While the rest of the economy is just starting to come back from high unemployment rates, the IT industry continues to thrive. According to Dice, the unemployment rate in the technology industry is 3.3%, allowing IT professionals to hold a lot of leverage in the job market. It’s not uncommon for an IT candidate to receive multiple calls and LinkedIn messages each week from recruiters pitching new opportunities.
Amidst the bombardment of calls and emails, choosing the right recruiter and recruiting company to partner with can be overwhelming. What factors should you consider to ensure you’re working with a good recruiter and making the best choice for your career?
These days it’s easier than ever for a job seeker to seek out employment opportunities. There are the job boards, chuck full with every type of job posting you can think of. You can perform a Google search and get served up hundreds of potential hits for what you seek. Of course there is also LinkedIn and even Facebook available to today’s job hunter. In fact, looking for a new job can turn into a full time job before long. With so many options available, why would you look to an Technology staffing firm for permanent employment placement?
To begin with, the world of prospecting can be a daunting place, and if you’re not targeted and disciplined, you can spend the majority of your time pursuing positions that aren’t likely to yield tangible opportunity. For the candidate, here are a few reasons why permanent placement through an Technology staffing firm makes sense:
Suggesting a job change in a market with a consistent national unemployment rate that hovers around 9% may sound counter-intuitive. Job stability is one of the most highly sought after qualities of prospectors, and once achieved, the idea of making a change rarely enters the picture. However, even within the great flux that is today’s job market, timing couldn’t be better for the skilled IT professional to consider a change-let’s take a look at why now is the ideal time:
Java developer; network engineer; oracle DBA – impressive buzz words that convey the technical aspects of a job, but nothing more than this can certainly leave much to the imagination. According to businessdictionary.com, a job specification is a statement of employee characteristics and qualifications that are required for satisfactory performance of defined duties and tasks comprising a specific job or function. An effective job spec should convey not only the technical aspects of the position, but provide an overview of the performance and expectations required from the contractor. But what if the job spec isn’t more than just a few buzz words? How can a candidate learn to read between the lines in a short job description to determine if it’s the right position? Continue reading
What is the current state of the US job market? It’s a common question and a topic for much heated debate. While the nation braces for the effects of the latter half of the fiscal cliff, pending tax increases, and the looming debt ceiling issue, employment uncertainty is unfortunately a consistent cause for concern. Recent financial reports show that housing, manufacturing and the auto markets are starting to pick up, providing a glimmer of hope in a market that’s been otherwise dismal. With so much attention on national tax, job, and financial issues, what is the effect on the IT job seeker? What’s the current state of the IT market for the IT candidate? Continue reading