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September 2007

Hunting for another job on the QT
Abridged: Kansascity.com KANSAS CITY, MO -- John's looking for a job in secret because he's still employed (which most people agree is the best time to find a job). John's current boss goes to an online job board to search for potential job candidates and accidentally finds John's resume posted on the job-hunting site. Uh-oh.

This is job-hunting reality. Some surveys say that up to two-thirds of workers are at least passively looking for different jobs. And it's not uncommon for employers to find out employees are searching, leading to all kinds of loyalty vs. betrayal issues.

Several online job boards are addressing the issue with a confidentiality feature to protect job hunters identities. This option lets workers post their biographic information - basically, the stuff they'd put on a resume - without revealing their names or their current employers. Recruiters can contact promising candidates through the Web site, but they'll only learn the identification details attached to a bio if the candidate chooses to respond.

What really is the 'hidden' job market?
Abridged: Jobjournal.com SACRAMENTO, CA -- First, let's dispense with a common misconception - the hidden job market isn't really hidden at all. It's just not in plain sight. When a company is growing, the owner, president, or other hiring authority may know new employees are needed, but they don't immediately initiate the process. They may not have the time, the budget, or the willingness to go through the hassle of advertising and interviewing. So, while the need is real, the job opening itself remains hidden inside the head of the hiring manager.

When someone quits or is fired, managers will first decide if they can eliminate the job, or combine it with another position. If they decide a new person is needed, they will first look inside their organization for someone to fill the role. If that doesn't work, they'll likely ask employees for referrals. And if that doesn't work, they may opt to run an ad through HR, or hire a headhunter.

Companies often contact a headhunter when secrecy is required, because good recruiters can conduct a search without anyone ever knowing. This is especially important if an employee is going to be replaced without their knowledge - loose lips not only sink ships, they can also damage company morale. In all of these cases, jobs remain hidden to the outside world for weeks if not months. The only way for you to access this hidden job market successfully is to reach out to hiring managers directly before they decide to go the advertising or HR route.

 

Most mistakes made during interview
Abridged: Robert Half Finance & Accounting Menlo Park, CA -- Acing the interview is no easy feat, a new survey shows. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled believe job applicants make more missteps at this stage of the hiring process than at any other. Twenty-one percent of those polled said the greatest number of errors occur on resumes. The survey includes responses from more than 1,400 CFOs.

"Not knowing enough about the company or position, displaying a bad attitude or inquiring about compensation prematurely can all leave a negative impression with hiring managers," said Max Messmer, chairman of Robert Half Finance & Accounting. "Thorough preparation -- including researching the employer, rehearsing responses to common questions and understanding appropriate topics to discuss -- is the key to avoiding potential pitfalls.”

According to Messmer, how candidates behave during an interview is often viewed as a barometer of how they will perform if hired. The resume also is a critical job search tool, Messmer added. "The most fail-safe method for ensuring all application materials are error-free is to have a friend or family member review them before they are submitted.”

Ask the right questions to land the position you want
Abridged: The News-Press LOS ANGELES -- In a job interview, sometimes it's not your answers that land you the job - it's your questions. While an interviewer may ask you dozens of questions, what really sets you apart from the other candidates is by making your own queries. In fact, some interviewers automatically toss out the person who doesn't ask anything. It's a quick and easy way to narrow down a list of job candidates.

Interviewers are looking for questions that show some deeper interest in the company and the position. Remember that during this process, the interviewer will be watching to see not only if you're a good listener, but if your interest is genuine. By making the interview more of a conversation between two people, rather than an interrogation, the interviewer will be left with an impression of you as a mature professional who has the ability to relate well with others.

If you think you'll get so nervous that you can't remember even one question to ask, prepare a list before the interview. "You've done a great job reviewing all the information for me, but I just want to go over a couple of things to make sure I've got it all," you can say.

Personal Websites and Voice Mails thwarting job opportunities
Greenline Group Career Blog More and more employers are reviewing personal websites during the hiring process. They are also listening to voice mails left on cell and home telephones. If a prospective employer listened to your voice mails, what impress would they have of you?

The higher the position, the more likely an employer is to “Google” your name to see what comes up out there!

If you do have a personal web site or a MySpace account, you need to review it from the eyes of your potential employer. The potential employer will not view the site in the same light as a friend or acquaintance. After the review would the employer be more or less impressed with you? Would the web site have any influence on their hiring decision?

Too often, information that seems harmless on your website can ruin your chances of being hired by many companies! Go to your site right now and review it objectively. Remove any and all “controversial” information and any inappropriate links! Just remember our next job offer could be affected by your decision.

U.S. cracks down on illegal immigrant employment
Abridged: Reuters WASHINGTON, DC -- The Bush administration said on Friday it would increase scrutiny and impose heftier fines on U.S. businesses that employ illegal immigrants as it sought to step up enforcement. In fact, there are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Employers must currently verify that their workers are in the United States legally by collecting their Social Security numbers and immigration documents. Those numbers are checked against the U.S. government's database, and employers are notified of those that don't match up.

