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24 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2019 The most interesting thing about MRINetwork is that, for instance, most of the people who place electrical engineers are electrical engineers, so they understand the industry. They have a depth of understanding from years of working in it. Then, we teach them the recruiting process and how to identify the top performers in any mar - ketplace, engage those people, and deliver them to our client companies. Johnson: And you are involved with the train- ing that they were doing yesterday afternoon here at the IEEE Rising Stars Conference. McNabb: And this morning as well. Yesterday, we did a workshop helping young engineers create a strategy to get their first job or advance themselves. Topics included how to write a better resume, engage managers, identify their value, and increase that value by preparing for their next move. Johnson: Have you been doing this for a while? McNabb: Yes, I've been with MRINetwork for 34 years—18 years placing people within one of our franchises, and 16 years as basically a Feature Interview by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 While attending the IEEE Rising Stars Con- ference in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had a long and insightful conversation with veteran technical recruiter Terry McNabb. We covered so much information that the interview has been broken into two sections. In this section, Terry and I discuss the shortage of mid-career expertise in the workforce and best practices for hiring ex- perienced technical staff. Be sure to read the other part of my con- versation with Terry in this month's issue of PCB007 Magazine where we discuss how to sell your services. Nolan Johnson: I'm here with Terry McNabb who is a senior regional trainer from MRINet- work. Can you refresh us on your role and or- ganization? Terry McNabb: MRINetwork is one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world. It has been in business as a fran- chise organization for over 50 years with approx- imately 400 offices spanning four continents.

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