Archive for the ‘EDA Careers’ Category
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
DAC Austin, while seemingly not as busy as last year, was one of my best DACS in YEARS. I left DAC with several new clients and job reqs, so from my perspective it was terrific. However, while my ego thinks I am important and the best judge, others may not, so let’s talk about what I heard talking to so many for three full days. DAC is still the place for us in EDA to come together to do business. Yes, it has lost a bit of its allure as the place for the good ole boys of EDA to come together, but as I notice more and more every year, there are not as many good ole boys left.
As a 20-year veteran, I am considered by many to be an old-timer (which I hate thinking about; how about you just call me a long-time veteran much younger than most)! As always, those that knew the right people, saw the right people. Most booths were busy and several people I know well were locked in meetings consistently…that is the real criteria. All in all, DAC 2017 was a success with decent attendance (though I doubt they broke any attendance records this year, we shall know soon enough) and contrary to the beliefs of some, DAC will be around for many years to come.
As for the future of EDA, I doubt it is a secret to anyone to learn that EDA is not the first choice on new grads’ agendas and that many quality engineers have migrated out. Careers in IOT or similar spokes on the proverbial wheel of Internet programming and functionality are, as some would say, a bit more exciting. The reality is that no one ever claimed that EDA is the most exciting field in the business, though those that go to DAC and see the endless magicians and parties might somewhat disagree. (Most of them don’t get out much).
Friday, June 16th, 2017
…Note… While I know it may seem that by writing this, I am asking for sympathy for the work I do, I am not…well maybe a little. What I am simply doing is to try and give an alternative perspective, a broader understanding of what it takes to fill just one Job Opening. I am talking more to the companies that engage us as it is essential for me to explain the reality of the real work that we do daily. It is that understanding that can make the entire process so much more productive for all of us and allow us to actually achieve our goals of a hire and a placement. I am doing this for some 20 years, and I am expressing these thoughts after talking to numerous other recruiters that have similar frustrations and experiences. I honestly believe that most companies lack a thorough understanding of the extraordinary time it takes to find a few decent candidates, worthy of submission.
Most of our work comes from contingency recruiting, meaning we only get paid after the candidate is hired AND starts. The hire must also stay for a specified period as well. Today, unlike the recent past, most companies come to us for help after they have already exhausted their own contacts and resources, thus making the possibilities exponentially that much more difficult. Since we are the leader in EDA recruiting, we understand those needs and try to only present candidates that match (by at least 80%) the given requisition. Needless to say, our goal is to search for these needles in a haystack until we find a worthy candidate that a company might actually consider.
I can honestly tell you that we go through an enormous amount of muck to find one piece of gold. Our work is all done in good faith, without any payment or guarantees for doing so. We will spend days, weeks, even months to find these candidates and could spend thousands in postings and advertising. Each req., with its exacting parameters, requires extreme focus and dedication, and we can only look for one req. at a time, meaning other companies that have engaged us, will not get the attention they also need and deserve.
Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Surprise Short Answer…A Lot of Work with Often Little Respect, Let Me Explain…
No, this will not be an umm bitch session (LOL) about how recruiters are used and abused but rather an insight into the difficult work we do, the services we provide and how we typically get paid. It just might surprise you to learn what it takes, to make just ONE placement.
I am writing this because I think it is important for both sides to understand the service we provide and the difficulties of the process. Many think that all we do is send a resume of someone we know, and they interview, get hired, and we get a check. While that has fortunately happened, it is far from the reality of our day to day efforts. In this month’s column, I will cover the Candidate’s side and next month, the Company’s.
I like to think that I’m different from most recruiters, even though we all basically provide a similar service of furnishing candidates to companies, trying to fill some very exacting positions. What makes my services different, and why I suppose am the most called-on recruiter in EDA, is because first and foremost, even though the company is the one paying me, I strive to make the hire, satisfactory for both sides. My goal is to make sure the process is on solid ground…that the Candidate is excited about the company AND the company about the candidate.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
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.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Let me start by thanking Peggy Aycinena for her article.
It was nice to have the tables turned on me by one of our brightest; take a look… http://www10.edacafe.com/blogs/whatwouldjoedo/2016/06/30/mark-gilbert-white-coat-white-hat-big-fish/
Heading to DAC this year in Austin, I was prepared for a snooze fest, as the general consensus from most folks I talked to was that they were not expecting all that much this time around. Well to the contrary, DAC was quite interesting this year and by quite interesting I mean “quite interesting for DAC”.
I am constantly asked; “SO, did you see anything interesting or exciting”? How do you answer that? Is anything at DAC really interesting or exciting? Well perhaps for the select few ultra brainiacs (of which we have a ton) that get off on EDA and find it exciting and kind of umm interesting, it was umm DAC! Perhaps I could have said, “Wow, XYZ company simulator is x times faster”? That is certainly “exciting”! Or maybe, “ABC Design can verify a design in x less time”? Wow, talk about interesting! How bout, “Power at RTL is so much less with the new GHI tool”? I mean, that is BOTH interesting and exciting!
Sunday, June 5th, 2016
There is a significant amount of decent buzz surrounding DAC Austin, which for me, is a bit surprising. On the plus side, I think DAC will see a lot of folks from the region that simply cannot make the trek west; the typical home for DAC. Considering that Austin (and surrounding Texas areas like Dallas) is probably the second biggest hub for EDA type engineers, I think DAC will see a lot of fresh faces. After all, the conferences are second to none and it is a great experience for those that have never walked the DAC floor. We all know the usual suspects, those that rarely miss a DAC, will certainly be there. Austin will not preclude (plug in Intel, Freescale, TSMC, Global and the rest) them from going.
Friday, April 15th, 2016
I have placed more candidates than I can count and have additionally prepared more candidates for their interviews, than I have yelled at my kids… (OK I admit to stretching there a bit). I cannot begin to tell you how many candidates make the most elementary mistakes during their first interview(s), serving to eliminate themselves before they have even had a chance to prove their worthiness. It is certainly great to possess the needed technical skills for the position but it is even greater to know how to showcase those skills, to give you the best shot at acing the interview.
Here are a few of my more basic tips and what I always tell my candidates before they interview. I explain to them that the simplest, most logical goal is to have one single objective…and that is to get through the 1st interview successfully. Since most first interviews are phone screens, the discussions can vary depending on the company and the person doing the interviewing.