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What Every Company Needs to Know About Recruiters, The Real “Behind- The- Scenes” Story…

Tuesday, August 22nd, 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.
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How was DAC?…Is EDA a Place to Continue Your Career?…When Should You Change Jobs?

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

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.

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WOW, DAC Was Better Than I Thought…BIZ Has Picked Up Since DAC….The Amazing “Peggy” Wrote About Yours Truly…

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!

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DAC In Austin, What To Expect…How’s The Year Been For Start-Ups…Polish That Resume, You Never Know When…BEST TECH CARTOON I HAVE SEEN…

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Pic Mark Gilbert 2016-06-05
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.
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Landing The Interview Is About More Than Your Technical Skills…Must Read Advice For Anyone Interviewing

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.
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