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Mobile-Optimize the Job Application Process
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 00:00

smartphone-mobile-resumeUnless you rarely leave your home, it should come as no surprise to you that recent reports show that 75% of Americans now use smartphones and that there are more smartphones in use that there are people on this planet.

It's almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing people using their smartphones to stay connected with friends, search the web, or play games. Besides keeping up with Facebook and Twitter, smartphones are replacing desk and laptop computers for job seekers to search for employment while on the go.

According to a survey published last September by Internet job-search company Indeed, 65% of Americans would like to be able to apply for a job using their mobile phone. They warn that companies who fail to make the application process optimized for smartphone users will end up losing top talent to businesses that make it quick and easy to apply for open positions.

As a leader in Dallas IT staffing recruitment, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of trends that our clients who seek technology jobs in Dallas expect from a top-notch recruitment firm. In this article I'm going to share what I've learned about mobile-optimization and talk about what recruiters can do to make sure they are able to snag the top talent and I'll explain to job seekers how they can use their smartphones to find and apply for the best jobs.

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How to eat an elephant: Tips for writing your IT resume
Thursday, 05 February 2015 21:28

tips-for-resumeIf the prospect of writing a resume feels overwhelming you….wait, scratch that. Of course you are feeling overwhelmed. After all, the reason you are sitting here reading this article is because you are unemployed, underemployed, or just bored with your current job and the only way you’re going to get to change things is to get a quality resume out to prospective employers. The problem is that there is a big, fat gray elephant standing in the way of you getting started.

Building an updated resume that gets the right kind of attention is hard work; it requires thinking about the past, both good and bad work experience.

It requires being honest with yourself and acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses. You may not know where to begin.

Whether that elephant is procrastination or simply not knowing how to get started, it is a huge obstacle standing in the way of you getting where you want to go.

There is no way over, under or around it. Well, grab your knife and fork (okay, a pen) because, as I’m sure you’ve heard, the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes IT Job Seekers Make
Monday, 12 January 2015 00:00

it jobs in dallas txEven the savviest IT professionals are bound to make a mistake now and then, but in a talent market that is expecting perfection, even the smallest error could cost you the job of your dreams.

By learning the best ways to navigate potential pitfalls, your IT job search will be a positive experience that yields enviable results.

As any technical recruiter will tell you, when trying to find their dream jobs IT job seekers fall into the same patterns as people from other industries.

These patterns are often enough to prevent an otherwise qualified candidate from receiving that coveted offer letter. If you expect to be in the highly competitive 2015 information technology job market, see if any of these mistakes sound familiar. Our experts offer advice on how to avoid them.

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Does Your Career Need an “Action Plan?”
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

interviewEven before most Dallas job seekers meet with their first hiring manager or recruiter, chances are they’ve spent some time examining their options and aligning their career goals with the needs of the marketplace. Whether they know it or not, these activities are the start of a career action plan.

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Social Media and Your Job Search
Monday, 01 December 2014 22:59

Perception is nine tenths of reality, or so the adage goes, and regardless of whether that’s fair, it is largely true. That means the cool Facebook pic of you in the marijuana T-shirt is likely to convince a hiring manager to go with another candidate.

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Before you start your job search, be sure to check all of your social media pages, including LinkedIn and Facebook and any forum or site that you can be found on … ahem, YouTube. For this blog, this author did a quick Google search for selfies and other images and was relieved to see nothing out of sorts. A search is easy to do and just as important as making sure your hair is combed before you walk into an interview.

We can argue all day about politics and how people and companies ought to be more open to diverse thinking, etc. The reality, though, is that if you are looking for a job, your chances of being considered increase if you don’t look shady, goofy, inappropriate or just generally unprofessional on the internet.

And while you are reviewing the internet’s photographic essay on your life, make certain to check the backgrounds in each shot. Sometimes you are not the one being inappropriate, it’s the dude doing the beer bong in the background that looks, well, questionable.

 
WHY THE JOB DESCRIPTION DOESN’T MATTER
Monday, 27 October 2014 15:55


As a job candidate, you trade on your skills. So it’s important you treat those skills as valued commodities.

