The Effect of Rise in Oil & Gas Prices on the Tech Industry

April 18th, 2012

Rising oil and gas prices have an effect on everyone. The same is true about the IT industry. While it may not immediately seem like there is a relationship here, the fact is that the soaring prices have a real impact on the way this industry operates. Individuals looking to enter the IT field may see an impact on the available jobs. Those working within it will also see an increase in costs. For the tech industry, the impact of rising oil and gas prices has an interesting impact.

The Cost of Operation

Within the tech industry, the cost of operation will rise as the cost of gas and oil go up. While it may not have as much of an effect as it does on the trucking industry or the food service industry, it still makes an impact. The transportation of goods will become more expensive. The cost of oil and gas prices also plays a role in the secondary fields. When the cost of transporting products increases or the cost of operating machinery increases, the costs go up across the board. This is not the only impact.

Economic Concerns Continue

It is important to note that the job market in the tech industry may continue to struggle if the economy does not improve. Rising oil and gas prices have a significant impact on whether or not the economy improves. As prices increase, the pace of economic recovering will slow. Tech jobs may not be as widely available if this continues, as it will keep businesses from hiring or investing. The impact on the IT industry will match that of other industries, especially in areas of technological development, which is seen as less of a requirement and more of a luxury.

Jobs and Industry Demand

As the cost of gas and oil increase, businesses will look for more effective and cost saving ways to operate. For many companies, one way of doing this is to incorporate better technology into their business. Updating software and implementing programs that will increase productivity and decrease profit loss will be in demand. For those businesses that are trimming back the costs associated with operation, the tech industry is likely to be the go-to location for help.

In industries where there is a potential for lower operating costs if IT solutions are put into place, jobs will be more readily available. Businesses that can meet those needs better will continue to see demand rise.

Overall, there is an impact on the tech industry as the price of gas and oil continue to increase business costs. For many industries, including the IT industry, the effect is ultimately determined by the length of these increases. The longer prices continue to increase, the more significant the impact on the industry will be.

Cloud Computing: Top IT Investment in 2012

March 23rd, 2012

Cloud computing is the key phrase for 2012 in the world of IT. This method of management allows everything to be done in the “cloud.” The cloud itself is simply in the Internet’s big open space. Imagine a cloud in the sky. It is in the huge open space of the sky, but this cloud designates a part of that space to just one company’s access. However, anyone, from any location, with the information to do so, can access the cloud for all types of business communications. This increases productivity and has become the way of the future in IT.

Why Cloud Computing Is So Important

Cloud computing is one of the largest investments companies will make in the IT world this year and next. They are doing so because of all it has to offer to them.

  • Computing strength increases numerous times over the standard practices. Companies are able to store some or all of their programs, data and other useful information in a remote server. This allows the server to run continuous backups. It is also possible to access that data from any location, driving up productivity from any location.
  • With cloud computing, companies will see a reduction in the cost of IT within their business. Most businesses do not want to hire a full time IT person if they do not need to. With this system, even small businesses can implement it without having to worry about high costs to manage the system. You can take back some of that office space, give your personnel more work on the goal and even reduce overall costs related to full time employees.
  • It is completely flexible. Unlike older systems, cloud computing allows the company to use new software without actually investing in the more expensive hardware to get it in place. You can even invest in a pay-as-you-go product, which means you can take advantage of new technologies when they happen. Your architect can manage changes to a blueprint in moments without having to spend hours uploading or downloading, sending and faxing plans back and forth.

IT personnel will find that this is where the job growth in the IT field is likely to happen in 2012 and beyond. The fact is, businesses need to be able to use this service and since it is so easy to put into place, without a lot of overhead to do so, the IT world is likely to change significantly as a result. Those who are looking for jobs in this area should focus primarily on cloud computing companies and those companies that offer back up to them. This is where the jobs are likely to be because of the demand in the industry.

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!

OPEC Boosts 2012 Demand Estimate – Good News for Job Seekers

December 21st, 2011

As the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ups its 2012 estimate for the demand for crude oil worldwide for a second month in a row, this is positive news for the thousands of energy and IT engineers seeking work in the coming year. Supply for crude oil and associated oil and petroleum based products is expected to supply both American and foreign need for more staff to handle the complex processes needed to produce consumer products. However, this may not be great news for some in the manufacturing and transportation sectors – two industries hit hard by the economic recession.

The OPEC forecast was recently the topic of a Bloomberg Report, that stated, “OPEC will need to produce 30.1 million barrels a day to balance global crude supply and demand”, according to the group’s secretariat. “That’s up 100,000 barrels a day from its forecast last month. OPEC cut its global demand forecast for 2012.” OPEC officials further went on to say, “Economic turbulence is shaking oil demand as the slowdown hits manufacturing activities worldwide.” We can only hope that the interest of developing less expensive, more plentiful energy sources leads to more jobs for millions of deserving workers around the globe.

