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Marketing Tips for Freelance Tech Pros

If you’re tempted to trade your full-time tech job for the freelance lifestyle, you’re going to have to do a little marketing, too – of yourself. Don’t let that thought overwhelm or dissuade you, though. As a tech pro, your skills are already in demand. All you need is a simple strategy to keep a steady cash flow, and you’ll do great. These three tips will help you succeed, should you decide to strike out on your own.

 1. Always be looking.

 Keep your online portfolio up-to-date. Indicate on social media when you’re available. Keep your ears out, and keep others in the loop so they can keep their ears out for you too. Essentially, you need to always be searching. It isn’t as much of a hustle as it may seem though. With time, being in job hunting mode will be second nature. And it will keep you busy with plenty of freelance work.

 2.  Build your online presence.

 Establishing and growing an online presence are part of the “always looking” mentality. But thinking outside the usual LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter will help you tremendously. For example, answering questions on tech forums like Quora and Stack Exchange will draw business from people who find your answers intelligent and thorough. Blogging presents opportunities to get your name out there, as well as demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Those are just a couple of outlets that that offer a great ROI on your time, beyond the bare minimum social media profiles – though these are important, too.

 3.  Let others do the work for you.

 Be choosy – after all, you don’t want to waste your time or anyone else’s – but make sure you take advantage of recruiters and tech managers who know exactly what tech niche you’re interested in, and can take on a lot of the burden of marketing you. It’s a win for them if they place you in your perfect project, so they’ll prove a valuable tool should you decide to try freelancing.

 Looking for the next step in your tech career? Contact TRC Professional Solutions for help matching your skill set to exciting projects all over the country.

 

 

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Insight from Recruiters and Recent Data Indicates a Candidate-Driven Job Market

job seekersIn today’s economic conditions, have you noticed a shift from an employer-based job market to a candidate driven one? If so, you’re not alone because over the past few years, there has been an adjustment in our nation’s hiring strategy. So the real question is, what are the driving forces behind these practices and what is causing them to change?

Zach Sines, Recruiting Team Lead for TRC Professional Solutions shares his insight on the candidate vs. client job market conditions. He states, “Today, the market is candidate-driven because there are less job seekers available for the positions clients are looking to fill. Candidates are more selective about what they want in a new role. Due to this shift, employee perks and benefits have significantly improved at multiple organizations. As a result, salaries are steadily increasing and employers are looking to hire more valuable employees.”

A recent report from the MRI Network Recruiter Sentiment Study reveals that 83% of recruiters described the labor market as candidate-driven, which is an overall 29% increase from 2011.

The study also reveals that 31% of candidates refused job offers due to accepting outside offers.

Other reasons candidates are rejecting these offers were of various reasons:

  1. Candidates accepted a counter-offer from their current place of employment.
  2. The salary and/or benefits package was lower than expected.
  3. Candidates had a change of heart regarding switching jobs.
  4. Relocating for the position was not a top concern for the candidate.

Newly created positions continue to be the top reason for job openings. Staffing firms such as TRC Professional Solutions can help locate and place candidates for opportunities at many well-known organizations. Job seekers and hiring companies can learn more about TRC Professional Solutions, or feel free to engage with us by providing your insight on today’s candidate-driven market.

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Secret Tips for Tech Job Seekers- Ones That Can Even Land You an Interview!

images1AKDYK3IIf you are in the job seeking market, then you know that the competition is fierce. Especially if you are pursuing your career in the technology industry. Through various outlets of communication we obtain on a daily basis, it can difficult to decipher which piece of career advice is best suited for you. As you determine how to differentiate between what you should and should not listen to, there are a few staple tips to keep in mind:

Attend an Event Relative to Your Industry: Let’s face it- people in the tech industry know what they’re talking about. Many tech professionals are now choosing to share their knowledge by hosting events or seminars to help people looking to broaden their skill level. Recruiting Team Lead, within the IT division at TRC Professional Solutions, Zach Sines, shares his passion for all things tech related by holding weekly meet up classes for people interested in web development. Whether you are trying to grasp the fundamentals of coding or develop your own website, these classes have a little something for everyone. TRC Professional Meetup Classes offer a range of classes that appeals to beginners, intermediate, and advanced users. And who knows, you might get a job lead out of networking there.

Learn New Skills: Whether you are looking to learn more about HTML, CSS, DIV Layouts, or strengthen your overall knowledge in a new field- there is always something new to learn in technology. Plus, tech skills are the hottest in the job market right now, so anytime you can bring these skills up to a future employer or a recruiter is an added bonus.

Market Yourself: One of the approaches of taking the next step in your career is determining how to best market yourself. Getting in front of key influencers is one of the best ways to achieve this. You can accomplish this by connecting with leaders on LinkedIn, engaging in blog discussions, or tailoring your resume/cover letter specifically to each job to which you are applying for. Pick a company that interests you and follow them on Social Media to learn more. Many tech companies host online career fairs so you won’t even have to leave your desk. Start by attending these events offered in your area and begin cultivating new relationships!

