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Whaling on the Open Road

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:12 PM

The internet is rife with business school articles debating whether outside salespeople are still required in this age. But this isn’t one of those. This is a story about an outside sales rep and me and a very long road trip.

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The Hiring Process - Group Decision Making

Posted by Paul Jackson on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:42 PM

By now the selection team has met with all the applicants and graded their interviews. Next we meet to arrive at a consensus.

< Conducting Interviews 

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The Hiring Process - Conducting Interviews

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 12:35 PM

Interviewing provides the opportunity to learn about the applicants skills, abilities and how well they respond under pressure.

< Short Listing the Candidates  Group Decision Making >

Set the rules for the interview team

Before the interview, sit with the team and review the rules of engagement. Basic rules include no questions regarding religion, ethnicity, family, sexual orientation or any topic which would make a reasonable person uncomfortable. If someone on the team doesn’t grasp the limits, replace them now.

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Tags: printed circuit board design, printed circuit board manufacturing, commentary

The Hiring Process - Short Listing the Candidates

Posted by Paul Jackson on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 08:58 AM

By now you have received a multitude of resumes and cover letters so the fun can begin.

< External Job Postings  Conducting Interviews >

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The Hiring Process - External Job Posting

Posted by Paul Jackson on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Constructing an external Job Posting may be one of the least fun tasks but it is one of the most critical in the hiring process.

Make it too vague and you will be spending the next three weeks filtering resumes out of your inbox. Make it too precise and you will find yourself with too few choices. When it comes to creating an external job posting, a few simple rules apply.

< Short Range Search  Short Listing >

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The Hiring Process - Short Range Searches

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

By now you have established a need for the role, you have reviewed or developed the job description, established the base salary and assembled your hiring team. Next comes the short range candidate search.

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The Hiring Process – A practical guide

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

With over thirty years experience culminating in my most recent adventure, PCB manufacturing at Omni Circuit Boards, I have had my share of successes and failures when it comes to hiring.

Short Range Searches >

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A Quality Tragedy about a Chicken Dance and a PCB Board

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 07:10 AM

One common sense business rule is: Sound economic decision making is a requirement for any company intent on succeeding. This rule applies to all aspects of the business, including the quality department.

The following is a series of events from my past with firms who require aliases. The supplier (who will be referred to simply as Fowlmouth) and the customer (who we will call Foghorn) are located within a thirty minute drive of each other and it’s very, very important to note neither is a government agency. I have had the good fortune to work with a few outstanding organizations whose Quality Managers maintained quality programs which helped improve the profitability of their respective organizations; but, this isn’t about one of those...

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Tags: printed circuit board manufacturing, commentary, PCB manufacturing

Printed Circuit Boards Supporting Our Future

Posted by Paul Jackson on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:02 AM

Over the course of a year, our Omni website receives over 900 visits from students and instructors from more than 45 academic institutions located around the world.

It all started in the early days of the Internet when Omni was one of the very first PCB manufacturers to create an accessible web site. Being one of the early adopters provided us an opportunity to support and collaborate with some of the more prestigious universities on the planet and the tradition carries on today.

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Tags: electrical engineering, commentary

How to Implement Metrics and Measurements in a Circuit Board Shop

Posted by Paul Jackson on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Tell someone in a manufacturing facility you are going to be measuring their performance and you will most likely get a sour reaction. Often, it’s because they know they’ll be held accountable for metrics they may be able to influence but have little or no control over. Forcing people into the metric spotlight under these conditions is the perfect recipe for stress.

If you are one of those people who like to inject stress directly into your organization, I have a few good examples for you:

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Tags: printed circuit board manufacturing, commentary

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