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News for Your Career in the Electronics Industry

November 2007

 

Considering a new career path?
Abridged: Daily OM LOS ANGELES, CA -- What we do for a living can be intimately intertwined with who we are. Often, people expect to grow and thrive in one career over a period of decades. For others, however, that expectation is unrealistic. As they themselves change, they become dissatisfied with the profession that once brought them joy. This is not unusual in modern times, where more and more people are changing careers not just once, but many times over the course of their lives.

Because your career is a part of who you are, switching to another can be a long and involved process that requires courage and determination. The challenges, which can include stepping into unfamiliar territory, going back to school, or learning to live on less income, are very real, but the rewards can trump them. Changing careers, if done thoughtfully, can be one of the most richly satisfying and exciting experiences of your life.

Focus on your strengths, rather than skills you may be lacking. Seeking skill training or the help of a career counselor can be helpful. It's normal to be nervous when seeking out a new career, particularly if you are established in your current profession. But the payoff can be true satisfaction in finding work that you can love, and, it's never too late for change.”

Turn off the tube and read a business magazine!
Abridged: JobSeekerWeekly.com LOS ANGELES, CA -- Imagine how being able to make conversation about the latest industry trends and events can be used as an ice breaker while networking. You can stimulate conversation by asking the opinions of others on industry developments -- all the while appearing to be the well-informed expert. That's what reading trade publications can do for you.

In fact, the person with the most power in a conversation is often the facilitator of the conversation - the one asking questions and opinions of others, listening intently and showing respect for each person’s answers without taking a position too strongly, being argumentative or coming off like a know-it-all.

Your ability to demonstrate keen industry knowledge in conversation helps you project confidence. It also makes an all important yet unspoken statement that you are dedicated and conscientious about your chosen profession -- inspiring others to instinctively feel confident about your skills and abilities. Doors open. Opportunities present themselves. So turn off that T.V. every once in a while and curl up with a good business or trade magazine.

 

Job references you can't control
Abridged: Wall Street Journal NEW YORK, NY -- Traditionally, recruiters call references after a thorough face-to-face interview. The contacts are provided by the job seekers and are typically people who are likely to provide a positive recommendation. However, these days your prospective boss may have called your references before you walk through the door -- and they may not be the contacts you provided.

Professional networking sites such as LinkedIn Corp. and Jobster Inc. are making it easier for employers to get in touch with people who have worked with job candidates in the past or know them personally. Recruiters say they use such sites -- where people create online profiles and then link to professional colleagues who are also members -- to find mutual connections they can hit up for information.

Such reference checking can be a "double edged sword." Many social networking users routinely connect online to people they have only a passing relationship with. There's no guarantee these references will be favorable. Additionally a potential employer can inadvertently turn your covert job search public, by contacting a current coworker for a reference. On the other hand many profiles list glowing recommendations from contacts and coworkers that help a job search. Just be careful and aware of what employers may find when they do their homework on you.

Starting a job on the right foot
Abridged: AskTheHeadhunter.com NEWARK, NJ -- You've got a great new job. Now what? How do you parlay the wonderful impression you created in your interviews into success during the first few weeks on your new job? Here are a few tips on how to do that:

Join the team. Get adopted by someone on your new team, so you can learn quickly the ins and outs of how the work is done. Having a mentor is crucial. This gives you someone to bounce your ideas off of, someone to ask for guidance and someone who can introduce you to others in the company.

Respect the culture. Many new hires expect that new ideas they bring with them are just what the company needs, and they often go overboard in acting like a breath of fresh air. While it's good to jump right in and participate, it's important to respect the culture and social structure of the team. Earn your way in by helping, not by taking over.

Become the problem solver. Everyone wants a "win" when starting a new job, because it's a good way to score points with the boss and the rest of the team. In fact, there's a better way to stand out: become "the fixer". Identify the problems your predecessor left behind and correct them. Almost anything you do to "fix" existing problems will be noticed, appreciated and regarded as improvements.

Potential employees turned off by bad interviews
Abridged: Director of Finance Online LONDON, UK -- Job interviews can leave candidates with a bad impression of the employer - even when the job is offered. Potential recruits frequently leave the selection process thinking that the company is rude, prejudiced or simply inefficient, according to a survey of approximately 2000 people on behalf of T-Mobile.

The research suggests a divide between what applicants think should be asked and what potential employers want to know. Candidates expected questions relating to the job and setting out a career progression. However, 40% of those saying they had a bad interview experience said they were asked questions unconnected with the job. Such questions may have been about the person but some candidates interpreted them as being sexist or racist.

Complaints by those with bad experiences were that interviewers were late, inattentive, ate during their meeting, or where even drunk. Almost half the people saying they had a bad interview turned down the job if it was offered. Mark Markin, human resources director at T-Mobile, said, "Interviewees are always under pressure to create a good first impression but it seems businesses need to feel a bit of that pressure as well.”

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

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
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.

Director of Engineering – California
Successful candidate will manager and direct the engineering staff Position requires Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline and seven years of progressively complex technical experience in PCB manufacturing.  Incumbent will be recognized for their achievement and technical expertise within their field. Will interface with internal and external customers. This position will be accountable for developing strategic plans and process improvements in conjunction with the Engineering Team.  Strong understanding of DFM control essential, SPC and DOE.  Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in a management/leadership role in a mfg. environment. 

Quality Engineer UK
Tasks:
Includes but not limited to: aiding in the analysis of products and processes to elaborate response to current quality issues and work towards eliminating future quality problems; responsibility over the customer complaint process including writing of corrective action reports, development of quality improvement plans; act as a liaison in planning, communicating and resolving quality issues; assist in manufacturing and engineering in identifying and eliminating root cause failures; prepare procedures related to the quality function; work the necessary hours to fulfill the business demands.

Qualifications: Must have: 2 years in Quality Engineering activities, 2 years experience in Printed circuit board manufacturing and/or assembly manufacturing environment, ASQ certification strong knowledge of ISO requirements and MIL-31032/MIL55110, good communication skills

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.

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