Archive for September 2015

7 Tips for Finding an IT Job After Termination Sep 30 , 2015

Being able to explain your termination well in an interview can help you find a new job.

Termination happens for many different reasons, and no matter the reason, it makes finding a new job more difficult. Here are some tips for turning things around and finding a new IT job after a termination. 1. Start Looking Immediately You may feel emotionally battered and worn after being fired, but the best course of action is not to take time off, but to begin your search for a new job right away. Gaps in your IT resume are difficult to explain the longer they are, and IT skills can get stale quickly, so the sooner you get back out there, the less you will have to explain or catch up on. 2. Stay Positive N…

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Thought Leader Series: What Are Top IT Candidates Looking for in Their Employers? Sep 30 , 2015

Travis Pizel is a personal finance blogger who writes at Enemy of Debt, where he shares his family's financial experiences, struggles and successes. As a father and husband, he provides a unique perspective on balancing debt, finances, and family.

As the economy recovers, demand for IT skills is increasing, which means greater competition for the best workers looking for information technology jobs. Hiring companies need to make an impression during the interview process in order to fill their open positions with the top candidates. Knowing what prospective employees are looking for can help hiring companies ensure they emphasize their best attributes and secure the needed skills to lay the foundation for …

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Reading Between the Lines: What Recruiters Should Know Sep 23 , 2015

Parroting and clarifying will give you a better sense of what a business really wants in a new hire.

Recruiters and hiring managers are often tasked with using other people's job descriptions and criteria to find and hire employees. But communication is an imperfect business--an art, and not a science. Although VPs and department heads may spend time trying to pin down precisely what skills and traits they want in an employee, something often gets lost in translation, and the person hired does not end up being a good fit. What can hiring staff do to make sure businesses get what they want in their employees? Here are some ideas for how to read between the lines and understand what they are really saying. Parrotin…

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6 Unique Skills to Include on an IT Resume Sep 23 , 2015

Knowing what skills are important to put on an IT resume can make the difference in a job search.

When conducting an IT job search, it is important to include pertinent skills on your resume so that recruiters and hiring managers can match you up with the essential skills they are looking for in a candidate. The skills deemed pertinent to IT jobs today, however, are showing evidence of substantial shifts, and job seekers need to keep up with these shifts if they want to land quality jobs in the IT field. It used to be that an IT employee could be primarily focused on having top-notch coding skills, letting the manager and other employees handle the "people" and business aspects of the job. This is no longer the cas…

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The Difference Between a Job and an Opportunity Sep 16 , 2015

A positive attitude is one of your best assets on the job.

A job is where you go to put in your time and get a paycheck. You perform needed skills, do what you're told, and get it done so you can get on with the better things in life. Some people like their jobs, and others don't.

Even the best IT job may not provide fulfillment and purpose - or it might. What determines whether that IT position you just accepted is just a job or becomes an opportunity is one thing and one thing only - your attitude. Ideally, you will take a position well-suited to your skills with a company that treats its employees well and makes an effort to create a nice place to work. In reality, though, many job seekers end up takin…

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The Importance of Relationships in IT Recruiting Sep 16 , 2015

Building a pool of possible applicants who already know your company will eventually speed up the hiring process.

When a company has an open IT position, the hiring manager will often engage in recruiting efforts to find the best possible candidates. The hiring process can take weeks or months and is not always successful at attracting the kind of fully qualified and experienced candidates a company is looking for. Relationship recruiting is a way find qualified IT candidates before the need arises so that positions can be filled quickly once they become available. Using a variety of methods, recruiters and hiring managers can develop a pool of quality candidates and referral sources that they stay in contact with and…

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Thought Leader Series: How to Nail Your Video Interview Sep 9 , 2015

Alexis Schroeder is a 22-year-old fitness, finance and travel blogger. She writes about saving money while living a healthy, adventurous life in her 20s.

Living in the 21st century has led to many aspects of life being modified with new technological advances - including how job interviews are done. As electronics are coming more in handy, job interviews are being done in a virtual manner. Over 60% of companies carry out video interviews, which is a greatly convenient method of interviewing, particularly if you're trying to get online employment or a job that's thousands of miles away.

