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.

Walter Bright is the creator and first implementer of the D programming language and has implemented compilers for several other languages. He's an expert in all areas of compiler technology, including front ends, optimizers, code generation, interpreter engines and runtime libraries. Walter regularly writes articles about compilers and programming, is known for engaging and informative presentations, and provides training in compiler development techniques. Many are surprised to discover that Walter is also the creator of the wargame Empire, which is still popular today over 30 years after its debut.  

In this video series Walter speaks to a college audience about what it takes to be a professional programmer.  

The Dallas IT job market is certainly a busy place, with plenty of competition. You may (for example) be a Hadoop-wizard comparable to Doug Cutting, but that doesn't necessarily place you in the driver's seat of your career.

As an interviewer, one of my questions to such a self-proclaimed expert is going to be "Why is Google File System better than Hadoop?" Bear in mind that I don't necessarily believe that—I'm just looking to put you on the spot to make you think. It's perfectly fine to disagree with me and extol the virtues of Hadoop. Just be prepared.

There are plenty of technical jobs in demand in Dallas so keep yourself aware, and remain active. A little bit of arrogance is fine if you're really good, but I'll tell you right now that I wouldn't hire Walter O'Brien if he walked in the door. He might be brilliant, but I already know that he just wouldn't fit with my team.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Trends in IT careers for 2016

Looking for a career that will be in demand in 2016 and 10 years from now? Information technology is still your best bet.

According to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs in information technology are expected to experience major growth in 2016, while jobs in increasingly outmoded sectors such as manufacturing will continue to decline.

In line with the Department of Labor’s projections, a recent annual forecast from IT staffing solutions firm TekSystems found that the most difficult-to-fill roles in 2016 will be in programming, development, security engineering, database administration and project management. Many of these in-demand positions--programming, development, and project management-- were also ones IT top brass thought would be the most critical to the success of their companies in 2016.

As shocking as it sounds, social media doesn’t always have to be used to keep up with relatives you rarely talk to or to chat with long lost friends. Sure, social media is a fun way to keep “in the know” of what’s happening with your friends, family and even world news, but social media can also make or break a possible new job. Many people have heard warnings and stories of others who post inappropriate statuses or photos to social media sites and it hinders their job search because employers see it, but social media websites can also help Dallas residents to find a job - especially in the IT field. By utilizing social media, social websites and apps can help you with your Dallas job search.

Software developers are the wizards behind the curtain. They are the ultimate designers that connect people to the latest technologies. The best software designers are creative and have the technical expertise to implement innovative ideas. 

Writing code is one way developers create. Historically, code was written in four different languages: Java, C#, C++ or SQL. However, a significant number of niche programming languages are beginning to blossom and provide solutions to common problems and increase productivity.  These niche programming languages are giving Dallas area software developers an edge in productivity.

GTN Technical Staffing is proud to announce that we made #33 on the Dallas 100 list for 2015. Every year the Caruth Institute ranks the top 100 fastest growing, entrepreneurial businesses that contribute to the Dallas economy. Read more about the Dallas 100 below.

GTN Technical Staffing continues to grow each year and regularly makes it to the INC 5000 list. We are leaders in short term contract staffing, long term contract consulting, permanent placement, and staff augmentation. Read more about GTN here.

GTN Technical Staffing strives to provide the right opportunities to the right clients. We are a globally recognized and locally respected company that continues to grow each year. We are honored to work in such a beautiful city and will continue to provide exceptional staffing services to the Dallas area for many years to come.

stand out in the IT corporate crowdThe route to the top of the corporate ladder in Information Technology (IT) has changed over the years and sometimes the way up looks more like a cha cha, than an uphill climb. You may have to take one step forward and two steps back, but the trick is to keep moving.

Making a career move is not as easy as sending a cover letter and resume to a prospective employer. Today’s technical professionals must use their wit to find creative ways to stand out in the corporate IT crowd.

The following is part of a series of articles put out by the Flanagan Training Group which touch on the three keys to an effective presentation. This article focuses on how to best utilize your voice while presenting.

We present everyday, not just when in front of a crowd. We present ourselves in conversations with our friends & peers. Perhaps we speak differently when in the presence of a boss or potential employer.

Learning to control key aspects of your voice such as pitch and volume, as well as being aware of the detrimental use of "padding" can help you present yourself more professionally and become a better speaker. This translates to more effective communication in your work and social life but also, can help you interview well for your next IT job.

Since 2011, the job market in Dallas has gradually been increasing month after month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average unemployment rate is at about four percent. Unfortunately, not every sector of the job market improves at the same pace and some jobs are at a higher demand than others. If you’re looking for a technical job in Dallas, it’s likely you’re in luck. Professionals in the IT sector are wanted, and Texas is a good place to be if you’re on the job search. According to Forbes, Fort Worth, along with five other Texas cities, are the best places to start a career, and businesses are going to Dallas technical recruiter to find candidates for jobs. Whether you’re just graduating college or starting a career in a new field, the job market in Dallas is alive and thriving for technical professionals.

Monday, 07 September 2015

When It’s Time to Ask for Help

Most people use the same approach when it comes time to search for a job. They’ll jump on Craigslist, search through Monster or Indeed, and even ask friends and family for job leads.

Often times, no matter how long someone has been searching for an IT job in Dallas, the person would rather continue to look on their own instead of ask for help from a recruiter. Even if you have a perfect resume and get interviews regularly, sometimes trying to get a job on your own just doesn’t cut it.

Working with a Dallas technical recruiter will benefit you just as much as it benefits them. Getting help with finding a job isn’t a bad thing - in fact it actually shows that you’re smart enough to find a resource and use it to your advantage.

Job openings, especially in a metro area like Dallas, can receive hundreds of resumes, and despite your qualifications it is possible yours will end up going to the hiring manager and barely getting a first glance, let alone a second look or interview. Using a recruiter is how big companies manage those applications, and it’s how you can find a dream job when you decide to ask for help.