That’s why the job description doesn’t matter. Yes, you read that correctly. The job description doesn’t matter.

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Job descriptions are often written by committee, or at worst, by someone in another corporate department with limited understanding of what the hiring manager needs. Job descriptions, as a result often end up as a jumble of technologies, some of which don’t even go together.

The best approach is to self-determine your true skills, whether that be SharePoint development or Network Security Architecture. Tout those skills in clear and decisive language throughout your resume, and work with your recruiter, who will understand the priority skills for which a company is searching.

A good recruiter will know whether your core skill set is what the client seeks and will be able to work with an account manager to ensure the client looks at your list of valued commodities on a holistic level.

Your recruiter may even determine it is best to give you an overview of the hiring team and environment, rather than cloud your judgment and skew the power of your resume by showing you the client’s bloated grocery list of tech skills. As always, choosing a skilled recruiter is key.

 
Is Your Tech Career Headed for a Mid-Life Crisis?
Thursday, 09 October 2014 16:43

dallas it jobsIf there is one thing that seems endemic to the IT industry, it is youthfulness and newness; the concept that results in tech professionals being almost obsessed with refreshing their skills. Most IT pros are fully aware of how common it is for rapid changes in technology to change the landscape of their careers, and they know that the technology so much in demand today may not be popular tomorrow. Keeping up with these changes can feel a full-time job but it’s a necessity, especially if you are in mid-career.

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GTN Technical Staffing & Consulting Helps Women in Need
Monday, 06 October 2014 17:56

gtn 5k - resizedGTN staffers raced to help the Dallas community on Saturday as part of the Dallas MK5K 2014.

The 10th annual 5k race and Fun Run raised more than $100,000 last year and supports women in need, particularly those facing issues such as breast cancer and domestic violence.

Employees at GTN Technical Staffing & Consulting in North Dallas organized a race team weeks ago with members training in preparation and talking enthusiastically about the opportunity to help out through their participation.

“It was cool to see so many people out early on a Saturday, supporting a great cause, and it was great that GTN organized a team to participate,” said GTN Recruiter Hilary Kuykendall.  “It was a blast, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Shown in the photo here (left to right) are: recruiters Hilary Kuykendall, Lesley Bautista and Cindy Adler, along with GTN owner Jim Bright.

 
Manage “Forever” Perceptions
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 21:33

job interviewWelcome to the Cloud and the ever-living database, the one where errors in a resume are preserved forever and where companies can access the notes on every rude conversation or no-show-interview that a candidate might ever have had.

Keep this in mind as you enter the job market.  Hiring managers and even recruiters are quick to note:  Manipulated job dates on a resume, completed certifications or degrees that weren’t really completed, and changing stories.  Snap at the administrative assistant?  It gets noticed.   Blow off an interview or cancel at the last minute?  That, too, gets a raised eyebrow.  

Why is it important to properly manage the professionalism of all your interactions during your job search? Because 10 years later, after everyone has forgotten your behavior, the HR database will happily remind them.

What’s a candidate to do in the age of the Cloud?  Be polite.  Be honest.

 
Cover Letter 101: Sell, Don’t Tell
Thursday, 25 September 2014 23:37

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A cover letter is just another opportunity for you to sell yourself to the hiring manager.  Take full advantage of that advertising space and make it powerful and convincing.

How do you accomplish that?  Sell, don’t tell. And by that, we mean: Use powerful anecdotes from your personal experience to illustrate your super powers.

For example, you might want to say: “I have excellent growth potential.”  Your reader, though, may simply judge your statement as hype.  After all, the average person is inundated daily with sales pitches and exaggerated claims.  Instead, sell by providing a convincing story.

Try this: “I was hired as a junior administrative assistant and worked my way up through the ranks to become a department director.”

Your reader is more likely to be wowed by that example and to conclude: “Hey, this candidate has excellent growth potential.”  Instead of “telling” the hiring manager something, you let the hiring manager come to his or her own conclusion.

It is, of course, the conclusion you wanted them to come to, all along.

 
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