Three insider tips
for successful job hunting
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
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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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
·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
· 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
· 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
Wet Process Manager (Texas and
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.
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