Under the new rule, which will take effect in 30 days, employers notified of a mismatch will have 90 days to confirm that the employee is in the country legally, or fire them if not. Those who do not comply could face fines of up to $12,500 per violation, a 25 percent increase over the existing maximum, as well as possible criminal charges

We need your help; listed below are five very rewarding positions that we need qualified referrals for. If the person you refer for one of these five positions is hired we’ll send you a $100.00 gift card. For a complete list of all open jobs please visit us at http://www.greenlinegroup.net/jobs.htm

 

Field Service Engineer – Taiwan
Our client supplies high-value, high-technology manufacturing equipment to the global electronics market. More specifically, our equipment is used in the manufacture of digital and analog semiconductor devices, passive components, and electronic interconnect circuits as well as vision solutions for other OEM suppliers.
The successful candidate will be part of the Asian Customer Operations team in the role of Field Service Engineer for the line of Dispensing Systems and Conformal Coating Systems used primarily in semiconductor packaging and high-density interconnect applications.

Primary Duties:

·         Perform preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of Dispensing Systems and Conformal Coating Systems product line

·         Work closely with customer’s engineering and manufacturing team to ensure maximum manufacturing availability of company’s equipment onsite.

Secondary Duties:

·         Closely interface with Customer Service Reps (CSR’s) to maintain in-flow and out-flow of parts in a timely manner.

·         Perform regular input to the company’s ERP system to maintain accurate, timely utilization metrics

·         Timely completion of all administrative duties including completion of expense reporting, submission of information to the service engineer knowledge database, and all other assigned administrative tasks.

Requirements:

·         3-5 years experience servicing complex capital equipment required.

·         Experience with use of general purpose electronic and semiconductor equipment.

·         Experience with use of basic hand tools and precision mechanical measurement tools such as calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers

·         Experience troubleshooting / repairing robotic systems / closed loop CNC servo systems.

·         Experience with UNIX / Lynx operating system.

·         Bachelors degree in Engineering or Technology desired

·         Strong desire to learn electromechanical technology

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must speak fluent Korean.

·         Skilled in Microsoft Office Applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

·         Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Must be able to work in awkward positions (kneeling, bending, leaning, and reaching) for prolonged periods while adjusting, calibrating, and aligning equipment.

 

Business marketing Manager - Taiwan

Our client is a global US manufacturer of capital equipment for the semiconductor and interconnect industries.

Responsibilities:

This is a key role that is responsible for the Conformal Coating Systems and Dispensing Systems success with specific customers or in specific market segments in Taiwan/China. Specifically, they are responsible for leading the key customer strategy and actions to meet the division’s penetration, share, and adoption and profit objectives through:
Technology roadmap alignment
Fostering technical and operational relationships at all levels
Installed base satisfaction
New product beta-sites
Negotiating business deals that meet the customer's and company’s division's objectives
Accurately forecasting business to meet bookings objectives and ultimately drive the right product build plans
Plan and coordinate product demos, customer visits, and all customer meetings that involve division personnel

Qualifications:

Extensive semiconductor industry experience (preferably 10+ years) preferably in a manager position responsible for multi-million dollars sales and marketing of semiconductor capital equipment or service business in Taiwan or China
Mandarin speaking a plus
Knowledge and familiarity with conformal coating products a plus
MBA a plus
Must be able to judiciously exercise assertiveness and influence to drive division goals
Must be able to adapt to a dynamic environment and make decisions with a limited amount of information
Ability to work with executives, both external and internal to company, negotiating extremely difficult matter to influence policy making
Must demonstrate initiative and have a positive, can-do attitude
Must be able to provide energy and leadership to motivate field organization

BS degree (MS preferred) -> technical depth
5-7 years of Product marketing / Sales / and/or Applications experience in Semiconductor Capital Equipment; also progressively more responsible management positions in a marketing environment, with last assignment preferably in a Manager level position

Manager of Customer Service – China
Responsible for leading the Asian Service organization in support of all the company's products in the region's installed base. Also responsible for coordinating the support of Asian-based OEMs that sell products into other international regions.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Organize customer support activities for all the company's products in Asia

·         Provide leadership and direct management of the company's customer support organizations in Asia

·         Interface with, manage, and control service subcontractors

·         Ensure the alignment of tactical Asian service activities with overall strategies and objectives of the company's Global Services organization

·         Drive the growth initiatives of the Asian services business through the marketing and support of value-added service offerings such as educational and consulting services, contract sales, used equipment sales, product upgrades, conversions, and refurbishment offerings

Manager of Customer Service – Germany
Responsible for leading the European Service organization in support of all the company's products in the region's installed base. Also responsible for coordinating the support of European-based OEMs that sell products into other international regions.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Organize customer support activities for all the company's products in Europe
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Provide leadership and direct management of the company's customer support organizations in Europe
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Interface with, manage, and control service subcontractors
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Ensure the alignment of tactical European service activities with overall strategies and objectives of the company's Global Services organization
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Drive the growth initiatives of the European services business through the marketing and support of value-added service offerings such as educational and consulting services, contract sales, used equipment sales, product upgrades, conversions, and refurbishment offerings

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.

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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