May 15, 2014 by DaVinciTek

The following article has been published by Workforce Professional in the May publication.
The cautiously optimistic are finally being rewarded. The market has added approximately 200,000 new jobs per month over the past two years to reduce the national unemployment rate to 6.7 percent as of March 2014.

Barring any major calamities, this steady pattern of new hiring is also expected to continue for the foreseeable future and serve as good news for job seekers interested in either entering the business, marketing and information technology (IT) fields. As technology continues to evolve, there’s a sustained focus on positions related to mobile applications, cloud computing, knowledge management, big data, and business intelligence/analytics.

But, is IT dead as we know it today? Most senior executives believe there will always be a need for an internal IT department within their organizations, especially one that leverages the continued transformation from legacy to emerging technologies allowing for enhanced customer service with a growing emphasis on social media marketing. Businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to start ups no longer view IT as a cost center designed to support the functions of other departments. Productive, forward-thinking companies are currently integrating IT into their business models with the specific goal of using this resource to increase their bottom line, improve efficiencies, drive new business and reduce waste at every organizational level.

Given the industry’s transformation, will the Chief Information Officer (CIO) be the Business Information Officer (BIO) of tomorrow? The answer is very likely yes and may even include the elimination of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) altogether, or at least its evolution into a role that is more closely associated with business leadership and governance. The best candidates for these senior positions even oftentimes hold multiple degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Technology to make sure they stand out against the hundreds and sometimes even thousands of applicants competing for a single job.

The job search rules, especially in the IT field, have changed dramatically in recent years. Skilled employers are doing far more than reviewing resumes to hire for positions ranging from help desk specialists at local firms to heads of technology at major conglomerates. That’s because they understand mis-hires can set a company back. They weaken overall corporate competiveness and performance, while costing up to 15 times the person’s original annual salary to effectively replace, undo directional errors and set the IT program back on track. Furthermore, if you added up all the individuals in IT who are either looking to enter the field, or advance their position you would find nearly 100,000 professionals possessing a wide array of skill sets, expertise and educational backgrounds.

So, how are knowledgeable and driven employers and job seekers alike cutting through the clutter to obtain the best outcomes? They are optimizing their results through the latest social recruiting strategies and methodologies. To survive, let alone thrive, in today’s job market you must be adept with LinkedIn and Twitter. The truth is most companies will not likely interview a candidate without reviewing their LinkedIn page. Consider these facts:

  • 1 in 3 job seekers are using social media as their PRIMARY tool for job searching
  • 50 percent of job seekers spend more than 6 HOURS per week using social media to find jobs
  • Of the companies adopting social recruiting 72 percent use social media to advertise their jobs and are reaping the benefits
  • 59 percent of companies say social hiring tools produce MORE APPLICATIONS, while 5o percent say it produces MORE REFERRALS
  • 3X as many companies are allocating over 10% of hiring budgets to Social Recruiting
  • 2 out of 3 companies were expected to expand their Social Recruiting initiatives in 2014

So, now that you know the complexities of today’s IT jobs market, what do you do if you are trying to enter this exciting field for the first time, searching for a new position with greater rewards, or just looking to get back in after a layoff or temporary break? Here are several tips for moving forward, maximizing opportunities and creating a professional profile that translates into success:

Sculpt the resume to the position. If you apply for 10 different jobs, your resume should be tailored 10 different times. Do not force hiring managers to sift through the resume for key words. No mater your background, if they don’t find information quickly, they’re likely off to the next one without a second thought.

Use LinkedIn effectively. LinkedIn is social networking for professionals. Save the other stuff for Facebook. Jobs, education and personal interests should carefully match and expand upon the information listed in your resume. Join groups. Ask peers and colleagues for referrals and endorsements. Show more than expertise. Use LinkedIn to also demonstrate personality, character and personal values. Leverage your network and corresponding common connections.

Successful job interviews start with preparation. The most knowledgeable or experienced candidates do not always get the job. They often go to the best interviewees. Approach the process like an exam. Know the subject inside-out. Practice answers until they are thoroughly convincing and specific enough to demonstrate expertise.

Be aware of the adverse effects of social media on your job search. You are your own brand. Everything you say and do reflects upon your professionalism. This is especially true with social media. As the saying goes, “once it’s out there, it’s there forever.” Whatever you post, even if it is personal and protected, has the potential of being seen by someone in a position to make hiring decisions.

Align yourself with a reputable staff augmentation company. Companies such as DaVinciTek are dedicated to helping individuals effectively compete in a tight marketplace and supply employers with IT recruiting and staffing solutions that match clients and candidates with remarkable success and satisfaction.

So, when in doubt seek the advice, counsel and guidance of reliable and credible social recruiting professionals. Social recruiting is a science that combines a thorough understanding of the latest online search and information tools with dedication and a broad network of professional contacts to deliver seamless, streamlined and expedited job fulfillment results. For hiring managers, this full lifecycle search process guarantees immediate access to a cherry-picked pool of experienced IT professionals before they are off the market, while job seekers are provided entry to new exciting career opportunities with employers ranging from emerging companies to the highest-caliber corporations.

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