Entry level RF Engineering jobsearch blues - RF Cafe Forums
Post subject: Entry level RF Engineering jobsearch blues
Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:43 am
Sep 08, 2004 2:19 am
Location: Boulder, CO
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.
have any tips on how to conduct a job search for an entry level RF engineering
I 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
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 learning
That's my 2 cents worth. Any comments?
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
Post subject: hello..Posted:
Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:10 am
sending resumes is a waste of time right
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?
rfmd???Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:19 pm
How anybody feel about
Good or Bad!
Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:29 pm
i 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 helped.
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
Then you have to research all of the RF companies out
there and send them resumes. You should send out at least 3 resumes
It's all about the hustle. You have to sell yourself.
Don't expect the doors of opportunity open up - just because you have
You have to work - just to find work. Nothin' is easy
Research, research, research....
Post subject: I hear you bro.Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004
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 like 21.
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
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 opportunities.
anyone tell what os the situation in Europe? Cause I live in a EU country
and wonder, how the situation looks down here.
Post 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 technicians.
Hope this helps!