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Don’t make these common mistakes on your tech resume.

healthcare-technology-8-04-2015Writing 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.

 Looking for the perfect new career opportunity in engineering, information technology, finance or accounting? Go to TRC Professional Solutions to learn more.

 

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Want to work remotely? You’re in luck.

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=remote+work&oq=remote+work&gs_l=img.3..0l10.30100.31706.0.33257.11.9.0.2.2.0.106.575.7j2.9.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.11.594.nPZrIzULFs8#imgrc=g54u5FG8HeHgJM%3AWith high-speed Internet a given almost everywhere – and local STEM talent not a given anywhere (even in popular tech hubs), it’s not surprising that working remotely is an increasing trend in the tech industry.

 Employers are getting creative in their search for potential employees – and that means looking remotely, then offering candidates job opportunities without requiring them to relocate.

 It seems like a win-win for both tech workers and employers, but it isn’t always. For example, working in an actual office, where interactions are in-person, not only makes communication easier and more efficient, it also makes it more personal. Without those face-to-face communications, it can be difficult to build rapport.

 Yet even with the challenges working from afar presents, the Internet keeps us more connected than ever. Building solid relationships while working remotely is possible, it just requires a certain type of worker who is excellent at staying in the loop and reaching out via email or phone to keep communication open.

 And although employers are offering opportunities to work remotely, they won’t hire just anyone for those positions. They’re looking for people with proven experience completing big projects from home without close supervision. And as always, they’re looking for proven results. Tech workers with this type of experience under their belts should have no trouble working remotely if they choose to do so.

 Looking for a new opportunity in engineering, information technology, or finance and accounting? Contact TRC Professional Solutions today.

 

 

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Why more tech professionals are quitting their jobs.

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In April, more tech professionals quit their jobs than in March. This is according to the latest U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. And it’s part of a continuing trend, as this quarter, more techies quit than in the last. 

Why the voluntary quits? Many workers are simply leaving their current positions to accept or search for new, better ones that pay more for their skill set. This confidence in their ability to find new jobs suggests a strong economy, at least where tech is concerned. 

But besides money, there are other reasons more tech pros are quitting their jobs. A recent Dice survey found that 43 percent of tech professionals who plan on quitting are searching for better working conditions. A third of the workers who are leaving their jobs desire more responsibility within their position. Another 16 percent are looking for a shorter commute, while 14 percent are relocating. And companies are taking notice. 

As tech professionals get choosier, employers are responding by increasing incentives to retain them. More companies are offering higher compensation, more challenging assignments, flexible work schedules, opportunities to work remotely, and more frequent promotions. 

All that to say, it’s a great time to be in tech. If you’re interested in pursuing your own new opportunities, the cards are stacked in your favor. Check out TRC Staffing Solutions for jobs available in your desired area.

 

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What can we do about the widening technology skills gap?

https://goo.gl/8lFidrA 2013 study funded by Microsoft found that each year, 230,000 new tech jobs are created. The report also showed that each year, only 49,000 students graduate with a computer science-focused degree. That leaves more than 70,000 jobs available – so why are eight million people in the U.S. unemployed, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics?

It’s called a skills gap, and the U.S. job market as a whole is experiencing it. There are Millennials straight out of college applying for jobs that they are under-qualified for – not because they lack field experience, but because they didn’t receive the college education needed to complete the tasks at hand.

Though the entire job market is being affected by the skills gap, the technology market is taking one of the hardest hits. In a recent article about the tech skills gap, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that software development, data science, and systems engineering are among those STEM fields suffering the most from the talent gap.

Another skills gap study, conducted by Microsoft and Washington State, finds that one out of two jobs requires tech skills. Within the next ten years this number is predicted to increase to three out of four jobs. With Millennials unable to land these jobs, and employers unable to hire candidates, the market is not progressing.

This all sounds pretty negative . . . but it’s actually the perfect opportunity for people interested in pursuing a career in technology. Here’s why. By 2020, IT salaries alone are predicted to rise by 5.1% per year. The fewer qualified candidates there are for the technology field, the more invaluable tech gurus will become.

One way the tech industry is tackling the problem head on is through education. Companies are offering mentorships, industry experts are sharing their knowledge for free through blogs and online coding tutorials, and companies are even providing free training. For example, the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy teaches technology courses to active-duty military service members, in an effort to prepare them for the workforce upon completion of their military duties.

As for those who want a great career in technology – the key is to get the education needed to be successful – the education that, for some reason, others are not receiving. Research programs and education tracks before attending any program or school. Ask about success rates and investigate what the tech community has to say about those programs. The opinion of the tech community will tell you a lot about whether or not an education program will lead to a successful career.

