Now is a fantastic time to work in IT. The unemployment rate is incredibly low, for some fields as low as one percent. Top IT talent is, therefore, quite a luxury. Below are 10 hot technical skills to be equipped with for 2016. With these skills, you will be a hot commodity to your employer.
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The job market today is competitive. Companies are looking for the best to join their ranks. Specifically, with technical roles, a full reliance on strength in technical skills exactly as it is listed on a resume is not enough proof for hiring top prospects. If you are in the market for a new developer role, be prepared for a more in-depth hiring process.
You have officially completed the interview. You think you really made a positive impression. What is next? Do you sit and wait until they reach out to you with next steps? Not at all! When you are trying to secure your next opportunity, it pays to be proactive, even in between interviews. Following up after an interview demonstrates your dedication and portrays you in a positive light with the employer and their hiring team.
It’s an exciting time. You’ve been interviewing for a new career opportunity and it seems like a great fit for you in terms of culture and job function. However, is the company feeling the same way? Thankfully, there are clues you can spot in your conversations cluing you in on whether a job offer is in the near future. While getting your hopes up prematurely is not ever the intention, below are some signs that a job offer could be on the horizon.
How good are you about keeping bridges in tact? A trend in hiring is emerging: the boomerang employee. A boomerang employee is an individual who worked for a company, left for another organization and ultimately returned to be employed at the initial company again. This new trend has grown due to skill shortages for new, qualified candidates. While in the past it was typical for former employees to leave a company and not look back, times are changing.
It is the 21st century. For many companies, reference, background and drug checks are not the only checks performed on employees anymore. A recent poll showed that 52 percent of organizations have added a standard social networking check to the hiring process. If you are interviewing, you may also want to take a look at your social media profiles. If you were to be hired by a company, you represent them wherever you are, including online. Ensuring your social media presence is clean is just as important today as having stand-out references.
Employed? Looking for a new job? According to some recruiting professionals, that fact might make you more attractive to potential employers, as employers want the best possible hires, often those who already are employed. However, trying to balance your current role, while also seeking your next career opportunity is a slippery slope. You must perform in your current role to prevent any suspicions, but also put your best foot forward in your job search. Staying under the radar to prevent jeopardizing your current role is difficult.
An important part of any job interview for a technical role is the technical interview or skills test. It is one thing to be able to say you have the necessary skills or list them on your resume, but demonstrating those skills is imperative. If you want to be prepared for the all-important technical screen, here are a few tips on what NOT to do throughout the interviewing process.
Unfortunately, pressure in the workplace will happen fairly often. The average employee will be interrupted seven times an hour and distracted close to two hours a day. These interruptions and distractions can cut into the time you have to perform your normal job duties, therefore possibly leading to added pressure to get things done. However, being able to deal with pressure in the workplace is a golden skill. If you are ever busy or trying to balance multiple projects at once, there are ways to lower the stress and handle it more effectively.
- Thou Shalt Maintain a Professional Online Presence: Job hunting is not one sided. Recruiters and hiring consultants are scouring the job boards for qualified candidates to interview for their openings. Make sure the presence you put forward is professional. Negative or inappropriate social media posts could also make or break a job offer. Your profile should represent the image you want to portray.