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What is a Perfect Gig?

Posted November 21, 2008 12:00 AM by MyPerfectGig

What is a Perfect Gig? How does each of us define our perfect job? How do we navigate through our perfect career? Working for a company in a job that creatively challenges our skills is the best way for any of us to:

- Advance our careers and knowledge

- Advance the success of our company and

- Enhance the quality of life for ourselves and our families.

For those of us in the technology space, we hope to find a job which enables us to learn new skills in hot technology areas. Finding a job that is perfectly matched to your skills, however, is often--and at best--an inefficient and frustrating experience.

The recruitment industry - except for very highly paid, low-volume recruiters -makes matching employees and employers virtually impossible. Hiring managers and recruiters don't have the data or tools to work together to ensure that employees and employers are perfectly suited to each other.

What's missing is a common language that interprets and matches the words candidates use to describe their skills with the words companies use to describe their job requirements.

YOU have to do the work of breaking down job specifications and resumes into the key requirements. But it must go further; you must get to the bottom of what the "must have" requirements are before you can match candidates to jobs and companies to candidates.

It is particularly hard in the computer and electronics as well as other engineering-focused industries. I've talked to a lot of people about this. In fact, the team and I at "My Perfect Gig" have started a company to address this very question.

So, My Perfect Gig has partnered with CR4 to invest the time and effort to shine the spotlight on engineering careers and hiring so we can face the issues related to finding your Perfect Gig. We'll talk about what skills are most in demand, what tech areas are hot, what regions of the country are booming or busting, as well as anything else you might be interested in. Please use the "Comments" below to tell us what career issues you think we should discuss here.

In the end, we hope to provide our thoughts on the best practices for you to follow to advance your career and succeed in our high-technology industry to find your Perfect Gig.

Working in a job, for a company, perfectly suited to challenge our skills is the best way for any of us to advance our careers and knowledge, to advance the success of our companies, to advance the progress of our world. Blair Heavey, CEO of My Perfect Gig and his team, blog on the best practices for companies to find the right candidate and for the candidates to find their Perfect Gig.

Find the right Engineering Careers at http://www.myperfectgig.com

Our Knowledge. Your Move.

W. Blair Heavey

CEO

My Perfect Gig, Inc.

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11/21/2008 4:57 AM

what is Gig?

is it looking for job?

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11/22/2008 2:18 PM

Hi CN,

"Gig" is slang (not formal usage) for "Job." Often, (but not always) it suggests a short term job, unlike "career" which suggests both a long-term job and even a series of jobs in the same line of work. So, for instance, your current "job" or current "gig" could be as a "DSP designer", but your career might be as an "electronics engineer".

I'm pretty sure you are familiar with the other use of gig, which is completely unrelated: one "gig" (gigabyte) of memory is about 1000 times as much as one meg (megabyte).

I am guessing here... but it seems that the term gig, to mean job, came from the music industry. A performer will "play a gig" (both g's pronounced like the first g in garage) to mean that he was hired to play some sort of concert, usually for one night. My guess is that the term came from "jig" a type of dance (also spelled gigue).

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01/18/2009 8:44 PM

Hi, Kenfry,

Thank you very much for your explain. I hope there are more kinds men like you , delcat etc. so that we can get more help at variours sides.

As you guess, I know giga only in number. slang is difficult for our non english speakers. it will concern about history, convention, culture and ameture etc. Most of time we shall make a mistake.

sometimes, we cannt look it over dictionary.

Im sorry not read it until now. and reply so laterly. good answer.

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11/21/2008 10:36 AM

Brewery Quality Assurance Engineer.

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11/21/2008 7:55 PM

In a perfect world i agree with the Brewery Quality Assurance Engineer statement.

I really do wish this was a perfect world, I know there are a few lucky individuals who have that title right now, unfortunately i am not one of them.

I know the Hydraulics Industry, as well as many other industries are facing a dilemma. The majority of experienced qualified individuals are close to retirement. There is a lack of resources to fall into place behind them and take their position. Sure, there are many people who would love to do their jobs, but unfortunately much of the resource is tucked neatly away in the minds of these people who are in their last 5-10 years of employment.

The way it is looking to me, is that if we don't get a new bunch of people in these industries properly trained with some experience behind the belt before the "baby boomer" crowd retires, we will have some problems competing in the market.

The company I work for currently has ~80% of the technical resources getting ready to retire within the next 10 years, which is not the problem. The problem is, we have no one qualified to take their places.

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08/24/2011 10:08 PM

Regardless of what the old guys do/did for a living, I've been picking their brains since I was a kid..................about everything.

They know the most, and they're the most willing to talk about it if you shut up and listen.

I don't mean if YOU shut up and listen. Just anybody in general.

It's the difference between book learning, and really understanding.

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11/22/2008 9:37 AM

"Perfect Gig" implies at the least "fair. In its real definition, something that is always better than fair, sort of like welfare. I think fair and perfect aren't real words but are implied goals that may or may not be achieved at and for some short or long period of time, if achieved at all.

When digging, you will always find more dirt than gold. If you don't dig you have an assured nothing unless you steal it from someone that has dug, again.... somewhat like welfare.

I guess the perfect Gig is then theft or welfare if in fact they are not the same....

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12/27/2008 3:27 PM

Is crazy at this point; who to believe for real? Everything is about money! Like a 'Murphy Law', no kidding! Within all the noise around the 'Financial Crisis' all over who know's what's cooking next. It been unbelievable, when is to much is to much. These days we hearing of billions and billions like hot cookies, but where's the filling? Who Know's? I guess everyone should be enjoying a nice piece of the pie down the road by now, to break even. Probably is just more of the same story. Anyhow better not to find out and 'leave it to beaver' something will give eventually. I don't Know Buddies. Let's wait for the best! Bottom Line....

Bulls Vs. Bears,

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01/18/2009 4:27 PM

Gosh! To me the 'Perfect Gig' is the guy that know some "compu programs" and is very good in communications skills (even if do not make much sense) to give a picture for input purposes at meetings formal and informal. Most of the time the 'Perfect Gig' guy are good with words perhaps elocuent and mainly in good humor but always in top of the compu, regardless.

Is alrigth to be a compu gig but if Rome is Burning sometimes is alrigth to jump out and do some labor work as well once in a blue moon at least. We know that everything is in compu now days but levitation technology still need further development since is still behind skillfuly completed. No yet not so far!

Example: 5 Gig Guys in top of their compus and only one or two doing the monkey business all over the place like a chickens without heads. Come On! Back to Work!

Aoouuchh, my aching back, yes sure no problem all done see ya' tomorrow don't call me I'll call ya' hasta la vista babe!!! Come here rigth now Buddy, Jo Charlie where you are now? Oh Brotherrrr. What did you broke this time?? Unbeliavable my friend is a no win situation regardless, can't win. Sorry this radio is shot I wasn't able to answer I guess the batteries went down on me, aaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!! My apologies again Boss.

Crank that Puppy Up,

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