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Take that vacation.

https://goo.gl/kMWDnTSummer is the time for travel and leisure – or at least, it used to be. Today, many U.S. workers aren’t taking their vacation time.

The reasons vary, but there’s a common theme: work burnout. Many people state that by the time summer vacation rolls around, they’re completely exhausted from their jobs. Add to that that today it’s more difficult than ever to actually unplug, resulting in a vacation so full of urgent emails and pings that “getting away” can actually create more headaches than just staying put in the office.

 Instead, people use their vacation time to run errands, go to the doctor, clean the house, and play catch up.

There’s another reason people aren’t taking vacation. It’s the false notion, and one characteristic of the U.S., that whoever is at work the most time is the winner. People worry that taking time to enjoy life will cause them to seem like a slacker – and that’s unfortunate. Because there are better, smarter ways to show dedication to your job than just showing up. Working efficiently and effectively, and giving your all to your job when you’re there is more important than being there 24-7.

 After all, it pays to show dedication to your health, too. By taking some time off – and not feeling guilting about it – to enjoy your family, friends, and life. In fact, you can be an example to those around you by not buying in to the idea that to take vacation is to not be a great employee. If you’re a great employee, no one is going to hold your vacation against you – and if they do, you might not be in the right company.

So this summer, take your vacation. Maybe it’s a trip to an exotic locale, or maybe it’s just some rest and relaxation at home. However you choose to spend your vacation, remember – you’ve earned it, so enjoy it.

 

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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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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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TRC Professional Solutions Recruiters Reveal What They Look For in a Resume

6 Second Rule- RecruitersAs the job market continues to evolve, a dynamic resume still remains the backbone of a job search. And for recruiters, it offers an overview of your skills, qualifications, and education that will ultimately determine whether or not you will be invited in for an interview. Today’s resumes are carefully crafted and formatted, serving as the gateway to the next step in your career.

A job study conducted by The Ladders reveals the average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume is around 6 seconds. Luckily, our recruiters have put together a list of 7 things you can do to help your resume stand out:

  1. Tell A Story: The common job trend of stating your responsibilities objectively has slowly faded away. In today’s job market, recruiters and employers are looking for your resume to tell a story about your experiences. Rather than list bullet points, illustrate a step-by-step statement that demonstrates how you met objectives and exceeded your goals. Use a balance of quantitative and qualitative data to bring your experience to use.
  2. Market Yourself Online: Make sure to put keywords from the job you want within your resume as much as possible in order for recruiters to find you in search engines. Doing this will drastically increase the amount of search results you will show up in. To be more specific, if you are an Electrical Engineer, include keywords and accomplishments such as “Programming” or “Design.”
  3. Show off Your Talent for Details: Make a statement that you are an IT Professional. Without explanation about what you have done, there is no frame of reference to consider you for a position, so make sure you are as detailed as possible. Being detail oriented is a skill set that needs to shine through!
  4. Convey Consistency and Quantify Your Accomplishments: Proofread your resume once completed to ensure punctuality, flow, readability, and tone are consistent. Simplicity goes a long way so try to steer clear of overwhelming the recruiter with too much text. While aiming to depict simplicity, quantify your prior accomplishments any chance you can. For example, instead of listing that you monitored or managed monthly budgets, specifically state how large the budget was.
  5. Categorize Your Resume Correctly: As you categorize your resume, keep in mind that your skill section should only list skills that you can be tested on today. Chances are that you will be asked about these during your interview, so if you are not able to perform these, then it might be best to leave them off.
  6. Be Careful When Formatting: Many times, if you use a special type of formatting, the website or job portal such as CareerBuilder or Indeed might not upload it properly. In order to avoid this, only use formatting tools for their intended purposes. Allow Microsoft Word to do this for you! Use borders for borders, underlines for underlining, and bullets for bullets. If you are asked to submit a resume via email, we also recommend to send this as a PDF file to avoid formatting errors from occurring when the recruiter reviews it.
  7. Don’t Limit Yourself to One Resume: Draft several resumes that focus on different aspects of your experience. If you are a Technical Manager who can program, create a resume that focuses on project management, one that focuses on programming, and one that does both. We promise the extra work will be worth it in the long run!

Crafting the perfect resume takes time and careful critiquing, but by following our suggestions, could help your resume stand out. TRC Professional Solutions has created a template that can be used for almost any tech related position, so be sure to click below to download:

TRC Professional Solutions Resume Template

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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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Is the “9-5” Work Schedule Staying or Fading?

9-5Times are changing and so is your average work schedule. Did you know that the first five-day workweek began in the United States in 1908? However, now more companies are allowing for their employees to telecommute and create their own schedules. A recent Millennial Report indicates that 45% of Millennials would pick flexibility over compensation. Take a look at the following factors that may cause this shift:

  1. “Hot Jobs” Allow for More Flexibility: Some of the hottest jobs on the market right now are tech related with a key focus in IT, Data, or Engineering. These types of positions are shown to have more leeway to telecommute. Also, with Social Media on the rise, multiple positions are being created to manage an organizations online presence. This also requires employees to manage these technologies beyond “normal” 9-5 working hours as consumers peruse Social Media late into the night.
  2. Advancing Your Education: Many businesses place extra focus into their employee’s career development. In order to achieve this, acquiring new skills and furthering their education is imperative. As a result, Millennials will be spending their time taking additional classes, workshops, seminars, etc. to stay marketable in this changing work environment.
  3. Big Data Dominates Corporate Structure: As we struggle to keep up with the latest and greatest in technology, companies are prepared now more than ever to set up their employees remotely. Meetings can now be done virtually and phone systems can be connected with our personal smartphones. If we have access to be just as productive as we would be in our office, are the set office hours necessary too?

Don’t get your hopes up yet! This will be a gradual process as you might begin to see employees working from home up to twice a week or an occasional switch in your schedule. If you have any feedback of what type of schedule you prefer, we would love to hear from you!

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