Dallas IT Staffing & Career 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.

Creams, Ointments, Prescription Treatments, IT recruiters

What is the meaning of the subtitle?  You said “What?” and kept reading.  If people aren’t drawn in by what you say or do, you’re essentially invisible nowadays.  The most important quality is visibility.

But how do you go about finding and schmoozing with IT recruiters to maximize your visibility?

The best IT staffing firms in Dallas all have one common objective during the interview - exchange the most accurate and relevant information as possible in the time available.  

Because of the highly competitive nature of both IT candidates and recruiters, the most common mistake by either party during an interview is to consider it an adversarial relationship.  

A bad interviewer is convinced that almost every candidate is lying.  They will attempt to discover that lie and prove that the candidate is unworthy so they can reject them.  Each candidate is stealing time away from other tasks and is an imposition, not an answer to the company’s problem.

A bad candidate will prevaricate, misrepresent, or outright lie, predicated on the notion that once they are “in”, they can “fake it” until they “make it”.  They believe that it is easier to obtain forgiveness than permission.  When they are let go because the lie is discovered, they always seem surprised because they have already “proven their worth”, despite the fact that they’ve done just the opposite.

Away back in February of 2011 we were already discussing the recovery from the 2008 market crash (sorry…market rebalancing).  We discussed how information technology (IT) staffing managers in Dallas were reluctant to take on new hires, instead preferring to make do with what they had.  

A lot of sectors in the information technology markets were experiencing a “jobless recovery," meaning that companies were getting back on their feet, but they weren’t hiring any new staff for information technology openings.  

As the leading IT staffing agency in Dallas,  we advised that flexibility was the key to setting yourself apart from the IT job hunting crowd.   You needed to be able to describe yourself in a way to fulfill multiple roles and appear particularly attractive to IT staffing managers.  That strategy worked for many of our clients.

Suddenly around 2012 and 2013 business started to blossom, and the recovery picked up speed.  That hiring boom was a great boon to people who had just been scraping by, and burning through their retirement savings to survive.  

At some point, we may realize that our information technology job no longer holds any challenge for us; that whatever once made it fun has faded and become routine. You have asked for new opportunities, but there just doesn’t seem to be any—not that they’re being withheld—but the company doesn’t appear to have any higher ambitions.

Well, they may be satisfied with their niche, but you’re not obliged to sail on that boring cargo ship! It’s time to start looking for a cruise liner or a speedboat to continue your voyage. To extend the analogy, don’t rock the boat or abandon your duties—that will come back to haunt you when it is time to ask for references—keep doing your current job, and doing it well.

Once you have a information technology job offer, and it’s time to take your leave, then you can give an appropriate amount of notice, and offer to help train the person taking over your responsibilities. That is how a professional would handle it.

Away back in 2011, the country was still looking at staggering job losses—except in Dallas.  Why was that?  The fact of the matter is that a huge proportion of this nation’s technical companies call Dallas home—and they are some of the most innovative.  They just kept on coming up with new ideas and growing throughout the recession.  The story continues to this day and IT jobs in Dallas are rarely hard to find.

Job seekers suffering from “delusions of greatness” still struggled (as they always do), but those that were clever enough to exploit social networking developed their own inroads into the businesses.  Combined with business networking, such as LinkedIn, they were soon employed.

In an effort to help GTN Technical Staffing reach the next level of success and position the company for future growth, we are pleased to announce the following organizational changes:

Greg Smith will hold the position of President. Greg’s responsibilities include general management and oversite for the organization with specific responsibilities for finance, accounting and administration.

Jim Bright will hold the position of Chief Strategy Officer. In addition to providing executive oversite and guidance, Jim will also continue to develop and implement training programs designed to prepare and mentor the next generation of top performers and leaders of the GTN Team.

Neil Syken has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer, providing executive direction for the organization with responsibility for the coordinated efforts of both the Sales and Recruiting teams. Neil will also be responsible for managing the satisfaction, welfare and ongoing relationships with our consultants, employees and clients.

Please join us in welcoming the new organizational structure as we prepare for a future filled with continued achievement and growth.

The notion that “the résumé is passé” has been gaining momentum over the last couple of years. We beg to differ. Although you would be much better off using a CV (circum vitae), a résumé is still a valuable instrument.

Whereas the CV is a much more comprehensive document, which furnishes a more complete history of education, accomplishments, publications, and interests, the résumé is still well suited to new graduates and those with only modest achievements so far in their career.

Whichever you choose to use, build it thoughtfully. Remember: bland is banned.You don’t want to be like one of the innumerable, almost identical cogs, in a wind-up clock. Don’t be afraid to demonstrate a little personality in the document. If they wanted an automaton or a computer they could buy one of those—they want a person—don’t be a list of skills.

Be a Morning Person: The Need to Succeed in the IT Field

While we specialize in IT staffing in Dallas, these are some ideas, rules, and observations that apply universally.The most important one is that people who procrastinate are committing self-sabotage.

Not getting the response you want from your IT résumé submissions?

You’re doing great on your own.  You don’t need some Dallas Technical Recruiter to find a job.  Heck, you’re on Craigslist every single day, and you’re auditing Monster™ and Indeed™ with the fervor of a religious zealot!

You’ve sent out 20 (or maybe even 50) résumés and you know it’s just a matter of time.  One of these lucky companies is going to realize how fortunate they would be to have you as a stunning new addition to their otherwise lackluster IT team.

Except…  It has been almost four weeks, and you haven’t even had a nibble.  Few phone calls; one interview that went nowhere; and even the few “thank you for your application” replies didn’t even have a signature or a name on them.

What’s wrong with these people?  How could they possibly fail to recognize your talent and the massive contribution you could make to the company?  Did anybody even read your résumé?

With a sparkling new degree in hand and a well-deserved sense of accomplishment after four (or five or six) years of hard work, college graduates understandably feel excited to take on the challenges of building a career in the information technology sector. Most of 2017’s grads also probably feel that their alma mater has fully prepared them for joining today’s IT workforce, providing the skills and insights necessary for them to get their dream job.

Many of the people in charge of those dream jobs disagree.