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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
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.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
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.
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Every year around this time (actually even earlier), I start getting flooded with calls asking if this is a good time to look for a new opportunity. My answer in short is: it is the BEST time to look, as many projects are wrapping up, the year is coming to an end, and a mild short-term break is on the horizon.
Starting a job in January is probably one of the best times to join a company. Everyone is fresh (sort-of) and coming back from some well-deserved time off. Spirits are high, as is the conversation and camaraderie, as everyone shares their holiday stories. At the same time, all are trying to get back into the routine of work again for another year. It is a rare bit of social time right before the year starts its long grind, and a good time to meet and fraternize with new soon-to-be colleagues.
Monday, October 5th, 2015
This is a crucial column that every candidate and hiring manager should read so they can each wisely get the most out of the interviewing process. First to the candidates…
Acing an interview these days is incredibly difficult. Sometimes, your technical abilities are simply not enough. Knowing how to interview and how to be prepared is CRUCIAL if you want to get to the next round of interviews. Your primary goal should always be exactly that– to get to the next round. Here are some thoughts to make that happen…
First and foremost, be prepared before you interview! There is quite simply nothing more important than knowing as much as possible about the prospective company and their tools. I have had candidates ask their interviewer things like, “So, what problem are you attacking”? This is usually followed by two phone calls: the first is from the candidate saying, “I think I did pretty well”, and the second is from the hiring manager saying, “he/she did not even know what we were doing, so that was the end of that”. Interviewing smart is crucial and this is precisely why I always prep my candidates for their interview and make sure they study the company’s website and read a few white papers and do a little digging. Bottom line, be prepared before the first call or visit. Some candidates take it a step further by going above and beyond and they prepare a presentation to show just how much they know and how proactive and serious they are about their craft and their desire for the position. This approach can of course vary by the types of positions you are interviewing for, but showing what you have done, what you know, or even what you can potentially accomplish, should always bode quite well and make you stand out from the pack.
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
EDA, Electronic Design Automation gets its share of getting kicked around. After all, since the Internet boom (or some might say bust), the Social Media boom, Analytics boom, and Big Data boom, several alternatives to EDA have had significant impact on hiring. This has forced upon us numerous challenges because these skills are in demand and plentiful. The mere impact of such world changing technologies cannot be understated. EDA has always had some of the most brilliant minds imaginable; creating technologies that only a select few could possibly understand. Who, just a few years back, could have possibly imagined a tiny (and I do mean tiny) chip doing the billions of functions it does today? Who could have ever imagined that we could build on a computer screen, detail all the functionality, and design chips (we will use “chip” as a generic word to make my point)? Furthermore, who could have imagined that we would build devices that use to take a building to compute, would now work in the palm of our hands?
EDA is at the epi-center of all devices Electronic, which is why I coined the phrase, “All Electronics Starts With EDA”. (Use it EDAC, just give me the credit). With that level of intensity, comes a dynamic work space that few can possibly step into because of the incredible complexities and needed education/training. The good news is, once in, EDA could be your home for life. Now I get it, many that grew up in the Start-Up world, I guess even the big 3 were once start-ups, know that the environment has dramatically changed and over the last few years, or dare I say, matured. Yet, EDA is still going strong and achieves quarter after quarter of profitability and growth.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
I guess I am getting older as the number of DAC’S I have attended is mounting and becoming a little frightening…this will be my 18th. I remember when walking DAC, was a tiring mission and I am not talking about walking the streets of San Francisco. It was quite large with isle after isle of booths taking up a huge footprint, and so many of them were Start-Ups. Well that was (as the song goes) yesterday and yesterday’s gone. I watched as each year, the big 4 took up more and more of the floorplan and one by one, the companies I did business with disappeared. I also watched as Startup after Startup grew their footprint and realized incredible growth which led to their acquisition. Now, here we are, so many years later and DAC is quite a different place. To add validity to what I am saying, one of the last of the mid tiers (some might say THE last) was just acquired. Atrenta, one of the oldest Start Ups will now join the ranks of so many before them and leave the floors of DAC to the likes of Synopsys.
Monday, April 13th, 2015
DVCON was, well, DVCON…nothing out of the ordinary; it was as always well-attended with good traffic, perhaps even more than I have seen previously. The one good thing I noticed, and this is technically very important: the food and drink is getting better and more plentiful each year.
Anyway, for the most part, my sources had similar comments; they picked up some nice leads and met some of the customers they were trying to meet. In reality, that is all a trade show can hope to accomplish for its vendors.
Similar to DAC, I don’t write about the seminars etc.–my meetings are done on the exhibitor floor. Two good things did happen for me: I did another video, which you can see on EDACafé with the other DVCON interviews at http://www10.edacafe.com/video/Video-Categories-2015-DVCon-Video-Interviews/10418/category.html, and I finally met Peggy, who like Oprah needs no last name mentioned. I was impressed as she was quite lovely.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
2014 was an exceptionally busy year, and it seems 2015 is offering more of the same-and off to a great start. EDA is robust and contrary to the negative prognosticators, we are still around and doing quite well. Hiring is strong but as difficult as ever, as companies are increasingly picky, and it is harder and harder to get good people to leave, even for seemingly much greener pastures. The numbers are out from EDAC and to no one’s surprise, EDA did amazingly well, AGAIN.
Now, on to the myths, the legend: I want to continue discussing my down-to-earth interview with Mentor’s CEO and dare I say, the most recognizable name and face in EDA, Wally Rhines. It seems abundantly clear that the mentality of the boss (he would hate that characterization), permeates this company at almost every level. In my 18 years in EDA I have seen many a start-up come and go, each having a flavor distinct to that company. For Mentor the flavor does not vary, nor does the culture. Wally classifies Mentor as a bunch of startups under one roof, and from what I have learned through the years by talking to so many of my Mentor friends, that is seemingly a decent characterization. He feels that way because they allow a lot of independence, sometimes even forcing competing products to develop in two different divisions. As he tells me, this practice can sometimes cause the developing product to be inconsistent in look and feel—but that’s OK, because in the end, the product is measured by its success and not necessarily the look and feel. Sometimes, selling into a Synopsys flow is more important than selling into a Mentor flow for a particular product. The viability of the tool is the metric by how it is ultimately judged and, I would add, probably the bottom line even more so.
Thursday, November 20th, 2014
THE Following is an intriguing and insightful look into an EDA industry icon, Mentor’s CEO, Wally Rhines. Since our talks were so insightful, leaving me so much to write about, I will quickly give you my thoughts on considering a year-end career change first, followed by my interpretation of “The Man From Mentor”.
The cycles for finding a job have changed immensely over the past year, plus it can take months and months just to find the right opportunity, and then more to go through the interview process. Even though it is clear that the advantage is, (for now), on the Candidates side, make no mistake; the process can still be long and arduous. Even knowing how hard it is to find good people, companies today continue to be so picky and take so long to pull the trigger on actually hiring. Starting your search now, and I mean now, is the smartest thing you can do. You should know that almost assuredly, you would start after the first of the year, even if the process goes quickly. The New Year creates a great time to leave your old company and join a new. Starting at the beginning of the year allows you to be part of annual kick-off meetings and everyone getting back to work after the holiday break; it is a simply a perfect time to fit in. Call your favorite recruiter (hopefully ME…is there anyone better?) to discuss the possibilities and your particular situation. I will help walk you through the process. Together we can both develop a strong comprehensive plan on how to best approach the next stage of your career. On to Wally…