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Unemployment Same At 6.3%

Friday, June 6th, 2014

According to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, the unemployment remained steady at 6.3%, adding 217,000 more new jobs in May.

BLS said that many sectors added new jobs including:Unemployment Rate 6.3%

  1. Professional and business services gaining 55,000 last month and has added 224,000 new jobs over the past year.
  2. Health Care added another 34,000, which was almost double the 19,000 it added in April!
  3. Leisure and Hospitality continued to grow by adding 32,000 new jobs last month and 311,000 over the past year!
  4. Transportation and Warehousing added 16,000 new jobs last month and has averaged 9,000 new jobs over the past 12 months!

Therefore, it is my professional opinion as an executive recruiter that it is time to engineer a new resume. To that end, one mantra I recommend is: numbers, numbers, numbers. This means to include as many quantitative accomplishments as possible. Instead of saying, “I was part of a team to implement a new MRP system” one should quantify that. For example, “as a result of my 34 man-hours managing a team of 7 IT professionals, software engineers and design engineers which resulted in our new MRP system being engineered 30% ahead of schedule and saving our company $4.5 million.”

Especially if you are an engineer, scientist, IT, R&D, technical or manufacturing professional, you should include such quantitative accomplishments as patents, awards and any ways you have made or saved money for your employer. This will be a lot easier to quantify if you are an engineer, scientist or technical professional, but everyone can accomplish this task with some planning and calculations. Remember as a rule of thumb for every dollar you are paid in your job, your company will earn $3 or more for your efforts. To that end, an employer needs to feel that you will be generating profit from your work. That is why you should include as many “numbers” in your resume as possible.

Microsoft’s New CEO Bearing Fruit

Monday, May 26th, 2014

My over 25 years in executive recruitment confirms that it is very difficult to replace any high-level contributor. This is especially true for successful R&D, engineering, scientific, IT, technical or manufacturing organizations. As I shared in previous articles “3 Steps To Internally Recruiting Your Next CEO” and “NBC follows 3-Step Succession Plan In Replacing Jay Leno” all organizations need to follow several important steps to ensure success. Microsoft seems to have done so in replacing Steve Ballmer with Satya Nadella. Furthermore, his initial moves as their new CEO seem have confirmed this.

Satya NadellaImmediately, Mr. Nadella began to sketch a powerful, new vision for Microsoft’s future. This stressed online software for work, home and elsewhere instead of Microsoft’s past plan of a computing world with Windows at the center. In one of his first sessions with journalists as the new CEO he said that Microsoft was uniquely positioned to combine the benefits of the cloud with mobile for the over 1.5 billion smartphones, computers and tablets sold each year. To illustrate this strategy he introduced a new version of Microsoft’s popular Office for Apple’s iPad, which his company has been developing for several years. This was symbolic of his stated plan to move Microsoft away from a Windows-first strategy.

He followed this up with new services for companies to manage corporate documents, whether they are using Microsoft or competitor’s devices. This underscores Mr. Nadella’s appreciation of Microsoft’s lost empire. It also epitomizes his push in his first 3 months as CEO to accelerate the spread of Microsoft’s software to the 85% of computing devices not running Windows! These are all important traits that external executive recruiters like myself and internal management recruiters highly value for those replacing high-level contributors.

All too often, companies fail to realize that they have lost momentum in a given category and continue to push failed strategies. Case in point is Wang, which used to be the leader in dedicated word processing machines. They could have easily transitioned into the leader in personal computers with all the expertise they possessed. Unfortunately, they failed to make a strategic shift in a changing market place. Fortunately, Mr. Nadella has come to terms with the market shift away from dedicated personal computers to more mobile devices. As a result, he has put in motion a flurry of changes at Microsoft that will move his company beyond Windows into new areas that will keep it vibrant for years to come.

What are your thoughts? 

Real Reason Google Bought Motorola: R&D

Friday, February 14th, 2014
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In my article at I shared that Google was dumping the Chicagoland landmark of Motorola for only $2.9 Billion to Lenovo! Furthermore, a similar article at referenced the same information. This whole sega left a bad taste in Chicagoland area inhabitant’s mouths especially since Motorola was both: a) a Chicagoland area legendary company and b) it will loose a lot of R&D, scientific, engineering, IT and technical jobs for the Chicagoland area in specific and the United States in general.
Over the years many technical recruiters, engineering recruiters, scientific recruiters, IT recruiters and R&D recruiters made their fortunes from uncovering key talent for the executive recruitment team at Motorola. Furthermore, Lenovo’s history (e.g. when they acquired IBM’s PC business), is design engineering and manufacturing in Asia including a bulk of the jobs there!
Google with Motorola Mobility
However, a closer look at the math behind the Google/Lenovo deal shows that instead of Google’s supposed $10 billion loss on the purchase of Motorola Mobility, they actually wound up paying only $1.5 billion for what it retained $5.5 billion worth of Motorola patents and their research labs. Here is why:

Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5B, but here is what Google gained in the process:

1. $3.2B – Motorola had in cash

2. $2.4B – Saved in deferred tax assets

3. $2.5B – Selling off the cable and set top box business in 2013

4. $2.9B – Sale of the handset hardware business to Lenovo

= $11B total gain from the acquisition 22 months ago (and before selling to Lenovo)! Therefore, instead of a supposed $10 billion loss on the purchase of Motorola Mobility, they actually wound up paying only $1.5 billion for what it retained $5.5 billion worth of Motorola patents and their research labs!

What are your thoughts?

Only 74,000 Jobs Created: ENGINEER A NEW RESUME!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

According to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, though the unemployment rate dropped another .3% to 6.7%, much of this drop was due to job seekers leaving the workforce (and thus not being counted by BLS)! Furthermore, only 74,000 new jobs were created last month (a drop of 156,000 from the previous month). However, with 1,309,000 new jobs created over the last 8 months, competition is increasing for existing jobs. This means that it is time to reformulate your resume!

Sectors that added jobs were:
1. Retail Trade rising by 55,000 new jobs in December. This brought the total to 121,000 jobs added in the last 3 months. Furthermore, the field averaged 32,000 new hires per month for all of 2013!
2. Wholesale Trade employment continuing to grow and adding 15,000 last month and averaging 8,000 per month for 2013.
3. Professional and Business Services added 19,000 last month and 75,000 over the last 3 months.
4. Manufacturing added 9,000 new workers and 55,000 over the last three months. However, the rate of increase is declining with only 77,000 added for 2013 versus 154,000 in 2012!

On the negative side:
1. Health Care, which has been a constant for growth over the last decade, actually decreased by 6,000 jobs. Furthermore, the employment has been trending down over the past 12 months averaging only 17,000 jobs created per month in 2013 versus 27,000 per month in 2012!
2. Construction lost 16,000 in December. However, did average adding 10,000 per month for 2013!
3. Information (e.g. motion pictures and sound recording) employment lost 12,000 in December.

Therefore, it is time to engineer a new resume. To that end, one mantra I recommend is: numbers, numbers, numbers. This means to include as many quantitative accomplishments as possible. Instead of saying, “I was part of a team to implement a new MRP system” one should quantify that. For example, “as a result of my 34 man-hours managing a team of 7 IT professionals, software engineers and design engineers which resulted in our new MRP system being engineered 30% ahead of schedule and saving our company $4.5 million.”

One should also include such quantitative accomplishments as patents, awards and any ways you have made or saved money for your employer. This will be a lot easier to quantify if you are an engineer, scientist or technical professional, but everyone can accomplish this task with some planning and calculations. Remember as a rule of thumb for every dollar you are paid in your job, your company will earn $3 or more for your efforts. To that end, an employer needs to feel that you will be generating profit from your work. That is why you should include as many “numbers” in your resume as possible.


Thursday, December 19th, 2013


  • 10+ years research and product experience with the latest focus on wireless area special on wireless location technology area
  • 10+ years of C/C++, Java, Matlab/Simulink, LabVIEW, and other programming languages on Windows/Linux development (UI application, device driver, algorithm implementation)
  • Experience in innovation and writing intellectual property disclosures
  • Highly motivated on new projects and troubleshooting with the effective ability to work independently and as a team member on group projects


BlackBerry, Rolling Meadows, IL                                                                                                                                02/2010 –Present


Member of Technical Staff – Advanced Technology (02/2010 – 02-2012)

Senior Member of Technical Staff – Advanced Technology (02/2012 – present)

Serving as a member of technical staff at BlackBerry, my main responsibilities are related to location technology research including algorithms design and development, data harvesting and analysis, DB design and development, and other  new BlackBerry 7, and BB10  product related activities.

  • Working with a third party company to prototype and evaluate new indoor positioing solutions on BB platforms and Android  platforms to meet FCC E911 phase II requirement
  • Cellular (2G/3G/LTE) location technology algorithms design and development over BlackBerry global DB
  • Leading indoor position estimation and indoor navigation research using WiFi, FM, and sensor technologies among local and remote peers
  • Prototype of  hybrid positioning system design and development
  • Evolve Edge new chipset test software package design and development
  • KF/EKF design and development for new product related research to improve touch screen user experiences
  • New product performance testing (browser, RF, and other new product feature testing) and more than 8 beta involved.
  • Several patent applications and RIM trade secrets
  • Mentor and manage several Ph.D. interns


PhoenixDyno LLC, Milwaukee, WI                                                                                                                   03/2009 – 02/2010 Software Engineer Lead

Worked as core software engineer lead in a strong team, perform advanced software and electrical design to meet overall system performance.

