IT Job Industry Insights

We love the IT job industry. In this blog topic we share our insights into the various aspects of the always changing IT job career field.

Development vs. Support

Whether you're a member or an overseer, the various aspects of the IT team can often be seen to be in conflict.  It's entirely understandable—and it's also unnecessary.

This is not to diminish the importance of the folks down in the server room who keep the entire infrastructure running—their world is too esoteric for most executives to understand, so they manage to escape a lot of the conflict.  Their problems are generally tied up with budget, and prying loose the funds necessary to upgrade equipment. 

How does your IT hiring process work? We've talked in this space before about the cost of hiring. Typically you can expect to spend between 100% and 300% of the salary for that position while acquiring a new worker and over the span of the first year.

Where does all that money go? If someone unexpectedly leaves a position, and you don't have a person queued up to replace them, it can lead to a lot of unplanned expenses. One of the biggest is paid overtime, with other workers taking up the slack.

Likely as not it will be shared among several workers (at time-and-a-half), working together, sometimes simultaneously (two workers at time-and-a-half), and unavoidably upon occasion, at cross purposes. Even if you can draw somebody from a different pool of workers to cover that position, somewhere down the line, that replacement worker needs to be covered as well. It's a cascade effect so you can't really escape the cost.

Thursday, 02 February 2017

The Key to Getting the Best IT Jobs

Flexibility—The Right Fit

There are two ways to think about flexibility as it relates to the best jobs. The first is how well you fit the job; the second is how well the job fits you.

In the first case, you would analyze the requirements for success in a particular position. If you have the ability to conform to those requirements then there is a good possibility that you can be successful there.

In the second instance you must determine if you can live with imposed lifestyle changes. Too much travel? Would relocation affect spouse's job? Higher salary, but the location has a greater cost of living?

Being flexible is important but knowing your priorities is the most crucial part of finding a job that works well for you. When working with a Dallas IT staffing agency, make your preferred job criteria clear to your recruiter.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

IT Jobs in Healthcare

Computers need Health Care, too

It has been Open Season on hospitals and other medical institutions for the last several years.  Perhaps this is because they're full of altruistic individuals that "just want to help.”  The Hippocratic Oath's most important precept is "Do no harm,” and perhaps it's simply hard for them to imagine anybody else would want to deliberately set out to do damage.

The cure for that particular attitude might simply be a visit to the Emergency Room on any weekend evening.  Apparently there a lot of people who wish to do malicious harm.

Without naming names, since it encompasses just about everybody in the industry anyway, medical institutions have resisted upgrading their software for so long that doing it now is an expensive process.

What is HR thinking about?

We really like a B.A, B.Sc., or Ph.D., not because of their intrinsic value, which is demonstrating knowledge or accomplishment. When we see a doctorate or associate degree we know that you have learned "how to learn".

That makes you particularly valuable to us. Over the course of one year we can spend as much as 150% of your salary training you, providing you with training materials, and diverting the time and resources of your mentors (and others) that must help get you up to speed.

Your degree means that we will spend far less time and consequently less money teaching you because, with dedicated learners, teaching something once is often enough. You might pick up in just three months the same information that would take up to a year to train in a neophyte. Your degree makes you a better deal.

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.

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?

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.