For engineers and IT professionals, the career outlook is positive, in light of President Obama’s recent American Jobs Act speech  that put the focus on creating more jobs by making improvements to the educational system to produce more skilled engineers and IT workers over the coming decade. America has yet to catch up to other developed nations, like China and India, in terms of the number of engineers and IT professionals available, but this initiative will encourage those looking for new career opportunities to consider engineering as a viable option.

We need technology to continue growing if we are to stimulate the economy, so OPEC’s projections confirm that the demand for qualified workers is critical for long term growth and to keep up with industry demands. According to OPEC, “Oil demand will average 88.9 million barrels a day next year, about 100,000 barrels less than its previous forecast, as demand growth in China and India slows, it said. Consumption will average 87.8 million barrels in 2012.” While America struggles to find alternative forms of energy, it’s clear our love affair with gas-powered vehicles and equipment will continue to create jobs in the New Year.

Looking for an engineering, IT or other energy related job for 2012? Consider working with the career experts at Stark Talent for great opportunities!

 

Technology Career Opportunities: Top Cities for IT Jobs

October 31st, 2011

Jobs in the technology sector are on the rise, according to the US Department of Labor and Statistics (DOL), which shows that Information Technology is expected to grow at a much faster than average rate and provide the most jobs for all industries during this decade. While there are IT jobs readily available in most regions, there are some hot spots in the nation where there is a higher concentration of opportunities.

CIO Recently released some updates on the IT career market, giving an overview of the top cities for IT jobs. Here’s a run down of the top 7…

New York City – This mecca of new technology is the second highest producer of technology related jobs in the world, with over 315,000 IT jobs with some of the biggest software and financial companies. With IT annual salaries ranging from $62,000 to $91,000 USD, there is a small gap between entry level and more seasoned IT professionals, making it a great place for new grads to start searching for a job.

Washington DC – The nation’s capital has long been a place of innovative thinking, so it should not be surprising that IT jobs abound here. DC has over 290,000 IT jobs with mid to large corporations that work directly with the government, as well as multiple financial and technology companies that grace this temperate region. Salaries range from $55,000 to $92,000 USD annually, and many areas still have a reasonable cost of living.

San Jose, CA – Silicon Valley still boasts some of the top IT jobs in the world, with technology geeks making up a high concentration of the population since the Dot.com era. Look for above average salaries in the $100,000 to $150,000 range, due to tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Apple leading the way in Web 2.0 and consumer technology development.

Boston, MA – Beantown would not be the same without it’s massive IT pool of professionals who are earning between $57,000 to $95,000 annually, with one of the best places to live and raise a family. Red Sox fans will love that they can work and play hard in a variety of jobs in IT, alongside some of the leading professional minds of this century.

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – The lonestar state is home of Ross Perot, former presidential candidate and founder of tech giant EDS. Perot is not the only big thing around Dallas however, as there are some 176,000 tech jobs in the private sector, with salaries ranging from $48,000 to $83,000 USD annually.

Los Angeles, CA – Not far from Silicon Valley is the second largest concentration of IT jobs on the West coast in the “City of Angels”. This area has some 170,000 IT jobs, many of which pay in the $47,000 to $83,000 USD range per year, with plenty of cool places for techies to unwind after a hectic project at the beach or favorite entertainment venues.

Chicago, IL – The “windy city” is the best place in the central United States to find IT jobs, with some 164,000 technology jobs with large financial and software firms making up the most. While the weather can be frightful, the salaries are delightful with a $48,000 to $81,000 USD range per year.

Want to learn about more of the USA’s top IT cities? Read more here then check out the full and part time contract IT opportunities to be found at Stark Talent today!

 

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How to Stand Out as New Graduates are Competing for Technology-sector Jobs

September 22nd, 2011

An increasing number of current M.B.A. students are naming information technology firms as their employers of choice following graduation, according to a recent survey conducted by Universum at the end of 2010. This leads many to believe we are in the midst of a technology boom not seen since the likes of the Dot.com era in the early 1990’s. As a result, new graduates and existing technology candidates can expect some tough competition in the coming year.

The top ranking IT firms that students are focusing on is not at all surprising, including Google, IBM, Microsoft and Logitech in the top four. These companies have consistently done their best to attract high-level students graduating from top universities around the world. Google offers a famously casual work environment along with “individually tailored compensation packages” that appeal to IT professionals seeking both financial and personal reward. Other companies are following suit, with above average salaries, free lunches, onsite fitness centers, ongoing training opportunities, and even cubicles complete with beds for napping in between creative sessions.

If you want to stand out amongst the competition, and land a great job in the information sector, there are several things to start doing now.

Get the best education for the money. The biggest IT companies will be actively recruiting from the best technology schools, so invest in your future by getting an education with a reputable university. Not sure which one is the best? Contact several and ask who recruits there.

Increase your skills and credentials. To be in the IT field means to continually stay up to date on your skills. Make it a habit to be a lifelong learner by participating in industry associations, and take all the certifications you need to stay ahead of other candidates.