  • Control and Instrumentation system (LightSpeed) design and development suitable for all Motorcycle, Chassis, and Engine dynamometer models
  • Realtime control system integration and implementation
  • PID and intelligent advanced control algorithm research
  • Emission control analyzer driver development and  integration for Engine and Chassis Dynamometers


Caterpillar, Mossville, IL                                                                                                                                           03/2008 – 02/2009                                

Controls Engineer

As controls engineer, coordinate and lead the cross-functional teams with Electronic-Hydraulic system design, development, field test, and operations to deliver robust heavy duty machine products.                                                                

  • Embedded software and components development based on powertrain, engine and implementation ECM
  • Manage, Coordinate, & Integrate Electronic-Hydraulic control systems for Caterpillar off-highway machines
  • Machine Validation, Verification, and Tuning of Electronic – Hydraulic control system based on ECM machine software
  • Create and document test plan on test bench and trouble shooting manual
  • Develop control algorithms for machine EH control systems using Real-time Workshop, Simulink, and  MATLAB
  • Major Project management and design experiences – Pipelayer (PL72, PL61), Large Wheel Loader (992/993/994/988), Medium Wheel Loader(938), Track Type Tractor(D5R, D6R, D8T, D9T, D10T, D11T)


Taylor Dynamometer Inc, New Berlin, WI                                                                                                                08/2005 – 03/2008

Software Engineer

Worked as a lead software engineer in engineering team, design, development, upgrade and support all Taylor data acquisition and control system platforms including DynPro, DynTek, and WinDyn.


  • Design and implemented the advance PID tuning algorithms on embedded controllers to improve the engine dyno control performance
  • Kenworth Chillicothe Heavy Duty Truck CO. Customized dynamometer data acquisition system design and development with wireless control
  • PLC (Mitsubishi & Siemens) based Dyno control and monitor system maintenance and upgrade
  • USB based data acquisition and control system design for dynamometer applications
  • DynPro globalization (support 13 languages)
  • Engine PAR project (Engine, Gen set control. cooperate with Engineers from Caterpillar)


Hinnovation, Milwaukee WI                                                                                                                                           5/2001-10/2001

Internship (Visual C/C++)

This was a 6 months software project involving more than 20 C++ classes.                                                                       

  • Graphic User Interface (GUI) program design and development for 2D/3D medical image (MR/CT)   processing using MFC and ATL
  • Medical image (MR/CT) Image-processing and viewing application implementation

–        Medical image database access application development through network

–        OO design for 2D and 3D image class implementation

–        Medical image visualization (2D/3D) application development (image zoom, rotate, flip, crop, threshold…)

–        Graphical algorithms development


Marquette University EECE, Milwaukee WI                                                                                                                 8/2000-08/2005

PhD Candidate (Research and Teaching)

  • Fuzzy PID Control (part of thesis)

Propose a new self-PID-tuning algorithm using fuzzy logic, optimal control, and numerical optimization techniques and apply it in several applications.

  • Pattern Recognaizaion

–        Decision tree, Genetic Algorithm, Neural Network, Artificial Intelligence, and Fuzzy logic

  • Model Analysis and Identification

–         Stochastic model analysis (Kalman Filter)

–         Instrumental Variable (IV) method


Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China                                                  7/1998-6/2000

Software Lead Engineer

BEPC is a China national lab. Worked as a software engineer in control department (40 people), main tasks were control system software development and maintenance (C/C++), High Energy Physics research project implementation.

  • BB 7, PlayBook, and BlackBerry 10 phone OS service and apps development using QNX C/C++,

Android platform app development, Java, Cascades, and Adobe flash

  • Computer language: C/C++, Matlab/Simulink, Python, Java, LabVIEW, Adobe Flash, VB/VBA, Fortran, Assembling, Perl, SQL Server, Postgres, mysql, and HTML
  • Control and Instrumentation: GPIB, RS232/485, USB, TCP/IP, VME/Vxworks, DAQ, SAE J1708/1939, CDL, PLC, PID, PCI/PXI, Motorola 6800, and Intel 8051
  • Hands-on experience of  oscilloscope, logic analyzer, spectrum analyzer and other instrument hardware
  • System modeling and estimation, feedback control system, and filter design
  • Software version control tool experience: Perforce, Git, Clear Case, Microsoft soft source, NI SCC
  • Six Sigma training, FMEA training and project management experiences



