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.

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. 

What makes you stand out from the crowd?

Previously we’ve gone over the construction techniques for résumés such as how to make sure they contain the right components, and that they end up in a familiar and easy-to-read order.  You know you should review them with both a spelling and grammar checker and, as added protection from your own biased eye, always get somebody else to read it for you.

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. 

The U.S. Department of Defense doesn't post guards at the entrance to the subterranean bunker in Cheyenne Mountain for show.  They're there to keep out individuals that don't belong.

Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) does the same thing for businesses that are seeking employees.  It may not be a stunning revelation, but HR departments are faced with a deluge of résumés every time they offer a position.  Most HR professionals will tell you that, at the very least, half of the applicants are unqualified for the job.

Every single career interview, the details, the results, and the interviewers' opinions, are all recorded for posterity. The minutiae of your claims are organized, collated, and sorted.  Every discrepancy, such as saying you worked at IBM from 1996 to 2005, and another résumé claims it was from 1995 to 2007, is noted. Companies combine data in The Cloud about you John Smith, and you Jane Jones, to spot inconsistencies.

Prediction: Hot, and likely to get hotter. No, we're not talking about the weather (though it really sounds like Dallas, doesn't it?); what we're really talking about is the DFW job market.

Business expansions, and companies coming into our area for the very first time, resulted in about 100,000 new jobs last year.  Right now we have 2½ available jobs for every 1000 residents—that's higher than most major cities in our country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, and New York City.