“How’s your job going?” It’s one of the most popular questions to ask a friend when catching up, and yet only 49% of Americans can say that they are very satisfied with their jobs in response. When things go poorly at work, it becomes easy to focus on the negatives. For some, complaining about their job has practically become a hobby, and when they finally land a role at a workplace without those negatives, it can feel refreshing. But there’s a big difference between working for an employer that provides a neutral employee experience versus one that actively makes sure their staff can thrive. Here are the five strongest signs that you’re working for a great employer. [···]
There’s no question companies want to hire IT professionals who bring tech expertise, on-the-job engagement, and shared values to the table. However, if there is any doubt a consultant will fall off during a project, hiring managers will take their search down a different path. In fact, a history of consistent partnerships breeds confidence for both consultants and companies looking for their next collaboration. Whether you are looking for your next contract or your next contractor, let’s look at a few of the ways loyalty in workplace can contribute to your long-term success. [···]
As a tech professional, you’re already in high demand by definition. The unemployment rate in the IT field stands at 2.5%, meaning you likely have a multitude of positions available to you and recruiters contacting you regularly. But how can you make yourself even more valuable to employers, and really take your career to the next level? The answer lies in obtaining experience in several of the hottest technologies and rounding out your skill set with knowledge in the areas employers are looking for most. [···]
Today’s tech arena is a widely-varying cornucopia of cutting-edge jobs and responsibilities that barely even existed ten years ago. The immense power that new technology can grant a business explains these jobs’ rise to stardom. In particular, knowledge in the specialty areas of applications, security, data, and the cloud are drawing the highest demand, with hiring managers using expanded budgets to secure this talent. With this in mind, let’s take a look at 2017’s highest paying IT jobs. [···]
Starting a new job is an exciting time. You’ve already conquered the stress of how to land the job you want, and that’s a huge sigh of relief. Now, not only is a first paycheck in the near future, but it’s easy to feel so much positive potential as you approach the first day.
As the big day gets closer, it’s natural to become nervous and begin considering how you will fit into the company culture. You may have the skills to succeed, but will you get along with your peers in a new environment? A whopping 89% of hiring failures are due to poor cultural fit, which proves acing the process of blending into your new company culture is as important as acing the interview. Luckily, there are straightforward strategies to fit into a new job and adapt to a new workplace environment. [···]
How to further one’s education has become an increasingly asked question for IT professionals. With a staggering 69% of developers reporting that they are at least partially self-taught, some may even indefinitely put off making the decision of how to formally obtain their next degree or certification.
Time may be one of the biggest factors in deciding how or when to enroll in a new educational program. With the average tech pro putting in 52 hours a week, you’ve likely had trouble fitting a casual hobby into your day, let alone an entire degree.
This is the plight so many searching for that advanced degree or certification face, but the answer could be right at your fingertips. The number of digital learners is on the rise, with 5.8 million students enrolled in at least one online course during the 2014 fall semester. [···]
Curious how the best jobseekers get the jobs they want?
As a jobseeker, you’re in a unique position in the current IT business landscape.
The demand for top tech talent is high. And, fortunately for you, the supply – depending on your particular skill set – falls considerably short of the need.
And yet, chances are slim that you’re the solo candidate every company has been drooling over. In reality, you’re probably up against some significant competition in landing the tech job of your dreams.
But beating out the competition isn’t as simple as having an outstanding resume or memorable interview. It’s a full lifecycle process from the moment the job search begins to the first days in the new job. [···]
Even if you’re not aspiring for a spot in the C-suite, professional development is likely a major value in your career. It’s how you prove yourself worthy of promotion, of salary raises, and of increased responsibility. It’s also how you stay mentally stimulated and adaptive to the rapid pace of technical evolution.
And if you’re a Millennial, this is especially true. Studies show that one of the key motivators in a Millennial’s career is professional development; they want continuous learning and growth opportunities, and, furthermore, they believe their employers should be providing that.
Does that sound like you? If so, you can imagine how frustrating it would be to find that your employer doesn’t offer professional development opportunities. If that’s all too familiar of a situation, here’s what you can do. [···]
If you’re not getting much response from the job boards, we have some good news for you. Recent studies show that the massive majority of people find a new job through networking, with less than 10% finding success through job ads. The potential downside to this data, however, is the fact that networking your way to a new job takes a little bit more strategy than simply sending your resume off in response to job ads. We’re not going to pretend there’s some quick and easy way to succeed in using LinkedIn to find an IT job. But we do have some best practices that will give you the upper hand. [···]
We’re no stranger to job burnout. For 20 years, we’ve watched IT professionals walk out on their old jobs because of pure exhaustion. They were sick of being workaholics in order to meet urgent deadlines, gain more recognition, and climb the ladder. Work-life balance in IT was non-existent.
For all the roles in the business world, IT in particular seems to find this problem. Innovation is ceaseless, and technology is the backbone of every company. From software engineers and data architects to network administrators and tech support, every drop of sweat and blood seems to pour into projects and initiatives until employees are left dry. [···]