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News for Your Career in the Electronics Industry

November 2008

 

Three insider tips for successful job hunting
Abridged:Themorningcall.com NEW YORK, NY -- Finding a job today may be more difficult than it was a year ago. The economic malaise that set in last summer has resulted in thousands of layoffs across different industries. But with a little creativity, finding a job in today's environment is by no means impossible. From Joe Turner of CareerBuilder.com, an online job search site, here are three ideas for how to approach your job search differently:

Take a step back and evaluate your industry. You could explore other industries where your skills would also be a fit. Do some research and find out the sectors that are hiring the most. Focus on results. Employers want to see what you have accomplished on the job. Think of yourself as a mini profit-and-loss center rather than just an employee. If you saved your previous employer $50,000, then highlight it. Put together specific examples and be ready to rattle them off to a prospective employer.

Add achievements to your resume. Remember, resumes are a valuable sales tool designed to accomplish one goal, and that is to get the interview. Add a specific achievement list to your resume. Describe the benefit that your employer gained from each item. That by itself should make your resume stand out from the crowd.

References that get you the job
Abridged: Diversityinc.com NEWARK, NJ -- Your resume is stellar. You used your network wisely. You landed the interview for your dream job and you nailed it. So why didn't you get the offer? It may be that your references were an afterthought, rather than part of your plan.

In today's competitive market, you need to be as meticulous in choosing your references as you are in every other part of your career, says Tony Jenkins, vice president of cultural competence and diversity systems for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. "Make it a part of your broader message in looking for opportunities either within the same company or moving from another organization. Build your references into your entire branding of yourself and what you want to achieve out of your career."

Choose somebody that's going to know not only your level of skill and competency but can also speak to your ability to think on the fly. A strong reference will be able to talk about the value you will bring to the job. Job seekers need to be very comfortable with reaching out to individuals that they have had working relationships with that have seen them deliver outstanding results or they have seen them or observe them accomplishing a great deal, even if that person is a peer rather than a boss
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Interview questions: Prepare for the expected
Abridged: American Chronicle LOS ANGELES, CA -- Have you ever been caught off guard by a job interview question? It's natural to be nervous during a job interview, and it can be particularly unnerving to be asked a question that you didn't expect. The best thing you can do to prepare for your next job interview is to put some time into preparing answers to some of the most common and important job interview questions.

Can you tell me something about yourself? No interview is complete until the interviewer asks this question. Most job interviewers believe that they can learn a great deal about applicants based on the way they respond to this question. If you respond by stating that you get along well with just about everybody, then the employer is likely to conclude that you have an extroverted, social personality. If you respond by saying that you are very career minded and are focused on moving up in your career as quickly as possible, the interviewer will likely interpret your response to indicate that you are very ambitious.

Either of these responses can be viewed in a positive or negative light, depending on the specifics of the job for which you are applying. Your response should be honest, but you do need to be careful about how you answer, so you can be sure that what you are saying is sending the right message to the prospective employer.

Lost your job? Breathe, then start your search.
Abridged: Chicago Tribune CHICAGO, IL -- It's not fair, you didn't expect it, but it's happened: You've been laid off. Make sure you take care of the most urgent tasks first: Check with your employer about temporarily extending your health insurance if you're eligible. Ask for recommendation letters from work and register for any unemployment benefits. If you're collecting severance, visit your local unemployment office to discuss the timing of your filing.

Now comes the hard part. Get your psychological house in order. Consider visiting family members you haven't seen in a long time. The key is, reducing that stress. Some, however, take an opposite approach. They immediately broadcast their availability to anyone who will listen on the theory that the more people who know, the better their chances of hearing about openings. Their theory is right, but their strategy is flawed. The problem is many feel panicked and start calling everybody they know. Do tell people, but don't run helter-skelter. Do it in a timely and selective manner.

Make a plan. Consider taking a workshop or join a networking and support group. Always carry your networking business cards with updated contact information. Prioritize your contacts. Put your call list together. Gather your lists of professional contacts. Your goal should be to get a face-to-face meeting. Use the meeting to ask for introductions and referrals to expand your network. Leave your anger, worry and fear outside the room. Stay focused and calm.

Interview tips for the mature job seeker
Abridged: Business Wire NORFOLK, VA -- Make a favorable first impression in interviews. Radiate energy, friendliness, confidence and competence. Look savvy and contemporary. Outdated haircuts and clothes reinforce stereotypes that older workers resist change. Sit or stand erect. Slumping projects exhaustion and age.

Demonstrate strengths. Arm yourself with examples or anecdotes to reinforce strengths. Refer to past accomplishments and skills, explain how you'd tackle problems. Show how judgment, experience and consistent achievements enable you to make significant contributions.

Demonstrate enthusiasm and passion for the work. Show you're in tune with industry trends and have the necessary technical skills. Demonstrate ability to mentor less experienced co-workers. Speak comfortably of your flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, and openness to new ideas. Emphasize patience and good health. Maintain optimism. Your attitude about age influences how you are perceived by others. Accentuate your ability to contribute. Believe you can continue to grow and produce.

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 four 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


GLOBAL ACCOUNT MANAGER-PCB & EMS - GERMANY

Our client is a leading global Printed Circuit Board and EMS provider with multiple manufacturing locations worldwide. They are seeking to hire a Global Account Manager in Germany with experience selling PCB’s and EMS companies.

 

The Global Account Manager position is that of primary focal point within the client’s organization for developing a strong, strategic business partnership with their targeted Global Account.  The Global Account Manager is responsible for managing the development, implementation and administration of a Global Business Plan that ensures the successful achievement of financial and developmental growth objectives for our client at their assigned Global Account.

 xperience:

Ten years sales experience, five of which have been in global sales position.
Experience within the printed circuit board or automotive industry required.  Experience in both industries preferred.

·                           Excellent organizational and communications skills.

·                           Ability to travel 50% + of the time.

Skills:

·                           Good presentation skills

·                           Good negotiation skills

·                           Good English, and very good German skills are required

Quality Engineer - Midwest

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

Managing Director (Germany)

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.

Wet Process Manager (Texas and Canada)

Our client’s need a Wet Process Manager.  This position requires an individual who can work in a fast-paced production environment.

 Job duties include:  managing the areas of artwork preparation, photo printing, solder mask, plating, and etching.  Overseeing an allocating personnel, material, and equipment resources to meet production schedules. 

 Monitoring production and quality performance and adjusting resources as necessary to meet production and quality goals.  Working with other departments such as Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Facilities to obtain necessary support to meet production and quality objectives.  Preparing performance appraisals, training plans, coaching documents, and other written tools for development of employees.  Implementing statistical process control (SPC), lean manufacturing, and team building to improve the production and quality performance of these manufacturing areas.

The successful candidate will possess, as a minimum, a Bachelor degree in a technical or business discipline. This position requires, at minimum, 8 years of experience in manufacturing environment, in printed circuit board fabrication.

Please take a moment and email us with an updated resume if you have not done so recently. resume@greenlinegroup.net

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