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LinkedIn + IT Professionals = A Match Made in Heaven

Published June 19th, 2016 by Mak

With the development of the social networking site LinkedIn, the job market is more open than ever if you’re searching for a a career as an IT professional. LinkedIn makes it unbelievably easy to find open jobs by offering a search engine that allows you to search for the exact type of IT job you’re looking for. If you know how to find hiring managers on LinkedIn, you’re one step closer to finding the IT job of your dreams. However, you won’t have to look too hard, because in 2012, 93% of the recruiters on LinkedIn were looking for professionals, too.

First Degree Connection

A first degree connection on LinkedIn is someone that is directly connected to you. These first degree connections might be friends, acquaintances, or people you have met online using message boards or groups. By linking with people who you know to be hiring managers, you have a better chance of finding a job–and quicker. LinkedIn allows you to message your first degree connections, which makes it easier for you to get the word out that you’re searching for a job.

Second Degree Connection

A second degree connection is a connection of someone who you are connected to. If you have put out the word to your first degree connections, oftentimes they are able to set up an introduction for you to someone they are connected to–someone who may be looking for a new employee with your skill set. Taking advantage of your second degree connections is a great way to gain access to open positions.

Group Discussions

Groups are a great feature of LinkedIn. There are many different types of groups you can join, and you’re bound to find one that appeals to your area of expertise. By engaging yourself in group discussions, you may find job opportunities that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Spend some time with your groups. Check your profile and make sure that it is completed, and then join in with group conversations. Groups are a great way to build your reputation and connect with people who might be able to help you in your job search.

The Comrise Sales and Recruiting team uses LinkedIn every day to connect with hiring managers and job candidates like yourself. Connect with us today to find out how we can use our combined connections to help you leverage your next IT or Big Data job.

Use Your Communication Skills to Land a Great IT Job

Published June 19th, 2016 by Mak

While many in the information technology field may take offense at Ryan Tate’s March 2012 Gawker.com article, “The Tech Industry’s Asperger Problem: Affliction Or Insult?” which pokes fun at Mark Zuckerberg and others in the world of technology by inferring that they exhibit Asperger-like behavior, many outside the field might tend to agree.

One of the most difficult issues that many tech employees have when looking for IT jobs is the ability to communicate with those outside their area of expertise. As writer and HR consultant Deborah S. Hildebrand suggests in her article, “Best Job Interview Tips for Information Technology Job Seekers,” IT job seekers can seem a bit like the brainiac character Sheldon Cooper on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Hildebrand offers these tips for IT job seekers to consider when looking for a new position.

  • Control your desire to pontificate. You know a lot and you want everyone else to know it or perhaps you can’t help but share. If this is the case, here are two suggestions. Contain yourself until you’re sure of the level of understanding of the other person and learn to adjust your communication for those who lack a strong technology background.
  • Don’t allow your spotlight to shine too brightly. While it is important to make sure you stand out for your accomplishments, don’t forget you are not alone. Be sure to speak about team projects and achievements as well.
  • Seek more information. While you’re busy sharing the stage with team mates, don’t forget to share it with the interviewer. Allow the recruiter or hiring manager an opportunity to provide more information by asking questions. “Otherwise, they’re liable to think you lack curiosity or true interest in the job.”
  • If you know it, show it. Be prepared to demonstrate your tech skills. Practice the night before by writing code and check out Codility.com for a sample test.

Communication isn’t just about talking. It is about exchanging information. You can do that orally as well as in writing. IT job seekers need to be able to demonstrate both. As Hildebrand writes, “No one knows better than you what you are capable of doing. Learn how to communicate properly before your next job interview.”

For more information on conducting a job search or for help finding the right IT opportunity for you, contact us.

Video Interviewing, or Video Screening?

Published July 28th, 2015 by Mak

Modern IT technology has made video interviewing an affordable and feasible option, and has largely been able to replace the high travel and accommodation costs of candidates who may ultimately end up giving poor interviews. However, what if we moved the video portion of the process to a step earlier? Two companies have developed solutions for effective video screening, making it possible to perform the rapid assessment and filtering of many candidates afforded by a phone screen — but with all of the face-to-face richness offered by video.

Wowzer

Wowzer founder and CEO Rodrigo Martinezset out to create a video screening technology because he felt that there was not enough interchange between recruiter and candidate during the initial screen, and too much inefficiency in asking the same structured set of questions over and over. The set of questions and basic assessment given to a candidate tells the recruiter about a candidate’s basic skills, but not much about how the candidate fits into the culture of the hiring company — which often means much more when it comes to a new hire working out.

