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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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Recruiters–Do You Have Any Idea What We Do?…How Much Work Goes Into Finding One Good Candidate?…The Service Offered to Both Candidates and Companies…

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

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.

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Hiring Process in EDA has changed…The Right Recruiter DOES Make a REAL Difference…

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.
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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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Wally’s Enlightening DVCON Keynote… Conference Still Growing…. Prospects Still Bright for Careers Growth, Maximize Your Future Opportunities Doing This…

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.
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TIS THE SEASON TO BE LOOKING…FALALALALALALA…Now Is The BEST Time To Start Checking Out New Opportunities…

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.

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The Must-Read Interviewing Guide For Candidates and Hiring Managers…How Both Sides Can Win In An Interview!

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.

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