The Greenline Report
News for Your Career in the Electronics Industry
Employers increasingly jilted by job seekers
NEW YORK, NY -- The first step to acing the interview: Show up! I know this
sounds obvious, but apparently not to everyone. "It happens all the time
lately," says Emmanuel Conde, director of recruitment for Alliant
Technologies, an information-technology staffing firm that estimates about
50 percent of entry-level IT professionals they try to place don't show up
for interviews. Among senior level folks, about 20 percent skip it.
The no-show phenomenon is a growing problem for many recruiters and hiring
managers, and it's pervasive in a host of industries from high tech to
health care. Career experts believe an increasingly tight labor market and
the deterioration of common courtesy is contributing to the trend, but it
may also be that job applicants are also being treated as commodities today.
"Companies get thousands of resumes, and no human being can read them all.
So everyone is a cog in a wheel, a commodity," says Seth Godin, author of
"The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick).”
Nonetheless, not showing up can come back to haunt you. You'll risk being
labeled unreliable, and word could get out that you flake out. If you get a
better offer, however, Godin says a job applicant would be nuts not to blow
off a previous interview commitment that conflicts. "Get as many job
interviews as you can on Monday, and then take the best ones," he explains.
But, remember to call to cancel the ones you can't attend.
How to answer weird interview questions
Abridged: Career Journal
NEW YORK, NY -- Career experts advise job applicants to rehearse answers to
common questions ahead of the interview. But what's a job seeker to do when
asked an oddball query like: "What is your perception of the painting in the
lobby?" That question -- along with "Can you tell a joke?" and "What would you
do with a million dollars?" -- were among some of the most bizarre questions
posed by interviewers in the past year, according to a survey of 3,725 job
hunters by Development Dimensions International (DDI) Inc. and Monster Worldwide
Cathy Goodwin, a career consultant in Seattle, says some interviewers ask
strange questions because it's company policy. "They don't know how to interpret
them any more than you do," she says. The purpose is often to see how well job
seekers think on their feet, so when posed an off-kilter question, it's best to
not get rattled, she adds. No matter how bizarre the question, offer a response,
says Tom Gimbel, chief executive officer of The LaSalle Network, a recruiting
firm based in Chicago. "Not answering doesn't accomplish anything," he says.
Beyond the goofy questions are the inappropriate ones. The DDI/Monster survey
indicates that hiring managers also pose queries about personal matters. You may
be able to avoid giving a direct answer to an intrusive question by guessing the
interviewer's motivation, says Scott Erker, a senior vice president at DDI, an
executive-search consulting firm in Pittsburgh, Pa. For example, if an
interviewer asks how many children you have, assume he or she wants to know if
you'll be able to balance work and family, he explains. Answer by describing
your ability to get the job done, says Mr. Erker.
Don’t mind me, I’m just texting
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Hey you! Yes, you with your iPod earbuds and your unlimited
texting plan. If you've been on a dozen interviews in the past two months and
still don't have a job, the problem might be in the palm of your hand. It's not
just resumes that are catching hiring managers' eyes but job candidates who
don't know when to give their gadgets a rest, displaying more interest in their
electronics than their careers.
To be fair, for a younger generation, our tech-oriented culture makes it hard to
know what's appropriate and what isn't. When you post your resume on a
recruiting Web site, set up the interview online while downloading music and
then use your cell phone to call and confirm your appointment, why is it so
wrong to walk into the office waiting room playing a game on your portable
device? Most employers will see it as a sign of disrespect and/or inability to
give your job first priority during work hours.
too often, interviewers are watching people answer a cell call or text
message in an interview. "Don't come to the interview with your iPod, your
cell phone, your cup of coffee or anything else other than yourself and a
portfolio with an extra copy of your resume and your list of references,"
says Alison Doyle, a job-search expert. Studies have found that your
nonverbal communication will have more than triple the impact of your actual
Americans find their jobs to be empty of meaning
Abridged: American Dream Project
SAN DIEGO, CA -- For over 3 years the American Dream Project has been
working to ensure that Americans are striving to live their personal dreams
and that America is a physically and psychologically healthy society for
all. As part of their mission, they have been conducting an online Dream
Life Assessment polling over 10,000 people. This questionnaire asks
participants to grade themselves on key questions related to their
lifestyle, relationships, and career. The results of the assessment are not
only fascinating but also staggering.
