It really is a small world after all

Already home to industry leaders in test and measurement, printing, semiconductor, and display technologies, it is no exaggeration to say that Oregon’s “Silicon Forest” is a world leader in industrial microtechnology R&D. Now, Oregon’s business and policy communities are working to add nanotechnology to the region’s industrial mix.

We’re talking about atomic dimensions. The ability to directly manipulate atoms and molecules, to someday manufacture products beyond our wildest imagination.

With advanced R&D and manufacturing infrastructures in place, Oregon is an ideal location for collaboration between the high tech industry and research institutions to take on challenges of such “small proportions.”

ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute) is a collaboration between leading Oregon educational institutions, federal research institutions, and major industrial players. ONAMI is working to advance applied nano and micro technologies in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the first products we might see soon from their efforts include, greatly enhanced performance in semiconductors, small power sources, distributed sensors, portable electronic devices, medical diagnostics, and drug delivery systems to name a few.

What incredible products do you predict will come from this effort? We’d love to hear from our readers on this subject.

Shape of things to come . . .

There have been countless demographic studies predicting an increasing shortfall of qualified candidates to fill the growing employer needs for top talent. Some predict that the US shortfall of qualified candidates could reach as high as 10 million by 2010. Others predict the effects will begin to be noticeable within the next 12 to 18 months.

If the predictions are true, the high tech sector will be heavily impacted. Similar to the environment of the late 90’s tech boom, companies will be scrambling once again to become the “employer of choice”.

So what can companies do now to prepare for the coming challenges of attracting top talent? What components will be essential for employers to offer in order to capture and KEEP the ‘A’ players? Retention will no doubt be critical part of this equation. And what about the start-ups? They are most often the driving force of discovery and innovation in technology. How will they compete?

As a candidate looking for work, what can you do right now to position yourself to be one of the highly sought talents? What will the high-demand skills of the future be? If you are one of those who are in high demand, what qualities will you look for in a potential employer?

There seems to be no end to amount of questions about how all this will play out. But it’s not all doom and gloom if we start addressing these questions and making the necessary adjustments sooner rather than later. Being proactive now will help increase your chance of success later. Thoughts?

Job Tips Article by EdgeLink’s Jeff Miller

Check out Jeff’s article in the Business Journal:

This article was meant to educate and inspire those who are a little unsure about what to expect when searching for that next great position. Job hunting can be an enjoyable experience, just remember to get your story together, and get the word out there! Happy job hunting everyone!

Jeff Miller

Online Searchers for Job Seekers

Recently there have been several new “job search engines” emerging onto the web scene. Search engines like, SimplyHired, and claim to make job searches on the web an easy one stop shopping experience. Recent press has given them the initial kudos (see New Times Article below). Have you tried these tools yet? Are they next big search tools or just hype?

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The New York Times

Online Searchers for Job Seekers

Published: March 28, 2005

We’re Blogging Now!!!

Hello and welcome to the inauguration of the EdgeLink blog (version 1.0)! It is the goal of this blog to become a destination for technical professionals as a place to express viewpoints on the state of things in the technology market and exchange professional ideas. Our target audience is the Oregon/SW Washington area (or those who want to come to this area).

The EdgeLink team members will be adding content to the blog relating our observations, as well as advice for hiring managers and job seekers in the local high tech industries. From time to time, we also plan to have “guest bloggers” who will add their voices to the mix.

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