Consider an IT internship. A great way to position yourself for a solid career in IT with a great company is to take on an internship during your junior and senior years of college. In fact, some of the best IT companies require this to be considered for a permanent job for new grads.

Look for a good match in an IT company. Before you launch into a full-on search for a new job, take the time to research the potential IT firms you may be applying for. Look at the factors, benefits and requirements of each company to find one that shares your philosophy.

Develop an IT portfolio to impress. As a student, you are in a unique position to develop a killer IT portfolio of work, while getting helpful feedback from instructors. Put together a portfolio that links recruiters to your best projects and use this to impress them come application and interview time.

Register with an IT staffing company. When you are looking for the best job, your best bet is to immediately register with a quality IT staffing company like Stark Talent. This will connect you to a wide network of superior assignments, which will help you get hired faster by one of the big name IT companies.

Choose the Right Resume Format for Your Desired Job in IT

August 13th, 2011

For the serious job seeker, being able to present a quality resume is critical to successfully attracting the right kinds of employers. For the Information Technology professional, this challenge is even greater. IT professionals, who range from entry level analysts and developers to highly trained engineers and scientists, have specialized skills which must be conveyed through a well-written resume. Knowing what to include on an IT resume is just as important as how your organize it for the benefit of hiring managers. Here’s how to choose the right resume format for your desired job in IT.

Steps to Building a Great IT Resume

As you develop your IT resume, the first step is to choose a reader-friendly format that will appeal to IT recruiters. This means organizing all of your information into snippets that include your skills, credentials, special certifications, work experience, and education. If you are a new graduate, you will want to highlight your education near the top of your resume. If not, leave this for the bottom section and instead highlight your credentials and work accomplishments.

The format of any great resume, including an IT resume, should be chronological in style. You can easily find free resume templates that follow this style on Microsoft Word, or get resume writing help from your IT staffing company. Start out with all of your contact information, including your full name, email address and at least two telephone numbers where a recruiter can call you directly. Never give out your current work number as this looks bad to hiring professionals. Leave off your home address and other personal details for privacy sake.

Add your special skills and certifications near the top of your IT resume. This is where most IT recruiters will glance to see if you meet basic requirements of each job. Not sure what to list for the jobs you are looking for? Check with the US Bureau of Labor for the most recent statistics and career guidance for IT careers. Or check with your IT staffing company for help in adding the right credentials and workforce training opportunities.

Organize your work experience with a list of jobs you have held, with the most current job you have to the first job you’ve held. Add the dates of employment, your work title and the accomplishments of each job. Don’t simply add your job decription or work duties. Dig deeper and add at least 3 to 5 accomplishments you’ve experienced on each job. Include these accomplishments in a short bulleted list underneath each company name.

Finally, run your new IT resume through a spelling and grammar check. This will eliminate spelling and grammar errors, which will give you a great impression with IT recruiters. Include IT keywords within your document to help get your resume scanned by resume software. Check to make sure all tabs line up correctly and that your resume is friendly to HTML systems. If you do all these things, your IT resume will be ready to impress IT companies worldwide – giving you the ultimate advantage as a job seeker.

Need more help with your IT resume? Contact the IT staffing professionals at Stark Talent today!

Studies Show Jobs in IT Among Fastest Increasing Pay Rates

August 6th, 2011

There’s good news on the horizon for millions of job seekers in the Information Technology sector this year. A 2011 mid-summer report from the US Department of Commerce indicates that salaries for jobs in mathematics, science and technology have grown three times the rate for all occupations in the USA, despite a recent downshift in the economy. The interesting thing to note, however, is that many colleges and universities are not aware of the present day needs of IT employers, therefore a personnel shortage is expected in the coming years ahead.

The Department of Labor and Statistics released figures in August of 2011 that indicate that the Information Technology sector is expected to grow at an astounding 45.3% from 2011-2018. Candidates who fall into the age ranges of 25-44 have the greatest success in finding the best jobs in this industry. This makes up about half of the people who are currently graduating from college or are retraining for a new career in IT, as well as a large part of the area of the population who are currently one of the 9.3% unemployed in this nation. Pay rates in IT are also growing with average annual earnings of $80,000 – 120,000 USD in most regions.

What does this mean for you, the job seeker? Well, for one, you will have the clear advantage when it comes to finding top level employment with some of the biggest names in technology. Companies are actively seeking IT candidates through attractive work environments, above average wages and benefits, and creative outsourcing. According to an article in The Economic Times, big name firms like Yahoo, Cisco and others are effectively job searching for candidates who apply with them, to make sure they land great careers following graduation.

The best way to position yourself for success is to make sure you are actively pursuing any updated training or certification you need in your chosen IT career. Simultaneously, you can be talking with recruiters at reputable IT staffing companies like Stark Talent, to get in front of the better technology companies now. Use your skills to land a great career and have the support of experienced recruiters who can help you gain insight into what the IT job market looks like. This will give you the advantage you need to find a promising career in the growing field of Information Technology.

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