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The Recruiter is a blog for workers in technology and professional markets to learn about hot fields and hiring trends from your friends at Yoh.
Yoh is one of the largest providers of talent and outsourcing services to customers in the United States. With over 374 million USD in total sales, Yoh operates from more than 75 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the information technology, scientific, engineering, health care and telecommunications communities. For more information, visit yoh.com. Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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July 30, 2007

Yoh's Regional Data

As we mentioned last week, the Q2 wages for the Yoh Index were very encouraging for IT professionals. But these wage trends and hot jobs are more than just a national theme. When we looked closely, we found this trend was reflected in a number of smaller regions as well.

Along those lines, I spoke with Diane Stafford, of The Kansas City Star and the Workspace blog, last week about trends in Kansas City. Definitely check out Diane’s post for some wage data and hot jobs for this specific market, as well as some necessary skill sets that can be applied anywhere.

Posted by Jim L.

July 26, 2007

A Brazen Chat with Penelope Trunk

Passion. Moxie. Gumption. That's what brazen careerists are made of, according to Penelope Trunk.

She's living proof of her own philosophy. How else could she go from playing professional volleyball; to working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; to writing Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success, her blog, and career columns for The Boston Globe and Yahoo Finance?

Of course, regular Recruiter readers might already know this, since we've discussed Penelope's articles in the past. But we upped the ante last week when we hosted Penelope via podcast, and got her fun, practical, unfiltered take on all things career.

Listen here to catch Penelope discussing unorthodox career development, best hiring practices for Gen Y candidates, and her newly minted “braided career” concept. Or download the chat for later, or pass along to friends.

In any event, carve out 30 minutes for this expert voice. You won't regret it.

Posted by Jim L.

Making Time for Yourself

In a recent article on Monster.com, Socrates’ famous words "the unexamined life is not worth living" stood out to me, and I realized how true they are in today’s busy workplace. The article reminded me how important it is that we all make some "me time".

In today’s hectic workplace, employees wear themselves thin by not setting aside enough time for themselves, or to think about the work they’re providing for their employers—something we might not think about frequently. This is especially true for technology professionals who are constantly under pressure to produce fast results. Without taking the time to think about your work, how do you know you’re making progress or meeting the goals you’ve set for yourself?

Google has a great program in place, called "20 Percent Time." It allows its engineers to think about and work on their own projects, once a week. As a result, Google has had greater employee satisfaction and an enhanced quality of work among employees.

So, whether you make more of an effort to get away from the office on your lunch break, or simply set aside 20 minutes for yourself each morning, make sure you reflect on your assignments, and how they are affecting the over-all quality of your project or goals.

Posted by Anna M.

July 23, 2007

Tech Wage Forecast

The wait is over! Today we released our quarterly compensation report, the Yoh Index of Technology Wages.

After gathering information for the second quarter of 2007, research shows that wages have held strong again.  This projection is bright considering the normal slow-down in hiring that inevitably comes with the spring and summer months.  The average hourly wage for professionals in technology was $31.61 during the middle of the quarter, only a slight drop from last quarter’s record breaking wages.

Some items of interest from the report: SAP® Technical Consultants and Hardware Designers continue to be among the jobs in greatest demand. They also reported the highest hourly wages at $85.53 and $65.63, respectively. 

Our index is based on more than 1,000 businesses in various technology fields, along with over 20,000 paychecks to more than 5,000 technology professionals.  Want to learn more about the Index?  Click here, or download the full report instead!

We’re expecting to see more competitive wages for the rest of this year, and even into the early months of 2008, as the market for qualified technology workers continues to rise.  If you want be the first to know where wages are headed next quarter, subscribe online.

Posted by Christy H.

July 19, 2007

Salary Outlook Good for New Grads

Following up on last week’s post on Gen Y’s upper hand in the job search, we found some interesting numbers on annual salaries for new grads. The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently released their Summer 2007 Salary Survey. The survey found that recent grads salaries are seeing a jump compared to previous years. As our friend Steven Rothberg of CollegeRecruiter.com pointed out in his recent post, hiring for the class of 2007 is up nearly 20%.

Here are a few of the numbers that might appeal to you techies:

-Computer Science grads had an average salary of $53,396. This is an increase of 4.1%.

-Information Systems graduates’ salaries rose 4.6% to an average of $50,852 annually.

-Computer Engineers had an annual salary of $56,201, an annual increase of 4.8%.

This is something all you recent grads should check out. And for all of you high-level professionals, stay tuned for next week’s post on the announcement of Yoh’s Q2 Index of Technology Wages.

Posted by Christy H.