According to the assessment, while people spend more time at their jobs than
ever before, people are also least satisfied in this arena of their lives.
Whereas one's career, according to Will Marre, founder of American Dream
Project, should be "your evolving means of self-expression, or better yet,
soul expression," Americans are finding their careers empty of meaning,
satisfaction, and value. Of the 6,705 people who answered the survey, nearly
75% feel unsuited for their career and find their work to be void of value,
joy, and meaning.
These findings correspond to several other national surveys regarding
employment satisfaction. Marre stated that because of the American Dream
Project's survey, he felt the results point to job dissatisfaction being a
major cause of America's chronic health woes. Marre reported that over 65
million Americans suffer from disrupted sleep, heart disease, ulcers, immune
system failure, eating disorders, and depression, which are rooted in
Potential employees turned off by bad interviews
NY -- Our career choices are the most important investment decisions we'll ever
make -- because that paycheck underwrites so many other bets, like housing,
education and retirement. And a growing number of employees have concluded that
the best way to move up is to move around. According to
international-employment-matchmaker Randstad's latest World of Work Survey, more
than half of today's employed are searching the Internet for a better situation;
yet most profess to be happy in their current jobs, despite a 41-to-60-hour work
A just-released study by the Conference Board confirms that almost
three-quarters of job-seekers are pounding virtual pavement. They're
scanning Internet job boards like Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com and
networking with friends, acquaintances and friends of acquaintances on sites
like Facebook and its business-networking predecessor LinkedIn.
Most job hunters simply scout employer offerings on job sites, but
significant percentages also post resumes and register for e-mail alerts of
openings. And these aren't necessarily unhappy campers, insists Harris
Interactive, which conducted the Randstad study. "This year, we see the
highest workforce morale in three years, mirrored by impressions of improved
productivity and less pessimism about the state of the job market," writes
Harris Senior Vice President Deanna Wert. "These workers are looking to cash
in on their skills," adds Wert, "and are more likely to switch jobs than at
any time in the past five years.”
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This position requires an individual who can work in a fast-paced
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Job duties include: managing
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successful candidate will possess, as a minimum, a Bachelor degree in a
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1. The position is located in Guadalajara Mexico.
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providing information quotation information to enable the business development
manager to follow-up successfully with the customer(s).
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areas that are of direct interest to the employer’s business interest and
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10. Must be a hands on person.
1. Knowledge of PC Boards Design, Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing and
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Sales Director – Semiconductor Capital Equipment – Taiwan
Key attributes for the ideal candidate include:
Minimum 5 years
relevant experience in sales, marketing or application of semiconductor
in Taiwanese market.
Prefer related business development experience in the semiconductor capital
equipment and industrial markets. Leverage resources and sell all products
solutions and services into assigned prospects and new divisions of existing
customers. Drive revenue and close opportunities by matching our client
solutions to customer decision makers.
Identify opportunities to develop a sales proposition. Ability to establish and
build relationships at all levels. Ability to identify and sell our client
solutions to meet account needs. Coordinate all resources working with account
through close of sale and hand off to Program Managers. Demonstrated ability to
make continuous improvements in high demand, dynamic industry. Strong command of
business and technical abilities required penetrate and grow key customers and
Strong presentation, sales, negotiation and influencing skills.
Strong network of OEM's in semiconductor capital equipment and industrial
Prefer Bachelors business or technical discipline or equivalent certification
Must be willing to travel up to 50% throughout Asia.
Must have excellent command of both English and Mandarin.
Sales Manager – Taiwan
We are seeking a Technical Sales Manager to be based in Taiwan. The individual
should possess a strong background in the support of solder assembly products or
solder assembly capital equipment; with applications including SMT, wave
soldering, and hand soldering. Frequent domestic and international travel is
necessary for this position.
Quality Engineer UK
Includes but not limited to: aiding in the analysis of products and processes to
elaborate response to current quality issues and work towards eliminating future
quality problems; responsibility over the customer complaint process including
writing of corrective action reports, development of quality improvement plans;
act as a liaison in planning, communicating and resolving quality issues; assist
in manufacturing and engineering in identifying and eliminating root cause
failures; prepare procedures related to the quality function; work the necessary
hours to fulfill the business demands.
Must have: 2 years in Quality Engineering activities, 2 years experience in
Printed circuit board manufacturing and/or assembly manufacturing environment,
ASQ certification strong knowledge of ISO requirements and MIL-31032/MIL55110,
good communication skills
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