Relocation Issues that IT Candidates Face

January 29th, 2012

IT professionals are often required to put in long hours and completely dedicate themselves to the jobs and or projects at hand. For this reason alone, many IT candidates face relocation issues that are somewhat unique to them. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before agreeing to relocate for any IT position.

Social Networks and Down Time

Some companies acknowledge the fact that they require their IT employees to put in long hours and go out of their way to create an environment that allows and even encourages socialization. More and more IT companies are beginning to provide recreational equipment for much needed recharge time as well. Find out what kind of environment you’re going to be working in and if it’s one that will be an effective and healthy environment for you. Also keep family in mind and how much time you’ll have to devote to them, if you have family, while also adjusting to a new work situation.

What Kind of Relocation Packages are Offered?

This is a market that is ripe with competition. In many instances good companies have people lining up to work for them. However, the cream of the crop, the jobs you should really consider relocating for, are going to go above and beyond what everyone else is doing by offering attractive relocation packages. They want to hire the most talented IT candidates and they are well aware that this is a great way to attract their target demographic.

Consider the Location

Different IT professionals at different stages of their careers will have a different idea of what the “perfect” location to start a new chapter in their lives will be. You know what your life is like now and you have an idea of how you’d like it to be. Does this relocation get you any closer to your goals? How about your family? Will there be educational and employment opportunities for family that you’re going to bring along? What about your lifestyle? Is the community where you’ll be moving attractive to you and the lifestyle you want to lead? These are all important questions that will matter to you.

Of course, as an IT professional there are additional considerations you’ll need to keep in mind. Is the infrastructure of the community at large fairly modern? It does no good to work in a high-tech IT environment if you live in an area that has aging lines and an infrastructure that should have been extinct a decade ago. Most people today bring their work home with them on occasion. Are you going to be able to find a home with the wiring to meet the demands of the work you’ll need to do at home?

More and more IT professionals are taking the plunge and relocating for work. It’s not nearly as uncommon as it has been in the past. People are leaving home and striking out on their own hoping to strike gold and find a new place to call home and work. For help with finding a new IT assignment, and handling the challenges of relocation, be sure to work with the career experts at Stark Talent!

Engineering Degree? Tips to Help Your Resume Stand Out Throughout Your Job Hunt

January 23rd, 2012

As an engineer, you have the potential of finding more lucrative positions than many other fields. However, the fact is, the United States has not kept up with the overseas competition and that has driven many jobs out of the country. For those graduating with an engineering degree, there are jobs out there, but getting them means, you will have to shine brighter than the competition. That is often the most challenging aspect.

Tips for Resume Boosting for Engineers

The engineering resume needs to communicate skills and abilities properly. While many engineers are good at providing basic information about the jobs they have completed, that may not be enough. Rather, a resume must provide more details and help to display your talents instead. If you do not plan to have a professional write your résumé, there are some tips you can use to get it right.

  • Choose an organized format for the resume. Allow your skill set to shine rather than just your job history. A chronological order may not work for you in this case, but that is okay. Make sure your achievements rank first.
  • Rather than an objective, create a summary that outlines the type of job you are looking for and how your skills and experience play into that. A traditional objective may not provide enough information.
  • You can and should consider adding a project list to the resume. As an engineer, this will help to pinpoint specific examples of how you will benefit their company. Your accomplishments stand out.
  • Use the right buzzwords within the resume. Since most initial screening of applicants is computer based, you will need to ensure your resume contains the right buzzwords those computer programs are looking for through the scan. That way, it lands in human hands. Buzzwords can include the power words and verbs related to your skills and experience.
  • No errors allowed! Ensure you pay attention to the details. As an engineer, it is expected of you to do so.
  • To stand out, be sure you list your accomplishments clearly rather than just outlining your job duties. This draws in the reader and gets them thinking about you in a positive frame of mind.
  • Remember to sell the benefits of your skills, too. How can your skills benefit the company?

For those who have an engineering degree, having a resume that reflects skills and experience is critical. For those still in school or hoping to land that first position, still focus on achievements and your strongest skills. In this very competitive market, these traits make the most impact on the prospective employer. Display how you can be a benefit to the company – and be specific. There is no room for guesswork here. You want to entice them into working with you.

Unemployment and Hiring Trends Going into 2012

January 14th, 2012

While the career market did experience some promising growth at the end of 2011, the New Year is looking to be promising for many companies in the administrative, technology, energy, health care and engineering industries. According to the US Department of Labor, the national average of unemployment at the end of December 2011 was at 8.5 percent, but there were several states that saw a nice decline in the number of claims filed. However, these industries are growing at a steady pace, which means plenty of career opportunities for job seekers.

