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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 »

EDA-Careers UPDATED Website… Oddly, Busiest Time Of The Year And Some Great Advice….Mentor Acquisition…2017 Shaping Up To B A Great Year…

 
December 14th, 2016 by Mark Gilbert

Please allow me to start by saying Happy Holidays to all my wonderful , Readers, and Supporters.  It is your comments, emails, and handshakes that make writing this column so much fun and important to me.  I wish you all a terrific and healthy 2017.

I am pleased to announce a refreshing of our EDA-Careers website to kick off near.  The release date is Jan1, 2017 and we will have several new additions that include my EDA-Careers Corner and More column and my videos, present and past.  The updated site will also include a jobs’ page with current opportunities and a clean fresh look.  Hope you visit and let us know what you think.

What an interesting 2016 and it culminated with our first BIG outside acquisition.  Yeah, there was APACHE to ANSYS but they were ANSOFT, an EDA company.  There was Carbon to ARM but that was not a game changer but Mentor to Siemens, that is a first and maybe even a new beginning as to what is to come.

But first, let’s talk about the year in Jobs and how it is finishing off, as well as a bit of what I think is coming next year. The year started strong as companies needed engineers and many thought that finding them would be easy.  Well, that was not the case. The problem was that as people settled into their companies for the year, they committed to staying and therein has been the problem. It became increasingly clear, even near impossible, to pry anyone away from their current position.  That is, until the last few months. While people searching for new opportunities has not changed all that much, it has loosened and people are feeling like they want to check the tires and see what might be available to them. Q4 has been incredibly busy and a refreshing change from Q2, Q3.  I can tell you that hiring is quite robust right now and we are busier (thankfully) than we have been in quite some time.

The biggest mistake most engineers make when wanting a change is thinking that they will be plucked out of thin air and offered the next best opportunity.  Yes, it happens but candidates are many and jobs fill rapidly…when testing those waters, maximize opportunities by doing everything possible to increase the odds for a chance to qualify for a job that seems a good match:

  • Always have a current resume ready;
  • Act fast when companies start recruiting so it arrives at the top of the pile;
  • Get the resume in the right hands;
  • Maintain an open line of communication.

I can never say this enough…if you want to stand-out, then make sure your resume stand out.  Use every possible KEYWORD that describes your skills and knowledge, as well as qualified areas that interest you. Make sure to clearly state what you do, in more than one way.  (i.e. SW Developer, R&D Developer) and do that in the description part. Should your interests not necessarily be your strongest strength, say so on your resume with a caveat that you can be up to speed in that area quickly. Use phrases like Excellent, Proficient, Moderate, Relevant, In-Depth when describing your experience. Write about the role you played and briefly describe your experience.  There is no need to get into the minutia of the project or to delve too deeply.  Remember, usually the first view is from HR or your recruiter and we have key phrasing that we assess to grade your qualifications to the position at hand.

If you want to get that call about that next great opportunity, you must have the right and most relevant information on your resume and get it in the right hands.

Here is the bottom line for you to remember…you always get to make the decision to consider the opportunity or not…no words are better said than “yes, please submit my resume”. No one knows when that call will come or how good the opportunity might be for you to consider but I can promise you, no calls will be forthcoming if a qualified recruiter does not have your resume.  Hoping to get a call from a former colleague is simply wishful thinking and while dreams do come true occasionally, they are rare and you need to personally take the steps to make your future dreams a reality.

So, what does the Mentor acquisition signal?  The honest answer is, I’m not sure yet but I know several Mentor people are quite concerned. Just like all the networks news prognosticators, when they pretended to know everything that will happen with the election.  They failed miserably on their absolute prognostication of our next President. Come on, none of us thought Trump would win, like him or not. Fact is, no one really knows what will become of Mentor and how the acquisition will truly affect the Mentor family environment, of so many years.  After all, Mentor has been a unique culture for a long time, with so many growing up under Uncle Wally.  (Read my incredible past interviews with CEO Wally Rhines to gain insight.)  The Siemens CEO said that few major changes are expected but then again, what would we expect him to say?  …we see a 20% force reduction with police standing over the engineers to increase productivity? Probably not.

Mentor people are already calling me, testing the waters, trying to get ahead of the curve just in case the cops show up.  Fact is, Mentor has an interesting culture and Wally (again read my 3-part Wally interview under past columns on EDACAFE or go to my website, EDA-Careers.com) is responsible for creating that type of corporate culture, which may or may not continue.  I do believe there will be somewhat of a shakeout, it is just what always happens. Also, I think those that have loved being part of the Mentor family because of the culture and never looked, see this as a chance to perhaps take a fresh breath and see how something new might feel. I am sure it will be several months before everything closes and all the dust settles and only time will tell what the future holds.  Give me a call and let’s talk, I would love to hear what you think.

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