Dallas Technical Jobs Blog - Page 3

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.
Monday, 26 December 2016 00:00

IT Job Seekers - Their 10 Biggest Mistakes


Blundering Through

There are so many ways to be effective in your job search. There are some things you just don't want to do. If you're stuck in the sand, snow, or mud, the last thing you want to do is spin your tires. If it's sand or mud, it simply sprays, and if it is snow, it melts. In any case you're just digging yourself in deeper and getting nowhere.

TLDR; For those holding or working towards a bachelor's or associate's degree, or a postsecondary vocational award, historical totals and logical extrapolations are shown for the decade between 2008 and 2018. These are the careers with the most openings for technical disciplines.

  • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software… 153,000 openings
  • Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts… 208,000
  • Computer Software Engineers, Applications… 218,000
  • Computer Systems Analysts… 223,000
  • Computer Support Specialists… 235,000
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:07

Technical Careers – Getting Your First IT Job

It will only become easier…

Whether you're coming from another field, or IT has been your dream ever since you were five years old, people new to this industry start at the bottom and work their way up.  There are very few exceptions.

If you're an autodidact that has been writing code since age 10, and have programmed an artificial intelligence program that can pass the Turing Test, you might be able to start at $150,000 per year or more.  The reality, however, is that you ought to be prepared to start well under $50,000 and maybe as little as $20,000 per year on the Help Desk.  

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:00

Advice When Working with an IT Staffing Agency

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 18:20

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.

Monday, 07 November 2016 03:21

Hiring & Retaining the Best IT Employees

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.