Looking Back at 2011 and Looking Ahead for the IT/Tech Industry in 2012

December 31st, 2011

Last year, was an incredible adventure for the IT/Tech industry. We saw the introduction of many new forms of technology to mainstream consumers, from cloud computing to tablets. With 2012 just barely in it’s first few weeks, experts are predicting that 2012 will continue to see an explosion of technology that will continue to focus on average consumers and small business. Let’s take a look at 2011, and make a few predictions of our own.

2011 was the year of Social Media. Giants on the scene included Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Zynga and many others who have become an international obsession for billions of attention starved, self-promoting consumers and businesses alike. Although Facebook has taken some criticism from users who are tired of the constant changes, possible privacy issues, and issues with the new timeline format, it is predicted to increase membership over the coming year to hit a new record. Look for continued integration with multiple applications that use your Facebook log into to access.

Last year, the mobile technology market also boomed with some 5.3 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, that’s 77 percent of the world population, according to a recent survey from MobiThinking as of November 2011. This number is led by China and India, two areas that have typically produced the cheapest mobile devices, including the $35 Akash tablet, which made its way on the scene late in 2011. The International CES 2012 revealed even more mobile awesomeness, which included Toshiba’s “world’s thinnest notebook” and Samsung’s 5” Galaxy Smartphone.

Just like in 2011, consumer gadgets rule the landscape with Vizux Smart Glasses , LG’s 84” HGTV, and Nikon’s impressive D4 DSLR 16.2 MP camera, which has them running for the nearest electronics retailers. According to a recent article in Forbes, consumer electronics purchases increased by 10%, and that’s in the midst of an economic recession faced by the world. “For 2011, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) sees 15% growth in North America, 23% growth in Western Europe, 15% in China, 12% in Asia, 5% in Eastern Europe, 4% in the Middle East, 10% in South America and 7% in Africa.” (Source: Forbes) . Estmated sales are expected to top $1 Trillion in 2012.

What does this mean in terms of careers in It and Technology in 2012? You can expect to see a massive demand for new jobs at all levels in the New Year, from product development to sales. To get on board now with a great IT career, consider signing on with a top IT and Technology recruiting firm like Stark Talent today!

Stark’s Doug Douglas to be featured speaker for HR.com

December 21st, 2011

From Angry Birds to Hog Heaven
HR.com Virtual Conference – January 17, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central

Stark’s Doug Douglas will be continuing as a featured speaker and subject matter expert for HR.com’s Virtual Conferences in 2012. On January 17, Doug will be leading “From Angry Birds to Hog Heaven,” a session that looks at how an organization’s recruiting efforts impact corporate branding initiatives. RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) engagements can help organizations focus on streamlining application processes, provide feedback throughout the application/interview process, and other process improvements that give the job seeker a more favorable opinion of the hiring company. In a fight for the best talent, the biggest and most recognizable company doesn’t always win. You’ll find out how your organization (whether big or small) can win!

Doug has led previous virtual conferences with HR.com – the most recent being “RPO – Without Raising Your Debt Ceiling.” This session focused on the basics of RPO and what benefits an organization might see if going to this type of engagement. This was the #1 rated session for all HR.com Virtual Conferences with the largest number of pre-registrations recorded and superior evaluation marks following the presentation.

Register now for this free virtual conference, and invite other HR leaders to join as well.
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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!


Happy Holidays from Stark Talent!

December 15th, 2011

At this time of year, the recruiting team at Stark Talent likes to take a moment to look back on the year and take the time to thank all of our valued clients and associates for another fantastic year! In 2011, we placed an amazing number of quality candidates, from energy and defense contractors to IT professionals. As the nation continues to experience a period of recovery, we plan to be there to help support the critical staffing needs of all our valued clients throughout the New Year.

From all of us at Stark Talent to all of you – Happy Holidays!

