Texas State Budget Woes: How Will it Affect Local and State Government Hiring?

August 30th, 2011

For over a year since it was introduced by Governor Rick Perry, there has been much debate over the Texas budget cuts that officially go into place on September 1st of 2011. How this will affect the already 8.4 % unemployment rate that Texas is currently experiencing is yet to be seen. (Department of Labor, July 2011) What we do know, however, is that Texas has not seen a break for quite some time in terms of more jobs for residents. We predict that the state budget will affect state and government hiring in some big ways. Here’s why:

The Texas budget cuts include a drastic reduction in the amount of federal funding for many state programs, which include health and welfare programs, community safety, and public education. With an estimate $27 billion deficit, Texans are learning to go without many of the services and resources that they had grown accustomed to. Along with these budget cuts, job losses are likely to include most occupations in healthcare, police and fireman, state social workers, educators and more.

In the private business sector, the budget cuts may cause serious havoc in an already struggling economy where entry-level jobs are scarce and new college graduates are facing an uncertain future. The Texas budget cuts also included some $4 million in public education teacher cuts, affecting one-third of the state’s educators and millions of students. Healthcare jobs in Texas will also suffer, with large medical centers like the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas losing $31 million in federal funding. This is just a start of the spiraling down effect of the overall budget cuts.

Small businesses and those in retail, food and beverage, and manufacturing will most likely be hit where it hurts as hundreds of thousands of workers lose their main source of incomes due to the Texas budget cuts. Hiring will be at a standstill. Families are also faced with larger-than-life housing costs, which may force many to leave the state for stable careers, futher denigrating the system.

Companies who wish to be proactive will want to cut their labor costs by working with staffing agencies to find quality candidates at reasonable rates. Displaced workers will also want to seek support from staffing companies to brush up on resumes, skills and find suitable employment. The future is yet uncertain for Texans, but as always we survive by taking action and being strong in times of trouble.

For more information about temporary and permanent staffing services, please contact Stark Talent today.


The Alberta Oil Sands: What you need to know about how to gain legal entry to work on the oil sands projects

August 20th, 2011

Over the course of the next decade, the Alberta oil sands offer excellent opportunities for temporary and long-term employment. By the end of this year, science is predicting that more than 50% of the supply of oil in North America will come from this region. That means there is definitely a need for skilled workers to handle the various jobs to handle this work. “It is estimated that 17,000 new jobs in the oil sands sector will be created in the region by 2011.” (www.hrsdc.gc.ca ) However, it’s important to know how to gain legal entry to work on the oil sands project, if you are not a native Canadian.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to get a job on a crew in the Alberta oil sands.

If you are coming from another nation, in order to become employed with a company conducting work on the Alberta oil sands, you will be required to obtain a temporary work permit (or a visa) issued by the Citizen and Immigration Agency in Canada (CIC).  This falls under Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IPPR) jurisdiction, so be sure to check with this agency for information about how to apply for a CIC work permit. Once this request is submitted, candidates will have to wait for an approval from a CIC visa officer.

The majority of candidates applying for CIC work status will be thoroughly background checked, to ensure he or she meets the actual requirements of the job type, and that there are no health or security risks. This may take a few weeks to obtain, so it’s important to start this process immediately as a candidate. It’s important to keep in mind that the CIC visa will only be valid for a certain period of time that the job assignment is required, so please plan accordingly and set up temporary housing arrangements.

As an expatriot, keep in mind that while there will be plenty of jobs available for candidates of all levels, some may be eliminated by the Human Resource and Skills Development of Canada (HRSDC). This agency has the priveleldge of deciding what impact foreign workers may have the Canadian labor market. That means competition for jobs will be fierce, with Canadian candidates coming first.

To increase your chances of getting a job with the Alberta oil sands’ companies, it’s a good course of action to get on board with a reliable staffing company, like Stark Talent. This will allow you to focus on being available to go to work sooner, while letting the staffing agency handle all the legal requirements of getting you a work permit in Canada. You will reduce the time it takes to get on a job, and your staffing agency can also assist with relocation services to help you get on your feet sooner.

For more information about working with Stark Talent to gain access to plentiful employment opportunities in Canada, please visit our website today!  http://www.starktalent.com/


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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