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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 »

Hiring Process in EDA has changed…The Right Recruiter DOES Make a REAL Difference…

November 2nd, 2016 by Mark Gilbert

Making a job change is rarely an easy decision, admittedly though, so wonderful when it is. For the majority of you that have to work at it to land that next opportunity, much of your success lies in your ability to properly present yourself.  Aside from your technical abilities, another key ingredient you need to add to the formula, is the use of a highly specialized industry recruiter. This one key ingredient (and while it is obviously self-serving to say that, it is non-the-less essential) can increase your chances of a great tasting outcome.

The right recruiter can prepare you and help to ensure that you present yourself in the best light. An experienced recruiter should walk you through the interviewing process by using their own proven formula to help you make a tasteful presentation.  This type of help, should further ensure your chances of a successful outcome from your interviews, from start to finish. The right recruiter will help you examine your reasons for wanting to make a career move and help to frame them properly so not to make a mistake by saying the wrong thing and even more important, how to say the right things.

Proper interviewing techniques are key and again (and these are not just selfless plugs for me, the best recruiter in EDA, the only one you should call…OK, I lied a bit, they are selfless plugs) but simply good advice. The right recruiter can really help you prepare for your interviews and keep the process moving forward.   Let’s examine a few and the pros and cons associated with considering a job change:

Not happy in your current company…this is always the best reason to move.  There are several reasons to be unhappy… Perhaps it is the work you are doing or the person/people you report to or work with, any of which qualify as a good reason.  But this is KEY…presenting those as reasons to your prospective employer can raise red flags.  Your recruiter advisor can help you to properly state your case so you are perceived as a true team player.

If it is the work, well, we all have a right to work in areas that motivate and excite us.  If a new more challenging opportunity is what you seek, then go for it.  Remember, companies are looking for experience in there domain, so it might be harder than you think when considering work outside your strength, but not impossible. It is always best to consider companies doing work in domains, that you have some expertise. Switching from Logic Synthesis to perhaps Simulation may not be a giant leap but perhaps from Layout to synthesis, could prove more difficult.  Skills in the key programming languages would be one of the keys in consideration for what you should be considering; it will be for the employer!.  A company requiring (for example) Verilog would be hard pressed to hire someone without any Verilog experience.

A desire to move into more management…an idea that often sounds good conceptually but has many hidden challenges. Moving to management can take you out of the technical realm and put you more into dealing with the inner politics of a company, something not always enjoyable. Management has a lot of +/- so really think your choice through. A good stepping stone is a hands on manager of a small group.  This is a good way to bridge the gap, keeping your technical skills sharp and helping motivate and direct a small team or project. Your recruiter can help advise you.

Desire for more money…Unless you are grossly underpaid, this is rarely a good reason to switch positions, especially if you like the company and the people you work with.  Finding happiness in a company (unless you are considerably underpaid) should always be a major consideration, because replicating that, is not always ensured and happiness is worth the salary difference.

Bottom line, getting hired in today’s job market is no easy task.  Companies are more particular in who they hire than ever before. Being well prepared is the key and I am more than willing to do that, even if you are not working with me on this position.  Maybe next time you will.

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