By executing these suggestions, the next step in your career may be closer than you think. We always look forward to hearing from our readers so if you have any other tech tips you may have acquired during your job search, please share!

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4 Key Tech Trends to Watch for in 2015

trendsAs the technology industry continues to generate more career opportunities, employers are seeking specific skills to fulfill their open positions.

As job seekers continue to broaden their careers, take a look at the following trends to watch for in 2015:

  1. Shift from Temporary to Full-Time Employment: Business News Daily reveals, “Employers planning to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015, fifty-six percent plan to transition some of those workers into full-time permanent roles.” Studies have also shown organizations are planning on hiring more employees in 2015.
  2. Big Data: If you are in the tech industry, then you have probably heard this term. Big Data is one of the hottest topics within the job market right now. Organizations are determining how to use Big Data to help them operate it effectively and efficiently. The need for candidates who know how to, mine for, manage and use this data for businesses will continue to grow.
  3. Mobile Focus: Did you know that 86% of job seekers who have a smart phone would use it to search for a job, but 50% of career sites aren’t optimized for mobile? Moving forward, more companies are spending additional funds to ensure their technologies are mobile friendly, which will provide more opportunities for candidates with related skill sets who can fulfill these needs.
  4. Help Desk Roles: In 2015, there will be a higher need for staffing agencies to place candidates in positions catering to technical support and help desk associates. As technology continues to change, the number of devices and variety of hardware and software that organizations support will sky rocket. As a result, it becomes more difficult for organizations to support these platforms and hiring needs will increase.

The real question at the end of the day is, how can you, as a job seeker prepare for these trends? Stay on top of the latest updates within your industry, learn new skills to make yourself marketable, and over-prepare for the interview. If you have any other key technology trends to look out for in 2015, we would love to hear from you!

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Pay On the Rise for Tech Professionals

tech professionalAccording to the 2014 Dice Salary Survey, technology professionals earned an average of $89,450 last year, up 2% from 2013. Increases came from both internal raises, and changing employers.

There’s a reason for the high salaries and pay increases reported by the survey; demand for tech professionals is continuously on the rise, and skilled talent is increasingly harder to find.

The majority of employers surveyed reported difficulty finding qualified workers such as mechanical engineers, machinists, and numerically controlled machine tool programmers, among others.

This talent gap leaves tech professionals with the upper hand. Sixty-five percent of workers surveyed are optimistic about their ability to find a new position if they desire, and 37% actually plan to change employers for higher pay and better benefits. The pressure is on companies to hire, train, and provide incentives for these workers, in order to keep them.

In the meantime, educating and training the nation’s youth to be proficient in STEM subjects is key to not going outside the country for talent.

Are you an IT, engineering, or finance and accounting professional looking for the next step in your career? Or, an employer looking to hire that perfect candidate? TRC Professional Solutions has a long history of making that happen. It’s why we’ve been awarded Best of Staffing year after year. Contact us with your career or staffing needs today.

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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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How to Separate Yourself as a Job Seeker When Applying to Tech Jobs

hire meWhether you have recently graduated or are looking to advance your career, figuring out how to differentiate yourself from your competition can be challenging. As we approach the New Year, the month of December might be the best month to get hired. Extra attention from your recruiter and several networking opportunities during the holidays are just a few examples of ways to make connections this month. Here is how you can separate yourself:

  1. Each Application Should be Specific: As you apply to various job postings, cater each resume and cover letter to each position that you are applying for. When looking to fill positions, recruiters search for key words within your resume that cater to the positon you are applying for.
  2. Update Social Media Accounts: Your resume will not be the only item recruiters and hiring managers are evaluating before setting up an interview. Employers will scan your social media accounts to gain a feel as to whether or not your personality will fit well with the company culture. Update and clean up your Social Media Accounts before you begin sending out your resume.
  3. Prepare for the Interview Process: Once you land an interview, it is important to prepare accordingly for the interview process. For tech related positions, it is normal to demonstrate your experience and answer hypothetical scenarios that might come up on the job.  For example, you may be asked to demonstrate your skills in coding or describe how you would solve a problem. These types of interview questions are not uncommon for positions such as a software developer or engineer.
  4. Acquire Internships: Many tech related careers often begin with an internship. Participate in programs related to your field as early as possible- not only will this build your skillset, but you can develop connections through networking that will help you advance in your career.

Lastly, speak confidently during the interview process as you discuss your qualifications and answer the hiring manager’s questions. Sometimes the process can be lengthy, but conveying confidence in your abilities and what you can bring to the role will not go unnoticed. If you have any other suggestions as to how to separate yourself as a job seeker, please let us know!

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