EDA-Careers Corner - Expert hints on finding the right opportunity in the EDA and peripheral space

It is always exciting to write about something you have passion for, especially when it has a targeted reading audience, and is published in a respected space.  Such is the case here.

David and Sanjay (the EDACafe/TecJobsCafe guys) realized that there was no resource for engineers to utilize when looking to change or enhance their careers.  So they asked me to develop a “tool” if you will, a “tool” (column) for EDA engineers that would enhance their experience in looking, applying, preparing, and securing a new opportunity.  And that is what this column will do; we will address different facets of the process, from the decision to change careers, all the way through on how to decide to accept an offer, and of course, everything in-between.  

My expertise comes from working with over one hundred companies, and close to a thousand candidates, and attending every DAC since the late 90’s. The one thing I have learned, the one common thread, is that everyone wants to maximize their potential and the probability for success.  That is where I come in.  Each new column will tackle a different part of the process. From writing resumes, to choosing what jobs to consider, to preparing for your first screening, to even negotiating the best offer, and much much more.

I’ll be writing one column each month.  In my first column, Writing the Perfect Resume , I tackled the resume, and the most common problems with writing it. Your resume is your only vehicle in to the door.  It either convinces a hiring manager to talk to you or not, and if it is the latter, you could be missing great opportunities. The right resume can help you get considered for the right opportunity. 

EDA is vibrant and full of great opportunities for the right candidates, and engineers for the right companies. Finding them and doing the right thing is what will give you the added needed advantage.  And that is where this column will help play a vital role.

I invite you to email or call me with any questions or concerns you might have.  It is my greatest pleasure to offer personalized advice and direction. 

Mark Gilbert

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