The 2017 technology hiring trends are accelerating, creating both opportunities and challenges for organizations searching for tech talent. There are many factors behind the trend. Corporate executives are anticipating deregulation and lower taxes, which is freeing up both operating budgets and capital expenditure budgets. Company information technology budgets across a wide spectrum of industries are supporting higher spending to drive organizational technical excellence forward to support revenue increases.
Today we are experiencing a technical candidate’s labor market. Companies are investing in and prioritizing technical team expansion. Demand is outpacing supply, and the labor market employment rate for technical professions is essentially 100 percent. However, for a skilled technical professional, even when the market is in your favor, there is competition. Being a qualified candidate will not always mean you will gain the offer you are pursuing. So then comes the process of managing your way through rejection.
Congratulations! You have been invited to be a part of a phone interview that may lead to an in-person meeting for a technical project manager role. Your resume has gotten you in the door, but now what?
Applying to a new job requires wanting to put your best foot forward. You want to stand out to the hiring manager for the right reasons, but demonstrate your skills in a positive manner. Standing out too much could mean a negative response or no advancement in the recruiting process. Not standing out enough could mean fading into the background of the resume stacks piling on desks.
Candidates and hiring managers alike are on the go today. Neither are always given the luxury of sitting down at a computer to apply for jobs or review resumes. Sometimes, applications must be submitted and viewed from the convenience of a mobile device. In this case, resumes have slightly different rules. The key word is simplicity.
A strong leader can make or break a project. In a professional environment, this leadership role often falls on the project manager. The project manager assists in following deadlines, project efficiency, time management focus and communication across the entire team. While it is incredibly helpful when the technical project manager is well versed in development jargon and skills, their soft skills could separate a successful project from a project that falls through the cracks.
Software is taking over the world. Companies worldwide are investing in their technology offerings, and with that they are seeking top quality developers to build and manage the technology. This ideal developer not only feels comfortable with the entire data stack, but also understands how to draw data insights from technology and stays current on updates in languages and new languages that appear. In order to stay on top of every recruiter and company’s wish list, consider adding these important tasks to your professional development to do list.
When you enter the interview process for a new career opportunity, the first step in the interview process may not necessarily be an in-person interview. Often, companies will start the interview process with a phone interview. Not only does it allow companies to easily pre-screen candidates, but it also saves time for all parties to initially determine best fit. While there are many benefits to beginning with a phone interview, it is important to be prepared; the phone interview could set you up for success in the rest of the interview process.
When you are seeking an opportunity to make a strategic career move, it is important to not burn bridges on either end. With your prospective employer, how you portray your reasoning for making the switch, whether that is your opinions of your former employer or motives in general, they will leave an impression on the interviewer. How you handle parting from your current employer will determine how strong the bridges will be after you’ve left the office.
No matter how prepared you may feel for an interview, your body language could say otherwise. As you want to leave a strong, positive impression during the interview process, it important to not only speak the part and dress the part, but also act the part. The manner in how you act and portray your body language will tell a lot about who you are and your opinions. About 55 percent of your communication is shown through body language; tone is 38 percent and the literal words only account for seven percent of the whole message.