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Mxv
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Mxv   11/1/2011 9:02:17 PM
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This is what I'm talking about: http://www.edn.com/article/519642-Gordon_Nuttall_turning_layoff_lemons_into_start_up_lemonade.php

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elPresidente   10/31/2011 8:45:01 PM
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see also http://www.semiwiki.com/forum/f2/non-engineer-staffed-ieee-usa-sells-out-us-electrical-engineering-jobs-1064.html

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elPresidente   10/31/2011 8:44:09 PM
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"the complaints about skill shortages boil down to the fact that employers can't get candidates to accept jobs at the wages offered. That's an affordability problem, not a skill shortage. A real shortage means not being able to find appropriate candidates at market-clearing wages. We wouldn't say there is a shortage of diamonds when they are incredibly expensive; we can buy all we want at the prevailing prices." - Wall St Journal http://www.en-genius.net/site/zones/testmeasurementZONE/editorial_opinion/tmed_103111

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derF   10/31/2011 8:37:18 PM
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No allowance for building skills. Thus your business model is not sustainable. You're simply leaching off the system until you fail.

derF
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derF   10/31/2011 8:36:45 PM
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Snave_Trebor
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Snave_Trebor   10/31/2011 3:37:20 PM
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Many of the open positions may not be real positions at all. This is just an accounting trick. If a manager is clever and has a good team that he wants to keep, he opens a requisition for another engineer whenever he has the opportunity. The unfilled positions serves two purposes, it is his excuse for not meeting schedules and when he is informed that he must cut heads, he cuts a faux position, a requisition, and not a real engineer.

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SR656601   10/31/2011 6:13:37 AM
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I am hiring and let me offer a perspective from my side. We had about 3 or 4 openings at various times during this 2011 year. All of them technical, requiring senior-level, i.e., architecture-level thinking with hands-on implementation skills. These days when I think of hiring, I don’t have much bandwidth for training or coaching the new hire. This is because we have committed to ourselves to finish a large project with a limited number of people in the team, certainly less than the # of people a similar project of the same size would have had two years ago, and with more aggressive milestone deadlines. The employee salary is not an issue for us. We realized over the past few quarters that we would rather pay more to a potential team-member who can get going from the start, than pay less to a less experienced team member who needs training to get things going. In fact we realized that these days it is much more efficient for the project to hire consultants who readily accept a well-defined task with a well-defined scope and are more capable of delivering it from the day they start. Let me say a word or two about why I rejected a few candidates. These were by and large very experienced no doubt. But this experience was more geared towards managing technical people. The candidate’s expectation was that he/she would be managing a team of technical people. I don’t need that. I need the candidate to be one of the individual contributors as well, in addition to a level-headed and mature outlook about what fails and what works in an engineering project. So, while I also believe that companies do not do a good job of knowing what they want, make no mistake about it that if the candidate doesn’t directly help solve an immediate problem for me in the project, I would be very reluctant to hire because, as they say, “it is very easy to invite a guest, but it’s hard to ask him/her to go.” SR

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K1200LT Rider   10/31/2011 1:15:38 AM
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Recruiters are worse than car salespeople. Lately I've been getting a few unsolicited emails for jobs way up north even though I live in Florida. I pretty much consider it spamming, and it's rather annoying. I don't know where they are getting my info from.

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zeeglen   10/30/2011 10:32:28 PM
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That's because most hiring people cannot comprehend the distinction between RF and IT. To them engineers are a dime a dozen, and they are unable to distinguish amongst the various types of engineering practices. Thus RF engineers will be sent job postings for wastewater treatment. And vice-versa.

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Satcom.Bill   10/30/2011 9:20:05 PM
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As an RF engineer with 47 years experience, why do all the people that look at my resume send me IT openings? I wonder if I said IT engineer if they would send me RF Jobs?

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