Archive for January, 2015

Austin: Information Age City, No Exception to Skills Gap

austin, texasLike many U.S. cities, Austin, Texas has been recruiting the high tech industry for years, and now is home to hundreds of Information Age companies employing thousands of people.

And today, with so many new tech companies, the city is like most other cities across the nation in that it has experienced a shortage of local skilled workers to fill its tech jobs.

Rather than leave companies with no choice but to search outside the United States for skilled labor, city officials like Chamber of Commerce President Glenn West have insisted that the key to a promising economic future is to train and educate our citizens and youth for the jobs of the future. In Texas, the under-18 population grew 17% from 2000 to 2010 (that’s 6.5 times the national rate), and its workforce is expected to grow faster than the rest of the country between 2011 and 2014. Educational programs and job training are critical to turning this growth into an asset. Austin high schools have adjusted their curriculum and implemented courses aimed at engaging students in tech courses and producing graduates who are confident in math and science. And that’s an important start.

In the meantime, staffing firms like TRC Professional Solutions in Austin help locate and place hard-to-find skill sets for companies. A great staffing firm can help ease the pain of a talent gap by doing the legwork of locating and recruiting highly skilled professionals by placing them in the jobs they want, for the pay they deserve – resulting in a win-win for companies and professionals alike.

And in the long term, communication and collaboration between employers, communities, teachers, and youth will be crucial to closing the skills gap and setting our nation up for economic success in the coming years.

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5 New Years’ Resolutions That Will Boost Your Career

New Years ResolutionIf you are like the rest of us, then you might’ve let a New Years’ Resolution fall between the cracks a time or two mid-year. But this year, calls for a new you and a change in direction. With that being said, take a look at the following five New Years’ Resolutions that will boost your career in 2015:

  1. Excel in Your Current Role: Learn how to master the skills in your position and you will stand out to your manager and team members. Continue to go above and beyond by helping out your boss with projects and assignments that might not fall into your job description. Go ahead and brainstorm new ideas to improve or expand your responsibilities too.
  2. Develop New Skills: Start off the New Year by refining your writing skills or show off your knowledge with the latest technology updates. Try to pick up new skills such as coding or mobile development- candidates who specialize in these areas stand out to hiring managers. Be more knowledgeable about changes in your industry and share what you learn with others.
  3. Establish Your Career Goals: When you define a New Years’ resolution or goal, it is crucial that you are realistic and set definable objectives. Brainstorm what you want to accomplish in 2015 and then write down how you are going to achieve these things.
  4. Keep Up with Your Accomplishments: Track multiple achievements that you have accomplished throughout the year. Doing this can be very beneficial- it can be a vital resource during your performance review or it could also serve as a tool to help you update your resume, cover letter, and Social Media accounts like LinkedIn.
  5. Make More Connections: In your current role, develop new connections along the way. Take the time to get to know your coworkers, clients or former alumni on a personal level. Engage in group discussions on Social Media or meet for a coffee break and wish them a Happy New Year!

Most importantly, as you narrow down your options for choosing a New Years’ Resolution, define your goals in a clear and specific way in order set yourself up for a success. Once you treat your goals as a routine, it will increase your chances of maintaining your New Years’ Resolution. What are some of your resolutions in 2015? We would love to hear from you!

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