Bob F. wrote: Fine and good, but if managers don't advertise, where do you find them? I already know that it isn't what you know, it's who you know, but all the people that I know are out of work right now, not too good there. I'm having a hard time even finding the companies, let alone the managers inside them that are hiring! I've never had this much trouble finding a job before, but my contacts have all dried up and the head hunters are about as useful as a lead balloon, about as thick too. So where are these hiring managers? Your words sound good, and I'm pretty darn good at the negotiating table, but not if I can't get a foot in the door!
: You're not serious about moving to China or India right? Average yearly : salary for white collar workers (engineers included) in China is less than : $10K. I'm working at the moment as an engineer here in San Antonio, and : although its not as glamorous as Silicon Valley, the cost of living is : way,way less than California. There is a demand for engineers here, its : just that the HR managers for various companies don't advertise locally too : much because there is a paucity of available candidates.
: Your qualifications sound good, I think that you could find a position in : the state of Texas in whatever city that you look in. Don't chase after : another degree, or the latest Microsoft certification, you'll just be : diluting you efforts and wasting time, money, and energy. One thing that : engineers are not trained in is the science of negotiation, and I firmly : believe that finding a satisfying position requires negotiation skills. : Lawyers, medical professionals, used car salespeople, they all get training : in the negotiation arts and sciences, but we engineers seem to disregard : negotiation as a way to get the things that we want. Most engineers assume : that they'll be awarded a job simply on the strengths of their resumes, but : this is rarely the case.
: I recommend checking out the book "Start with NO", by Jim Camp from your : local library. It describes decision-based negotiation and how we can never : control the outcome of any negotiation, interview, or meeting. We can only : control ourselves.
: You've got the qualificiations, now you need the negotiation skills. Sorry : if this isn't specific enough, but most engineers approach the entire job : search process in a very inefficient manner and this tends to sabotage their : efforts.
:> I'm 36 years old, and I have 3+ years embedded software engineering :> experience. I have both a BSEE and a MSEE. Currently, I'm out of job :> and I've been looking for a software engineer or embedded software :> engineer position for the last 6 months. :>
:> I've decided to move out of the state of Washington, but I'm having a :> problem trying to decide where to move to other than India or China. :> To tell the truth, I am willing to move to India or China, but I'm not :> exactly sure if they'll give me something similar to a H1B visa.;) :> Also, I'm willing to accept a low salary, but it has to be enough to :> cover basic necessities (cheap apartment, basic food, basic :> transportation, and medical insurance). :>
:> Right now Texas is big on my list since the cost of living is lower :> there, but I'm not sure if it will be easy to find a job there. The :> next place on my list is California, but it looks like the living :> expenses are very high. Does anyone have first-hand knowledge about :> the job situation in California or Texas? What about other states? :>
:> I'm even looking into the possibility of changing careers. Is there :> any other field that is closely related to embedded software :> engineering which is a hot field that would not require another 4 year :> degree? Actually, I don't mind going back for another masters degree, :> but I not exactly sure if it will help me get a job in the future. :>
:> Any advice will be greatly appreciated. :>
:> Thank You, :> Jim