As the R&D manager of a fast-growing semiconductor start-up, I spend a lot of time selecting candidates for my team. These days, we regularly receive very good applications from Iranians but we wonder if it’s wise to hire them. Do you know if they can work on government projects? How do other tech companies deal with this?
We’ve been talking to VC’s for months for our series A round and no results have yet been achieved. Although our business case is considered very strong, it is not possible to convince investors. The most important reason for this is the suspicion of trade restrictions that the US has imposed on Iran.
Sometime ago I started as a manager at a high-tech startup. It is a busy time with long days, seven days a week. We build a business from scratch, and I spend at least half my time on hiring new team members. The competences we are looking for are scarce, and the market is already very heated. Finding the right people has the highest priority, we can not afford mistakes. Yet I wonder how to build our all-star team. Especially for the managerial roles it is best to attract the right people. What could we improve on our recruitment?
After five years working in the European semiconductor industry, I’m now back in my native country of Indonesia looking for the next step in my career. My last job at a research institute in Ireland ended abruptly: my department was shut down and everyone was out on the street just a few weeks later. Because I wasn’t eligible for unemployment in Ireland and wasn’t able to find a new job there within a month, I bought a ticket to the country where I was born to conduct my job search from there.
Recently I was approached for a management position at a large company in the microelectronics industry. Although I was quite enjoying myself at the company where I work, I was triggered!
A short time after having switched jobs it proved to be a big mistake. Would it make sense for me to contact the company that made me the other offer?
Starting a semiconductor company is certainly not easy. Obtaining venture capital is extremely difficult. The reason is simple: with the development of new products millions are involved and competition is fierce. Therefore, investors will only want to do business with you if the risk is very limited and the financial gains are high.
After a jobhunt I had two nice offers. The first meant more or less a continuation of my previous career, the second something completely new. I chose the second: a dynamic commercial position in a small company. I was in for it! However, after a short time it proved to be a big mistake: it is a complete mismatch. Would it make sense for me to contact the company that made me the other offer?
I’m young, have a good education and a few years of work experience. Finding a new job should therefore be easy, but in practice it appears difficult. My previous employment in fact abruptly ended and I find it difficult to explain this well to a new employer.
Recently I had a meeting with a candidate for a senior management position. His CV looked promising: he had more than sufficient managerial experience in the technical sector at a number of leading companies and his multidisciplinary background fitted in well with the job profile. His potential for the position was confirmed through the rumour mill. So I had high expectations, although I didn’t know him personally.
After starting in a managerial position, my wife lost a child by miscarriage. As a result my work performance was sub-optimal. In order to better support my wife, I accepted a lower job as process engineer. After been employed on a temporary basis for two years now, again I got offered a one year contract, although I expected a permanent contract. I am extremely indignant about it. How can I improve my situation? Should I apply elsewhere?
I am Indian and I obtained my PhD in semiconductor physics in England. I worked as a software engineer for two years at a telecommunications company in the Netherlands. In the last round of cuts I lost my job. I moved down here at the time with my family and we would like to stay in the Netherlands. I have a residence permit but not a new work permit. How should I approach the Dutch market?