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Career in the Interconnect Industry
Labor market Upturn
In the last four months we have seen a significant upturn in the
labor market for the Electronic Interconnect Industry. The New Year has
started with a bang, with all leading employment indicators trending upward
and job opportunities expanding daily. In fact the war for talent is on in
our industry. Many very talented individuals have left the industry for
greener pastures, which is now creating a shortage of experienced personal.
We expect the demand for talent in our industry to get stronger in the
months to come.
As the competition for talent intensifies, recruiting and retention have
emerged as top concerns for employers. With the economy on track and
unemployment at a four and a half year low, business needs are propelling
this competition. The major propellants of the competition are experienced
employees eager to make a change.
If you have considered making a career change in the past or are looking to
work for an organization whose mission is more in line with yours, now is
the time we should talk.
So, if you’re ready to put your job search into high gear and see exclusive
positions that are not always advertised send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or give us a call today (888-350-3371), too confidentially discuss your
background and career objectives.
Labor Report: Springtime
Abridged: Bureau of Labor Statistics
WASHINGTON, DC -- Employers added 211,000
jobs in a springtime hiring burst that benefited almost all sectors of the
economy and lowered the national unemployment rate to 4.7 percent. The
latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department, suggested that an
accelerating economic expansion is putting companies in the hiring mood,
brightening prospects for job seekers.
Hiring gains were fairly widespread. Construction, retailers, financial
activities, education and health care, and government were among the sectors
posting payroll gains. The unemployment rate, which dropped from February's
4.8 percent, ended up matching January's jobless rate, which was the lowest
in 4 1/2 years. "Businesses are regaining confidence to the point where they
are now actively hiring new workers," said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at
Bank of America's Investment
With the economy growing smartly and the job market flowering, the Federal
Reserve and other economists are keeping a close eye on wage growth.
Analysts believe the economy emerged from an end-of-year funk and grew at an
annual rate of 4.5 percent or higher in the just ended January-to-March
quarter. The economy is expected to moderate in the current April-to-June
quarter but still turn in a good performance.
Higher demand for hi-tech
NEW YORK, NY -- Tech workers are back in
hot demand, according to a recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas
Inc., an employment consulting firm. Tech-sector job cuts in the first
quarter of 2006 were 40% lower than the same quarter last year. The tech
sector, which includes computer, telecommunications, electronics and
e-commerce, announced 39,379 job cuts in the first three months of 2006,
down from 59,537 in the first quarter of 2005.
Mergers and acquisitions have been a driving factor behind tech sector job
cuts for several quarters. "Despite the inevitable job-cutting that
typically follows mergers; the job market picture for the nation's tech
workers is definitely improving. Many job seekers in high-demand fields are
probably finding themselves in the driver's seat when it comes to
negotiating employment terms," John Challenger, chief executive officer of
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a statement.
"Some businesses may regret some of the job cuts they made in recent years
... Recent surveys suggest that employers are having an increasingly
difficult time finding information technology (IT) workers." In a quarterly
survey by the tech industry trade publication CIO Magazine, 26.3% of chief
information officers said IT labor was hard to find and keep. That is double
the 13% of CIOs who said the same thing a year ago.
Professional attire projects
the right image
LAWRENCE, KS -- The rule of thumb is no
matter what position you're applying for, always dress above it, says Becky
Gonzales, senior manager of human resources for the Golf Course
Superintendents Association of America. Dressing right plays a big part in
the way your professionalism is viewed. You can have great experience and
great things to say, but they won't get heard if you're completely
inappropriately dressed. You might be risking the chance of getting the job.
Dress up! Gina Starnes, associate director for employer relations at KUs
University Career Center, spends a good chunk of her time telling students
what they should wear for job interviews. For men, wear a suit and tie for
most interviews. For women, wear a suit - a skirt or pants will work in most
cases. And for everyone: Pay attention to the details like polishing your
shoes, combing your hair, cleaning under your fingernails and avoiding too
much perfume or cologne. Candidates also should keep their jewelry modest,
Starnes says. Men should take out jewelry such as earrings that some
prospective bosses might find inappropriate.
