Archive for August, 2015

Jumping Back Into The Tech Job Market? Here’re Some Tips For “Landing” A Great Job

The tech industry especially is known for evolving quickly. So if you’ve been out of the tech job market for a while, you may feel a bit dusty. But if you possess specialized knowledge, there’s a need for you right now – all you need is a little extra effort to position yourself perfectly for landing your next tech job.

The first thing to note is that a resume and great interviewing skills remain paramount – but they’re often not enough. Today, you’ll need to go the extra mile to put yourself out there. Those little extra steps will produce big results. For example…

Be social online.

If you don’t have a social presence, create one. If you have one but it’s neglected, it’s time to start showing up online. Explore the appropriate channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Use these platforms to show who you are and to network with other likeminded people in the tech industry. Share your work, and work you admire with hashtags that help other tech professionals locate it. You’ll not only make yourself more visible to potential employers, but you’ll be able to reach out to them, via their own social media.

Keep learning.

Getting your tech skillset up to par can be as simple as a single class, online or on-site. Read a book. Follow blogs. Attend a seminar, workshop, or tech industry function (the plus-side of these functions is that you also have an opportunity to make connections with people who can help you get a job). Just keeping yourself fresh takes very little effort, but it will make you a more desirable candidate as well as make you more confident you’re in-the-know as to what’s cutting edge in your industry.

Enlist technical recruiters.

Technical recruitment agencies, like TRC Professional Solutions, are highly specialized in recruitment strategies that help match engineers, finance and accounting professionals, and information technologists with technical employers and project-based jobs, direct-hire jobs, and permanent hire tech opportunities. They do much of the work for you and your potential employers by filling employment gaps with people just like you. They’ve already made many of the connections for you, and can be a valuable tool during your search. In fact, if you’re an engineering, IT, or finance and accounting professional and are interested in enlisting help with your job search, we’d be happy to hear from you.

Good luck with your search – and remember, the most important key to your career success and landing your job is perseverance.

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Criteria For The Best Place to Work…

2015-Glassdoor-FB-size-d100a5Each year, organizations throughout the world anxiously wait for Glassdoor’s release of The Best Places to Work. For those that have no preconceived knowledge of this list, this list is the “end all be all” for global employer brands. When making these selections, Glassdoor begins by evaluating company reviews rated by employees from the overall year by looking at compensation, management, CEO leadership, and an overall work-life balance.

The top winner in 2015 is no surprise as Google took the win with a whopping number of 28,633 employees, whom live by the motto, “great people, great values.” Behind Google, falls reputable organizations such as Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Chevron, and Facebook, taking the thirteenth spot.

What is the commonalities between these top organizations that made the list?

“The best companies frequently have a very solid company culture, and most of the time it’s mission-driven, spoken by CEO Glassdoor, Robert Hohman. “That makes it really clear to people inside the company what mountains they’re trying to scale and unites employees around that mission.” Outside of company culture, organizations who can provide their employees with a flexible work-life balance are the ones that truly separate themselves from their competition. Prime example: LinkedIn, known for their employees who work long hours are able to handle personal matters at their convenience and work flexible hours when necessary.

One other commonality between some of these leading organizations that can’t be overlooked: trust. Trust between an employee and a business begins before your first day on the job; employees who feel appreciated in the beginning are shown to release a higher level of trust quicker than those employees who are put to work without any direction on the first day. Facebook, a leading employer in Glassdoor’s list, embeds a heavy sense of trust amongst their employees. In 2014, a Facebook employee rated the organization with five stars by describing the sense of trust encircling the team: “The culture and dialog is open about everything. The amount of power entrusted to employees is huge.”

Depending on your personal preference and field of interest, the criteria for the best place to work will vary for everyone. As you decide what is best for your career, consider weighing the pros and cons that makes the most sense to you.

What type of qualities do you consider when evaluating your career opportunities? Let us know by joining the conversation with us on Twitter @TRCProfessional.

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Looking to Relocate? Think Austin, Texas…

Austin, Texas 2Austin, Texas: one of the nation’s most prominent hotspots for job opportunities and one of the top cities to relocate to in the United States. In the tech industry alone, Austin ranks second on Forbes List of Best U.S. Cities for Future Job Growth. When it comes to opportunities outside of the job realm, Austin is well-known for its low housing costs, booming restaurant and music scene, and is a central hub for recent college graduates.

How has this impacted today’s job seekers and employers overtime? Between 2010 and 2013, “Austin had the eighth-fastest growing advanced industries sector in the nation, with jobs expanding by 6.6% and the share of the total economic output rising by 7.4% in that time”, according to The Austin Business Journal. As of 2015, there are more than 4,700 hi-tech companies operating in this industry alone. The talent pool of candidates specializing in STEM related careers is by no means short sided. From 2004 to 2014, STEM occupation growth in the Austin region increased by 36% with the overall number of STEM jobs remaining at 86,189 in 2014. The Austin Technology Council predicts that 9,000 new jobs will be created by 2017 alone.

When looking to relocate, Austin knows how to deliver. Known for its thriving music scene and abundance of young professionals and college grads, Austin continues to grow. Home to Dell and National Instruments, numerous startup businesses continue to emerge from the University of Texas. And if you’re on a budget and looking to stay in the tech industry, Austin offers affordable housing options that are significantly lower than the tech headquarters, Silicon Valley.

So, when it comes down to choosing your next home away from home, this city will not be one to disappoint. Fortunately, staffing services such as TRC Professional Solutions is able to fulfill these employment opportunities.

Seeking Job Opportunities or Looking to Fulfill Staffing Needs in Austin, TX?

TRC Professional Solutions in Austin, TX helps locate and place those hard-to-find skill sets for organizations. Recruiters are constantly staying on top of the latest hiring trends and ever-changing, fast-paced technologies. A staffing service such as TRC Professional Solutions has a very narrow in-depth knowledge of the latest market trends, a key factor to consider when looking for the right staffing service.

Job seekers and employers can learn more about TRC Professional Solutions in Austin, TX or connect with us on LinkedIn or on Twitter to keep up with the latest jobs!

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