The technology actually allows the company to put their image forward and let the candidates respond at their own pace. The recruiter only has to perform the interview once, then the candidates submit their video responses asynchronously, thereby cutting down screening time by quite a bit, while also giving the hiring managers a much more solid feel of the candidates.

Interview4

The company Hire-Intelligence offers a system called Interview4, which has a similar concept to Wowzer. Their experience with video interviewing goes back to 1987, in response to what was becoming a costly situation of bringing in so many candidates to interview, only for them to be rejected almost immediately. Like Wowzer, it’s built around the idea of the structured, pre-recorded interview that candidates can respond to at their leisure.

At Comrise, our recruiters and clients use video interviews to speed up the hiring process and ensure high-caliber talent. But can video screening actually manage to displace the traditional phone screen, and is this new technology a boon for hiring managers? What do you think?

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Resume Tips – Knowing Your Audience

Published June 19th, 2013 by Mak

It is very difficult to look through job sites on the web and not see a million tips on how to improve your resume. In discussions with the team here at Comrise, it seems to us that the best resume tips can be boiled down to one thing: Knowing Your Audience.

Consider that we live in a world of near-immediate gratification, with the immediacy of the internet doing nothing to help that. IT professionals probably know that better than most, as they will get calls from coworkers saying “E-MAIL IS DOWN, FIX IT FIX…oh, there it goes.” With that in mind, understand that most people reading resumes are going to decide whether to keep reading in the first half-page. Make sure that your best qualities come earlier on your resume than later.

Because of this desire for immediacy, another tip for your resume involves being versatile. It would be nice to be able to just made one resume and just send it out for all to see, but as we noted just now, you probably don’t have that luxury. Indeed, if you have a lot of varied experience, you’re going to want to highlight the experience that specifically applies to the position your seeking. If you’re seeking a managerial position, you’ll want to bring your managerial experience to the top, and then mention all your other qualifications. If the employer wants an expert in Such-and-Such technology, don’t make them search through a lengthy alphabetical list to find it on your resume. It’s much better to say “Hey, I’ve got several years of Such-and-Such experience, along with being certified in Etc.-tech and That-Other-One.”

Which brings us to another key point: education and certification. If you graduated from a particularly prestigious school, or your degree is particularly on point for the position you’re seeking, put it early in the resume. The same goes for certifications. Otherwise, it’s fine to keep your education and certifications towards the bottom of the resume.

Something else to keep in mind is that employers are going to be much more interested in what you have done than where you have been. It’s all well and good to say “this is where I worked and these were my responsibilities,” but the resume that stands out will be the one that says “this is where I worked, and this is how I excelled at my responsibilities.” You’ll want a mix of what you did, and what you did that made your workplace better for you having been there. Make sure to use action verbs as well; saying “I developed X” is much better than “I was responsible for the development of X.” Plus it gets straight to the point, taking up much less space.

Space is, of course, a big consideration when it comes to a resume. One general guideline is to take up one page, front and back. However, if you’ve got decades of experience, employers might find it a little strange to find your experience fits in such a short space. The longer you’ve been in the game, the more space you’re allowed to take, but don’t forget the short internet-fueled attention span; get to the point quickly and don’t meander. If you take more than 3 pages, you’ll want to edit some.

Resume writing can be a serious pain, but we encourage you to use these tips. Lastly, for any assistance or to learn more about our current job openings, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Use Numbers to Quantify Your Value During the Interview

Published May 20th, 2013 by Mak

When interviewing candidates for jobs, employers are interested in two things, according to HR professional and freelance writer Deborah S. Hildebrand: A) Can you do the job? and B) If you can do the job for their organization?

Thus, aside from demonstrating that you have all the requisite talents outlined in the job posting, such as the ability to communicate and required technical skills, candidates should consider using numbers to quantify their value.

In another Hildebrand post, “Use Numbers to Quantify Your Work Experience and Get a Job,” she explains the importance of adding numbers to your resume. Quantifying adds a dimension that helps employers visualize your real value.

According to this CBS Money Watch post, here are a few suggestions on how to “quantify” your resume:

  • Consider the projects you’ve worked on that contributed to the bottom line. For example, Engineers can explain how he or she designed a new app the company took to market or developed a new program to help sales increase revenue.
  • Share examples of when you performed outside the scope of your job. Talk about how you reduce costs by taking on greater responsibilities, or even simply taking on responsibilities of an absent colleague.
  • Talk about what you did to contribute to cost containment. Explain how you used new technology or tools to reduce expenses or improve employee productivity.

The fact is that quantifying this information helps potential employers gain a better understanding of your contributions. For more tips on interviewing and insight into finding the right career opportunity for you, browse our website or contact us.