2000 – 2006       Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA

1995-1998          M.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China          

1989-1993          Bachelor in Computer Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Bachelor of Computer Science


Design Engineering Jobs Can Help You Reach the Stars

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The larger and loftier your goals, the higher the possibilities of achieving them if Design Engineering is your desired career. Think big to achieve big in life and that is what I suggest to prospective candidates who aim to create a niche for themselves in this fast-moving technological era. Besides procuring the needed education (e.g. B.S.M.E.), certifications (e.g. P.E.) and skills (e.g. Pro/Engineer 3D CAD) for this growing engineering category, it is extremely important to have an open, broad and adjustable attitude if you wish to accomplish a major task like designing a record-setting skyscraper with your dream job.

Design Engineering

Relocation, being one of the major setbacks for aspiring engineers; it is highly advisable to keep your horizons open for every kind of sacrifice that your dream job demands. Nothing gets served on a silver platter without striving hard towards what you in believe in. A lot goes into making a bright, shining and prospering career, along with a touch of public recognition as well. No success is complete if you do not get recognition for your successful endeavors.

Design Engineering jobs

Creating an ideal Design Engineering job for yourself in Chicago or another Midwestern location including Illinois, Michigan, Indiana or Wisconsin is highly practical and achievable provided you are competent enough for the post, open to relocation and are ready to accept the challenges that come your way. To sum it up, I would just like to say that Change is the only constant thing in this universe and if you aim to change the world per your specifications, be ready to accept and inherit this constant change on your working and behavioral pattern.

Nasdaq Tops 4000: More Engineering Jobs Coming!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The index rose 11 points, or 0.3%, to 4003 in early trading, outpacing more modest gains in the broader market. Investor sentiment was boosted after a weekend deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which weighed on oil prices.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 13 points, or 0.1%, to 16078, and reached another record intraday high of 16095.40 soon after the open. On Friday, the Dow rose 55 points, or 0.3%, to a sixth record high close in eight sessions. The Dow also posted a seventh-straight weekly gain, the longest such stretch since January 2011.The S&P 500 index gained two points, or 0.1%, to 1807. The S&P 500 closed above 1800 Friday for the first time to post its 37th record high close of the year.Stocks outside the tech sector have been the main driver’s behind the Nasdaq’s return to 4000 and its outperformance of the broader market. The index has climbed 33% this year, a full 10 percentage-point lead over the Dow industrials.

Health-care stocks, mostly drug makers, on the Nasdaq have shot up 54% this year. These stocks represent 14% in the Nasdaq, up from 6% in 1999.

The index’s return to 4000 is in key ways more significant than other recent market feats—such Dow Jones Industrial Average’s leap to 16000 or the S&P 500’s ascent to 1800—because of the blow it took following the dot-com bubble.

The well-established tech companies have huge amounts of cash on their balance sheets and are likely to increase dividends over time. All these factors should lead to increased jobs hiring in the engineering, scientific and technical recruiting areas that we place candidates including design engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, manufacturing engineer, process engineer, quality engineer, product developer, plant manager and IT jobs. So in general if are a scientist, engineer or technical job candidate, please contact us and we will be able to assist you.

Hiring Picking Up Steam: TIME FOR TALENT AUDIT!

Friday, November 8th, 2013

According to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, 204,000 new jobs were created last month. This totals 1,053,000 created over the last six months! Combined with both: a) yesterday’s Commerce Department report that Gross Domestic Production (GDP) rose an unexpectedly high 2.8% in the 3rd quarter, which marked its fastest growth in a year! And b) several recent, successful, Initial Public Offering (IPO) launches, including Twitter whose share price skyrocketed 73% to $45.10 just 24 hours after its Wednesday launch, there is a lot of evidence that hiring is picking up momentum!

Furthermore, anecdotally, I have noticed that many of our clients have significantly ramped up hiring in the last few months (especially technical employees such as engineers and IT professionals). Unfortunately, few are prepared for this momentous recruiting increase.

As a result, we recommend a 360-degree audit of your staffing needs including:

  1. Full assessments of all departments’ requirements for the next 18 months.
  2. Thorough evaluations of your talent needs and comparisons to the current marketplace landscape including manpower availabilities versus your competitors’ needs and current efforts.
  3. Researching new methods for securing talent within your organization.
  4. Increasing the recruiting prowess of your hiring managers.
  5. Brainstorming sessions to discuss your actual and projected regulations and how they will affect abilities to secure key talent in the future.

