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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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November 26, 2008

A Day of Thanks, Turkey and Football

No sentimental speeches here, folks. Enjoy your day off, however you choose to celebrate it.

From everyone here at The Recruiter, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2008

Be Great, Not Ordinary: Grab Employers’ Attention

In grim economic times, it’s even more important to refine your resume to be as on-point and outstanding as possible. Since many people are out of work, employers are undoubtedly being pelted with unqualified, unimpressive resumes from workers desperate to find a job. Unless you want to get caught in the shuffle, you’ll need to take steps to pull away from the pack.

Ryan Healy at Employee Evolution posted some advice for companies looking to hire great people to build a great company, but job seekers can also glean some wisdom from Ryan’s words. Companies are only looking for the best people to help make their vision a reality. Mundane, run-of-the-mill candidates are not on the top of their “must-hire” list. In order to break through, only apply for jobs which you’re well-qualified for, and make sure you have the skills to go above and beyond expectations.

Don’t be ordinary when searching for a new job. Be extraordinary.

Posted by Bill L.

November 24, 2008

Tech Will Survive the Financial Meltdown, Recover By 2010

CIO.com recently posted a rundown of the eight reasons why the tech industry will survive and resume healthy growth by 2010.

Some of the highlights:
• Hey, at least it isn’t 2001 again. Even the most dark and dreary of predictions don’t think the current crisis compares to the disastrous dot-com bubble bursting. Times have changed; IT is integrated into all aspects of businesses in ways that just weren’t available back then.
• People love their cell phones and laptops. Most people (especially businesspeople) can’t live without their BlackBerry and portable electronics, and cell phone service has almost become a necessary expense for most.
• Businesses have become very reliant on IT and telecom services. Modern business owners would rather remove an arm than cut off tech services.

There are hard times ahead, but tech pros should look for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by Roseanne D.

November 21, 2008

Is there a New Glass Ceiling for Women?

Women have reached a level playing field with men in practically every other field, but why not computer science? The Computing Research Association says that the percentage of computer science undergraduate degrees that go to women has declined every year since 2001. The New York Times has posted a fascinating article breaking down the possible causes of this trend.

Theories range from fear of becoming a stereotypical nerd to the rise of interactive video games as a “boy’s toy” that isn’t for girls.

Ladies: do these claims ring true to you? And if so, how do you believe this trend can be reversed?

Posted by Roseanne D.

November 19, 2008

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: CareerBuilder’s Q4 2008 Job Forecast

It’s no secret that starting a job search now isn’t the best idea in the world. CareerBuilder’s Q4 2008 Job Forecast expects the chilly reception for job seekers to continue through the rest of the year.

CareerBuilder and USA TODAY surveyed more than 3,000 hiring managers and HR professionals and over 6,100 workers nationwide. Of the polled workers, 9% had taken a second job to help make ends meet, with 24% considering it.  A vast majority indicated that they would be sticking with their current jobs for at least another year.

Skilled IT and Health Care professionals should have little problem finding work, but other sectors are struggling to stay afloat. One-fifth of surveyed workers who found a new job in 2008 reported that it took them four months or longer to find work.

Check out the report for yourself. The main takeaways: Always stay in your company’s good graces in a difficult time, especially when looking for a new job, and settle in for a long search.

Posted by Amy D.

November 17, 2008

Social Networking: The New Gateway to Biotech and Pharma Employment?

BioJobBlog posted a great explanation of why job boards aren’t necessarily the best choice for job seekers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

It’s no secret that social networking is the wave of the future in the business world, especially for job seekers. For biotech/pharma workers especially, evidence is emerging that Facebook and LinkedIn could be better choices for finding your next job. Connecting with friends, old classmates and co-workers (current and former) creates a network of resources tailor-made for your particular skill-set and career path.

Recruiters are beginning to harness the power of social networking. Don’t be surprised if, as your network grows, you start getting messages from interested parties. And don’t take our word for it: a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that recruiters used social networking sites 23% more in 2007 than they did in 2006 to screen candidates and fill jobs.

So take note, biotech professionals: Spend some time to set up Facebook and LinkedIn profiles (be sure to link up with Yoh on both sites), and start building your network today. Your job search could be over sooner than you think.

Posted by Bill L.

November 13, 2008

Straight Talk for Discouraged Job Seekers

Thanks again to Marianne McGee of InformationWeek for her great write-up on the Yoh Index a few days ago. We’ve been following the comments readers have been posting on the InformationWeek blog, and each one brings up a really strong argument and shows just how this economic downturn is affecting individuals. Simply stated, the job market today is not as strong and rosy as it was the same time last year. The most recent Index and the announcement that jobless claims hit a seven-year high are a clear indication of that.

So what does all this mean for you, the job seeker? Well, it means a few things. The first is to be realistic. If you’re looking for a new job, understand that you may not get it today, or even tomorrow. And make sure you’re qualified for the position you’re seeking. If you’ve only got three years of the necessary experience, but are applying for a job requiring five, keep in mind that you may be setting yourself back. Look for jobs that are a right fit for you and your skills, and be patient.

No telling how long this storm will last, but hopefully 2009 will bring with it some good news and stability.

Posted by Bill L.

November 12, 2008

Yoh Announces OFCCP Compliance

Exciting news for all you job seekers. Today, Yoh announced that we’ve integrated Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance into our hiring programs. And while this is good news for companies working with Yoh to find high-impact talent, its even better news for our candidates. With this compliance program in place, we are helping the OFCCP enforce laws to ensure all applicants have equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin.

 

Posted by Amy D.

November 11, 2008

Tech Wages Slide, But Is Anyone Surprised?

The Q3 Yoh Index of Technology Wages, a quarterly report that measures changes in employee demand and supply of technology talent worldwide, has indicated that wages for technology professionals appear to be on a steady decline. With more than a six percent drop, technology wages are at the lowest level since the beginning of 2006.

Marianne McGee at InformationWeek posted an interesting analysis of the most recent Index, including a great observation about the economy's role in the decrease. Yes, the stock market disaster had a definite impact, but other factors are involved, such as the rise of the lower-paid young worker and increases in off-shoring.

Let’s be honest – nobody should be surprised by this bad news, after the dismal month of October and factors described above. The real question is, what are normal, everyday IT professionals doing to stay above water in these difficult times?

Posted by Amy D.

November 10, 2008

The next frontier of social networking: Twitter

Twitter is burning up the Internet, racking up over three million accounts registered as of July 2008.  Tens of millions of “tweets” (short, 140-character-max posts) have crisscrossed the Web, often about breakfast, the day’s chores or other trivial things.  Don’t be too quick to dismiss Twitter, though; it’s easy to use and, like Facebook and MySpace before it, has tons of business potential.

Try setting up an account and following your friends, co-workers, and even companies.  You never know who you could hear from, or what opportunities could open up.  Since posts are fast and to the point, you can also use Twitter to keep co-workers and business partners up to date on projects.

Maybe most importantly, Twitter offers short bursts of information about topics important to you.  Yoh’s Twitter page is updated several days a week with quick tidbits for job seekers.  Give it a shot; in no time, you’ll be Tweeting away like a pro.

Posted by Bill L.