Dressing well for an interview is a compliment to the person you're
interviewing, she says. It says, “I respect you.” I'm serious about working
for you. Mary Rodriguez, human resources director for Lawrence Public
Schools, says interviewers may not even notice exactly what a candidate is
wearing. But in some ways, she says, that's the goal.
enjoy being their own bosses
Abridged: The New York Times
NEW YORK, NY -- A recent study by the Center
for Women's Business Research in Washington found that the number of women-owned
businesses with no employees grew 18 percent from 1997 to 2004, twice the rate
for all businesses without employees. In addition, the revenue for such
women-owned firms grew 66 percent, compared with 42 percent over all. The center
estimates that about 5.4 million firms fall into the category of women-owned
businesses with no employees, and they generate an estimated $167 billion in
Michelle S. Butler, program director of the Women's Business Center of
California in San Diego, said: "Women are going out and taking matters into
their own hands. That's why they've become the fastest-growing demographic of
entrepreneurs." The businesses they choose often dovetail with their own
interests or expertise, resulting in a wide variety of start-ups.
In San Diego, Ms. Butler gave these examples: a Mexican immigrant whose family
had been in the trucking business bought a tractor-trailer rig and established a
company to handle cross-country hauling contracts. Another woman, who had been a
nurse's aide, started a business providing health care services to the elderly
in their homes.
Many immigrants have jobs before
Abridged: Associated Press
SASABE, MEXICO -- When Pedro Lopez Vazquez
crossed illegally into the United States this month, he was not heading
north to look for a job. He already had one. His future employer even paid
$1,000 for a smuggler to help Vazquez make his way from the central Mexican
city of Puebla to Aspen, Colorado. "We're going to Colorado to work in
carpentry because we have a friend who was going to give us a job," Vazquez
A growing number of U.S. employers and migrants are tapping into an
underground employment network that matches one with the other, often before
the migrants leave home. "It continues to become clear who controls
immigration: It's not governments, but rather the market," said Jorge
Santibanez, director of the Tijuana-based think-tank Colegio de la Frontera
Norte. As debate over immigration heats up in the U.S., more and more U.S.
companies in need of cheap labor are turning to undocumented employees to
recruit friends and relatives back home, and to smugglers to find job
Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, U.S. prosecution of employers who hire
such workers has dwindled to a trickle as the government puts its resources
toward national security. The few cases that are prosecuted, however,
highlight how lucrative a business recruiting undocumented workers has
Women in the workforce
LOS ANGELES, CA -- The percentage of women
in the work force has declined steadily during the past five years.
Sociologists and economists suggest that women may have already hit a wall
in the amount of work that they can pack into a week. Others say many women
simply are opting to raise families.
But it's not only time constraints and family demands that have taken a toll
on the percentage of women in the work force. The decline for most groups of
women since the recession of 2001 reflects an overall slowdown in hiring,
which affected men and women roughly equally. "The main reason for women's
declining labor-force participation rates over the last four years was the
weakness of the labor market," says Heather Boushey, an economist at the
Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal research institute in
A startling report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers,
presented to Congress last month, says the decrease in the rate of women
entering the work force is slowing the nation's economic growth. "The new
factor at play," the report says, "is the change in the trend in the female
participation rate, which has edged down on balance since 2000 after having
risen for five decades.”
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process and reporting including preparation of journal entries, G/L and P&L
analysis and Balance Sheet reconciliation
corporate reporting including weekly & monthly reports
Prepare daily and
weekly sales & booking reports.
Inventory & cost
developing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures, internal controls
documentation and assessment.
issues & Special projects
Engineering Manager (Southwest)
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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)
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Quality Engineer (NY)
– Monitor customer and internal quality issues. Assist as necessary and
appropriate with reactions plans and follow-up. Promptly highlight unusual or
potentially costly events. Regularly review customer “Report Cards” for trend
changes in our product’s performance. Initiate root cause investigations to
resolve recurring problems and interface with customer representatives as
appropriate regarding resolution.
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)
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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) Rocky Mountains, 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
and 3rd shift positions available.
Director of Operations – Southwest
is PCB manufacturer in Southern California seeks an experienced operations
manager in PCB fabrication. Strengths in manufacturing planning and systems,
High volume and quick turn. Military and commercial product. Will oversee
all aspects of a successful three shift operation. Must have a strong
working knowledge of the printed circuit board manufacturing/engineering
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