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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.

Gartner Study Points to Big Data and Cloud Computing’s Role in Energy and Utilities Industry

Published June 16th, 2016 by Mak

The IT landscape continues to rapidly grow, particularly for companies in the energy and utilities industry where both the public and private sector are embracing new technologies, relating to big data and cloud computing to improve operational efficiency.

In fact, according to a recent Gartner report, “…10 Technology Trends in Energy and Utilities,” both of these sectors will continue to implement technology solutions based on an array of developments within big data and cloud computing, aimed at enhancing smart city technologies. As a result, this trend points the way for a highly-skilled, trained, and educated workforce to lead out the tasks in the following areas:

Big Data

Anything and everything having to do with big data in pursuing “smart grid development” will rely increasingly on IT as well as Operational Technology (OT) staffing; this, to handle all the advanced infrastructure, such as:

“…remote asset monitoring, event avoidance and self-healing networks. In addition to significantly impacting data volume, smart grid initiatives will produce a different variety of data, such as temporal, spatial, transactional, streaming, structured and unstructured.”

Cloud Computing and SaaS

The utility industry may lag behind in incorporating the use of the cloud because of “security and reliability concerns.” However, the move to adopt across-the-board applications and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offerings are led by cooperatives, transmission operators and smaller co-ops and municipalities.

“IT and OT Convergence”

With rapid developments in the technology for monitoring existing equipment and systems, the utilities industry will look to a bigger investment model that will include room for IT and OT personnel.

 

Is your organization facing similar challenges with regards to technology resources and personnel? Let us know! Or simply click here to learn more about Big Data Solutions.Thanks for reading!

Top 10 Careers in Technology for 2013

Published June 16th, 2016 by Mak

Top Careers In Technology For 2013 

**UPDATED - VIEW TOP CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY FOR 2017!

U.S. News and World Report recently published their list of The 100 Best Jobs for 2013. These jobs were ranked according to several criteria including the number of job openings expected, opportunity to advance and the pay scale. Categories included the healthcare, social services and technical jobs. Here are the Top 10 Careers for IT and technical professionals:

Computer System Analyst

This job is all about understanding how a computer system can best serve a specific company. A computer system analyst may need to choose hardware and software for a company then manage the installation and monitor the outcome. This career came in #4 on the larger list of 100.

Database Administrator

A database administrator will need to organize, store, mine and manage information. They will create specific databases for companies to use but will also be responsible for securing sensitive information. This job came in #6 overall and is also expected to grow quickly as the amount of information a business needs to manage grows.

Software Developer

Software is what makes the hardware work. Consumers and businesses use software every day in computers, smart phones and mobile technology. The growth of mobile technology will continue to drive the grown of software developers. This career ranked #7 overall.

Web Developer

A web developer needs to be able to create a website that looks good and works well. There is a lot more to it than making sure the text is spelled correctly and the checkout cart works. A web developer needs to understand page layout, graphics, design, organization and many other aspects of a website. The internet continues to grow and so this career is expected to continue to grow as well. Web developer ranked #9 on the list.

Computer Programmer

A computer programmer will write, test, debug and maintain software programs. These programs are designed to help the computer perform efficiently. This career came in at #13 overall.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering isn’t just about being good at math. Designing a device and then turning it into a reality requires creativity and organizational skills. A mechanical engineer will need to do research, design, build and test each device. This career came in at #17 on the top 100 list.

IT Manager

The IT manager is the person to go to with any technical question. This is the person who is responsible for ensuring the front line technicians quickly solve problems with software and hardware. After all if the email doesn’t work or the computer has an error that employee doesn’t get any work done until the problem is fixed. This high pressure career shows up at #20 on the top 100 list.

Computer Systems Administrator

The computer systems administrator is responsible for making sure the intranet system works. They ensure that systems that share data are all working and that all computer stations are connected appropriately. This job came in #23 on the list.

Civil Engineer

A civil engineer is in charge of designing and building large structures such as bridges, roads and buildings. Again math is an important component of this career, but so is creativity. This career came in #26 overall and #9 for technical positions.

Lab Technician

A lab technician may work in a clinic, hospital or research laboratory. These dedicated individuals are responsible for running crucial tests, analyzing data and making recommendations. This career is often in the medical field but is still very technical. Lab technician is #10 for careers in technology in 2013

To sum it up, the demand for IT professionals will continue to grow as well. If you are seeking new opportunities with IT, or related fields, click here to view our current job openings. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Comrise won the award “The Best Partner” from amap.com in 1st Quarter

Published May 23rd, 2016 by Admin

Recently, amap.com held 2016 first quarter work summary, Comrise won the award “The Best Partner”.

This award is not only the result of excellent cooperation between the two companies, but also the client’s recognition in terms of human resource management capabilities.

As one part in the process of standardization of human resources, Comrise always take the "better service customers" as the core value to achieve a win-win situation between enterprises and individuals, will continue to promote the development of human resources industry with more quality services.