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Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert
Mark has been involved in EDA recruiting for over 18 years. He is Founder and President of EDA Careers, but started his career in EDA as executive Vice President at EDA Jobs. Mark was also VP of Marketing and Business Development in the beginning of the Internet revolution and has been a … More »

Austin Was An Amazing DAC…EDA Is Heading Toward Another Strong Year & So Is Hiring…Our NEW EDA Recruiting Software Is Up And Running…

June 27th, 2013 by Mark Gilbert

My moniker White Jacket and I spent three days, morning to night, working DAC. (Check out my new DAC video…  The show was enjoyably close to my hotel (a few scant steps…closest I have ever stayed to a center) and the show itself was remarkably easy to navigate. I was pleasantly gratified that how I reported DAC would be, was pretty much how DAC was.  Overall, I would say the conference was not bad in the least and I dare say for most, pretty spectacular.  DAC is a sort-of stomping ground for adult engineers and Austin (a “weird” stomping ground on its own) allowed a lot of us to do some serious stomping after the engineering talk stopped.

My friend Thomas Bollaert said something interesting about DAC, (as he is an interesting wise Frenchman)… He said, throughout the year, we all go “out to see customers and their internal family”, however, DAC is the place where customers “come to see us and meet our extended family”. Think about that for a second, it is like always going to your friend’s home and meeting their family, sometimes it is nice to change it up and have them come over and meet yours, and that is at least in part, what makes DAC so special.  It is different when they come to see you, sit in your home (even if it is rented for three days).  He went on to say (yes, Thomas was talkative that day), that so much is done by phone and that DAC is the place you put a face to the relationship and that can change everything (hopefully for the better).  You can become “family familiar”, and in that phrase laid volumes of truths that have occurred for so many years in the various halls and booths at DAC and similar shows.  We have become a small, important, respected industry – family if you will. (If it were a TV channel it would be called EDA Global Family Channel).

It is no different for me as a recruiter when I attend DAC though no one comes to my house (booth), as I have none. I walk around all day and talk and meet so many clients and candidates that I have talked to over the phone, so many times. It is different when we actually meet; we get to not only talk shop, but hear pieces of what is going on in our world…who went where, learn the inside of who’s doing what, even who we both mutually know.  It is part of what makes going to a show unique and I encourage any of you that can go, to go next year, after all it will be back in EXPENSIVE San Fran.

As for the business side, I heard no complaints, well maybe one or two, but seriously I heard from most that it was a terrific DAC.  Great meetings with whom they wanted to meet, strong interest for product and most importantly, deals or deals in the making were a constant.

For me, I walked away with more new job reqs and companies than I have ever left DAC with before.  Hiring was quite simply robust and the demand for AEs the greatest.

Our new wonderful, incredible software program for recruiting is up and running (well about 85%) and it is beyond incredible.  It allows me to be so much more productive, functional and efficient.  It forces me to do things that will, in both the long and short term, pay off but the work involved up front is so costly in time and energy.  I now have an amazing database that can do every facet of recruiting.  From the jobs I get to the companies they are attached to, to the candidates that qualify, to how they interview with the results posted for everyone involved in one keystroke.  It is changing the way we do business as now we can offer more complete searches for our clients and secure more possibilities for our candidates.  And I do not have to wear my white jacket to use it.

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