Have you already received a great education? Are you ready to dive in to the technology field? Check out the Top Five Stem Cities for Employment on the TRC Professional Solutions blog to find the perfect city for your career.

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What You Post Today, Will Affect You Tomorrow: A Social Media Lesson from Yelp

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=fired+by+social+media&oq=fired+by+social+media&gs_l=img.3..0i24.988.3554.0.3753.21.9.0.12.12.0.88.596.9.9.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.21.632.okZh9zbDtwk#imgrc=JBBqGfFgm_IlmM%3AIf you have been keeping up with the latest Technology news, you have probably heard about the dissatisfied Yelp girl. If you haven’t, the Yelp employee (Talia Jane, 25) was a Customer-Support Representative based out of Silicon Valley. She wrote a very detailed, emotional blog called “An Open Letter To My CEO” – which went into depth about the San Francisco housing crisis, her emotional stress, poor wages paid by her employer, and a little bit about her career aspirations.

“So here I am, 25 years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week.”- Talia Jane

After the blog was posted, Talia Jane was let go from her position at Yelp almost immediately. There has been a lot of discussion on social media the matter. Most of the talk is being based around tech wages, Millennials, and whether or not the girl should have been let go at all. All of these discussions are valid, but there is one discussion in particular that should be duly noted. It is VITAL to always stay professional on social media, even if you believe you have a valid point to make regarding your employment.

This situation is a prime example of letting your emotions take hold of your career. Talia went from having a job that paid the bills (kinda), to not having a job at all. In her case, she is getting a lot of attention but that isn’t the case for everyone who declares war on a company through social media. In fact, if you break any HR policies by talking negatively about your company or providing “insider information”, you can even get sued.

Misusing social media will not only affect your career today but tomorrow as well. If you speak negatively online about people or companies, remember that other will see this. Future employers will be unimpressed, recruiters will see it as unprofessional, and you could damage a potential job interview before you even have a chance to speak with the company.

If you are feeling frustrated with your work, take a step back and look at the big picture. Whatever your problems is – you don’t like your job, your boss is rude, you don’t like the person who sits near you, etc. is it really going to help if you post about it online? Even if your account settings are on lock-down and are private, nothing is private online. Someone, somewhere, could find it . . . leaving you one screenshot away from dipping into your savings.

Whatever your problem is at work: think through it; or talk it over with someone who is separated from the situation, and think about your career logically. Acting in the moment doesn’t always help (though sometimes we admit it does feel good). Even if you can’t fix your problem and want to leave, put in your two weeks’ notice the appropriate way. This way, you can use your current company as a reference.

Everyone has positive and negative situations they have to handle at work. What are a few professional tips you have to relieve stress? Tell us about them by commenting below.

 

 

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The TRC Professional Solutions Team – Talks Certifications

https://www.google.com/search?q=certifications&safe=active&biw=1920&bih=934&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiW1-zw66nJAhWBOD4KHU8KAjEQ_AUIBigB&dpr=1#imgrc=VAvyw25nnrxXEM%3A A major component of creating a successful career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries (STEM) is to continually educate yourself. With new technologies developing every day, it takes a lot of effort to research new certifications and degrees needed to “climb the ladder” in your profession.

To become certified, you sign up to take courses that will increase your knowledge of your desired industry. Graduate school is also a great route to take in the long run. The more experience and knowledge you have, the better. However, it can be hard to know what specific certifications are needed. The TRC Professional Solutions team of recruiters have offered a few key certifications that they look for to fill specific positions.

If you are interested in applying for Networking and Systems jobs, look into becoming CCNA, CCNP, MCSE and MCSA certified. If you are able to understand these 5 certifications, you will be able to use Cisco Systems. Just to give you an idea, Cisco Systems is used worldwide in North America, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin American and the Middle East.

If you are leaning more towards the Security route, check into becoming CISSP and CEH certified. To become a “Certified Ethical Hacker”, it will take a little more dedication than the other certifications listed above. It takes a bit longer and is a more expensive route, but it’s worth it. If you learn these systems, you could literally be hacking into corporations systems to find their defaults! Being CEH certified is pretty rare and will make your resume stand out to recruiters.

Finally, if you’re interested in understanding Science and Technology Languages, get your Matlab certification. This will help you manage everything from computer vision – to database reporting and connectivity. Companies like to use Matlab because it is like a programming language for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s also used for science and applications.

With any career, the more certifications, qualifications, and experience you have – the better. This is especially true for the STEM industries. Do you have other certifications that you feel are desirable?

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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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