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.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016

IT Staff Retention

Don't you find it amazing that we spend so much time and effort and money to locate great individuals for our teams, and then somehow, over half of us manage to not have a Retention Policy in place? Are we crazy?

Even those that believe that they do have a retention policy in place often confuse it with monetary rewards, incentives, or a golden ball-and-chain. The latter usually consists of stock issuance, or options that are only valid if they stay with the company for "X" number of years. Sometimes they are tied up in a huge potential tax burden that would become payable if they had to cash-out when changing jobs.

That's not retention; that's imprisoning; and it breeds contempt and resentment.

Friday, 19 February 2016

How Facebook Posts Cost You

If you needed a reminder to go and clean up your social accounts then this is it. We recently had a potential employee for a client lined up. Everything looked good with his profile and he seemed like a good match. That was, until we checked his Facebook. This guy was going to get an offer from our client, but not now. A recent Facebook post of his provided some illuminating insight into his character. Not only was the post incredibly belligerent but also used foul language and a threat of vandalism towards another individual. This is not the kind of person that our client wants on their team. Keep in mind that social accounts are public information. If you want to work with a reputable company then you need to ensure that your public persona is also respectable.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Trends in IT Salaries

Those of you entering the IT workforce this year are probably (and justifiably) optimistic. With only a few minor pullbacks, we've been growing steadily since early in 2011. Many of you may not have started your careers by 2008 when a very large number of IT professionals suddenly found themselves without a job. It took until mid-2012 before IT employment figures recovered to the point we had reached in 2008.

Monday, 15 February 2016

IT Skills in Demand

Technical jobs in Dallas (or more specifically, IT jobs in Dallas) are going unfulfilled, but it is hardly a local phenomenon. Nationwide we're looking at an unemployment rate of just 1% in this profession. Of tech leaders surveyed, 81% are having difficulty filling positions according to a recent survey.

Our lives have become more and more technically oriented, and industry response has been to hire more people to deal with the increasing demand. This is a great time to be in IT because demand is only going to continue to grow.
Below you'll find a list of skills that are most sought after right now.

The history of Dallas technical and IT staffing is long and storied. I've learned a lot over the years and the temptation is to write a long list called "The Top 50 Ways to Become a Better IT Recruiter" or "15 Mistakes that Every IT-Applicant Makes,” but that would just be self-indulgent and egotistical.

Let's see if I can give you some useful advice to help you make better decisions as either a technical recruiter or an applicant.

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.