There are so many potential factors that can affect your IT job search, from the quality of your cover letter to the content of your resume and the strength of your handshake. Even when you feel like you’ve done everything right and made a great impression, you can still come in second to another job seeker.
The reality is that the tech job market is so competitive that you can’t afford to give a potential employer a single reason to dismiss you. Your social media presence might very well be one of those reasons. Everything on the internet is public to some extent, and the content that employers can see when they search your name can help you get the job or immediately take you out of the running. Below, we investigate why your social presence matters for your IT job search and what you can do to put your best foot forward.
There’s a term that IT recruiters use to describe the otherworldly technical talent needed to fit the extravagant job descriptions some companies create: purple squirrel. These candidates have the exact background, skills and education that fit a position’s many complex requirements. And in reality, these fantastical animals don’t exist and neither do those 100% flawless dream candidates.
However, there are ways to convince employers you are the best answer to their mythic purple squirrel and get them to ask for you by name.
Right now is the perfect time for tech professionals to dive into their job search. The first six months of 2016 were predicted to see a hiring increase and the demand has been right in line. Qualified candidates find that companies will eagerly compensate them for their skills and expertise. Often, several jaw-dropping bids arrive at once. With great job opportunities ripe for the picking, it’s time to ask yourself whether or not you should leave your job.
For some, staying put is the right career move. However, if the below situations are all too familiar, consider fixing up your resume and reigniting your job search. Continue reading
On December 10, 3013, EdgeLink’s Managing Director and Founder, Jeff Miller, presented on a panel for the Technology Association of Oregon’s Technology Services Forum. The panel discussed “The Technical Services Talent Paradox: Solutions to the Talent Crunch.” Also on the panel were J.R. Storment from Cloudability and Claire Hernandez from HealthSparq.
The panel discussed hiring trends and best practices companies can utilize for recruitment and retention purposes in their organizations. In today’s market, when companies are looking for critical talent for their technical services positions, they are finding that recruiting is becoming a difficult undertaking. Not finding that perfect candidate with the right technical skills, combined with a strong business acumen can be inhibitive to achieving business objectives.
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?