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February 2008

 

Passion essential to landing that dream job
Abridged: Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES, CA -- If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a better job -- or just find a job -- you have lots of company right now. January is historically a peak hiring month. Many businesses operate on a calendar year budgeting cycle, so now they have money to fill vacancies or expand. Now could be the time to land your dream job. But first you have to know where to look and what to look for.

"Our parents were told that you went to school and then you made a career choice," he says, and that was it. And for generations, an American worker could expect to be hired and retired by the same employer. But the economy -- not to mention individuals' attention spans and expectations -- has changed. Today, someone will go job hunting at least eight times in his or her life, writes Richard Bolles in his classic career-seekers guide, "What Color Is Your Parachute?"

How to discover a passion that pays? There's little mystery here, experts agree. You have to be honest with yourself -- about your skills, what you like to do and (most important) what you don't like to do. Susan W. Miller, founder of California Career Services, asks employed clients a seemingly simple question: When you're having a good day at work, what exactly are you doing? Among all the things that you do every day at work, what do you do best?

Most U.S. workers not living the dream
Abridged: MSNBC NEW YORK, NY -- More than four out of five U.S. workers do not have their dream jobs, which most people describe as work that is fun, according to a survey released Thursday. Overall, 84 percent of respondents said they are not in their dream jobs, the study found.

Asked what they had wanted to be as adults when they were children, 22 percent of people surveyed said firefighter, 17 percent said princess and 16 percent said professional dancer. An equal number of people -- 14 percent -- wanted to be cowboy or president.

Salary was one of the least important requirements of a dream job, cited by just 12 percent of respondents in the survey by CareerBuilder.com. Having fun at a dream job was cited by 39 percent as most important, with 17 percent saying making a difference in society was most important, the survey showed. "That fun was more important than money, that was reassuring when you're looking at the workplace and what defines happiness for people in their jobs," said Jennifer Sullivan, spokeswoman for CareerBuilder.com.

 

Update wardrobe for job success
Abridged: Chicago Tribune CHICAGO, IL -- A recent study by two economists at Elon University in North Carolina suggests people -- particularly men -- who invest in their appearance receive higher pay. The thinking is, if you care enough to put on a necktie, there's a good chance you're also a conscientious and agreeable worker.

While good grooming wasn't a negative for women, it didn't boost pay since women are often assumed to be detail-oriented anyway. The study, by professors Steve DeLoach and Tina Das, adds to a body of research on the topic. One paper, published in 1994, found that men with facial symmetry -- a handsome mug, essentially -- earned 12 percent to 15 percent more than men who ranked in the lowest category for looks.

Of course, rating attractiveness is not an exact science, and there is more to getting ahead than being a bombshell. But career coaches say it's important for both genders to dress appropriately for the job.

 

Job Seekers: Protect your social security number
Abridged: PrivacyRights.org LOS ANGELES, CA -- Some legitimate online job application sites and employment kiosks may sometimes ask for your Social Security number (SSN) and date of birth prior to posting a resume or applying for a job. (For example, www.sportsauthority.com, www.albertsons.com, usajobs.opm.gov, studentjobs.gov, and many state job sites request this information.) Some of these sites conduct instant SSN matching or background checks on your information to verify it.

It is the position of the World Privacy Forum that you as a job seeker should never have to submit your SSN or date of birth prior to applying for a job, especially online where verification of where the SSN is going is more challenging. Broad dissemination of your SSN can lead to identity theft. It is appropriate for you to allow a serious employer to use your SSN and date of birth to conduct a background check after you have engaged in the interview process.

Not all sites that request your SSN and date of birth are legitimate. As a general rule, you should not supply this information up front, especially in combination with your credit card information.

The secret to landing your dream job? Hard work.
Abridged: Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES, CA -- Victoria Young has figured this out, and she's still in college. The 20-year-old University of California-Los Angeles senior, her sights set on a marketing position in an entertainment company, has interned with Sony Corp. and is now interning with Disney Worldwide Outreach, a division of Walt Disney Co.

She's already a skilled networker, e-mailing friends, former co-workers and current Disney colleagues to let them know of her job interests and handing out the business cards she received through her part-time job as a campus sales rep for Dell Inc. Getting hired is all about doggedness and focus. It means throwing yourself out there over and over again and facing rejection. Again and again.

Important things to do along the way:

  Post your resume online (more info)

  Apply directly to a companies (more info)

  Tap the "hidden" job market through networking

  Contact a recruiter (more info)

  Research the company and job before the interview

  Be patient

We need your help; good people always seem to know good people - that's why we place a high value on the recommendations we receive from our candidates. If the person you refer for one of these five positions is hired we’ll send you a $250.00 gift card. For a complete list of all open jobs please visit us at http://www.greenlinegroup.net/jobs.htm

PCB Sales Manager West Coast
WE ARE SCHEDULING INTERVIEWS AT DESIGNCON 2008 – SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER FEBRUARY 5th-7th…..

Our client is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art printed circuit boards for Aviation, Space and Medical applications.  The company has a solid reputation of success in manufacturing the most challenging circuit board designs while maintaining the highest levels of product quality.  We have maintained consistent and stable growth for the 25 years, hold an ISO certification and have been granted the distinguished status of being named preferred supplier of numerous aerospace companies.

We are seeking a professional energetic PCB Sales Manager with a passion for excellence in customer satisfaction.

Job Description 

Candidate selection will be made on the following capabilities and attributes:

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Excellent organizational and follow-up skills

Multi-tasking, high energy individual

A passion for customer satisfaction

Minimum of two years customer service experience in the PCB industry

Thorough understanding of the PCB manufacturing process

Fluency in reading and interpreting drawings and specifications

Definite Plus:

Military or Aerospace market background

Flex and Rigid-Flex circuit board knowledge

Wet Process Manager
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.

PCB Application Engineer – Mexico
1. The position is located in Guadalajara Mexico.
2. Provide support to the business manager technically and commercially by providing information quotation information to enable the business development manager to follow-up successfully with the customer(s).
3. Understand the requirements of the customer and address them through the vendors or other sources.
4. Resolve technical issues arising at the customer and vendor’ end.
5. Develop system and procedures to ensure supplies and deliveries are effected as per plan and customer’s requirements.
6. Develop vendor for the organization.
7. Work closely with QC representatives in the field to ensure products are shipped with zero defects.
8. In depth knowledge of requirements ISO, QS, TS, APQP, PPAP as relevant to the technology/ product areas - PCB and PCBA/EMS.
9. Remain updated with developments in the specific products and technology areas that are of direct interest to the employer’s business interest and provide feedback to enable the organization to leverage growth based on such developments.
10. Must be a hands on person.

Requirements:
1. Knowledge of PC Boards Design, Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing and Printed Circuit Board Assembly.

2. Technical Qualification, preferably a Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering

Sales Director – Semiconductor Capital Equipment – Taiwan
Key attributes for the ideal candidate include:
Minimum 5 years
of relevant experience in sales, marketing or application of semiconductor equipment products 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 accounts.

Strong presentation, sales, negotiation and influencing skills. Strong network of OEM's in semiconductor capital equipment and industrial markets.
Additional requirements:
Prefer Bachelors business or technical discipline or equivalent certification and experience.
Must be willing to travel up to 50% throughout Asia.

Must have excellent command of both English and Mandarin.

Technical Sales Manager – Taiwan & Malaysia
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.

 

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