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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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Tech Workers: Well Paid And…Underwhelmed?

A new survey by app maker TINYpulse suggests many tech workers aren’t happy with their jobs – despite being well-compensated monetarily.

According to a poll of 5,000 developers, IT specialists, engineers and others, technical workers are less happy than other types of workers in each category. For example, only 36% of tech workers say they see opportunity for professional growth, compared to 50% of other workers, such as plumbers, teachers and architects.

Tech workers gave a similar response for questions regarding their relationships with co-workers, feeling recognized for their contributions, and being happy in general at work. For each question, they reported their overall satisfaction as lower than that of other types of workers.

This survey comes on the heels of The New York Times report of a dismal workplace environment at Amazon.

But this shouldn’t be the case. Technical skills are some of the most highly sought after today, and technical workers are paid six figure salaries because of it. Perhaps the findings point to a disconnect between these workers, and the companies that employee them.  If the findings are true, companies must evaluate the situation and figuring out how to best improve it through constant back-and-forth communication with their employees. These workers are helping to create the future, and it’s in everyone’s interests that their voices be heard about how to make their work environments happy, healthy, and conducive to their best performance.

As for tech workers finding happiness on the job – it’s important to find the right company culture fit, when searching for a new technical job opportunity, whether it’s a permanent or project-based tech job. Do your research and take your time getting to know the company, before accepting an offer. Take advantage of technical recruiting firms like TRC Professional Solutions who can do much of your legwork for you. Your skill set is crucial to the workforce today, and you deserve to be happy at work.

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Tech Jobs on The Rise

IT TalentThe technology industry will be one of the fastest-growing fields between 2012 and 2022 and as more companies continue to digitize, the demand for tech specialists has increased exponentially. The Information Technology field will continue to generate careers and growth opportunities.

According to Staff.com, in 2012, IT Jobs had a median total compensation of $90k for staffers and $116k for managers. Cloud-Computing and Mobile Application Development are two of the fastest growing areas in IT. Not to mention, some of the other hot areas in IT right now include Software Engineers, Network Administrators, and IT Managers. The tech industry will continue to develop in 2014 with a concentration in key segments including: data, mobile application, and analytics. The presence of big data is embedded from a variety of forms, ranging from your medical forms to personalized emails; and with that being said, companies are looking to automate their data entry via strategic marketing campaigns. This will drastically reduce labor cost as these programs will minimize tedious and lengthy tasks. Mobile Development is without a doubt the fastest growing segment in IT, and as it continues to evolve, more careers are being created due to smartphones becoming our personal laptops. In reference to data analytics, more opportunities are being created than ever due to the immense amount of data present. The challenge is to establish ways to effectively approach data by determining ways to gather and re-structure massive amounts of information.

This is good news for recent college graduates or those who are looking to begin a career in the IT field, as they will have a wide range of opportunities to choose from. According to Travis Almy, Director of Recruiting at TRC Professional Solutions, “In 2014, we have experienced an 18% increase in demand for skilled IT Professionals.” What companies want to see from college grads is involvement and experience—for example, internships or participation in organizations is an added bonus.

Technology is a prevalent tool that is consistently embedded in our day-to-day lives and a manifestation of future career opportunities. Whether you are looking to begin a career in this field or striving to expand your current role, refining your skillset in technology qualifies you as a valuable asset to any company.

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Two Soft Skills Even A Techie Needs

m_img_17995You’re technologically brilliant. Today, that’s almost all you need to be highly desirable – and paid – in the workforce. But here’s a little secret. A technologically skilled worker with a decent handle on some soft skills will often go further than an even more skilled IT, engineering, finance, or accounting professional without those soft skills.

Technical skills get your foot in the door.  Soft skills open doors.

Yes – it’s great to focus on your strengths and do what comes naturally to you – but identifying some areas where simple, easy improvements could make a vast difference in your career opportunities – then putting forth the effort to improve these skills until they suddenly feel effortless – will pay off in more ways than one.

We could list dozens of soft skills. But instead we’ll offer two important action steps you can take that we’ve seen naturally result in the improvement of many soft skills all at once.  We didn’t come up with them. They’re timeless and proven techniques that have been applied with success for centuries. Apply these at work and at home and you’ll see a big difference.  And this goes for anyone, technical-minded or otherwise.

1. Think and speak positive.

Tackling a challenging problem? Imagine the desired outcome first. Not quite satisfied at work? Envision a desirable scenario that is realistic for you if you take the required steps. Not sure of another’s intentions? Assume the best and approach them with that kinder outlook first. And take your mother’s advice: when you speak, let it be to say something positive if possible.  The results of this type of thinking aren’t to be underestimated. They’re significant. We’re not saying go so far as denial, but think and speak positive whenever possible, and you’ll see many wonderful things you thought impossible come to fruition – and many bad things the “old you” would have anticipated, never even happen.

2. Ask people questions.

There are at least two obvious benefits to asking other people about themselves.  The first is that you’ll likely learn something. You’ll learn about the other people, how to work better with them, and maybe even how to do your own job better. The second benefit is that you’ll be a more likable person. That’s because people, quite simply, appreciate your interest in them and they opportunity to talk about themselves. If there is anyone more successful than a hardworking, skilled person it’s a likeable, hardworking, skilled person.

These two soft skills are simple enough to apply, become natural the more you use them, and make a bigger difference in your life than many others combined.

Do you make it a practice to use these skills at work? If so, have they made a difference in your career?

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