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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 »

Why More BIG Companies Are Using Our Expertise….Hiring, What Lies Ahead…DVCON’s Coming…

 
February 7th, 2017 by Mark Gilbert

It has always been difficult for recruiters like myself to work with larger companies but that tide has been changing.  Our Bread and Butter has always relied on smaller Start-Ups that have always clearly understood the value in using specialized recruiters, versus finding talent on their own. They understand the cost benefit versus the resources it takes to find just one good resume. They understand how time taken away from productivity to read countless resumes, has countless, much larger costs associated with it. Time is money, lots of money and companies want their engineers working on substance, things that have a real ROI (Return-On-Investment) attached to them. Now, more and more of the big guys realize that too. While admittedly, we are not flush in these big company requisitions, we are building more relationships and getting more job reqs from them. It seems that they too recognize the difficulty in finding EDA talent, which as most of us know, is a rather arduous task because of the small pool to choose from.

Over the last many years, the EDA post-college-path has been lightened in lieu of other more promising, dare I say more lucrative, fun alternatives.  After all, designing circuits compared to real life applications is a seemingly, lessening choice.  Add to that the M&A possibilities of these company’s compared to the EDA buyout options and you have compelling reasons not to pursue a career in EDA.  Thankfully, there are still Electrical Engineering purists who love the challenge of developing non-social, well thought out, mathematically based programming tools or designing or supporting them.  Welcome to EDA, and the highly specialized pool of engineers that develop and use these tools, that actually make these machines work.  Without EDA, there are no cell phones, tablets, computers or even chip based hardware. EDA makes it all possible; we are the precipice of all that is electronic…But as usual, I stray.

The point I was making, (or was I making a point, who knows?) is that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find the specialized talent necessary to keep the industry moving forward.  We are MOORE’S LAW and we have to keep developing tools that allow for the faster speed (processing) and size reduction necessary to keep us on the path we have been on, for so long now.  Just look at cell phones and that says everything.

That is why the bigger companies are using our talents more and more; it just makes sense to use all the available resources to bring in the talent necessary to complete these highly complex projects and goals. The smart ones know that VERY FEW RECRUITERS understand the complexities and variations of the talent that surround EDA or the various EDA industry tools for that matter. We do! Or back-end, front end, or analog-digital or what tools address what solutions. We do! When you read a resume it is often confusing to decipher who is a developer and who supports, or the specific area of their specialty.  We do. So the bottom line here is that I look forward to a year of dealing with more of the bigger companies and their recruiters. We look forward to developing these specialized relationships and act as an additional resource, in their quest to find more appropriate talent, that address the new and upcoming challenges (and the old alike), that are so hard to find in today’s market.

As for what lies ahead folks…(this is where I take out my crystal ball)…most of you know that I am always (pretty much) ahead of the curve, in my predictions. I don’t like to blow my own horn…oh heck, who am I kidding, I love blowing my own horn…I am almost always really right on forecasting what is coming in EDA, as far as hiring goes. I call the pendulum swings before they happen on whether hiring is on the side of the company or the candidate. It changes every so many years and I have called it every time. The current trend continues, in that there are more job openings than good people to fill them and I do not see that changing soon, even with many of the more recent layoffs at some of the bigger companies. In our world, companies need exacting candidates that fit the complexities of the positions. This is not a work on a Chevy, work on a Ford industry. That my friends is what makes this such a great time to make sure I or another (wow, do I hate saying that) qualified recruiter, has your resume on file.  This is the only way we can reach out to you, should a compelling opportunity open up that fits you. You can always say no but you want us to make that call. Just make sure that your resume has all the necessary keywords that describe all your various SKILLS, not the ones you took ten years ago in college but ones that showcase your expertise and knowledge.

Should you ever want to talk about your careers, feel free to call me any time.   With DVCON right around the corner, this is a great time to make sure we have your resume, even if you are only slightly interested. DVCON gets stronger every year as verification and all its complexities become more important to the designers. I have attended the last 15 conferences and always come back with a bunch of new reqs or people (friends) ready to make a switch to something new. So please, Say HI to the guy in the White Jacket.

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