavement. "This is a different type of search,"

says Banner. "I'm trying to create my own online agency to promote myself."


Banner maintains a profile on several social-networking sites, including a popular online address book that, can broadcast her job-seeking status to anyone keeping up with her comings and goings. Banner is ahead of a big curve. "Job seekers today don't realize the extent to which social networks are a good tool to reach someone inside the corporation you've targeted,"

says Gerry Crispin, a corporate-recruiting consultant at CareerXroads.


On her website, Banner has posted the full text of her resume, seeded with key words she's researched for her industry. Time is still of the essence in a job search -- it just moves quicker these days. Be among the first to know when a job opens up by also setting up automatic searches on job search engine sites. They'll spider other sites, then send alerts to your e-mail address.

Are you considering relocating for a new job?
Abridged: FoxBusiness LOS ANGELES, CA -- Relocating for a job can certainly jump-start your career, but it isn't always the best way to build up your bank account. In fact, moving to another city can be more expensive than it looks. Large cities tend to be expensive, and while salaries are generally higher in those places, the increased pay doesn't necessarily make up for the difference. when compared to the lower cost of living in a smaller city.


"I tend to think that when you move to a place like New York or L.A. or San Francisco, you're moving there to establish your career and you probably will be in almost a deficit situation to establish that career," said Bert Sperling, head of Sperling's Best Places, a city and demographics analysis publication. "After that, it's either move up the food chain, or head out for some place more livable."


With that said, it's important to understand that what bigger cities lack in affordability, they make up for in perks such as public transportation, cultural events and an urban lifestyle. So before you start bargaining with a potential employer, you should find out what the salary range is for your job in the region in which you're planning to relocate. That way you'll have a better idea of how much you'll be able to negotiate.

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Wet Process Manager (N. Africa)
Our client needs Wet Process Manager.  This position requires an individual who can work in a fast-paced production environment, in multiple facilities.

Job duties include:  managing the areas of artwork preparation, photo printing, solder mask, plating, and etching.  Overseeing an allocating personnel, material, and equipment resources to meet production schedules. 

Monitoring production and quality performance and adjusting resources as necessary to meet production and quality goals.  Working with other departments such as Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Facilities to obtain necessary support to meet production and quality objectives.  Preparing performance appraisals, training plans, coaching documents, and other written tools for development of employees.  Implementing statistical process control (SPC), lean manufacturing, and team building to improve the production and quality performance of these manufacturing areas.


The successful candidate will possess, as a minimum, a Bachelor degree in a technical or business discipline. This position requires, at minimum, 8 years of experience in manufacturing environment, in printed circuit board fabrication.

Managing Director (Germany)
Managing Director is responsible and accountable for the coordination of the operational activities associated with the manufacturing of Printed Circuit Boards to meet or exceed requirements of quality and delivery performance to the end user.

Duties include but are not limited to:

·Achievement of production goals through managing improvement in production output, including researching and developing methods to ensure and increase efficiency and productivity.

· Analyzing the manufacturing process and developing, staffing and scheduling routines within the process to meet output requirements and analyzing and eliminating non value added activities.

· Establish, monitor and maintain performance measurements in yield, manpower and throughput, ensuring they are visible throughout.

· Working with counterparts in Engineering and Quality through participation in daily Materials Review Board (MRB) to review process performance measures and discrepant material reports and develop corrective action plans to reduce manufacturing costs and improvement  through-put

· Participate in quarterly quality reviews, in addition to the continuous collection of data on problems and issues to be prioritized and solved.

· Sign off on process deviations and Engineering Change Notifications (ECN’s)

· Approve all new and revised process instructions

· Maintain positive rapport with all support groups through a teamwork approach

· Select develop train and appraise all members of production management staff

· Actively participate to ensure compliance of quality programs throughout manufacturing

· Other duties and projects as assigned.

Director of Engineering-Germany
Responsible for all engineering activities, including technology road maps, research and development, processing engineering, product engineering, and revenue generation for a Printed Circuit Board facility. Requires a Bachelor's Degree. Direct manufacturing experience a big plus.

Account Manager San Francisco Bay Area
Job Description: Account Manager in San Francisco Bay Area Reports To: Vice President Sales.  Area: To provide direct sales support for our Client for the development of new business opportunities. Our client is a manufacturer of printed circuit boards and printed circuit board assemblies, for the electronics industry. Responsibilities:

• Direct sales responsibility for the development of new accounts and growth in major accounts in the Bay Area of California. New accounts are defined as those that will be qualified as good potential revenue accounts for our Client.

• Work closely with customers, program management, manufacturing, engineering and materials to achieve the closing of new business and meet projected budget goals.

• Will need to provide detailed account profiles as contacts are made and potential or existing customers’ needs become available.

• Outline and prepare New Business Opportunity reports.

• Must have experience within the printed circuit board and / or EMS industry. • Excellent organizational and communications skills.

• Ability to travel 50% + of the time, within North America and Asia.

• Prefer candidate with college degree.

• Prefer local candidate, currently based in the CA Bay Area.

Please take a moment and email us with an updated resume if you have not done so recently. resume@greenlinegroup.net

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