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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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June 25, 2008

Companies adapt to compete in ‘war for talent’

CNET’s Dan Farber had a great blog post last week featuring JP Rangaswami. In this post, Rangaswami argues that the corporate world is experiencing a ‘war for talent.’ He explains that with companies out to attract the best talent, employers shouldn’t offer larger salaries or better fringe benefits, but rather, should be open to partnering with competitors to foster new ideas.

So what will this change mean for the workforce? It means there will be a different side to the corporate environment. Employers will need to be pro-active and build relationships and network themselves. Employers, customers, suppliers, and even, to some extent, competitors, will be able to play off of each other to recruit and retain the best talent.

So as the best and most talented prospects around, you should do the same thing. Connect with others in the industry and form networks that will open you to new avenues and contacts. It never hurts to know too many people in the business world.

Posted by Roseanne D.

March 31, 2008

The 411 on social networking

For better or worse, social networking sites have spread like wildfire. With more than 60 million people on Facebook alone, and most individuals maintaining profiles on multiple sites, employers and recruiters are beginning to capitalize and use these sites to scout talent and learn more about their potential or current employees.

But as Spiderman once said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”  Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn can be great tools, but it’s up to you to use them responsibly. 

For job seekers, discretion in the posting of personal material to public online forums is essential.  For example, it’s probably not in your best interest to show your employers a minute-by-minute account of your bachelor or bachelorette party—especially if you are still fuzzy on the details yourself.  Either edit your security setting so only people you know and trust can view the album, or skip posting it altogether. 

However, when it comes to creating and promoting your online brand, you don’t always have to be on the defensive.  Instead, use the Web to your advantage, and make sure that when a potential employer or recruiter Googles your name, they’re going to be impressed by what they see. 

For example, if you haven’t already, start commenting on blogs that are relevant to your industry.  Posting intelligent and insightful comments and initiating quality discussions about relevant topics or trends will provide employers with a glimpse of your expertise and capabilities, and could interest them in learning more. Frequent commenting on blogs can help you spread your name and gain credibility.  Plus, it’s a great way to make contacts and connections that can help you along the way.

In addition, make sure you stay up-to-date on the new tools and features being added to the networks. In April, LinkedIn is launching a service to help members find experts in certain business fields.  You might want to add some key search terms related to your skills (SAP, Java, etc.) to your profile to ensure that employers looking for candidates with these skill sets will stumble upon you.

Posted by Amy D.

December 27, 2007

Join me for Happy Hour

Welcome back everyone -- hope you had a great holiday season!  Things over here have been pretty busy.  Spent some time with the family, and then traveled up to the Big Apple last night for an appearance on FOX Business’s Happy Hour.

Over cocktails at the Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria (well, we didn’t actually drink), I talked with host Rebecca Gomez about what you should be doing in 2008 to land a new job.

Here’s the YouTube clip -- take a look and let me know how I did!

Posted by Jim L.

October 11, 2007

Being prepared for your dream job

We wrote a post a few weeks back on why fall is the perfect time to start your hunt for a new job. Now, with the holiday season right around the corner, there will be more opportunities for tech consultants to land seasonal gigs.

So what can you do to make sure you’re prepared for opportunities that may come your way?

Network. Networking is critical whether you’re actively searching for a job or not. You never know how the people you meet today can impact your career in the long run, so be prepared. Always bring business cards with you to industry or company events, or better yet—carry them with you at all times! And don’t let your first interaction be the last. Follow up with the contacts you meet, whether with a quick eMail or a message on sites like LinkedIn.

Work on your resume. Make sure your resume is up-to-date! And even more importantly, make sure it’s accurate. Rachel Zupek, of CareerBuilder.com, has a great article highlighting the lies told through resumes. While it may be tempting to fudge your credentials to make yourself appear more qualified, don’t do it!  According to Rachel’s article, 57 percent of hiring managers say they have caught job candidates in a lie, and of those, more than 90 percent didn’t hire the candidate as a result.

Update your skills. Make sure your tech skills and certifications are current. No one in 2007 will want to hire someone who’s last training was in the 80s.  Take advantage of your current company’s training programs, complete industry certifications or even take the next step in your academic education by returning to school for a Master’s or MBA. Having updated skills will increase your value to current and potential employers and may also lead to higher salaries. (Keep an eye out for my upcoming ComputerWorld article for more information on this topic.)

So take our advice and don’t get lazy!  Whether you’re actively searching for a new job or not, you never know when your dream job might come knocking at your door.

Posted by Jim L.

