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The Greenline Report

News for Your Career in the Interconnect Industry

July 2006


The biggest concerns of hiring managers
Abridged: Job-interview-advice.net LOS ANGELES, CA -- A hiring manager puts his or her reputation on the line when choosing to endorse a candidate. And that is exactly what a hiring manager is doing when submitting a name for consideration. If they make a bad hiring decision, their ability to make sound decisions is questioned.

We have all been there, working in a department where there is an unproductive employee who insists on making waves; someone who has their own agenda and refuses to play by the rules. Perhaps you are searching for a job right now because of unbearable circumstances in your workplace. This is precisely what hiring managers are afraid of: losing good workers because of the actions of a bad employee. That cost is immeasurable.

An employee is a representative of a company and a bad hire not only affects other employees, but can also have an adverse effect on relationships with vendors and/or customers. Employers fear the loss of valuable relationships that can result from the actions of an employee. Therefore, employers will scrutinize in detail the personality of candidates before an offer is extended.

Back in the World: Transitioning from a military career
Abridged: Newsweek LOS ANGELES, CA -- Thousands of veterans return to the work force each month. Many have in-demand high-tech skills as well as so-called "soft skills" like being a team player and showing up on time. Taking a look at Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, veterans in general have had a slightly lower unemployment rate than the general public for the last 20 years.

Buried in the mounds of BLS data, however, is a troubling trend: young male vets ages 20 to 24 had almost twice the rate of unemployment as their civilian counterparts. "There is an upward trend," says Charles Ciccolella, assistant secretary of Labor for veterans employment and training. "I'm concerned about it." But Ciccolella has an explanation. He says that many young soldiers are only temporarily out of work because they need some readjustment time.

For some vets, the issue is underemployment not unemployment. Sammy Perkins would like to get a permanent job making more than his current $6 an hour as a dishwasher, but the transition to civilian life after a 21-year career in the military has been difficult. To ease the transition for both young vets and career military personnel, the Labor department along with the VA and the Department of Defense run the Transition Assistance Program (TAPS). The four-day class helps active-duty military personnel write resumes and prepare for interviews.

Study shows slow job growth in tech sector
Abridged: Associated Press RENO, NV -- Job growth in the nation's information technology industry has been weaker than some industry leaders have claimed, according to a new report. From March 2004, about two months before the industry began to recover, to February 2006, the high-tech sector has added roughly 88,600 jobs -- less than one-quarter of the roughly 400,000 jobs lost during the three previous years, the report said.

One upside, the report said, is that "there remains considerable slack in IT labor markets, so they should be able to fill new vacancies rapidly if the recovery continues." Wednesday's report by the University of Illinois, Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development was prepared for the Seattle-based Washington Alliance of Technology Workers. It examined the state of the technology industry, gauging employment trends nationally and in eight key metropolitan labor markets.

The report also said job recovery seems to be strongest in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, while Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Jose, Calif., have seen relatively modest increases in jobs.

Considering a new employment opportunity
Abridged: aicpa.org
NEW YORK, NY -- In the past, workers stayed with the same company for years, working their way up in the company. However, times have changed. Businesses facing hard economic times restructure, forcing employees to look for new jobs. It's also common for workers to change jobs several times throughout their careers as they seek higher salaries and new job opportunities. Whether you're forced to seek a new employment opportunity or are willingly doing so, you'll eventually be faced with an important decision: When you're offered a job, should you take it?

Make sure the offer is firm before you evaluate it. Don't waste time dreaming about your new position until you have gone through the interview process, gathered data on the company, and received a firm offer of employment. Only then should you take time to compare the offer you've received against the job you already have.

Make sure you find out what future opportunities exist for you to move up in the company. Determine what the company's goals are and the type of employee the company values. Is your philosophy regarding work in line with the company's? In addition, make sure the company has a future. If it's a new company, it may be at risk for folding. If the company is well established, determine if it's in a growth industry and find out what plans it has for the future.

Workers feel more secure in their jobs.
Abridged: Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In just six months, U.S. workers are showing more confidence in their job security, according to a recent survey conducted by Right Management who surveyed more than 1,000 full-time American workers. More than 80 percent of workers believe there's little to no chance they could lose their job in the coming year, an increase of 5 percent in six months.

"The slow-moving economic recovery finally seems to be taking root in workers' minds," said Eileen Javers of Right Management. "Six months ago, when we last conducted this national survey, Americans were reeling from the devastating news about Hurricane Katrina. That concern resulted in worker pessimism." Only 3 out of 10 expect unemployment to rise this year, down from 45 percent half a year ago. More than half think they may advance at their current company.

Hiring Hints: A job interview is like first date
Abridged: BizJournals.com
CINCINNATI, OH -- In the human resources world of matchmaking, an HR recruiter might view a candidate as the perfect fit when they see all of the credentials on paper. However, just as on a date, the interviewer needs to sense that certain criteria are being met in order to feel comfortable moving forward in a relationship between company and candidate.

The first question that typically enters the minds of the interviewer and the candidate is, "Can I see this working long-term?" Candidates and employers should take these decisions seriously to make the right decision so that both will benefit and be happy. Both the candidate and the interviewer should ask each other many questions. In order to find a perfect match, the candidate should be interviewing the company in the same detail that the company is interviewing the candidate. Here are some basic criteria to follow:

  • Learn as much as you can about the organization. How long has the company been in business? What is the company's turnover rate? Your knowledge of the organization will be a positive statement of how serious you are about the position.
  • Learn the organization's growth history. Is it publicly or privately held? Has the company previously been acquired, resulting in staff cuts, or has it made any acquisitions that have proved to be complementary to the overall mission of the company?
  • What is the organization's culture? Do your values match the culture it promotes? Like in-laws, these are people you'll be spending a lot of time with. Culture is an important element when choosing your next career move, as you want to make sure you'll be able to succeed in the manner in which you work best


We are currently seeking qualified candidates for these positions. If you are, or know someone who is, interested please contact us.

Program Manager East Coast & China
Please Call

Engineering Manager Scandinavia Please Call

Sales Manager PCB Southeast Asia Please Call

Front End Engineering Manager Canada Please Call

Controller (Southwest)
Complete closing process and reporting including preparation of journal entries, G/L and P&L analysis and Balance Sheet reconciliation
Responsible for corporate reporting including weekly & monthly reports 
Maintains Fixed Asset Sub-Leger
Prepare daily and weekly sales & booking reports.
Inventory & cost analysis
Assist in developing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures, internal controls documentation and assessment.
Resolving AR issues & Special projects

Design Engineering Manager - One of my top clients is looking to expand its management team by hiring a Design Engineering Manager to drive higher-technology/higher-margin new design and manufacturing business. Areas of emphasis include electrical/system engineering advancement and commercial electronic equipment development. A background in electronics design, circuit modeling/simulation and/or PCB CAD experience is essential.

Photo Supervisor (Southwest) - Please Call

Capital Equipment Sales Manager Eastern Europe Very established PCB equipment manufacturer is seeking to hire direct sales person to cover Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Hungary. Experience selling PCB capital equipment is required.

Director of Operations (China) Please call

Process Engineers (Asia)

Multiple positions available for candidates possessing five plus years of printed circuit board experience. Please call for more information.

CAM Engineer (Valor) West Coast, Midwest & Southwest
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

Departmental Supervisors

1st, 2nd and 3rd shift positions available.


Please email us on these great opportunities. resume@greenlinegroup.net

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