Lies the Internet told us
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Maybe Dustin Hoffman as Rain Man could learn to program in that length of time, but certainly not ordinary citizens. It takes months to get a good grasp on programming in even the easiest languages, and years to become proficient. TANSTAAFL, as the expression goes.
Dallas IT staffing agencies easily acknowledge that programmers certainly deserve respect for investing the time and effort to learn such a complex skill. It takes a particular mind set—one that is very task-oriented—in order to be a great programmer. Often, however, it is that very skill that works to prevent you from advancing in your IT career.
If you find yourself in the southern end of the lower 48, especially if you're looking for a job in the technology staffing area, then Dallas is pretty much the place to be. Business is booming in D-town and IT staffing companies in Dallas are looking for you.
Mock Governor Rick Perry if you must, but the fact remains that his state of Texas still dominates the Top 10 List for best cities with good jobs (it has five, half of the total). Leading, as usual, is Dallas, which despite AMR's bankruptcy back in 2011 still managed to rack up more than 2% job growth last year and is looking at a 2.8% rate of growth from now through 2019.
Remember, while the rest of the country struggled with double digit unemployment rates during the 2008-2014 "economic rebalancing", Texas peaked at 8%, and is already back down to 6.2% while the rest of the country still hovers around 8% unemployment.
Creating your best IT résumé is not something you should take lightly. Thinking that it doesn't matter because "They'll be begging to hire me once I talk to them" is akin to standing outside your locked house declaring "When I get inside and find my keys, I am definitely coming back out to unlock this door!"
Wrong order, my friend, wrong order! Your résumé is your key. Unless you have some great nepotism working in your favor, you're completely stymied without a great résumé.
So you graduated from college…Congratulations! Did you make it by the skin of your teeth, or were you granted magna cum laude?
It really doesn't matter because I've seen graduates who were the bane of their professor's existence become remarkable achievers. Conversely, we've all heard of so-called "Sheldon Coopers" that fell by the wayside because they were unable to cope with the real world outside of academia.
Back in the 12th century "engineer" referred to someone who "schemed", and it had a rather negative connotation, such as someone who would "engineer to overthrow the King". By the 14th century however it had garnered some respect as "someone who designed war machines, such as ballistae, catapults, and siege engines (e.g. battering rams with a cover to protect soldiers from arrows, rocks, boiling water/oil, or even molten lead).
It wasn't until the 15th century when it took on something closer to the modern meaning of "inventor, designer, or creator". Then it generally referred to civic works (aqueducts, sanitation, and public buildings), so we continue to distinguish between a civil engineer, and an engineer of every other stripe, to this very day.
Once upon a time there was a fellow named Keith. Ever since he'd been old enough to work he had found a job to do. He had paper routes; he shopped for some of the old ladies in his neighborhood; he cut grass and shoveled snow on sidewalks or driveways.
He was always doing something (even if he wasn't being paid). He taught himself to draw; learned to build his own computers; apprenticed as a carpenter, plumber, electrician, and auto mechanic. He once deliberately spent a whole year with a new job every week. Eventually, just before his 30th birthday, he figured out that he wanted to be a Life Coach—dedicated himself to it—and he lived happily ever after.
This is what you call a 50/50 proposition. About half of businesses require that you wear what amounts to a uniform. It could be something as formal as a full business suit (male or female) including tie, pressed white shirt, and conservative, dark colors, or it might be sweater-vests and open collar shirts, but essentially everyone wears the same thing.
You are so prepared it is just ridiculous! You've got your answers prepared for the "Tell me about your biggest failure" question complete with your "What I learned" anecdote; you're ready for the "Tell me about a success where you exceeded your wildest expectations"; and the "Tell me about a time where you provided valuable leadership in a time of crisis" is a guaranteed #1 Best Seller. So why do you feel like you're missing something crucial?
It’s no longer enough to be qualified. If you want a job in today’s business environment, you have to shine, and there’s no better way to show your excellence than by asking excellent questions
—John Kador, Monster Contributing Writer
If you operated a grocery store, it is very likely that you would send out a weekly flyer telling everybody about all of your specially priced items. Potential customers would look and say "I need this, and this, and this…I guess I'll shop there this week." That is a fine strategy when you are dealing with a massive sea of potential buyers.
That is not what you are doing with your résumé. It's time to change the way you think about things.
Variety is the spice of life
Technical engineering jobs cover a very wide range. People tend to think in terms of "The Engineering Department" when considering technical staffing, and then their imagination falters. But it's not all drafting tables under fluorescent lighting.