Tech Relationships for Recruiters and Candidates in Today’s Market Trends

As someone in the IT industry who sees both the current job openings, as well as the candidate pool, I confidently say that there is a disparity between the two.  The number of local tech opportunities available can sometimes be at a 10 to 1 ratio when searching for a candidate. Recruiting for talent has become increasingly harder.  Recruiters have to go out and start networking more than they ever have before and have had to become increasingly involved in activities outside the office.  When recruiting in a more specified field, such as IT, one can be more successful by becoming more knowledgeable about the IT field, such as learning computer language and IT culture. More times than not, recruiters are more similar to career coaches.  As recruiters, we are not all out there to simply try and place people, but to help individuals find a path that they are excited about and will grow with. The great thing about this is that there is no shortage of opportunities.  So if a candidate wants to work as a .Net developer, java developer, mobile developer, or as a developer using open source technologies, there is a great demand for his or her skill set.  This allows someone to be able to really choose an ideal path or technology he or she enjoys. If you look around, everything we touch today has an IT component to it. Even within UI/UX design, this is becoming more important because the web pages or programs we look at today have products, buttons placed in certain places to draw our attention to different parts of...

The Big Picture: Competition Drives Ideas and Business

When I was asked to attend an event with Pipeline Entrepreneurs I thought what a great opportunity to meet several people from different backgrounds.  Pipeline is an accelerator program to help thriving entrepreneurs continue to be successful leaders within their market.  The night of January 23rd was filled with networking, fun, drinks and awards for entrepreneurs of all age groups from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. As soon as I stepped into the Midland Theatre in Kansas City I realized how opulent this venue was and immediately understood why this was a black tie affair.  The guest list was long, consisting of over 580 people in attendance.  During the time there I had met several aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals who were part of pipeline and were running successful companies.  One of the guys I met that night started one of the most successful online gaming companies and is based out of Omaha.  I also met a pair of brothers who were just starting out trying to make an impact in the medical industry by utilizing big data and providing analytics for different diseases. While I was there, meeting and mingling with other entrepreneurs from Omaha I realized how much of an impact the start-up community has on surrounding markets. Though it was great to have the opportunity to network with hundreds of people, it made me start to think that 600 entrepreneurs…that is a lot of people, a lot of business, a lot of ideas.  Surely some of these ideas must be similar or even the same.   How do they differentiate themselves?  Even though some ideas might be similar, entrepreneurs...

Job Hunting Made Easy

If you are a candidate looking for an IT position and you sit down at your computer to begin your search for a ___________ job. You decide to try trusty Google to begin your search. After hitting the search button, an overwhelming amount of results appear. Now what? When beginning a job search, one of the most challenging and frustrating parts can be navigating your way through job boards and job postings. Although there are many popular job boards, such as Monster, Careerbuilder, and Dice, digging deeper using search engines as a searching tool is a great way to narrow down your search in a more efficient manner. One of the biggest and easiest search engines to use is Google. Google has an ability to pull from a multitude of job postings on the internet. For example, if you want to search for web developer jobs in Nebraska, you get 1.5 million results. In order to peruse only the most meaningful jobs, you must narrow down the search results. To do this begin, by using key words which define what type of web developer you are, for example include .net, java, or PHP, to name a few. If you have already searched a job board, such as Monster, you could type “-monster” this will filter out the jobs you have already viewed from Monster.com. As a general rule, if you put the “-” sign in front of any word, it will exclude that word from every search results. LinkedIn is another valuable tool, and has become one of the most powerful ways to search for a job. If you...