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June 28, 2007

Beers for Careers

I just saw a fun (and encouraging) article on CareerBuilder.com that actually talks about how Hitting Happy Hour Can Help Your Career. If you ever needed justification for your post-work visits to the local pub, this article is it!

The article talks about how happy hours and other social functions are great ways to get to know the people, including execs, you work with—and for them to get to know you. Attendance at these events shows you’re a team player and are committed to the company. Plus, they’re great opportunities to network and learn more about your business. You’ll find that people rarely leave “work at work” and important industry information can be revealed over a few beers on a Friday night.

So next time you get a happy hour eMail, don’t be so quick to delete it. You should take advantage of these career-advancing opportunities. Go out, socialize with your tech coworkers and have fun. But be careful! Sharing too many drinks or too much personal information may offset any points you scored by showing up in the first place.

Posted by Christy H.

June 27, 2007

A tight talent pool leads Google to change their recruitment strategy

A CNET News.com article from Monday supports what we’ve been telling you on The Recruiter – the forecast looks great for job seekers in the tech industry.  The article focuses on the computer industry and highlights employers and recruiters who are having a difficult time finding enough talent to fill open positions.  In fact, unemployment in the computer industry is now below the level it was at during the peak of the dot-com boom. 

One major factor in this talent shortage: Google is snatching up job seekers.  Last year alone, the company hired about 5,000 employees, taking up a large chunk of recent college grads looking for tech jobs.  Google’s director of staffing programs is quoted in the article, and explains how they’ve changed their recruitment strategy in the last 5 years.  They have realized that in an ever-changing computer industry, the ability to learn and work hard is just as important as possessing specific skill sets.

The situation at Google is a specific example, but the same principle can be applied throughout all technology fields.  By nature of the industry, change is constant, making a skill invaluable one day and outdated the next.  While it’s crucial to develop areas of expertise along the way, it is also important to be adaptable and keep your eye out for new trends and learning opportunities that will keep you ahead of the pack.  By showing your versatility, you can become that much more valuable to current and prospective employers.

Posted by Anna M.

June 21, 2007

Women and Tech

The outlook is good for women in the workforce today! The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting that the gap between men and women’s salaries is decreasing. In 2005, women made 81% as much as their male counterparts—which is an 18% increase since 1979. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that some traditionally male-dominated occupations are seeing a rise in female workers. For example, the civil engineering occupation has seen a 196 percent increase in females.

Rachel Zupek, of CareerBuilder.com, wrote an interesting article entitled “The Gender Wars at Work.” She discusses the pay gap, and how the traditionally male-dominated industries are seeing more female workers. But the most interesting thing she discusses is that although the gap is closing, and more women are entering these jobs, the jobs that are being filled by women are often lower-paying.

In the article, Rachel includes data from PayScale.com and CBsalary.com, and lists the top 5 paying jobs for both male and female dominated jobs, as well as those not dominated by either sex. For you techies, IT Project Managers are listed as one of the top “not-dominated” jobs—with males making $82,000 and females $78,000. The percentage of females in this position is 32.

However, take a look at the top paying male dominated jobs—they’re all tech! Database Managers have the highest percentage of females—and its only 24%.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts—why do you think that although women are making more and more advances in the workplace, are we still filling the lower-paying jobs? Why are the highest paying tech jobs dominated by males? What can be done to address this?

Posted by Christy H.

June 18, 2007

How to Keep Your Dream Job

Now that you’ve landed that great IT gig after listening to all of our advice, you want to keep it, right? Of course! Kate Lorenz, of CareerBuilder.com, put together an informative (and entertaining) piece on 10 Fatal Career Moves.

Some of the tips are obvious—don’t miss deadlines and dress appropriately for work. But some of the fatal errors Kate describes are more subtle—not setting goals for yourself, fearing failure, and isolating yourself. These may not seem like items necessary for success, but in reality, they’re crucial. In order to be successful in any job, you have to be willing to take risks and attain set goals.

Definitely check out this article, I think you’ll find it very interesting. I’d also love to hear any of your personal “Fatal Career Moves.”

Posted by Anna M.

June 12, 2007

The Future of SAP

I saw a really great article while I was on TechTarget yesterday; Jon Reed wrote a piece on SAP® Jobs of the Future that explained the need for adaptability. Essentially, job seekers in the SAP® space must evolve along with SAP® programs.

