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Post subject: Entry level RF Engineering jobsearch blues Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:43 am
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:19 am
Location: Boulder, CO
I'm a recent BSEE
from Virginia Tech and I'm slowly starting to realize that the job market wasn't quite wht I was hoping it was.
Does anyone have any tips on how to conduct a job search for an entry level RF engineering position?
have done RF projects using ADS, Matlab, Spice, and several other industry tools.
Post subject: Shooting ourselves in the foot?Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:26 am
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:27 pm
Seems to me we're eating the seed corn.
engineers are being worked to death just to keep their jobs, and no resources are being allocated to train up
replacement engineers. A lot are leaving the profession for real estate, lateral transfers into highschool
teaching, or just about anything except engineering.
If you really dig into the situation, my guess is that
you'll find all the new grad training is being done in the offshore offices of American companies. If you're
looking to get into RFIC design, fugeddaboutit. There's no room at the inn.
The world has changed. Probably
the best bet is to jump on the defense contractor bandwagon like in the old days. Even so, the contract
pricing/spending pressures are so bad there any more that there's not much money left over for tolerating a
That's my 2 cents worth. Any comments?
....................... Curtis C.
Post subject: Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:34 am
Yes times have changed and
not for the good side. Yet the high-tech industry is like a sinusoidal wave, there are times it is on the positive
peak like few years ago, and now we are on the negative peak. So don't give up from this low situation we can only
get higher and better, time will tell.
Post subject: oh
wellPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 7:02 pm
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:19 am
Location: Boulder, CO
Thanks for the replies! I think I'm just gonna flood the big companies with resumes and
cover letters until something works out. I figure its only a matter of time.....
Post subject: hello..Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:10 am
sending resumes is a waste of time right now.
they are getting hundreds of them.
you need to differentiate yourself, what did you do that was different ?
what do you have to offer, and so on.
you need to find names from journals, conferences and get your resume
in the face of people and managers that are doing the hiring and doing what is needed to get you hired.
Post subject: RFMDPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 4:04 pm
Have you applied at RFMD?
Post subject: rfmd???Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:19 pm
How anybody feel about RFMD?
Good or Bad!
Post subject: Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:29 pm
suggest u focus on jobs using keywords on dice.com It seems to be working for a lot of people. Try calling ppl
whose numbers are listed. Be ready to move to anyplace in the US. Most of the RF jobs seem to be in the California
region if u're looking at private companies. But if you are a citizen your best bet is to apply to Lockheed
Martin. They usually snatch up ppl in RF pretty soon. Most citizens have good work opportunitiesin the defense
companies. Make sure u list out all your projects in your resume too. You just need to sell each and ever project
u've done and lab experience helps. The job market is definitely getting better now but they don't usualy give out
design jobs to entry level ppl. A better bet is to apply for test positions and start from scratch. I hope that
Post subject: job opportunitiesPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 3:27 pm
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2004 3:25 pm
Have you found a job yet? I work for ARINC
in Annapolis, MD. A lot of our work is in antenna modeling and analysis and we're always looking for qualified
young engineers to bring on board.
Post subject: Posted: Mon Oct 25,
2004 7:03 pm
It's like anything else, you have to hustle. The jobs are out there, but you need to have a well
written resume and cover letter.
Then you have to research all of the RF companies out there and send them
resumes. You should send out at least 3 resumes a day.
It's all about the hustle. You have to sell
yourself. Don't expect the doors of opportunity open up - just because you have a degree.
You have to work
- just to find work. Nothin' is easy my friend.
Research, research, research....
Post subject: I hear you bro.Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 8:38 pm
I hear you bro. I was supposed to
graduate in May 2004 and I could not fing a job. I was lucky I postponed graduation and now I am graduating in
December and STILL CAN NOT find a job. times are difficult no matter who you are.
I thought that RF
engineering was like classic rock song, some one made it and it is played everywhere at all times and it never
bothes anyone.... Good times I thought.... it was not the case. It turns out that RF engineering is only played by
some and kareoked by many. and for people like me... I can not even get to the bar... semms like I do no not look
Anyhow, my hope is big, I still have 1 month and I am ready to apply rf principles to other
things.... "once a pro never a begginer" I said to myself. And the lucky company that hires me... I will work like
i do not care for the money. because I have other choice. ...
Anyways, I wish you the best. And you know
what they say...
"work, as if you do not need the money....
Love, like you have never been hurted....
Dance, like no one is watching....
Try to keep your job.... 'cos you may not find another one."
Post subject: Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:31 pm
same situation with me
folks - I've got a job, but it's nothing like RF eng, hope to graduate in one year and don't see many
However, can anyone tell what os the situation in Europe? Cause I live in a EU country and
wonder, how the situation looks down here.
subject: Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 7:33 am
Folks from Boulder,
If u guys want to find a job, and are in
the boulder area, I strongly suggest to take a masters in CU, in this field. They have the some of the best
researchers in the microwave antenna & ckts, and lots of connections in the industry. It takes one year and half ,
and it is really good for you resume.
good luck for us all
EmploymentPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:39 am
Check out Lockheed/Martin. They are looking for engineers and
Hope this helps!