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The Greenline Report

News for Your Career in the Electronics Industry

July 2007


Making yourself irresistible to employers
Abridged: Star Tribune ST. PAUL, MN -- If you've been passed over for promotion, rejected for the job of your dreams or lost enthusiasm in your current career, maybe it's time to go back and add the skills and education that would make you irresistible to employers.

"We see many adult learners return because they are passionate about a career change and opportunities for advancement," says Dara Hagen, director of career services at Century College. It's becoming very common for students to return to school because without it many are not eligible for a promotion and, in some cases, would not even be eligible to apply for the job they now hold.

Lack of a bachelor's degree can also limit your ability to move to other opportunities, which is becoming increasingly important. Once you have a degree, your career options take off. Returning to school does take sacrifices, and it is hard work, but the sense of satisfaction and the skills developed can pay off not only in career progression but in your own level of satisfaction with your life.

Tip for narrowing your job search
Abridged: StarTribune.com WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Take a little more time to put together an impressive cover letter, resume and portfolio that could target an employer you would really like to work for, and one that might offer more of what you really want. In other words, in order to find success, narrow your job search.

Focus on the transferable skills you most enjoy using and consider the environment in which they would most come alive. Know what you really want out of a job before starting the job search. By studying yourself first, you gain an advantage over others who are following the trail of jobs that they either don't have a chance of getting, or wouldn't want if they did get it.

Write down what you really want out of a job - money, good benefits, working for a large company, in a specific field and more. Then think of your skill set, and search for jobs that combine the most important factors you have listed. Prioritize what's most important, and analyze where you would be willing to negotiate or compromise. Find the job you want; don't take a job you need. By doing this you will gain an idea of where you would be most likely to find a good fit.


Taking a career detour
Abridged: StarTribune.com ST. PAUL, MN -- Sometimes in order to land the job or career you want, you need to take a career detour. That means taking a job within an industry or field that can be a steppingstone to the career you really want.

Working a full-time, demanding job might be a way of building a financial stash prior to embarking on a new business venture for yourself. Or working a part-time or less demanding job might help you when studying toward another career. As long as you keep reminding yourself what the end goal is, a detour can be the right move.


When starting on a detour, make sure you are constantly challenging yourself and taking risks. Seek opportunities to stick your neck out and get noticed. You also need to be proactive about your goals and initiate discussions with your employers, promote yourself, and ask for opportunities to learn new skills or try out new projects. Keep in mind the ability to change industries and careers takes considerable patience and persistence, and typically the willingness to work for less income and perhaps in less ideal positions - to get where you want.

Job seeker scam surfaces in Delaware
Abridged: Consumer Affairs WASHINGTON D.C. -- There's a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. Criminals are targeting job seekers -- presumably the very people who can least afford to be cheated out of more than $2,000. The scam has surfaced in Wilmington, Delaware, where victims were enticed by a small ad in the News Journal, a local newspaper.

"No experience necessary -- paid training," the ad promised.
Wilmington police say that at least three readers fell for it, quickly discovering it was too good to be true. Those who called the phone number in the ad received an employment packet from Phoenix Direct marketing Group, along with a check for $2,500. Applicants were told the check was supposed to be for $250, to cover the applicant's two hours of training. The applicants were instructed to deposit the check, then send back a check for $2,250.

That's where this scam becomes just like all the rest of the fake check scams. When the victims deposited the checks for $2,500, which were clever forgeries, the deception was not immediately noticed. It was not until the victims had wired $2,250 of their own money to the scammer that the fake checks bounced. Police say the checks were written on phony accounts at the Kilowatt Credit Union in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Do's and Don'ts of handling interview silence
Abridged: CareerBuilder.com You're at a meeting or job interview. You've just answered a difficult question or made an important point and are met with an unmovable silence. You wait, growing a bit uneasy, but the room remains deafeningly still. Knowing what to say is important. Knowing when to stop is vital. To keep from talking yourself out of a job remember these Do's and Don'ts.

Do your homework beforehand. Anticipate questions that are likely to be asked and prepare brief (two minutes or less) compelling answers to each. Don't spend time talking about dates, chronology or other information readily available on your resume unless asked to do so. Do pause briefly before answering a difficult question to gather your thoughts. It not only helps you organize what you want to say, but will make you appear more sincere.

Do pay attention to verbal and non-verbal cues from the others in the room to gauge their reaction and adjust your responses accordingly. Do bring along a portfolio of successful projects (if applicable to your line of work) so that the interviewer can see and get a feel for the breadth of what you can do and ask about the projects which interest him or her. Become comfortable with silence. Remember, eloquence is saying the proper thing... And then stopping!

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

Quality Manager – California
Our client has an opening for a senior level quality director that has experience maintaining certifications, writing corrective actions to departments that are violating written procedures. Candidate needs to have extensive background in PCB manufacturing and ISO in a high technology product environment. Must have strong customer interaction skills.

Quality Engineer – EMS – Midwest US

Reviews quality assurance standards, studies existing Industry policies and procedures to evaluate effectiveness of quality assurance program within the company. Develops, evaluates, and improves quality procedures, utilizing knowledge of manufacturing processes, production equipment capabilities and assembly techniques in support of the company. Compiles statistical data and writes narrative reports summarizing quality assurance findings. Holds Quality meetings to discuss data and improvements.
Experience in any combination of Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, (in EMS) would be a definite advantage. Knowledge of ISO Standards and some experience in Quality System auditing. Excellent communication skills are required.

Technical Support Engineer – China
We are seeking a Technical Support Engineer, for a consumable supplier to PCBA and EMS companies in Asia. The individual should have a strong background in the support of solder assembly products and there applications for SMT and wave soldering. Must have 3 + years of SMT and wave solder experience.

Department Managers – Imaging & Mechanical (China)
Multiple Positions

Supervisors and coordinates the activities of all personnel engaged in the manufacture of printed circuit boards in their department. Take action to resolve technical and/or personnel problems that may adversely affect schedule/quality performance. Enforce shop rules and safety practices in accordance with Company Policies. Assure product quality goals are met or exceeded.

Managing Director (Europe)
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.

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