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News for Your Career in the Electronics Industry

December 2006


Find your passion and plan ahead
Abridged: LearningAndLife.com NEW YORK, NY -- Between the ages of 20 and 70, most of us will spend one third of our life at work. That's a whole lot of time to spend in frustration or unhappiness. Government statistics show that 1 out of every 5 people change jobs each year. If you're unhappy in your career - now is the time to get a new one!

Find your passion and plan ahead. Don't wait until you're desperate to quit your job. You should consider what you're good at and what you enjoy doing. Then research your industry and get yourself excited about your new career before you start it. Make sure you choose your new industry wisely. Taking time to research industries will reward you in the end. Know the business before jumping in. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has information that can help you learn about how strong an industry is.

Always be flexible. Sure, an internship doesn't sound great, but could it get you a job? Lower-paying positions can sometimes be the ticket to long-term roles with growth potential if you show employers that you know your stuff in the first few months of a new job.

Survey shows healthy employment conditions
Abridged: Reuters WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The number of U.S. workers applying for jobless benefits declined by a steeper-than-expected 20,000 last week to 308,000, a level indicating still-healthy employment conditions. The latest figures from the Labor Department cover the week ending Nov. 4 and compare with Wall Street forecasts for claims of 315,000, versus a revised 328,000 the previous week. This was initially reported as 327,000 applications for aid.

A Labor Department official said there were no special factors impacting the data from last week. The four-week moving average - seen as a more representative gauge of underlying employment trends - inched down to 311,250 from 311,500 the week before. The number of people who remained on the benefits rolls after drawing an initial week of aid increased by 43,000 to 2.45 million in the week ended Oct. 28, the latest week for which data are available. This compared with a consensus forecast of 2.43 million claims.

Jobs data are under even closer-than-usual scrutiny after a sharp fall in the unemployment level in October to 4.4 percent, from 4.6 percent the previous month, tightening labor market conditions. Economists took this as a sign of potential wage inflation pressures that might worry the Federal Reserve.

Companies not doing enough to retain employees
Abridged: Execunet.com NORWALK, CT -- With the unemployment rate recently falling to a five-year low of 4.6% and job growth at the executive-level rising sharply, a recent survey conducted by ExecuNet, the executive career management and recruiting network, reveals corporate efforts to hold on to top talent are coming up short, as nearly three in four executives are unhappy at work.

According to the survey of 102 employed executives with an average salary of $192,000, 73% are "somewhat unsatisfied" or "not satisfied" with their current job - up from 67% in December 2005. Of those who report being unhappy at work, 87% say they are planning to leave their company within the next six months.

Eroding corporate loyalty and a very tight job market are a dangerous duo for Corporate America. Given the quality and quantity of new job opportunities being created every day, companies need to take a long and hard look at why their key leaders may be looking to jump ship. Companies that fail to keep their executives engaged are essentially creating an attractive candidate pipeline for competitors.

No degree? No problem
Abridged: StarTribune.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- While the top-paying jobs require post-secondary education, that doesn't mean you can't find a career that pays well without a college degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists these well-paying careers that don't require post-secondary education.

  • Traffic Technician: Requirements: High school diploma. Average Pay: $37,380.
  • Human Resources Assistant: Requirements: High school diploma or GED and computer proficiency. Average pay: $33,250.
  • Bill and Account Collector: Requirements: High school diploma and computer proficiency. Average pay: $29,460.
  • Refuse and Recyclable Materials Collector: Requirements: 18 years of age and able to pass a physical exam. Average pay: $28,810.
  • Library Technician: Requirements: High school diploma and computer proficiency. Average pay: $26,720.

Don't Stop Learning. Though these jobs require a minimal amount of education, that's not to suggest one should stop pursuing personal enrichment through ongoing education. Even the jobs that pay a decent wage with no college degree still require extensive on the job training

Getting the inside scoop on out-of-town employers
Abridged: CareerJournal.com LOS ANGELES, CA -- Believe it or not, it can be easier to obtain information from afar than it is to get the inside scoop on a company down the street. Maybe it's a desire to make an out-of-towner's experience hassle-free, but prospective employers sometimes seem just a little more accommodating when you explain that you'll be coming from quite a distance. Call directly and ask for an annual report and product literature. Don't hesitate to strike up a brief but inquisitive conversation with anyone you speak to.

The accessibility of online resources has revolutionized the job search. Check the company's website, which you may find surprisingly revealing. Hoovers.com and Vault.com should provide objective information to support what you find on the company's site. Also follow the local newspaper trail to discover the community's perspective on the company's corporate citizenship.

Round out print and online sources with the human element. Find someone -- an old college roommate, family friend, vendor, former co-worker, professional-association contact -- who works at the company and is willing to provide the inside scoop.

We need your help; listed below are five very rewarding positions that we need qualified referrals for. If the person you refer for one of these five positions is hired we’ll send you a $100.00 gift card. For a complete list of all open jobs please visit us at http://www.greenlinegroup.net/jobs.htm

Account Manager (Northwest)
Seeking a professional energetic Account Manager with passion for excellence in customer satisfaction. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent organizational and follow-up skills; multi-tasking, high energy individual; through understanding of the PCB manufacturing process. Experience with flex and rigid-flex.

Director of Engineering (Southwest)
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.

Production Manager – East Coast
Direct and manage operations of a $10M PCB manufacturing facility to meet the following metrics: On time delivery, damage/yield, productivity, safety, customer satisfaction, cost budget. Develop people: Customer focused ongoing means of involving and developing all employees; continuously improve employee relations. Drive TQC/Continuous improvement: Prioritize and improve processes, improve product quality. Provide leadership: Vision, communications, motivating others, expect, inspect and enforce. Must have five plus years of PCB manufacturing experience. Offers a competitive benefit package.

Product Engineer – 2nd & 3rd Shift
Overview of Core Responsibilities:
Assist in building complex hire product under the guidance of senior personnel. Ability to carry a project through to completion. To train in all aspects of PCB manufacturing and bring enhancements to the process from that experience. Maintain detailed training log. Expedite jobs to maintain adherence to predetermined schedule. Submit ideas to support and improve process and product development.
Analyze the cost of specific R&D type work, and prepare recommendations as to the viability of certain product types.
Critical Success Factors: Interpersonal skills, attention to detail, team player, and materials science background or prior high performance PCB manufacturing experience (exotic materials, heat sinks, metal core PCBs, sequentially laminated PCBs)
Education Required: Engineering or Technical degree
Special Skill(s) Required: Willingness to learn, strong work ethic, self-motivator and basic computer skills

Process Chemical Engineer – Plating (Midwest & East Coast)
Primary responsibility is sustaining of processes in the Plating area in support of the manufacturing of printed circuit boards. Responsible for production support, process evaluation, and improvement of manufacturing processes utilizing statistical experimental methodologies, DOE (Design of Experiments), project management for capital equipment justification and installation of high velocity production systems. Interfaces with manufacturing, engineering, suppliers, and customers. Specific expertise in electrolytic and electroless plating techniques desired. Requires exceptional, demonstrated ability in both technical circuit board technology techniques, and general communication and leadership skills. Bachelor or Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Industrial / Manufacturing or related field preferred with 3-5 years experience in circuit board manufacturing.

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