July 18, 2007

U.S. regions getting hot for technology professionals

Good news for technology professionals in a number of regions around the country… In the NJ/PA area, where Yoh is headquartered, a new Technology Park is being built at Rowan University. The $500 million project is expected to house 25 to 70 new technology businesses and employ 1,500 to 2,500 workers. First buildings should open this fall.

In Arizona, the state has committed $100 million to Science Foundation Arizona, a non-profit group that wants to build a research-based economy in Arizona that spurs innovation and creates high-wage science, tech and engineering jobs.

Illinois has released data on the 20% growth rate in its technology exports abroad for 2006 – an increase of over $1 billion from 2005. That growth outpaced the national 10 % growth rate, according to the American Electronics Association.

Posted by Jim L.

July 16, 2007

Calling on Boston Herald's Rochelle Stewart

When did job hopping (a negative) turn into job switching (a positive)?

Rochelle Stewart has the answer. She's a writer for the Boston Herald's education section and a contributor to WickedLocalJobs.com.

We rang Rochelle to get her take on the latest job search trend: shortening tenures and frequent career changes. With job security decreasing, it's not enough to stay at one company for a lifetime. People need something more -- and they're leaving to get it.

But does the stigma of short-term employment still haunt resumes? Rochelle explains how job seekers can structure application materials, change fields and successfully advance careers without hurting themselves later.

She also shares tips on how to prepare for change while maintaining current job performance or satisfaction, and how job switching affects companies and managers in the long run. It's a jam-packed podcast, so listen here, download to enjoy later and share with friends and colleagues!

July 12, 2007

Gen Y Has Upper Hand in Job Search

I was checking out one of my favorite recruiting blogs—Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist—and Sunday’s post on young job seekers really stood out. We’ve been saying how important it is to recruit and retain the best talent out of Gen Y, and Penelope really hits that point home in her post.

I also enjoyed the reasons she lists for Gen Y having the upper hand when seeking out and negotiating jobs. There’s the obvious impact that recent grad’s parents have on them—both financially and emotionally. With a strong safety net underneath them, grads are less likely to take just any job offered to them, because they can afford to wait. And then there’s the impending Baby Boomer Brain Drain, and Gen X workers taking more time to be with their families that we discussed last week.

What I found most interesting was that more young people are interested in starting their own companies. With younger generations having less of an interest in corporate jobs, they have found they can create an internet startup and be an entrepreneur at a young age.

With a 30% decrease in workers expected in the next few years, as reported by the BLS, recent grads will be able to negotiate very enjoyable perks, especially in the tech industry. So for all those college grads out there, be sure to keep this in mind when negotiating for salaries and perks—the ball is in your court!

Posted by Christy H.

July 10, 2007

MSNBC Columnist Eve Tahmincioglu Rings the Recruiter

Today, our featured Recruiter podcast guest is Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC.com’s ‘Your Career’ columnist. She’s also the author of From the Sandbox to the Corner Office, and chief blogger at CareerDiva.net.

We called on Eve to tackle a topic rankling many recent grads: the concept of paying dues. The idea immediately conjures visions of getting coffee, making copies, and wishing you were making the 100K you think you already deserve.

But as Eve points out, paying dues can be essential to a long, productive career. That means young employees who try to sidestep this rite of passage might stunt their job growth before it even starts.

Eve breaks down exactly when and how you should -- and shouldn’t -- pay dues. She also shares top job-hunting tips, and offers advice to hiring managers about mentoring and training young workers.

This is a must-listen interview for any recent graduate or manager of recent grads. Listen online here, or download for later to your iPod (or other device). Either way, let us know what you think!

July 03, 2007

Fourth of July Festivities

Happy Fourth of July! It’s time for barbeques and fireworks, and of course, time away from the office. With the Fourth falling in the middle of the work week this year, you might think that the “Full-Week Fourth” is causing some problems for employers. But that may not be true.

Yesterday’s The News Journal had an interesting article on the impact of the Fourth falling on Wednesday. With 93% of businesses closed on Independence Day, according to SHRM, this is second only to Christmas and New Year’s Day, with 96%. Employers are finding that employees are taking advantage of this timing by turning their Fourth of July holiday into a five-day weekend, taking either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday off as well.

But employees who are planning for the long weekend may actually be helping their bosses. Not only does time off improve an employee’s job satisfaction, but during a week with a vacation day in the middle, employees might be unmotivated to be in the office.

So, if you’re taking the time off, enjoy it, you may be helping out your employer in the long run. If you’re just spending this Wednesday celebrating, enjoy the break in what may have been another long week. Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Anna M.