Kirt's Cogitations™ #225
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
If the stock markets are any
indicator of health for the world’s economies, then most of us are doing pretty well. Whether directly in the
money stream as an investor or a business owner, practically everyone is benefiting from the good times. Let us
hope they continue for a long time.
One indicator in particular of a robust economy is the level of
employment, which has as a key component hiring. A lot of people who cannot accept that we are thriving will try
throwing cold water on the enthusiasm by saying that sure, a lot of hiring is taking place, but the jobs are as
hamburger flippers and greeters at Wal-Mart. Their sullen ignorance overlooks the fact that as the economy expands
and population grows, every level of job needs its worker number expanded. The doom-and-gloom types fail to
recognize that some of the job openings are due to people previously filling those slots moving up in stature and
pay. They also conveniently forget to notice that the high-skilled, high-paying jobs are increasing as well.
The electronics, and in particular the RF / microwave / wireless worlds are expanding by leaps and bounds, and
most companies that employ engineers, according to many recent polls, are hiring. (see EE Times, for example).
Even so, the chorus of complaints about all of our best engineering jobs being farmed out overseas, or being taken
here by H1-B visa holders, can be heard echoing across the pages of trade magazines and message boards (forums,
blogs, etc.). The truth of the matter is that many design and consulting firms are having a hard time finding
A search on Dice.com just turned up 23,163 jobs using the term “engineer.”
Monster.com will not tell you how many jobs it has listed, but doing a search on “RF Engineer” turned up “…more
than 1000.” Dittos for “Wireless Engineer.” There are 699 jobs for a “Radar Engineer.” The Defense Talent Network
returns, “more than 500” listings when searched using “Engineer.” Admittedly, some of those listings are redundant
since it is possible that more than one recruiter could post the same job as a representative of a particular
The point is that there is plenty of work available for qualified people. Part of being qualified, which is a
big stumbling block to a lot of people, is a willingness to relocate to where the job exists. Many folks cannot or
will not pull up roots and move to a new city, even if it means finally getting the jobs they really want. It is
hard to legitimately complain about not being able to find work if you insist that the job comes to you.
Unfortunately, the futuristic predictions that by now most of us would be able to work remotely from anywhere on
Earth just have not come to fruition. Then again, neither has the flying car or the paperless office. For now,
most of us will have to either commute to a workplace, or figure out a way to make a living working from home.
Until my envelope-stuffing business pays off as handsomely as promised in the advertisement that I responded to in
the back of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, I, too, shall be commuting for a while longer.
Many fellow engineers
eschew the practice of visiting job boards in search of greener pasture because of the horror stories about being
subsequently hounded by those who make a living hunting heads. An eternity of unsolicited phone calls and e-mails
often follows a casual, non-intimate contact with a job board. It is akin to putting up a “For Sale By Owner” sign
and receiving barrage of calls from obnoxious real estate agents wanting to list your house or extract a
commission if they bring buyers to your door. If I want an agent, I will call one. If I want a recruiter, I will
call one. Most people feel the same way.
One way to avoid the hassle is to only deal directly with company
human resources department, or better yet, with hiring managers. The latter is nearly impossible unless you know
someone inside the organization. The former is done by visiting company websites and submitting an application per
their instructions (hint: ALWAYS do exactly as they instruct or risk being eliminated immediately – ingenuity can
be demonstrated later).
Another way to deal directly with a company is to look for and respond to job
descriptions posted on third-party engineering websites. Merely by coincidence, RF Café now happens to be one of
those very websites! Just this week we formally launched
RF Cafe Jobs to fulfill this need. The plan is to
limit jobs postings to only directly hiring employers. As of this writing, we have our first four jobs from two
different companies – listed. A third company is in process now. The feedback I am getting from the companies is
that their engineers are regular visitors of RF Café and believe that this will be a good venue for attracting
qualified people. I couldn’t agree more.
As always, job seekers are welcome and encouraged to submit
resumes for posting at no charge. Although it
is no guarantee that a resume will not be reproduced without permission, we are careful to include a copyright
notice at the top of every resume page stating that the content is proprietary and may not be reproduced
elsewhere. We have never given out or sold any personal information on anyone who has entrusted us with such
information, and never will. More than one person has tried to get us to supply our “mailing list.” The fact is we
have no mailing list to distribute even if we wanted to do so.
So, I encourage you, I beseech you, to take
a few minutes to look at the http://RFCafeJobs.com website,
even if you have no immediate plans to change jobs or hire anyone. Comments are always welcome.