Plan to find a new job this 2017? You’re not alone, according to a new survey by Spiceworks. More than one third of tech professionals will be looking for a new opportunity this new year.
While hiring tends to be slow during the holidays, now is the time it really picks up in January and February. If you haven’t done so already, work your way through these 4 steps to prepare yourself for the interview process.
- Polish your resume, portfolio, and social media presence until they glow. This is the first thing you want to do. Otherwise, when the time comes to apply and reach out, you’ll be too busy tweaking your resume, bogged down in updating your website, or scrubbing your social profiles of any less-than-professional posts. Just go ahead and get this important bit out of the way now.
- Window shop for companies of interest. Create a wish list of 10-20 companies you’d love to work for. Make a sub-list of contacts at each company you’re able to uncover on the Internet. Stay on top of any openings that interest you.
- Spend quality time with family, friends – and your business networks. Networking at events may help you get your foot in the door.
- Get your interview attire pressed and ready. In the wintertime it can be more challenging to look polished and professional while staying warm. So make sure you’ve got all the right gear to dress the part of the job.
Jump start the New Year with these 4 tips. Have you already gone through this process and are ready to apply? Check out TRC Professional Solutions open job board now to apply today.
Writing a professional tech resume seems simple enough, but there’s an art to writing a great one. To improve your own resume and make landing the interviews you want easier, check your resume against these common mistakes.
Stretching the truth.
With tech employers getting pickier about exactly what sort of technical skills they need, it may be tempting to exaggerate some of the details on your resume. But it almost never pays off in the long run. The truth is, tech recruiters do their research – and often discover these stretches. And even when they don’t, if you get the job, your new company will likely realize that how you came across on paper is inconsistent with how you perform on the job. It’s better to exceed expectations than to disappoint, so just be honest from the get-go – starting with your resume.
Not being specific enough.
While it’s important to be honest on your resume, it’s also important to give yourself credit where credit is due. And that means replacing vague, meaningless language with impactful, specific actions. For example, instead of just saying you “created software,” include the type of software, your exact role, and the result of your efforts.
Skipping your results.
Don’t just list your projects and job responsibilities. Explain the impact you had on your organization. After all, this is the bottom line of what any hiring manager really wants to know – how you will impact their organization.
Forgetting about keywords.
If your skills are in engineering, information technology, or finance or accounting, don’t forget to include more specific keywords, that speak to exactly to your expertise and skill set, in the body of your resume. Recruiters scan for these words in order to find the perfect fit for each available job – and so do programs created to sort through digital resumes. Make sure yours doesn’t get lost, just because you weren’t specific enough about your technical skills.
Setting the wrong tone.
Be professional in tone. Always. That means forget trying to be funny – it’s difficult to pull off and can come across as silly, and not in a good way. So just convey the facts succinctly, cordially, and effectively. If you’ve done that, you’ll eventually end up on the desk of the hiring manager, for a company where you’ll be a great fit.
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The Robert Half 2017 Salary Guide for tech professionals was recently released. In addition to breaking down salary data for jobs in information technology, it also discusses the most in-demand skills and certifications. This doesn’t necessarily mean people with these skills are the highest paid, but that they will have the easiest time finding a job. If you want to make yourself more marketable, here are some skills and certifications you should consider.
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Associate (CCIA)
- CompTIA A+
- Microsoft SQL Server
Also notable is that employers are increasingly looking for tech pros who possess soft skills as well – making them team players and better leaders.
With overall starting salaries predicted to rise 3.8 percent next year, and 61 percent of CIOs saying it’s challenging to find skilled IT professionals, tech pros with these skills will have strong negotiating power as they search for their next opportunity.
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JLL just released their report on tech trends to watch in 2017. The report tells us about office space leased and purchased by tech companies, which corresponds with tech job growth. While economic expansion in the U.S. has slowed after years of growth, the tech sector continues (and will continue) to go up – albeit a bit more slowly than before. According to JLL, here are ten of the top tech trends in real estate for the coming year.
- Tech is still the top industry for real estate expansion in the U.S., driving the economy across the country. Almost 25% of leases over 20,000 square feet being signed are for tech companies.
- Tech employment is slowing, but still growing, and in fact, growing twice as fast as employment overall.
- Tech companies are focusing on diversity, in response to research suggesting a diverse workforce results in greater innovation and financial performance.
- Seventy-two perfect of venture capitalists’ activity is from the tech industry. But it’s slowing some.
- As funds slow a bit, start-ups are growing a little slower in response.
- The slowing of funds has also resulted in start-ups becoming more cost-sensitive when it comes to real estate.
- Tech companies are looking to be acquired, since investors have tightened funding.
- Tech companies with the financial means will continue to pay top dollar for the best locations – those that attract the best talent.
- Young tech start-ups will look to establish themselves in smaller tech cities that still have strong talent.
- Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York will continue to be major tech hubs, with smaller cities gaining as major tech companies establish a presence there.
In short, even as growth slows, the high demand for tech talent continues.
People are back at work after a long Labor Day weekend – though perhaps not as many as economists had predicted. Let’s take a look at the August 2016 BLS jobs report.
1. Pay didn’t increase as much as predicted. Average hourly wages were only up .12% (3 cents) from last month, whereas last year they were up 2.4% from a year ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, this could have something to do with the fact that the lowest-paying sector – “food services and drinking places” – also added the most jobs of the month.
2. Fewer jobs were added. While 270,000 jobs were added in July, only 151,000 jobs were added in August. That’s a sharp decrease, and also less than the consensus, which had been 180,000. Still, that number is considered enough to absorb workforce growth, says bankrate.com.
3. It’s not as bad as it sounds. For some reason, possibly due to school starting, August numbers have often been disappointing. This is why economists say month-by-month reporting isn’t as reliable as year-by-year reporting. Plus, while the numbers aren’t great, they still show steady if slow growth.
Three times you should always follow up
Picture it. You’ve been searching for a job for weeks now, and you’ve even had some interest in the form of recruiters reaching out for interviews. But you haven’t found that perfect job you know must be out there somewhere. Suddenly, you see it. The job description matches exactly what you’ve been looking for. You submit your application. A few days go by. And you start to wonder…when, and how, should you follow up?
If you seem too eager, will you scare them off? Too persistent, and you might annoy them? But if you don’t reach out and show you really want the job, will someone else beat you to the punch?
Whereas before, you didn’t bother overthinking the follow-up process because the stakes weren’t that high, now you really want this job – and you don’t want to ruin your chances by making the wrong move.
The truth is, everything will be just fine and if you’re meant to have that job, you’ll get it. But to eliminate some doubt, here are three specific circumstances where you should absolutely follow up.
1. When you didn’t get an automated response. After submitting your application, wait 24 hours. If you haven’t received an email assuring you your application was received, contact the hiring manager (if possible) with a polite email to let them know you’ve applied and are excited to hear more about the opportunity (don’t forget to attach your resume).
2. After the interview. Always, always send a thank-you note. These days, an email is often appropriate, but a hand-written note will show you went the extra mile. Don’t let too much time pass between the interview and the follow up. Later that day, or the next day is best.
3. When you didn’t get the job. Just because you didn’t land the job this time, doesn’t mean you won’t be considered at a later date. A well-crafted follow up, thanking them for their time, and expressing interest in future consideration, will make you seem like a class act who genuinely wants to work there. You’ll keep the doors open, and you never know what may come of it down the road.
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