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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 »

Wally’s Enlightening DVCON Keynote… Conference Still Growing…. Prospects Still Bright for Careers Growth, Maximize Your Future Opportunities Doing This…

 
March 2nd, 2016 by Mark Gilbert

First let me remind some of my newer readers that I write the ONLY non-technical column (and Videos) in EDA. Simply stated, you will not hear much about anything overly technical. You will learn about our industry from an insider’s perspective, hear from some of our major leaders and learn how to maximize your chances, not only learning about how jobs are trending but how to maximize your success at achieving them. EDA is not the most interesting of industries so a little fun is sometimes warranted and you will find that in my writing and Videos.

So DVCON16 got off to a great start with a nice cocktail party the night before and a standing room only kickoff with Keynote Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics. Wally, (I can be so informal when referring to him because I interviewed him and we are best buds now, um, even though he never calls) is one of the most knowledgeable EDA Executives we have. An enlightening speaker, presenting basically boring bits of information in a relatively interesting manner. He did a short presentation on the history of verification that almost took my breath away…well not exactly but I did learn a hell of a lot. The guy makes the mundane, magnificent.

Wally explained (and I do hope I get this right or I will get some nasty letters, mostly from Wally’s admin) how since 1985, Verification has grown some 5 Orders Of Magnitude. While the amount of transistors has grown accordingly the cost have gone down proportionately, as well. (This is the most technical this column will or has ever been). As how this connects to careers, Verification Engineers have grown by 3x that of Design Engineers, meaning that Verification is certainly the HOTBED of our industry. I will be glad to discuss more of what he said but the interesting and relevant point here is that those of you with Verification skills have the best chance of securing a good opportunity.

As for DVCON, aside from being one of the better conferences and really well intended, it is a good opportunity to meet a skilled group of like-minded engineers and forge new relationships. That is exactly why I attend every year and always walk away with a few new opportunities. We actually received several new job reqs from the conference.

It is quite obvious that verification remains a centerpiece of our industry and continues to gain traction and importance. Of course, it is dominated by the BIG3, but there are a lot of smaller, important players that have not only sustained against them but have grown. As for hiring, it remains strong and somewhat intermittent but more opportunity exists for those that are smart and willing to learn. While some companies prefer more experienced, skilled Engineers that have sufficient, near perfect knowledge of the domain, others will work and train those that demonstrate a true desire to work hard and learn. It never makes sense to me because in the months and months of waiting for the perfect person, these near-right candidates could be up and running and performing for their companies, simply given the opportunity. Start-ups are certainly more vulnerable to the wrong hire, however they, too, must realize that most of the “exceptionally qualified” candidates get the best positons with the best companies. The more in demand the candidate, the easier it is for that candidate to choose where he/she wants to work. The simple reality is that a little training and mentoring can go a long way in retaining good talent.

Having said that, hiring is still robust in EDA though since there are fewer Start-Ups, the possibilities are not quite as plentiful. Specific skill-sets (for example, P&R, Layout, Formal, Simulation etc.) have limited people working those niches and depending on your expertise, (SW Development, Application Support, Sales, or Marketing), things can get even more limiting.

EDA-Careers has been building a network of relationships with some of the more major companies. We have been casting a wider net and exploring growth where the most growth possibilities exist. Reality is, that in a domain that is exceptionally complex and increasingly more difficult to find talent, we have made it our mission to become a resource for these larger companies. Since they all have their own internal recruiting staff, they prefer to try inside first however, the specialty of EDA remains essential and it is still very difficult for these companies to find all the necessary qualified candidates. That is exactly why they are turning to companies like mine to help. Recruiters that have specific EDA skills knowledge are exceedingly rare and good ones even more so. As consolidation continues, it becomes increasingly more difficult to fill the important needs that not only Start-Ups require but the Big Guys as well.

I must remind all of you that you can never get the call about that next great opportunity if people like me do not have your resume. It is essential to have your resume in experienced hands as most of us work off a database and can only call you if your resume appears, when searching to fill a specific position. When a company gives me a new Job Requisition, I search my database for candidates with those skills. Remember, just because “I know you”, which I do many of you, I cannot possibly keep track of or recall everyone and their specific skills . The best way to consider you for the opportunity is to see your name, have YOUR RESUME pop up as a qualified candidate for the position I seek. Remember, you always have the option to say NO and YOU WANT THAT OPPORTUNITY or better yet, to perhaps say YES! Send your resume, it always stays confidential. (See my previous columns on building a strong resume, here on the Previous Columns link, More Careers Corner under my column), so you POP-UP in a search. Have all the relevant buzz words in your resume to increase your chances and who knows, I just might be calling you with your next great opportunity.

And just in case you were wondering, YES I WORE MY WHITE SPORTCOAT! Watch for my coming DVCON Industry Video coming soon to a portal near you.

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