Unemployment and hiring trends should change the way you hire people. Employers can learn a great deal from the trends occurring in today’s very challenging and every changing employment field. There are ideal candidates out there. There are also highly competitive employers looking to get the best they can.

What’s Going on Today?

According to the LinkedIn Recruiting Trends 2011 report, there are some interesting changes occurring in the employment field. For example, about 60 percent of companies in the United States say they plan to hire more professionals than they did the previous year. However, of those, 55 percent say they do not expect to increase their hiring budget to do it.

Social Media is the Route to Take

How do companies plan to hire more without paying more to find those employees? Many are turning to social media to do the work for them. The top recruiting trend in the country, in fact, is using social and professional networks to locate the ideal candidate for open positions. The same report indicates that about 35 percent of business worry that competitors will learn to use social media more effectively than they are using it and therefore land more of the best candidates in the field. Ninety-six percent of those who responded noted that LinkedIn was their choice for social networking for recruiting needs. Is your business using it?

Who Is Hiring?

Express Employment Professionals, one of the largest staffing companies in the country, released a report indicating where hiring trends are in North America at the end of 2011 and start of 2012. Here is a look at where jobs are.

  • The commercial and light industrial sector accounts for about 32 percent of all job openings.
  • About 28 percent of businesses plan to hire administrative or office staff.
  • About 32 percent are hiring for other positions such as customer service, food service, healthcare, sales or general labor.
  • 14 percent of those that responded to the company’s survey indicated they plan to hire for engineering positions.
  • 13 percent plan to hire marketing professionals.
  • Another 10 percent say they plan to hire into their finance and accounting sectors.
  • Information technology jobs account for about nine percent.

This should help businesses to gauge just how much competition there is in the market. The survey conducted by the company was given to more than 17,000 businesses that plan to hire.

There is more demand today for skilled workers than previously. Most employers are talking about hiring again. Some sectors will not likely begin hiring until the economy is performing far better, including those who are unskilled laborers or those who are highly skilled engineers or architects. The housing market is simply not growing. According some experts, salaries will increase but not by high levels and the money in salary increases is unlikely to be spread around evenly to all workers.

Keeping these factors in mind, where is your business headed? Are you conducting the same types of hiring or is your sector skill holding back to see if the economy improves? Employers must compete in a very different world today than they did pre-recession, but for many employees that is a good thing.

US Manufacturing Accelerates – How This Will Affect Hiring This Year?

January 7th, 2012

The US job market has taken a huge hit in recent years. Even before the recent economic downturn, manufacturing had been fading fast in the US. Manufacturers were leaving the US in favor of lower wages and more favorable taxation and regulation.

Things had begun to shift just prior to the “Great Recession” of 2007. More manufacturers were beginning to move back to the US. The recession definitely slowed the growth of these manufacturing positions. As we are beginning to see signs of light on the other side of the tunnel however, we’re also seeing a distinct rise in the need for new hiring in manufacturing industries.

There are quite a few reasons companies are making the move back to the states. Chief among these reasons are: rising costs for transportation, increasing expenses in production overseas, strong productivity within the US, and a greater understanding of the headaches involved in long supply chains.

This is great news that we should all be over the moon about. The problem is that many questions remain before companies are going to be willing to go out and begin hiring new workers en masse.

Mistrust and Fear are Fading

People still remember feeling the first sting of the recession even as politicians promised that all was well five years ago. Then there was an overnight shift in position and policy. Suddenly the economy was a political proxy that must be fixed immediately.

Five years later, fixes have been slow to arrive. That is why the growth we’re seeing in manufacturing and factory employment is such welcome news in many circles.  Current projections have US factory jobs growing by 1.3 percent this year and an additional 3.1 percent in the following year.

The fact remains that there is a growing demand for trained and skilled labor to accept these new factory jobs and it’s going to have a significant impact on hiring across the board. But not all manufacturing positions require experience. There are many that anyone with a decent head on his or her shoulders can be trained to do. This means that traditionally “white collar” employees are going to begin to turn to manufacturing positions.

Supply and Demand are Trading Places

In other words, for those who deal with human resources, there is likely to be a shift in the job search over the next years. People will gravitate towards careers where jobs are available.

For the past few years there has been a massive surplus of qualified candidates for the few positions that were available. That is about to change. The more growth we see in manufacturing here in the US, the fewer people are going to find themselves out of work for prolonged periods of time.

Human resources and hiring managers have a lot to deal with and haven’t had to actively recruit for quite a while. Companies have been tightening belts, adding hours, and cutting benefits in order to stay in business. Now they are going to have to compete with these manufacturing positions that offer overtime pay for extra hours and attractive benefits packages.

What this really means for business is that the search is back on for the best and brightest among the highly capable fields of job applicants and manufacturing companies are hiring! Find out more by contacting Stark Talent today for many part time and full time jobs in the manufacturing sector!

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