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August 31, 2006

Greener Pastures

The grass is always greener on the other side of the . . .  cubicle? 

You get the idea. 

Tech professionals across the board agree.  A new article from Information Week says that more than 60% of workers in the information technology fields want a new job. 

We agree.  In our July post, Tech Résumé Tips, we noted eWeek’s article that stated nearly half of the U.S. IT work force plans to change jobs in the next year.

Out of the 60% of job seekers, 27% are actively looking for that better position.  Most people want to leave their job for more money.  With 73% of job seekers stating a higher paying positions as motivation to move on.  This fact is reiterated in our post from a few weeks ago, Another Tech Index, on dice.com’s Tech Appeal Index.  They found that individuals are primarily in IT because of the enjoyment derived from their jobs and the paycheck.

To learn more about why IT pros are looking for their next big break check out the complete article.   

Posted by Christy H.

Grammar For Success

Were you late for work today because of traffic or due to traffic?  Did you distribute your resume among the three recruiters or between them

Take this quick grammar quiz before you write your next cover letter or schedule another interview.  What you learn may save you some embarrassment and help you land that promotion or dream job.

Good Luck!

Posted by Veronica R.

August 28, 2006

Eight Reasons Recruiters Never Call You

I loved this post from the Recruiting.com Blog Swap.  You submitted a beautiful resume (so you think) but no one ever called you back.  What's the deal?  Below are some highlights, but be sure to check out the full story.  Not only does Jim tell us why no one called, but he give us advice on how to conquer that issue.

1.      Too many responses and not enough time. One advertised job can bring as many as three hundred responses in less than three days. It is logistically impossible for any one recruiter to reply personally to every applicant.
Job-seeker Advice: Network your way into the company. This is the best way to circumvent the tidal wave of resumes recruiters face daily.
2.      There is a relevancy factor. Many resumes received are not even in the ballpark of what is being advertised. Simply put, some applicants are tossing their resume against the proverbial wall and hoping it sticks. These types of efforts are immediately recognized and consequently ignored.
Job-seeker Advice: Make sure your resume is accented with keywords significant to the job you are applying for. (ONLY add those terms relevant to your experience.)  I would also suggest a cover letter that extols your professional virtues pertinent to the employer.

Feel better?  Great, now go read the rest of the posting and tell me what you think of it.

Posted by Veronica R.

August 25, 2006

Generation Technology

They’re demanding, tired of out-dated technology and bucking traditional business procedures.  Hello, Generation Y. 

This year, the group is anywhere from 29 to 16 years old, and the workforce is peppered with these young Gen Y faces (aka, the MyPod Generation or Baby Boomlets).  On eweek.com yesterday, Deborah Rothberg devoted an entire article to this group titled “Generation Y for Dummies”. 

The article points out that part of what makes Gen Y so distinct is their inclination for technology.  Deborah comments that this group has been raised with technology all around them.  This makes Baby Boomlets desire their employers to utilize only the crème de la crème of technology.   

As I fall at the older end of this faction’s spectrum, some of her comments didn’t quite resonate with me.  I do know what punch cards were all about, and I actually have used a computer with a floppy disc drive (ahh, back when floppy discs were floppy).  I also know of a time when cell phones came in bags and calculators were luxury items.  Despite all of this, Deborah is pretty accurate in her assessment of Gen Y-ers as many of my fondest childhood memories are centered around my Atari.

Posted by Christy H.

August 24, 2006

Job and Location Trends

So what city do you think is the most frequently searched for by job seekers?  Thousands of searches are conducted each day on Jobster, a site dedicated to getting you noticed by hiring teams.  They analyze data from every search and present the compiled results weekly.

Tech friendly Seattle was the most popular location searched last week, followed by New York, NY and Houston, TX. 

I'm pleased to see my hometown of Philly made the Top 10.  Check out the results page to see what regions are rising in popularity, which positions are declining in the search ranks, and where you fit into the job search puzzle. 

Posted by Veronica R

August 21, 2006

Answers to All Your Career Questions

This is the best resource I've found for answering a wide variety of job-related questions.  CHIMBY  is a search engine that lets you search over 250 career advice sites at once.

You can find several professional opinions on any topic from resumes to thank you notes to dealing with office politics.  CHIMBY crawls the sites of career coaches, career blogs and other media sources in order to provide the best answers to your career advice questions. Each source is hand-picked to ensure fresh, relevant results from an exclusive club of career advice experts.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Posted by Veronica R.

August 17, 2006

Ten Ways to get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile

When you spend a lot time and effort creating a resume, you certainly want it to get read.  Check out the post on Bill Vick's blog Employment Digest from August 13th, 2006.

Some of the highlights include utilizing your personal relationships and preparing a presentable and easily readable resume. And a reminder to be friendly and alert when an agent calls out of the blue. He may be one of those reference spammers, but he also may be the genuine article holding the keys to a great opportunity.

When you do get an interview, do some research on the company so that when you’re asked the inevitable “Do you know anything about us” you don’t end up saying “I think I’ve heard of you”.

Preparation, hard work and a friendly demeanor are crucial to getting your resume to the top of the hiring manager’s pile. Try these ten tips today and see what will come of your job or contract search.

Posted by Veronica R.

August 15, 2006

Another Tech Index

Our friends at dice.com, a leading tech job board, are producing a Tech Appeal Index.  This complements some of the wage information found in the Yoh Index of Technology Wages by getting professionals in the field to provide insight on the industry. 

Based on their inaugural study, careers in technology have strong appeal.  They’re noting a high level of job satisfaction with over 94 percent saying they are satisfied with their current position.  Top reasons people are working in technology include enjoying their jobs and the pay.  The number one concern that dice.com found with technology pros was their desire to keep skills up to date.  Check out more on this study.

Posted by Christy H.

August 10, 2006

Technorati Profile

August 03, 2006

What About LA?

I noticed that in the Forbes listing of best tech jobs, Southern California barely made an appearance.  I mention this only because I just returned from vacation in So Cal.  I have a theory that came to me as I gazed out the window leaving LAX yesterday, floating through the smog-induced brown haze.  When you're in LA, you are taking part in the largest mind control experiment in the world.  I don't how they do it, maybe it's the water (more likely the air), but at times you really couldn't care less how much money you make or how much things cost.  You've got sun (OK, too much sun lately), the surf, plenty of friends to share drive time with (more than six lanes wide) and the possibility of seeing a "celebrity" at any time (although without makeup, you wouldn't recognize half of them).  Earthquakes? Mudslides? Brush Fires?  Forget all that. Check out this CNN Money/Fortune article which notes that although growth is slowing, LA still makes the list.  So, if you're in the tech industry and you want to cruise down PCH and just pretend like you have money, LA is the place for you.  Unless it's 2:30 in the morning and you're Mel Gibson.

Posted by Matt R.