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Salio
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Salio   3/28/2011 3:13:29 AM
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1. What do you think? Answer: I agree that networking helps tremendously when it comes to landing a new job. Hiring managers are likely to interview/take in employees who have been referred by people he/she knows to be top performers and/or trusted employees than to hire people who have not been referred to by an existing employee. Unfortunately this is one area I have to improve in. 2. What were your best experiences? Answer: I didn’t have good experience with any recruiter. For me they were a waste of time. What were your worst experiences? Answer: I think some recruiters are a waste of time. They ask for mundane information that can be taken over the phone but they want you dress up and give them the information in person in their office. I think we need to be careful of such recruiters and we should just ask up front as to the purpose of the face to face. More often than not it will be something that can be taken care of over the phone And why do we know so many colleagues who have had a hard time finding a job? Answer: I will say from my own experience that I was not spending adequate time preparing my resumes for the jobs I was applying to. I was making the classical mistake of using one resume for every job I was applying to. What this did was that I didn’t get an interview let alone a job for more than 8 months. I was devastated and at one point lost all hope. Then a friend of mine reformatted my resume and I used it to modify based on the job I was applying for. Within two months I landed more than 5 interviews and eventually the job that I currently hold. I have used my experience and have been telling my friends and whoever I meet the following: If you are not getting an interview most likely something is wrong with your resume.

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tfc   3/26/2011 12:47:36 AM
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Sounds like the argument that there is plenty of parking if you come early enough. the late comers are at fault. So if a building has 85 parking spots for 100 people the 15 remaining cars belong to people who really did not want to park?

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tfc   3/26/2011 12:37:35 AM
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Are you hinting there is an engineer glut?

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joshxdr   3/25/2011 11:49:36 PM
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I worked at a semiconductor design center of over 200 engineers. The whole company liquidated at the end of 2008, and 100% of the engineers there lost their jobs. This is in an area without a large semiconductor industry presence. Even in the worst part of the recession, early 2009, I would say 85% found jobs within 9 months. The remaining 15% were never really that serious about engineering in the first place. Many found careers outside of the engineering field. The lesson I take from this experience is that even at the absolute worst of the recession, our economy needs good engineers, and there will ALWAYS BE demand. I think it is true that engineering is no longer a place for people who are not really interested or motivated to be excellent as engineers, or who do not have some natural aptitude.

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docdivakar   3/24/2011 6:37:00 PM
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@Brian Fuller: thanks for starting this quagmire! @bcarso, what you stated is much more common than one would believe. Now a days, hiring mangers, swamped with work, defer the prescreening to non-technical HR people who try to literally match job description to the resumes they receive! This may have been addressed some what in other comments above -many companies are simply not hiring because they have used the rough economic times of the last couple of years to get extra mileage out of their employees; they are simply waiting to see how far this can be stretched. MP Divakar

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zeeglen   3/24/2011 12:02:59 AM
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Good one, Bcarso. Have to wonder how many times this happens, probably more often than we realize. Several times I have been asked by headhunters to explain technical terminology they did not understand. On this topic of words try to avoid using the word "specialist" in an email even if the word appears in the job title. Also remove the sub-word "cialis" from your spam filter junk list if you want to receive a reply with the word "specialist" in the subject.

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bcarso   3/23/2011 6:39:42 PM
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On keywords and abbreviations: one of my favorite stories is of the person who applied for a job requesting expertise in digital signal processing. He felt his resume was a nearly perfect fit, and was surprised when he never got a call for an interview. He finally talked directly to the HR person, and she explained that he didn't qualify because they were looking specifically for people with DSP experience. That is, he had spelled it out --- and since she didn't know what DSP stood for, the resume was tossed out.

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new2coding   3/23/2011 4:00:43 PM
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BecaUSE THIS IS NOT A SUM ZERO "GAME" for every three or four engineeing jobs at least one if not two moved overseas. If you are pushing resumes out to job posting on the net...Your screwed basically. IT makes no sense but most are not real jobs just recruiters tring to get as many resumes as possible for other possible job opennings. Also 99% are screened for keywords not intelegent logical truthful,writing. So you are dead in the water if each resume is not tailored for each jo posting. Even then it is not very good odds and a lot of work. I will not say that it is not worth it but for me I have better options that have better probabilities so I do not waste my time on these sites anymore. Unless the job description is specific i do not apply or bother with lame job description "opportunities" I could not get a job until I went into contracting. It is still chalenging to get work but at least I can eat.

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UnderboatBoy   3/23/2011 2:44:53 PM
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Well age discrimination is one thing when you are trying to get hired... Age discrimination when a company is considering a RIF is the real "tragic moment" and that is based on three things.. A. The cost of keeping highly experienced Old-timers. B. The notion that there isn't much difference between senior engineers and and juniors. C. Reinforcement of the "Notion" of equivalence between senior and junior engineers skill-set by under-utilization of Senior Engineers skill-set and allowing skill obsolescence to set in while the "old timer" is working for a company in projects and technologies of limited scope.

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UnderboatBoy   3/23/2011 2:28:43 PM
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Like Dilbert said, HR folks are like cats; warm and fuzzy but don't care if you live or die.

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