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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, 14 July 2014 22:09

An Expert's Top 3 Interview Tips

Let’s face it; all interviews are not created equal, and there are very few resources out there to help people ace a technical interview. That’s because tech interviews are very different than any other profession.  

A recent article on Berkeley’s web site offers insightful advice from an expert on preparing for interviews with technical recruiters. For example, on a typical interview for coding, applicants will be expected to reverse a string, design a program or troubleshoot code that is laden with glitches. While it is entirely possible to find a forum that will guide you through the process, it is much easier to be successful when one can know exactly what to expect.

social_media_jobIt wasn’t long ago that if you said “social media,” people would think you were speaking a different language, but then again, what ever happened to the Sunday “Classifieds” section of Help Wanted ads?  Let’s face it; everything about job searching has radically changed over the past 10 to 15 years.  Technology has changed the way businesses hire and how applicants apply for jobs.  Remember the days when you could walk into a business, speak with the hiring manager and get an interview “on the spot?”  For the most part, those days are over.  Even a teenager’s after-school job usually requires an online form, so how can you stand out in a crowd of digitized resumes?

hiring-nowEvery year it seems like the recruitment industry must adjust to more changes and evolving trends, and this year is no exception.  According to an article on Recruiter.com, “Innovative Staffing Practices: 2014 Trends,” there are several trends impacting the way people search for and find employment.  Hiring has trended upward, but it’s not the same kind of hiring as in previous years.  Data-mining and advanced search tools continue to point recruiters directly to the most qualified candidates, and corporate collateral materials are becoming “experiential” marketing tools that go far beyond an 8 ½ X 11” Executive Summary.  Meanwhile, in terms of hiring, college graduates with STEM degrees continue to outpace all other degrees by more than double. 

Sometimes we just have a hunch that our job or position is about to be eliminated. Other times it is the company's instability or an overbearing boss. Whatever the reason, it's never a pleasant feeling to think you could be out of work any day. If you find yourself unsure about our primary source of income, it's usually time to move on. This shouldn't be a problem if you have a strong work history, but it can take a while to find a job. Looking for work is even more difficult when you're still in your current job, but that is always the best time to start searching.

Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:16

Are You Headhunter Material or Not?

There is a common perception that recruiters represent the candidate, not the client.  The reverse is actually true.  Clients pay us to find people they don't have the time or resources to find on their own.  They pay us to save them time and make their lives easier.  If a recruiter says he will not be able to help you, it doesn't mean that you are a bad person or unskilled; it probably just means that you do not fit into our current client base.  Read this LinkedIn article below for more information.

Friday, 25 April 2014 15:01

Which IT Jobs are Hottest This Year?

It seems like the technology job market in the United States is in a constant state of flux; one year there are too many job seekers and not enough open positions, and the next year IT staffing companies cannot find enough qualified candidates.  One reason for this is the rapid advancement in technology. 

Nearly every industry is now reliant on some form of information technology, whether it is a database, a shopping cart, a newsfeed or an Intranet.  Manufacturers are using robotics controlled by sophisticated software and doctors are using electronic medical records.

Terms like “cloud computing” are so hot, they have earned their way into the American vernacular.  Candidates with the right skill sets are in high demand once again, and as a result organizations are finding it harder to retain the best talent.

technoogy industryLooking back over the past two years, it's clear to see that new technology was responsible for improvements in industrial production. In fact, the recovery from the recent economic downturn has greatly depended upon non-traditional resources, such as the cloud, mobile applications and a vast array of sustainable energy sources. Not only have these developments added new jobs for computer and technical professionals, they have been a clear indication of how rapidly technology is advancing.

When you’re looking for a job in a competitive marketplace, it helps to have a lot of good connections.  Many professionals seek help from headhunters and corporate recruiters who promise to get them in the door at the top companies. However, if you’re looking for the top Dallas IT jobs, then it makes sense to work with a specialized technical staffing company. 

Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:34

Advice for Landing a Technical Job in Dallas

After several consecutive years of expansion, the market for IT jobs has become somewhat more competitive. Some might attribute this to the economy, but it has a lot more to do with increasing numbers of IT professionals in certain areas. Compared to some other areas of the country, Dallas has a higher percentage of computer and hi-tech employers, which may seem promising; but this has also attracted more qualified job seekers to the area.

The Dallas job market may be improving, at least that’s what the unemployment figures seem to say, but job seekers shouldn’t expect to a major difference overnight. Even if more jobs are starting to open up, the competition to get an interview is still fierce. You may have all the right certifications and degrees. Your qualifications may even be an exact match for a specific job. But Dallas technical jobs can still be elusive.