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Ways to find and attract highly skilled candidates in the semiconductor industry

Posted on March 15, 2023 by Nick Trompert



The semiconductor industry is a highly competitive field, and finding top talent can be a challenge. However, with the right approach, it is possible to source and attract the best and brightest in the industry. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Utilize industry-specific recruiting channels: Semiconductor industry professionals tend to congregate in specific online forums and social media groups. By using these channels to network with potential candidates, you can reach a highly qualified pool of candidates. Additionally, attending industry-specific conferences and events can be a good way to meet and connect with potential hires.

Leverage employee referrals: Encouraging your current employees to refer their friends and colleagues who they think would be a good fit for your organization can be a great way to find top talent in the semiconductor industry. The Semiconductor Engineering world is small, most of the engineers in specific areas know each other already in one way or another. Additionally, employee referrals often lead to hires that are a better cultural fit and tend to stay longer in the company.

Highlight your company's unique selling points: It's essential to highlight what sets your company apart from the competition. Whether it's cutting-edge technology, a great company culture, or a focus on work-life balance, showcasing your unique selling points can help you stand out to potential hires.

Be flexible on the location: Since semiconductor industry professionals are in high demand, you may have to look outside of your immediate geographic area to find the best candidates. Be open to remote or virtual work arrangements and consider candidates from other regions or countries. This can also help with the speed of sourcing, retention, and cost.

Offer stock as part of your compensation package: Many companies tend to hold off on giving stock or RSU’s to employees until they have been at the company for several years. By offering stock or RSU’s earlier you give your employee buy-in on how the company is doing, but most importantly this becomes a great tool for retention.

Keep in mind that in the semiconductor industry, the recruiting process can be lengthy, and it's important to be patient and persistent in your efforts to find the right candidate.


Nick Trompert

Nick Trompert is a Sr. Manager. He is responsible for connecting with the best engineering and information technology talent and resources in the world. He is one of the founders of Talent 101 and joined full time after college.