News for Your Career in the Electronics
Job Seekers: Don't
sell yourself short
Star Tribune.com NEW YORK, NY --
Think of a resume and cover letter as a personal marketing campaign. Your
mission is to create something that stands out from the crowd and allows you
to earn what others want - the coveted interview - and a chance to sell
yourself as an employee of that company.
Putting together that marketing campaign may be as easy as simply
fine-tuning your resume and making small changes that could reap big
rewards. Considering resumes are reviewed in seconds, not minutes, the more
that jumps out at the reader, the better! Keep in mind most employers hire
for selfish reasons - to benefit their company, not your career.
That's why it's important to show your value as quickly as possible in the
'beginning' of your resume (the top third of the page). In this pivotal
region employers are seeking value and ask: 'What can you do for my company?
What is in it for the company? And ultimately, why should I care about the
name on top of the page?' A resume is like a brochure, your personal
advertisement. Make it stand out. You are selling yourself, and anything
less than perfect won't fly in a most corporations.
Looking for a job
when you have one
RUTLAND, VT -- Many people are
stuck in jobs in which they feel underpaid, underappreciated or in
situations they outright hate. So, how do you look for a job when you have
one without drawing attention to the fact that you're looking? Two basic
ways to look are by being discreet and daring! To be discreet, means looking
quietly and subtly for a job, and to be daring means looking under the nose
of your employer.
Begin networking by letting people know you are interested in making a
career move. Keep in mind that changing jobs doesn't necessarily mean
changing employers. Talk with employees at your present employer, and
inquire if any positions are opening up in the future. You should also set
up a resume that doesn't use your name or home address. Label it
"confidential." If you apply on the internet, utilize the confidential
resume choice provided by many job boards and employment websites.
The best way to be successful in finding another position is to develop an
appropriate strategy. Then follow it while keeping your eyes and ears open
at work and outside. Your own initiative can provide you with the results
you seek in finding another job.
Balancing your work
and personal life
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Success comes in
different forms for different people. Some professionals base success on
making as much money as possible. For others, it's about working less, and
spending more time doing things they enjoy outside of work.
It's important to remember that you were hired and are being paid to do a
job. When you work, do a good job and follow through on your
responsibilities. Be respectful of others, and listen to and try to
understand their concerns and support their goals whenever you can. Don't
spend time explaining or apologizing for your priorities - focus on making a
contribution when you are at work, and your outside life won't even be
When you are not at work, focus on the things you enjoy and come back
refreshed and ready to go. It's also important to keep in mind that what
works for you might not work for others. Don't judge an individual because
of his or her professional or personal lifestyle or choices. Bottom line,
behave like a professional. The notion of an honest day's work for an honest
day's pay doesn't change just because someone wants to have an outside life.
Get your foot in
StarTribune.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN --
Going after a job with a company that has no open positions can be
challenging. But it can be done, often using unconventional methods. If you
are interested in an employer that keeps a low profile or closed door, you
need to be assertive, professional and persistent.
Use caution when considering taking lower-level jobs just to get a foot in
the door. You have to know the culture of the organization - will you be
perceived as lower level and prevented from moving forward? Or is this an
organization that will value you for getting your foot in the door and
getting your hands dirty and then reward you by opening the way for you to
get where you most want to go?
If you get a meeting with a representative from your dream company you want
to come away with three things: being favorably remembered, the names of
others within the organization, and a sense of what's happening in the
field, industry and organization. If your dream-job company is not hiring
now, continue to build your resume with additional work experience and
professional development. Groom yourself for a future opportunity and be
Dream job - wrong
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN -- You've
finally been offered your dream job. You would be doing exactly what you
want in the field you desire, the commute is perfect, the hours are just
right, and the company is a solid, reputable organization. Everything's
perfect - except the salary. Now what?
Before any job offer is accepted, you must have an idea of the type of
salary you can accept in order to survive. If the job is great but the
salary doesn't meet your needs, then you have to carefully evaluate the job
offer, no matter how great it is. If you can survive on the salary offered,
then take the job with hopes your work and effort will garner a raise in the
Tell the truth to the potential employer. Everything is perfect except the
salary offer, and ask how the salary was determined. Perhaps you have
something in your background that would justify more compensation. Keep in
mind some organizations budget for a position and don't take into
consideration experience or work ethic. They simply want to hire someone to
fill the position. If that's the case, then maybe this just isn't the dream
job you thought it was.
creative in filling job openings
MILWAUKEE, WI -- Antoinette Lucero
figured she'd never find a job. Unemployed and on welfare for five years,
she wondered who would hire a deaf woman with little training. But the
29-year-old single mother learned about a free-program sponsored by staffing
company Manpower Inc. to earn certification in electronics assembly. She's
now an inspector and assembler at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, living
in her own apartment and saving for her daughter's college education.
