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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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Why You Did Not Land the “Follow Up” Interview

interviewIf you are like the rest of us, then you have probably have gone through an initial interview process, but unfortunately never heard anything back about finalizing the “next steps”. Chances are, you thought you aced the interview, but were soon disappointed to never receive a response. Don’t worry- you are not the only one- we have all been there!

After all, one of the biggest complaints from job seekers is not hearing back from employers. We have provided some feedback as to why you may not have landed the “follow up” interview:

  • The Position May not be Available Anymore: Unfortunately, the recruiting process can change at any time. There are many outside factors that can come into play: the company might not be able to provide for this position financially or some candidates from within the organization decided to apply for the same job. It is also possible they have chosen to not move forward with hiring someone for this role. Bummer, we know!
  • Some People Avoid Confrontation: This is something to keep in mind during your job search. Due to the increasing amount of applicants, some hiring managers place their focus on candidates who will make the right fit for the open position and choose not to follow up with candidates they are not moving forward with.
  • Employers Are Still Deciding: Sometimes companies have not fully committed to creating a new position or may take their time sorting through candidates for the position. If this is the case, it doesn’t hurt to follow up with the hiring manager down the road!
  • Increasing Number of Applicants: In today’s competitive market, the HR department is swarmed with numerous applications, many of which are qualified for the current open position. There is also a chance your resume might have gotten mixed in with other applications. Now that you know this, go ahead and follow up with a “thank-you” letter and a phone call a week later thanking them for taking the time to meet with you.
  • There is Still Room for Improvement: First impressions are crucial, so make sure you arrive early and dress to impress. Work on your presentation skills by speaking confidently during the interview process and cater your resume and cover letter specifically to the position you are applying for.

The bottom line is that there could be many external reasons that could come into play when deciding who to hire. If you didn’t land that “follow-up” interview- don’t get discouraged- the right position may be just around the corner! If you have any experience of why you did not land that “follow up” interview, we would love to hear your story!

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