As SAP® programs, like NetWeaver, continue to develop, the job descriptions and technical skills needed to operate these programs will also begin to change. Candidates will need to make sure they have the necessary skills, such as solution management, to be fluent in Web-based programming, XML and Java.

If you're interested in learning more on careers in the SAP® space, watch out for the upcoming June ComputerWorld article on this topic. We'll also make sure to post it here on The Recruiter.

Posted by Jim L.

June 11, 2007

What's the view like from your cubicle?

TechRepublic just revamped its career blog and named it “View from the Cubicle." As they appropriately ask, “Do clueless end-users and cutthroat co-workers make your work life a walking festival of hell?” If you can relate, definitely check out this blog for humorous but oh-so true workplace conundrums, war stories, job hunting advice, and good conversation – Toni Blowers gets a ton of people writing in with their comments from the field. The latest post is on how to get the most out of your professional references, which is something you should take seriously when on the job hunt.

Posted by Christy H.

Making your .NET development job easier

What tools assist with your .NET development? TechRepublic posted a great article recently about .NET development tools that are available to make your jobs easier. Here's there sample list of development tools, but check out the comments to the article for additional suggestions from the field. Anything you would add?

Snippet Compiler: Developers often need to run a bit of code to see the results, and building and compiling a project is overkill in this situation. The Snippet Compiler allows you to compile small code snippets quickly and easily with support for .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0.

The Regulator: Regular expressions are a powerful tool that may be used with JavaScript and Web development or in your .NET code. One problem with them is the actual building of an expression as the syntax is a bit arcane. The Regulator tool allows you to build and verify regular expressions via an easy-to-use interface.

NUnit: Testing is a critical aspect of every development project. The NUnit tool facilitates the creation of unit tests to test projects as they are developed.

NAnt: The popular NAnt tool allows you to easily create build processes for your projects. It is a great tool when working with multiple developers, but the latest version of the .NET Framework includes the powerful MSBuild tool, which provides much of the same functionality without the need of an additional install and setup.

CruiseControl.NET: This provides an automated integration server so that code changes are automatically incorporated into project builds. It smoothly integrates with NAnt and Visual Studio and provides monitoring tools to keep tabs on projects and builds.

Altova XML Suite: Simple text editors are fine for working with the occasional XML file, but larger XML-based work is simplified with XML-specific tools like the XML Suite from Altova.

NDepend: Examine the efficiency of an application's code with code metrics generated by the NDepend tool.

CodeSmith: Reclaim development time by generating common code with the CodeSmith tool.

-Posted by Christy H.

June 06, 2007

Fashion Savvy for the Summer Heat

I love summer—it’s easily my favorite time of the year. I love the beach, the sun and flip flops. And almost on a daily basis, I wish that I was wearing flip flops to the office instead of heels.

Obviously, in most places, flip flops are not considered part of acceptable work attire. As CareerBuilder.com points out, summer-time work outfits must be chosen carefully—you want to make sure that you care about the way you present yourself to your employer and co-workers, but also dress comfortably for the rising temperatures. To take it one step further, I would say that interviews are a different story – no matter how hot it is, make sure you look 100% professional. Even if it means braving the heat in a suit.

Rachel Zupek put together some Faux Pas of Summer Work Fashion (for both men and women!). Definitely check it out!

-Posted by Anna M.

June 04, 2007

Working hard, or hardly working?

There was a great article in today’s New York Times that caught my eye: “Time Wasted? Perhaps It’s Well Spent.”  The writer talks about several studies that have come out recently on efficiency in the workplace.  There are some different theories, but the theme running throughout is that Americans are not really hard at work for 8 hours a day.  Whether it is useless meetings or surfing the web, chances are you’re being pulled away from your work countless times during the day.

The other side of the story is that we are working far less traditional schedules than used to be common.  Whether you are in a program like ROWE, or just someone with a Blackberry, most of us do not walk out of the office at 5:00 and leave work behind.  In fact, the article states that almost of half of small-business managers in the U.S. are checking eMails and making phone calls while driving, while 18 percent are even checking in with their eMail in the bathroom.

The question that comes to mind is which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Are we shopping online and reading blogs during the day because we work too many hours, or do we have to work extra hours because we’re not finishing our work between 8 and 5? 

The article is definitely worth checking out and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Does this sound familiar, or do you think that you’re able to stay focused on work?

Posted by Christy H.