As companies round out their 2015 workforce strategies, undoubtedly a plan for competing for the best IT talent tops the list. We know IT skills continue to increase in demand while supply is not keeping up. Heading into the New Year, two of the keys to attracting and retaining the best tech employees are providing them with professional development training and a healthy work culture.Read More
San Francisco is home to some of the hottest technology companies in the country right now. Facebook, Google, Dropbox, and Twitter all call the Bay Area home and have been rated some of the best places to work. As a result of their (and others) success, technology jobs in San Francisco are booming more than ever before. If you are skilled in one of these areas and either live or are looking to move to the Bay Area, you are in luck! Here are the most in-demand tech jobs in San Francisco:
As technology continues to progress, it only makes sense that the interview process keeps up. More and more organizations are beginning to utilize Skype or other video conferencing tools to conduct interviews. This shift from traditional face to face interviews alleviates many worries for job seekers, such as traffic, flat tires or getting lost trying to find the company’s building. Utilizing video conferencing also benefits organizations because it allows them to cut costs that may occur from paying for transportation and lodging for out of town candidates.
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After you’ve spent so much time searching, applying and interviewing for a new position, what could stop you from accepting when it’s offered to you? The counter offer could. Your current employer will often try to convince you to stay with the organization by offering promises of the same or increased salary of your new position or will make you promises of change in order to make you re-think your resignation. Suddenly, you’re faced with a decision: do you take the new position, or accept your current organization’s counter offer?
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The short answer is yes, but as with most things in life, “it depends.”
I clearly remember signing up for my first college classes the summer after my senior year of high school. It was hot, very hot, and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture’s air conditioner didn’t seem to be working. I felt panicked and stressed thinking about starting my first college semester and the difficult work load ahead of me. Fast forward four years and I’m sitting in Auburn University’s College of Business signing up for my last college classes ever. As it turns out I switched from Veterinary Science - Microbiology just wasn’t for me. I remember the last time I signed up for classes because it was such a stark contrast to the very first time. Now it was January and cold and rainy outside. The panic and stress I felt wasn’t about the work load or classes I was going to take, it was about the big question: What do I want to be when I grow up?
I was first introduced to recruiting as a profession when some of my friends graduated and became recruiters. I was interested in this occupation because I felt that I was able to utilize my greatest strengths. I’ve always been a friendly individual, the type who has never met a person I didn’t know. I was excited about calling strangers and finding out about their interests and what type of opportunities they might be looking for. I’ve always been a very persistent person; I don’t give up- I just don’t, so I was excited about the challenge. Lastly, I was excited to be helping people find jobs. News of high unemployment rates can be so depressing, and I wanted to have a hand in proactively changing them.
In the highly competitive IT industry, making yourself stand out can be the most important aspect of getting hired over the other candidates. There are many ways to differentiate yourself against the competition, but holding specific and relevant technical certifications can be the most important factor hiring managers look for when selecting candidates to fill their open positions.
According to a recent study from Dice.com, 40% of IT consultants claimed that obtaining a certain certification helped them get hired in their current position. Holding specific certifications allows consultants to show dedication and expertise in specific subject matters, and also gives the hiring manager more confidence that the consultant is fully qualified for the position. So, now that you know how beneficial a certification can be, which ones are most sought after by hiring managers?
Becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) could provide the best opportunity for you to land in a very important and lucrative position. Project Manager was already the most posted job on Monster.com in 2011, and a PMP certification is currently the most frequently desired certification on Dice.com. The average salary for a Project Manager is already $104,000, and adding a PMP certification raises the average to $120,000.
If you’re an information security professional with at least 5 years of relevant experience, you can become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The certification is obtained through The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, and is a globally recognized certification. If you would still like to become certified but don’t have the required experience, an Associate of (ISC)2 can be obtained in the meantime.
For IT service providers, an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification can be of major benefit. ITIL best practices claim to “provide guidance to organizations on how to use IT as a tool to facilitate business change, transformation and growth.” Embracing ITIL best practices can facilitate a higher average salary (around $110,000) and also increase your attractiveness for future job opportunities.
Other certifications that can expand your attractiveness as a candidate include a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), or MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional). Depending on your field of expertise, many different opportunities are available to further your skills and become a more attractive candidate during your job search.
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In today’s IT market, a job seeker can have several job offers on the table at one time. This great feeling can turn overwhelming pretty quickly. Using the 3 steps below will simplify your choice and make you confident in your decision.
1. Determine your motives
2. Evaluate your interview
3. Tie up the loose ends