There are many differences between virtual and in-person interviews. If this concept is new to you, don't w…

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Evaluating the Cultural Fit of Job Candidates Sep 9 , 2015

Assessing cultural fit will save companies money and time.

Cultural fit is how the values, beliefs, outlook and behavior of potential job candidates match those of the company looking to hire them. Cultural fit is important to many companies so that IT employees have an easier time working within the system and collaborating with others. Each company has its own particular culture, and hiring managers can evaluate the cultural fit of IT job candidates during the interview process. Using Behavioral Interviews A behavioral interview can best determine how an IT candidate might fit into the corporate culture. Behavioral interviews focus on traits needed for the job position. Questions in a behavioral interview are b…

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The Importance of Honesty in an IT Job Search Sep 9 , 2015

When applying for a job, it's important to be honest about your qualifications and experience.

If in your zeal to get your next job, you have ever put something on a resume or communicated something in an interview that wasn't true, you are in good company. In a Career Builder study, 63% of IT hiring managers reported that they'd caught a lie on a resume. But lying on a resume or at any point in the job search process is a bad idea, and here's why. Employers Check Up On Your Qualifications Before hiring anyone, it is routine for employers check up on your work history, degrees, and other resume items. For IT positions, these checks can extend to background checks and credit checks because of the access IT personn…

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Thought Leader Series: Practice, Practice, Practice: One of the Most Important Interview Tips Sep 9 , 2015

Lorena Brockman is a blogger for JennsBlahBlahBlog.com and has notable know-how in blogging, travel, fashion, fitness, and food, and has been deemed "Greatest Auntie Ever" by many. To learn more about Lorena, visit her company's blog at JennsBlahBlahBlog.com. The job market is competitive in this day and age. Landing that perfect job may be on the horizon, but nailing the interview is the one of the first steps. It's the first time a job seeker will meet their possible employer - and that impression lasts forever. Practice, practice, practice - one of the most important interview tips. What should be practiced? Here are some general, but crucial, points to focus on before your next interview.

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Expert Interview Series: Eric Friedman on Pre-employment Skills Testing Sep 9 , 2015

For hiring managers and job recruiters, the glut in today's job market can be overwhelming. "With unemployment at current levels and online job postings drawing so many applications per job, it's becoming more and more difficult to pick the truly experienced individuals out from the volumes of inflated resumes," says Eric Friedman, chairman and CEO of eSkill Corporation. That's where a company like eSkill comes in. The online skills testing service allows employers to test the skills of job candidates to better assess their abilities. "Skills testing brings your most experienced and motivated candidates to the top of the list, cutting dramatically the time lost pursuing unqualified candidates," Eric says. …

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IT Recruiting: Building a Talent Pipeline Sep 2 , 2015

IT recruitment gets easier when companies develop or access a talent pipeline.
IT positions can be notoriously difficult to fill quickly, especially if they require a specialized skill set or advanced training. Wise businesses don't just look to hire when they need to fill a position. By building an IT talent pipeline, they have a source of personnel to draw from when a situation comes up in which they need to hire quickly. A talent pipeline is formed by developing relationships with workers in the IT field, so that contacts are already in place when a need is identified. Building a talent pipeline requires a greater ongoing effort by hiring managers and recruiters, but the benefits outweigh the time and effort. Here are some eff… Read More

How to Talk to an IT Recruiter Sep 2 , 2015

Talking to a recruiter can be the first step to a new IT position.

When an IT recruiter contacts you about a possible job, it's natural to get excited and also nervous. You want to say the things a recruiter wants to hear, but how do you know what those things are? What if you make some unknown, but fatal mistake in the conversation? What can you say to convince the recruiter you are "the one" for the job? First of all, don't panic. It's likely to come through in your voice or your body language, which will not go over well with a recruiter. If you can talk to a recruiter at the time of the initial phone call, I'm sure that's a plus, since recruiters are busy. Take a deep breath and pull out your resume to refer to. I…

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