We’d like to take a moment to provide a few tips for searching for work during the holiday season, for those who may be using this time to launch a new career. As always, Stark Talent is there to provide encouragement and exciting career opportunities for highly skilled candidates.

  • Revamp your resume. Take this time to review your resume for any updates in your career, including any contract assignments or education you have completed. Update the format and grammar of your resume too, with fresh bullets of your accomplishments instead of just dull job duties. Get in touch with your references and update contact information too.
  • Research job openings. Take a moment to assess your skills, as you have likely done some interesting things this year. Take an inventory of your skills and match them to new possible careers in new industries you may not have thought of before. Sort through job openings in local newspapers, online career boards, industry forums and more –then apply now.
  • Create your social network. There’s no time like the present to tap into the wonders of social media networks, like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, where many hiring managers are actually looking for candidates with your skill set. Improve your profiles with professional looking images, your resume and portfolio to have a better chance of being noticed.
  • Get connected with peers. If you have dreamed of starting your new career, one of the best ways to be in the right place at the right time is by joining professional associations and networks. Many industries hold regular local meetings, so you have a good chance of meeting company reps who are looking for quality people like you. The more you are out there in the public, the better chance you have of getting an offer.

Looking for a great career opportunity for 2012? Consider all the advantages of working with Stark Talent as a contract employee. You can connect with the companies who are looking for people like you to fill immediate, temp to perm assignments in the New Year.


Engineering Salary Trends for 2012

December 8th, 2011

When President Obama recently indicated as part of his American Jobs Act speech  that we need to push for more engineers to help recover the US industrial infrastructure, many technical and engineering schools around the nation began positing themselves for the onslaught of new engineering students. Engineering is one of the top paying careers with the average earnings in the US hovering around $91,628, according to most recent figures from Salary.com, a popular industry salary watchdog.

Traditionally, the US is somewhat behind other developed nations in the number of engineers we produce annually, with approximately 70,000 US engineers vs. 400,000 or more coming from China and India alone. According to Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel and an active member of President Obama’s “Council on Jobs and Competitiveness”, who recently stated, “A chronic shortage of engineering students threatens America’s role as the world’s leading innovator and continues to impede our nation’s fragile economic recovery.”

It’s obvious that engineering jobs will continue to be in demand and will be some of the top paying jobs in the USA going into 2012. Here is a review of what’s looking to be some trends in engineering salaries and jobs for the coming year.

A recent CNN report on the “Best Jobs in America 2011”, listed engineering jobs in two of the top ten spots, with salaries of $110-113K and a 24-30% expected job growth in the next ten years. The most popular engineering jobs fall under the civil engineering and environmental engineering categories, not surprising as these are the areas related to the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure. There are, however, debates about the pay rates of engineers vs. public figures like celebrities and politicians who are bringing in hundreds of thousands more annually for very little real skills as evidenced by a recent article on EngineerSalary.com.

The Department of Labor Statistics indicates that the top paying engineering jobs exist in Aerospace, Computer Hardware, Nuclear and Petroleum, with earnings of between $92,500 to $108,000 on average annually. The highest paid engineers are earning nearly $150,000 per year in the energy sector, which is not surprising given the urgent need for more energy resources and development in the USA. Additionally, IT engineers who hold advanced certifications are likely to earn the most, according to a recent industry survey of over 700 professionals in this field.

For new graduates of top engineering programs, such as those found at prestigious universities such as Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and UC-Berkeley, the odds of finding a well-paying job in any area of engineering are very good. Stanford’s Career Development Department Director, Lance Choy, was quoted in a recent post that engineering student starting salaries for 2009 grads were up to $120,000 per year, with over a 70% placement rate within 4 months of searching. “Choy cited market demand and the recruiting process itself as the main determinants of job-search success.”

Look for great opportunities as we head into 2012 in terms of opportunities in engineering roles across all industries. To increase your odds of landing a high paying engineering job, consider getting signed on with a quality engineering placement agency like Stark Talent today!