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Takeaways from the August 2016 BLS Jobs Report are back at work after a long Labor Day weekend – though perhaps not as many as economists had predicted. Let’s take a look at the August 2016 BLS jobs report.

 1. Pay didn’t increase as much as predicted. Average hourly wages were only up .12% (3 cents) from last month, whereas last year they were up 2.4% from a year ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, this could have something to do with the fact that the lowest-paying sector – “food services and drinking places” – also added the most jobs of the month. 

 2. Fewer jobs were added. While 270,000 jobs were added in July, only 151,000 jobs were added in August. That’s a sharp decrease, and also less than the consensus, which had been 180,000. Still, that number is considered enough to absorb workforce growth, says

 3. It’s not as bad as it sounds. For some reason, possibly due to school starting, August numbers have often been disappointing. This is why economists say month-by-month reporting isn’t as reliable as year-by-year reporting. Plus, while the numbers aren’t great, they still show steady if slow growth.



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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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Unexpected ways you’ll be evaluated by recruiters.

Spark-Hire-Reasons-To-Find-A-New-Recruiter-870x400We all know the typical things recruiters look for in any job candidate. But there are also some unexpected ways they go about assessing your skills. Here are a few specific tricks hiring managers, potential bosses and recruiters use to determine what’ll happen once you’re out of the interview and on the job.

Big data. Today, recruiters can use tools that aggregate a candidate’s online presence, scouring profiles, forums, shared projects, and posts to form a more comprehensive picture of your skills, interests, and behaviors. What they say is true: be aware that the things you do online in “public” places should always be things you wouldn’t mind a potential employer seeing.

Receptionists. Yes, hiring managers often refer to office receptionists to get a little more information about how you behave when in front of people you don’t necessarily expect to be evaluating you. Some companies even go so far as to have receptionists fill out their own evaluations of candidates during their brief time in the lobby. So even though it seems obvious, always be courteous and put your best face forward for everyone.

Checks for consistency. Recruiters often check to see if claims on your resume and other professional materials match up with your actions online. If you claim you’re one thing, but the organizations you belong to and job boards you frequent say another, they’ll question your legitimacy.

Surprise tactics. Potential employers sometimes like to get you out of your comfort zone, to see how you’ll react when you’re caught off guard. They may call you after hours, or interrupt you in the middle of an interview panel or test, to see how you handle it. Whatever your potential employer throws your way, it’s okay to be genuinely surprised – just go with the flow, and above all – always be polite.

References you didn’t provide. If a potential boss or hiring manager knows someone you worked with or for, they’ll often reach out, whether you included this person on your list of references or not. That’s just the reality of the small world we live in – word of mouth is your best form of advertising. So even though we all have people we didn’t exactly jive with, do your best to never burn bridges.

Are we missing anything? What are some other screening tactics job candidates should be aware of during their search? We’d love to hear your experience in the comments section below.

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How to Attract Top Tech Talent

This infographic paints a picture of what makes tech workers tick, and how to recruit them. From how they learn about jobs, to companies they most want to work for, to what’s most important to them when choosing a job. Do you agree with the findings presented in this infographic?

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Recruiting In-Demand Talent: Three Tactics to Avoid

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We talked about some things hiring companies can do to recruit technical employees. Maybe it’s a good idea to mention a few mistakes to avoid, as well.

Don’t make these hiring mistakes.

1. Don’t take the approach of a broad, large-volume search.  Increasing the number of recruiters searching for your employee doesn’t necessarily increase your odds of finding him or her, and here’s why.  Sought-after workers are easily turned off by a large volume of inquiries, versus a smaller number of highly targeted ones.  Instead, enlist the help of highly specialized recruiters who already have relationships with these workers.  A highly targeted, quality search yields better results every time.

2. Don’t be inflexible.  Because these workers are so in demand, you may need to adjust some of your own demands where you can.  Can you teach a talented worker a simple skill he doesn’t possess, if he possesses the majority required for the job and demonstrates the ability to learn quickly?  Allow her to work remotely if she’s not close to your office?   Don’t settle, but you may need to be willing to adjust your expectations to get the right worker who will accomplish what he needs to accomplish – which is the bottom line anyway, right?

3. Don’t forget to listen to their needs.  Don’t go about your candidate search in broadcast mode: “Here we are and here’s why you should join us!”  Instead, gather insight about what these workers are looking for. Talk to potential hires – or recruiters who are familiar with them – listen to their needs, and shape your offers accordingly.

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STEMs: A Big Hiring Trend for 2014


With 2013 over and gone, human resources professionals are already off the races with new – and some of the same – challenges they face in 2014.  Although benefits administrators have a lot of work to do to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the new healthcare law isn’t their only focus.  One of the biggest challenges in 2014?  This one works in your favor, STEMs.  It’s finding job candidates with the science, technological, engineering, or mathematical (STEM) skills to fill jobs.  The shortage of STEM graduates and professionals continues, making those who possess these skills some of the most in-demand workers in 2014.  So while hiring may be slow in other industries, yours is quickly growing.  In fact, according to the Career Builder 2014 U.S. Job Forecast, one in four employers’ plans to create jobs in these areas during 2014.


This means recruiters who specialize in these fields are also in demand.  Since these types of jobs are often project-oriented, and because many candidates in these industries actually prefer contract staffing for its flexibility, work-life balance, and higher hourly rate, contract staffing for STEMS continues to grow as well.


Wisely, educators are encouraging more students with the appropriate strengths to pursue fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but of course their efforts won’t pay off for a few years.

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The Next Big Thing

Is-This-the-Next-Big-ThingThe “next big” defining characteristic of society today?  That we’re always looking for the “next big thing.” Consumers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors…we’re all looking ahead to try and predict the new “it.”  It’s a tough job, since technology today is changing at exponentially greater and greater speeds – far greater than in any time in human history.

It’s exciting!…or exhausting.  Depending on how you look at it.

What if you’re the next big thing?

With much of the focus on often meaningless or trivial pursuits, there’s one way to focus your attention and efforts that is sure to pay off – for the rest of your life.  It’s you.

Spend a little time and energy grooming yourself to become a new you.  Form new habits to stick with you for a lifetime, allowing you to constantly reinvent yourself in little ways to stay relevant to employers and the times, while also – importantly – staying true to you.  Ultimately, it’s up to you how you want to become the “new you.”  But here are a few places to start.

Upgrade yourself.

Do it now.  Whatever project you’ve been putting off until someday, understand that it likely won’t ever happen unless you carve out time for it today.  You’ll have to weigh its importance, decide if you’re okay with it never happening, then act accordingly.  Either carve out time, or don’t.

 Never stop learning. Take a few minutes each day to read up on new technology and apply them to your work. You’ll be helping yourself, your company, and your work stay on the cutting edge.

Surround yourself with mentors.  Mentors possess the qualities you envision yourself having.  They’ll teach you how to become the person you want to be.  Spend time with them, and you’ll notice a change in yourself – one you’re going to like.

Be kind.  A little kindness and understanding truly do go such a long way. You’ll create a ripple effect that will surely come back to you.

The best part about upgrading yourself? Unlike the latest piece of technology or hot new toy, you’ve got staying power. And the new habits you create will not only make you relevant to today’s society – they’ll make you invaluable.

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