What to Look for When Choosing Your Next Recruiter?

What to Look for When Choosing Your Next Recruiter?

Think of your recruiter as a partner in the job search process. Though we often don’t look at recruiters this way, we should. When you find the right one, you will feel like you’ve found an ally in the next step of your career.   Make sure the recruiter with whom you are working has the following:   Specialization – You are looking for a job in a specific industry that matches your skills and experience. The recruiter should also specialize in that industry. That person must know your field of focus well, what is is trending, what skill sets should be emphasized, and what companies are growing.They should also have relationships with the right companies. The advantage of working with a specialized recruiter is access to many postings.  Employers will only list through recruiters who know their business and have previously brought them great candidates. Personality – If you cringe every time the recruiter calls, neither of you will be motivated to work together. While you don’t need to be best friends, the relationship should be more than amicable You won’t only need a recruiter’s services once, but several times over a career. Establishing a relationship is extremely beneficial to long term success. Communication – Your resume is just a starting point. You need to be able to clearly communicate your skill set, for what you are looking, and what you have to offer. Be sure to outline your non-negotiable requirements and those on which you are willing to compromise. This will assist them in connecting you with companies and positions that meet your criteria. Nothing can be...
Top 5 Trends that will Shape Tomorrow’s Technology Careers

Top 5 Trends that will Shape Tomorrow’s Technology Careers

The world of technology is changing at a rapid pace. You can hardly keep up the developments or anticipate the next “big thing.” We have pulled together the top 5 trends that will impact the future of information technology jobs. One thing is certain, the outlook for IT jobs is very promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states “information technology occupations are projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs from 2014 to 2024.”   Top 5 Trends to Watch:   Cloud Computing – The majority of companies have or will be using some aspect of Cloud computing. The future of Cloud computing will straddle both private and public clouds adding new challenges to the role if IT. The increased use of cloud computing will put a premium on skill sets in Perl, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Python, Java and JavaScript, including those comfortable with API development and a DevOps environment. It will also mean a strategic shift in the mindset of many IT professionals from working with equipment to applications. Data, Data, and More Data – Business has become a generator and collector of data. We want more data to make better and smarter decisions. With all this data we need new roles and skills to mange and analyze it in ways that are meaningful to business. The new roles include data architects, data integration engineers, IT planning analysts, along with growth in current roles like data and software engineers. In addition, more leadership roles will emerge to help guide the...