March 10, 2014
Better than Expected
Redfish Technology had an amazing February, placements were primarily in ePayments, Cloud, SaaS, Compliance Monitoring, Customer Optimization Services, Digital Media Solutions, and Mobile Apps. New job orders have spanned every aspect of mobile (Mobile Security, Mobile Apps, Mobile Wallet,…). The most highly placed roles were CTO, Account Executives, Product Marketing Manager, Software Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, and a Project Manager.
The general economy’s jobs creation was not gang busters but did come in better than expected. Severe winter weather in much of the country may have snowed in the jobs numbers. The U.S. Economy added 175,000 jobs last month – much better than December and January, yet down from last year’s average of 189,000 per month.
Silicon Valley companies plan to increase hiring this year according to a closely watched survey released Wednesday by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Fifty-nine percent of employers said they anticipated adding jobs in the Silicon Valley this year, up from 46 percent with those intentions at the beginning of last year. Expected cutbacks went down from 14 percent last year to 4 percent this year in the CEO survey. “The CEO survey shows that the strength of the tech sector means the direction of our economy is going up and to the right,” said Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “High tech, biotech, med tech, cleantech, financial services are doing well.”
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March 3, 2014
Two weeks ago, we published “What NOT to include in Your Cover Letter” and got more hits in a week than many of our articles have gotten all year! Thanks for the read!
This week, let’s look at what you should include in your cover letter.
Convince the hiring manager that you truly want to work there. Tell them specifically why this is your dream job or why you think the company is the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread. Make it personal, make it compelling, tell a story that makes you stand out. If you can paint a picture that makes you look like the ideal candidate and the best thing since sliced bread, you’ve got an in. Show your excitement and make the hiring manager excited to meet you.
You as the Solution
A lot of people might be able to do this job, why are you the best choice? Show that you meet the requirements for the position and that you align with the company’s goals. Tell the reader: How can you make immediate impacts? How can you solve the hiring manager’s problem? What can you do to fulfill and surpass the job responsibilities? While your resume will list your accomplishments in each of your roles, what can you highlight here that is particularly relevant to this position with this company? This is an opportunity to showcase how your particular experience differentiates you from the multitude of other applicants. (more…)
February 24, 2014
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing
Offer letters are used to inform a prospective employee that he or she is being offered a position. The offer letter provides general expectations and basic terms of employment if the candidate accepts the offer.
Employment agreements are generally more formal documents that go into greater detail in defining an employment contract, such as setting forth the performance and duties and the remedy for any breach of contract.
What to Put in an Offer Letter
This is an exciting moment for both the candidate and the company, and the hire is not over until everyone has signed on the dotted line and the work has begun. So convey your excitement and close the deal!
Ex. On behalf of (Company), I am pleased to offer you employment on the terms and conditions set forth in this letter. We look forward to working with you and believe that you can make a very significant, positive contribution to the success of (Company). Our company offers you an opportunity to put your experience, abilities, dedication, energy and creativity to excellent use. Welcome to the team! (more…)
February 17, 2014
Spelling and grammar mistakes
This should be obvious, I know. But really, please re-read your letter don’t just count on Microsoft spell check and proof your grammar for you. There are many mixed up homophones and cognates, abused apostrophes, and careless typos that can slip in. Like brushing your hair and teeth before leaving the house, your cover letter should be properly proofed to ensure it’s ready to go out.
Incorrect title for the position you are applying for
Job seekers often use a cover letter they have previously written and then re-edit it when applying to a new position. This is ill-advised as it can be quite risky if all the variables are not updated correctly, such as the title of the job you are after. If you can’t take the time to make sure the letter targets the position you want, do you think you are conveying true desire for the position? (more…)
February 10, 2014
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BI, IoT, Digital Media Among Hottest Industries for 2014.
January placements were predominantly in the sectors of Personal Business Analytics, Disruptive Technology Platforms, Educational Analytics, and Video & Text Chat/Digital Media. Our clients hired Product Managers, Regional Account Executives and Dev Ops & Quality Assurance Engineers.
The general economy added a paltry 113,000 jobs last month (the private sector added 142,000, and government payrolls diminished by 29,000). At least in tech employment is still increasing! Business intelligence, Internet of Things, Healthcare, Retail, and Construction are among the hottest industries for 2014.
The TechAmerica Foundation reported that Tech Industry Employment Up by Over 100,000 in 1st Half of 2013, employing 6.2 million people at mid-year. Tech jobs were driven by software services, and engineering and tech services Q1-Q2. Technology manufacturing and communications services were also growth areas.
IT jobs grew 0.03% to 4,521,400 in the last month of 2013, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. Year over year December that is 4.56% growth for an addition of 197,100 IT workers. Engineering jobs also grew in December, up 0.13% to 2,479,300, with YoY growth of 1.39% for an increase of 33,900 engineering workers.
“While IT employment grew almost three times the rate of the overall job market last year, the rate of growth decelerated throughout 2013,” stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “While employers clearly exhibited more caution in the latter half of last year, there are signs that the rate of growth of IT and engineering employment should strengthen as 2014 unfolds,” added Roberts in a TechServeAlliance Press Release.
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