Dallas Technical Jobs Blog

Blog for the Dallas IT and technical job markets. News, advice and tips for job searching, resume writing, interviewing and IT career growth in 2016.

You may be familiar with the popular expression "If you could do it on your own, you would have done it already!" Whether it applies to debt repayment, weight loss, or smoking cessation, the whole idea of getting help with a demanding task is something that a good team player would embrace.

The top people in business, let alone IT, recognize that two people working together produce more than three people working individually. Synergy is a vitally important instrument in the IT toolbox, and people that are afraid to integrate with others are often a liability rather than an asset.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Reskilling vs. Upskilling in IT

What's the difference?

The words sound similar but they possess significantly different meanings. Confusing one word for the other can make you look silly, or throw your boss into a panic, if you say you want to reskill instead of upskill.

"What? Do you want to change departments, or are you quitting?"
"No, nothing like that! I just want to take a night course in Network Management so you can promote me."
"Oh! You want to upskill, not leave and start a completely different career... That's a relief!"

Hopefully your boss isn't that literal-minded, and just thought you were a bit dimwitted, rather than that you were abandoning the department.

The Dallas market demands more IT people every day

The demand is quickly outstripping the supply of talented IT people to fill all the available positions currently available in the Dallas employment market. Dallas started as a manufacturing center back in the 19th century, hosting and maintaining the country's largest farmer's market in the late 1800s. Its state fair has been around since 1886 and hosting the Red River Rivalry since 1900 when Oklahoma was still just a territory.

Since then it has become a major center for commerce, energy, medical research, corporate headquarters of all descriptions, and computers. Without Dallas, the integrated circuit (later to become the modern microchip) might have been a much later development. It's the home of the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) and Texas Instruments, the people who made my very first electronic calculator.

Is it a good idea or just a legal requirement?

In these modern times it is not only a good idea; it's a great idea! And no, this isn't some left-leaning, libertarian agenda issue. If you are so backward in your thinking that you believe only a small, rigidly defined segment of society can fit in your company then I can't help you. That is well beyond the scope of this article.

Onboarding and Orientation

A company goes to all the trouble of finding great employees, but then doesn't have a good process for getting them started. Within a month they are gone because they are feeling lost, unsupported, and confused. There must be a clearly defined path that makes sure that they're engaged and enthusiastic before they are released into the wild.

What does a Dallas Staffing Agency do for you? Everything that counts!
Once upon a time we all found jobs by virtue of our contacts. For "professionals" it was a Master/Apprentice relationship; for itinerants it was food and shelter, and sometimes, items in barter.

Then along came the Industrial Revolution. Society advanced, towns and cities grew; many people learned how to read, and the "Help Wanted" sign was invented. That made life a lot easier.

Centuries needed to pass before newspapers evolved and eventually carried job advertisements. That facet persisted for about one hundred years, and then began its steady decline which has almost reached its inevitable conclusion—the end of the printed newspaper.

In the middle of the last century the Internet was invented. Far from ubiquitous, it was the domain of universities, researchers, and the government. Essentially most of us didn't know about it until the 1990s when the World Wide Web entered the public consciousness.

Job Boards and Employment Agencies gave way to increasingly sophisticated online listings. Companies, realizing the potential, embraced this system but were soon inundated with hundreds or thousands of résumés for every position that they offered. What to do?

So have you recently graduated from college, completed a coding boot camp, or won a Raspberry Pi coding contest, and are completely self-taught? Do you lack a network to draw upon to get your foot in the door of your perfect career?

Maybe you're mid-career, thoroughly skilled, but looking to climb the corporate ladder? Are you seeking a place where your years of carefully acquired talent will be appreciated?

Are you an older more experienced worker who was downsized and now need something to keep you occupied for a few more years until you want to retire? You may have heard that there is a flood of candidates, but they lack one thing you have in abundance—experience.

The first cohort of Baby Boomers has already retired. The second cohort is just about to join them. Due to inadequate planning, many employers are now finding themselves in the unenviable position of losing all their best people simultaneously.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016

Do you have an IT Career Plan?

You should—and here's why…Interviewers will ask you about it

If you're currently on the hunt for a job you'll be encountering interviewers. What is one of their most traditional questions? "Where do you see yourself five years from now?"

Yes, granted, we all color our answers a little bit for the particular job, especially if we're interested in it. The difference is that the interviewer can tell if you're "making it up as you go along", or whether you have given it some legitimate, sustained thought.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Top 6 Tips for How to Get an IT Job

Breaking into the business

According to IT staffing companies in Dallas the hiring market is in no danger of slowing down. National studies and surveys of Human Resources (HR) departments, firms, and independent agents have revealed a major flaw in the planning of most contemporary companies.

Some were smart enough to take note when the first cohort of Baby Boomers decided to retire. But, by and large, companies have remained oblivious to the fact that their top people, the ones that they have depended on for years, are just about to retire; and those selfsame companies don't have enough new workers hired or trained and ready to take over.

The answer is: Both and Neither

When evaluating the key differences between new talent and experienced workers you'll find that they both offer their own benefits and drawbacks. It's important to consider the beneficial dynamic of having different kinds of people on your team and understand the issues with being too quick to choose one over the other.