The Greenline Report
News for Your
Career in the Electronics Industry
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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
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)
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
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
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
Select develop train and appraise all members of production management
Actively participate to ensure compliance of quality programs throughout
Other duties and projects as assigned.
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