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"Attracting new candidates and developing our workforce is key to sustaining our growth and innovation," says SEMI president, Ajit Manocha. Talent is a pinch point. In Silicon Valley alone, SEMI members have thousands of open positions, globally more than 10,000. To address this critical issue, SEMI has launched a Workforce Development initiative, of which the SMART Workforce Pavilion is a cornerstone.

Career opportunities in semiconductor manufacturing are vast due to the depth and breadth of the industry. What does it take to build a career in microelectronics? SMART Workforce presenters provide industry insights and tools for success, including resume building, importance of networking and crucial conversations. In addition, students will have an opportunity to meet with industry professionals for brief interview sessions. 

Get valuable resources to help jump-start your career.

  • CONNECT with an industry mentor.
  • BUILD your resume and optimize it with professional tips. 
  • INTERVIEW online for open roles at top microelectronics companies.
  • EXPLORE crucial conversations, tools for success, digital content, and video insights into the industry.


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FREE Registration for Students

Students and Grads—Put Your Education to Work!

Time to get real! And the place to do it is the SMART Workforce Pavilion. Here’s where you’ll find the info and access you need to learn all about microelectronics and get your foot in the door.

A Day-in-the-Life in Our Diverse and Innovative Industry

Visit the virtual Meet the Experts Theater and hear working professionals describe what life is like on the cutting edge of technical innovation and get tips on pursuing a career.

Career Opportunities

Network with potential employers, interview at top companies, get tips on building your resume, and more!

To Mentor or Mentee?

Industry Professionals: We need to attract the best and the brightest talent to keep up our record-breaking growth! Here’s your chance: Learn about our SEMI mentor program and network with potential next-generation talent interested in joining our SMART Workforce. Sign up today and help empower our future success!

College Students: Find a mentor and get in the game!

Contact Shari Liss
Executive Director, SEMI Foundation

Meet the Experts Theater

SMART Workforce

Wednesday, July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

On-Demand Sessions

Resume Building and Interviewing Skills 

Campus career development counselors provide important information on how to build your resume and prepare for a job interview. What are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to resume building and interviewing tips so that you can feel confident when you apply for a job. What do you need to stand out launch your career in microelectronics? 

  • Presenters: Nicole Mancin, Recruiter – University Outreach and Karen Hovey, Applied Materials


Job Search During Uncertain Times 

Searching for a job is a challenge. But how do you meet this challenge during today’s uncertain times. During a traditional job search, you would network in person as well as online. With the current climate, you need to focus on searching and applying for jobs online on the top job sites, social media, and directly on company websites. How do you stand out from the crowd and land your dream job? Join this session and hear from an expert on steps to take to land your dream job.

  • Presenter: Dana Gharda, Director of the Global University Recruiting and Programs, Lam Research


Job Search Challenges - Tales from Recent Grads

Recent hires share their success stories, tips and advice for searching for a job in microelectronics during a time of crisis. This session is supplemented by recommendations and guidance from an industry HR professional on what candidates should do to stand out in the crowd. 

  • Presenter: Advantest


Mentoring for Success

We know that mentoring is proven to improve talent recruitment, retention, engagement and promotion rates.  Depending upon which stage of career you're in - student, new employee or seasoned industry veteran, mentorship is a crucial component to career success. This session will discuss the key to finding the best mentor, what makes a good mentor, and how mentorship can be fulfilling to both men and women. Learn more about the benefits of mentoring, how to find or become a mentor, and ways to re-envision mentorship in the age of millennials. 

  • Presenter: Sandra Mahadwar, Vice President of Human Resources, KLA


Crucial conversations 

Whether you are just beginning your job search, re-entering the workforce, or looking to change positions, knowing how to navigate an interview, develop career goals or use technology to communicate with potential employers is vital to success. What are your keys to success?  This session will highlight basic to advanced tips, tricks, and considerations in the recruiting process and beyond.  

  • Presenter: Helen Grays-Jones, Community Relations Manager, Meriwest Credit Union


Shaping a Better World Through Technology 

Do you want to affect change beyond your own walls? The microelectronics industry is the engine for global economic growth, driving fundamental changes in medical, communication, energy and environmental security which will deliver social innovations world-wide. Speaker in this session discusses corporate stewardship, global impact and revolutionary technologies redefining our future.  

  • Presenter: Tiffany Westendorf, Program Leader, Edison Engineering Program, GE Research 


A Day in the Life  

Career opportunities in semiconductor manufacturing are vast due to the depth and breadth of the industry. An industry professional shares highlights of what she does, why she does it and why she loves it.   

  • Presenter: Erika Hansen, Applied Materials 

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