To assist you, we have prepared a list of 12 key recruiting tips. Please go to to learn more.

Government Shutdown, No Jobs Numbers; Think Small

Friday, October 4th, 2013

With the Washington shutdown, there are no BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) jobs numbers today as planned. Furthermore, all eyes are fixated on BIG government. However, history demonstrates that neither federal, nor state, nor local governments are efficient jobs creators. Furthermore, big companies have been net losers of jobs over the past 20 years. For example, Merck, a leader in one of the few growing industries, recently announced plans to slash another 8500 jobs by years end! Instead, the focus needs to be on SMALL as in small businesses, which, prior to the recent recession, generated almost 80% of the net new jobs annually over the last 2 decades and have produced 13 times more patents per employee than large firms according to the most recent statistics by the Small Business Administration.

Today and to that end, the City of Chicago is sponsoring a major, small business conference at the University of Illinois, Chicago to promote these phenomenal engines of jobs growth. Please go to for more details.

A lot more needs to be done to assist small businesses. One answer may be substantially expanding successful programs like SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives, a counseling arm of the Small Business Administration). They have a proven track record in helping small business owners to succeed and in turn creating more jobs, which will more quickly drive our economy out of its malaise than anything the government can do personally. That is why my staff and I will be assisting with today’s small business conference”, said Scott Sargis, president of Strategic Search Corporation in a morning meeting with analysts. Eshwar Noojibail, Senior Counselor at SCORE agreed, “We at SCORE try to educate new entrepreneurs on how to start and operate a successful business that not only may improve their own financial situations but also, may help improve our national economy.” Mr. Sargis added, “I would advise all government agencies to refocus efforts and follow the lead of SCORE in providing general assistance for small business owners and not trying to target winners such as Solindra and Fisker. Then let the marketplace decide which are the most prosperous and best engines for jobs growth for this economy to pull out of its malaise.”

Recruiter: 3-Pronged Job Hunting Approach Needed!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Though the growth has been tepid, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced today that 169,000 new jobs were created last month as the unemployment rate dropped .1% to 7.3%. As a result, 701,000 new jobs have been created in the last four months. The leaders last month in jobs creation were: a) Health Care, which continues to rise and added 33,000 b) Retail Trade, which rose by 44,000 and has added 393,000 over the past 12 months and c) Wholesale Trade, which added 8,000 last month and 83,000 over the past 12 months.

Therefore, job seekers need a three-pronged approach to increase their probability of success:

  1. Developing a quantitatively laced resume.
  2. Selectively using recruiters
  3. Networking, which is the most important of the three!

Let’s take these from least important to most important. First, having a resume is a necessary evil. Most hiring managers (especially human resources) require it. Therefore, you need to mold your resume into a quantitative one. Please go to and review my 1st Commandment of Interviewing. The key is seeding your resume with numbers (e.g. % improvements or dollar savings to employers).

The Second prong is the selection and use of recruiters. I recommend using both recruiters who place full time and temporary positions. Access both: a) The Directory of Executive and Professional Recruiters for full time and b) the website for temporary agencies. There is no magical formula to selecting recruiters. Instead, develop a list of questions to ask, contact them and select a few that you feel meet your needs. However, DO NOT RELY UPON ANY RECRUITERS! Some may provide some assistance, but the primary way to land a good job is through networking.

Finally, the third and most important of my recommendations is networking. There are two types of networking: a) the old fashioned form of meeting people and b) e-networking. Please refer to my 2nd and 3rd Commandments of Interviewing for more information. However, one of the cornerstones of any networking approach is developing and applying a 20-30 second elevator pitch. During this pitch you want to quickly convey three things:

  1. Who you are?
  2. What you are looking for (be specific)?
  3. Your 2-3 greatest strengths.

Practice pitching this information aloud into either: a) a tape recorder or b) the mirror at least 50 times until you feel it is very concise, “rolls off your tongue” and conveys everything you wish to convey very powerfully. Also, time yourself with a stopwatch until you can complete it in no longer than 30 seconds!

Once you have a pitch finalized that you feel comfortable with, you want to use it on everyone you know and meet. Also, use the written version of this pitch on social media sites like LinkedIn. Join appropriate business groups and meet people. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to share your 30-second elevator pitch because you don’t know who might know about your next job.

This is a very tedious process that requires a lot of diligence, but there is no secret to landing a job especially in this terrible jobs market. You have to be work harder than everyone else since there are so many people now out of work! Finally, remember that networking is your most important tool. As part of that you need to develop a very strong, 30-second elevator pitch.