Companies are starting to get creative when it comes to filling jobs,
looking to hire people who may be underemployed, sometimes disabled like
Lucero, or luring back retirees by offering flexible hours. Staffing
companies like Manpower and others say it's already tough to find skilled
labor. Things are only going to get worse with the nearing retirement of the
baby boomer generation, they say.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 10 million jobs will be
unfilled in 2010, when the first wave of boomers retires. Shortages are
expected for sales representatives, engineers, carpenters, plumbers and
other jobs, according to Manpower, which last year placed 4.1 million people
on permanent, temporary and contract positions in 72 countries.
We need your help; listed
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Direct and manage operations of a $10M PCB manufacturing facility to meet the
following metrics: On time delivery, damage/yield, productivity, safety,
customer satisfaction, cost budget. Develop people: Customer focused ongoing
means of involving and developing all employees; continuously improve employee
relations. Drive TQC/Continuous improvement: Prioritize and improve processes,
improve product quality. Provide leadership: Vision, communications, motivating
others, expect, inspect and enforce. Must have five plus years of PCB
manufacturing experience. Offers a competitive benefit package.
Product Engineer 2nd & 3rd Shift
Overview of Core Responsibilities: Assist in building complex hire
product under the guidance of senior personnel. Ability to carry a project
through to completion. To train in all aspects of PCB manufacturing and bring
enhancements to the process from that experience. Maintain detailed training
log. Expedite jobs to maintain adherence to predetermined schedule. Submit ideas
to support and improve process and product development.
Analyze the cost of specific R&D type work, and prepare recommendations as to
the viability of certain product types.
Critical Success Factors: Interpersonal skills, attention to detail, team
player, and materials science background or prior high performance PCB
manufacturing experience (exotic materials, heat sinks, metal core PCBs,
sequentially laminated PCBs)
Education Required: Engineering or Technical degree
Special Skill(s) Required: Willingness to learn, strong work ethic,
self-motivator and basic computer skills
Engineer Improve overall
product quality and manufacturing efficiency by developing production processes
and improving existing processes. Identify changes to products that will
improve the overall manufacturability of the product. Develops manufacturing
processes and identifies and implements improvements to existing processes by
working with Manufacturing Supervisor and CVT teams to evaluate, define, and
implement improvements to reduce cycle time and production variances. Initiate,
maintain, and train on process control requirements and ensure that the Control
Plans are created and maintained. Identifies and resolves potential
manufacturing problems by working with project engineers, quality, manufacturing
and customers. Evaluate current equipment and processes and offer suggestions
as to how they can be modified to improve quality, efficiency, and safety. Work
with new product introductions to identify issues and problems before units are
built and work to implement processes up front on these assemblies. Identify
issues from 1st article builds that require changes to processes and design and
work to implement changes. Generate technical reports for engineering,
manufacturing and customers in a timely manner. Designs, replaces and improves
general manufacturing tooling. Develop and lead evaluations/experiments (Design
of Experiments) to validate improvements and changes to processes and equipment.
Process Chemical Engineer Plating
(Midwest & East Coast)
Primary responsibility is
sustaining of processes in the Plating area in support of the manufacturing
of printed circuit boards. Responsible for production support, process
evaluation, and improvement of manufacturing processes utilizing statistical
experimental methodologies, DOE (Design of Experiments), project management
for capital equipment justification and installation of high velocity
production systems. Interfaces with manufacturing, engineering, suppliers,
and customers. Specific expertise in electrolytic and electroless plating
techniques desired. Requires exceptional, demonstrated ability in both
technical circuit board technology techniques, and general communication and
leadership skills. Bachelor or Master of Science in Chemical Engineering,
Industrial / Manufacturing or related field preferred with 3-5 years
experience in circuit board manufacturing.
Director of Engineering
Responsible for all engineering activities, including technology road maps,
research and development, process engineering, product engineering, and
revenue generation. Requires a Bachelor's Degree in a related engineering
discipline and 8+ years of experience
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