Job seekers probably have a better chance of hitting the lottery than getting hired at General Motors anytime soon. While that's the case for many OEMs, GM's Tom Thivierge, director of talent acquisition, tells us that resume activity at the automaker has doubled in the past year. "We're getting about 350,000 resumes every six months," says Thivierge, who seems remarkably calm for someone who has got to be up to his ears in paper. "GM is becoming a company of choice," he says. Though Thivierge says that the caliber of current job applicants is outstanding, GM will hire only about 1,000 employees in the coming year. A graduate with an engineering degree who makes the cut (those with a GPA of 3.8 or better out of 4.0) will start near $52k. They'll also pocket a signing bonus of $2 to $3k.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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