September 18, 2007

Friends don't let friends derail job searches

Networking is the name of the job hunt game. So naturally, you look to your closest circle of friends and family to kickstart your search. And no wonder—going through loved ones is about as warm, fuzzy, convenient and non-threatening as you can get.

Still, immediately calling your best high school buddy might have its risks, says this CNN.com article. Even people with the best of intentions can accidentally hijack your search by going overboard with advice, opinions and scatter-shot campaigning on your behalf.

The trick to reigning in the potential madness: Carefully develop a communications plan that calls on the most strategically selected contacts in your personal network. This way, you have more control over your search, while drawing on the best tips and connections your friends and family can offer.

That said, I have a couple do's and don'ts to add to the article's list:

DO consider your emotional network. This is especially important when you're considering relocation. Do you already have friends or family living there? Who can help recommend areas to live? Who will be around to show you the ropes and help acclimate you? I know it's not imperative to know somebody in a new place, but it does make the transition a little easier.

DON'T compromise your personal goals. It can be tough to stick to your guns about developing inexpensive laptops for children in third-world countries when a friend or relative desperately wants you to be an NYC investment banker. Take their desires in stride, and remember it's YOUR happiness at stake. If they care for and support you—as most friends and family do—the will likely adjust to whatever decision satisfies you most in the end.

DO listen to war stories—but take them with a grain of salt. Other people's job search adventures are usually worth hearing. After all, you might gain a useful tip, insight, warning, or new contact. But be selective about what you use for guidance. Remember, each search is unique to the seeker, so perspectives are biased from the start. Plus, time passes, circumstances change, and industries shift, making many cautionary tales irrelevant to you. Instead, view your search as objectively as possible in its current context, and keep war stories filed in the back of your mind.

Any others? Share them here!

Posted by Christy H.

August 10, 2007

Online versus face-to-face networking

Web Worker Daily had an interesting post this week about the merits and dangers of online networking.  The post talks about how easy services like LinkedIn and Facebook have made it to network online in recent years.  In theory, these new methods of meeting and staying in touch with people should be helpful in the business world.  However, WWD suggests that because of the impersonal nature of these services, we may not be making very strong connections – focusing on the quantity of relationship, not the quality of them. 

Another blogger, Shannon Clark, also wrote about the importance of face-to-face networking.  Shannon, a software and consulting professional, blogs about his personal goal of meeting 5 to 10 new people each week, and how valuable these connections can be.  His tips on networking are definitely worth checking out.

As a professional in a technical field, due to the nature of your work, you are most likely sitting in front of a computer for a majority of your day.  Do you think these networking tips are realistic for those who may not have many chances to interact with potential customers and employers very often?  Or do you think that online networking is helping you make the connections that you need?  I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts in the comments section.

Posted by Anna M.

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 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.

May 15, 2007

Great Job Hunting Tips

Monster.com has a really interesting piece up—“Networking Tips for Techies.” The article provides points that are important for not only for techies, but for all job-seekers.

We’ve been talking about how tech jobs are out there, and this piece offers great ways to find the best jobs, as well as the jobs that fit you best. What better way to get started than to use the resources available to you?

No matter which pieces of Allan’s advice you choose to take, it’s important to remember while the job search can be trying, staying positive and keeping an open mind will help tremendously.

Definitely check it out—I think you’ll find a lot of helpful tips.

Posted by Christy H.

February 15, 2007

How big is your online network?

Following the spectacular success of MySpace.com, many Web 2.0 entrepreneurs have launched or plan to launch new business-networking sites. If you have been a skeptic to the growing social-networking trend, now may be the time to hop on the bandwagon. Here are three of today’s popular business-networking sites that we have found useful:

LinkedIn - Founded in 2002, today’s probably most well-known business networking site has grown to more than 9 million members. By continually building out your direct contact list, you can have access to thousands, if not millions, of other members through just a few degrees of separation. According to a Business 2.0 article from this past December, “LinkedIn has become the go-to place for the tech elite” and has become a candidate searching tool-of-choice for executives at companies such as Microsoft.

Jobster – Founded in 2004, Jobster is looking to quickly increase its networking capabilities. Just last week, the company announced a new and improved Web 2.0 site that will allow users to connect with people, information, and opportunities to help them further their careers. On the new Jobster.com, job seekers can post digital profiles and resumes, set up personalized tags, network with other job seekers for advice and create personal URL addresses for themselves within Jobster. The new site also allows employers to an unlimited amount of free job postings and immediately presents potential matching candidates. 

Xing – According to Xing, founded in 2003, “no two people are more than six degrees apart.” Out of all business networking sites out there today, Xing definitely has the largest international presence. With its corporate headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, the sites boasts tens of millions of users from around the globe.

Posted by Michele B.