In many ways, getting an interview with a prospective employer serves as the hardest part of the job application process. Getting your resume right and reaching that stage can thus feel like a tremendous accomplishment. Still, landing an interview is not the same as getting a job. You may face stiff competition, or you may make a mistake that derails the interview for you. While you cannot help the former, you have control over your own interview. Avoiding the most common interview mistakes puts you in position to get the job.
The college football season kicks off in earnest this Saturday. Scan the sidelines at Jack Trice Stadium and you’ll spot Marty Martinez standing near the kickers. He works with them and many Cyclone athletes in his role as sports psychologist. He also presents to our IT Leadership Forum classes and over the years we’ve learned how the mental aspect of athletic performance shares many similarities with performance in the business world.
We’re in a cycle of heavy demand for IT talent. Scan the headlines and you’ll see companies and orginizations working hard to attract and retain talent. One thing we noticed after reviewing the list of companies on a Best Places to Work in IT list (ComputerWorld) is that several of the top companies really SELL their career opportunities and company. The common element is video — four of the top five companies use video to invite potential employees inside. So do tech stalwarts Google, Zappos and Netflix — companies known for their culture and benefits.
You can find a roadmap to building a Best Place to Work in IT by digging through a new report of the same name from Computerworld. It details many of the tactics companies are using to attract and retain employees. Much if it may be familiar to you if your company listens to your ideas, will train you, lets you work on pet projects, puts on events and offers free food.
BY MELODY MAXTED
Dice.com released its annual Tech Salary Survey on January 22nd. Highlighted among the report were two enlightening, if slightly contradictory, findings. The more positive of these two was a 2% increase in technology salaries in the United States over the course of the last 12 months. Dice’s findings also indicate, however, that technology professionals are growing dissatisfied with the compensation their employers are providing. Let me say that again: Salaries are up, but satisfaction with those same increased salaries is slipping.
There have been a few initiatives launched in central Iowa in recent weeks that call attention to the demand for Information Technology professionals (and other STEM-related professions). One involves a partnership between DMACC and several central Iowa companies; another is the creation of new STEM-related degrees and a building to house related-programs at Drake; and the Technology Association of Iowa is partnering with its members to create an apprenticeship program.
Iowa college students who are interested in pursuing a career in technology can get a look at their potential employer when they sign up for Experience Iowa Technology. It’s a three-year-old program sponsored by the Technology Association of Iowa that our President, Craig Jackman, helps organize.
Here are a couple of graphs we created to compare the hot IT skills and jobs of today versus yesterday (within the last four years). Dice.com released its “Fastest Growing Tech Skills” list which shows the ten most popular skills found in the job board’s postings. Puppet is the number one skill. Most of the jobs referencing that skill are in San Francisco (at the time this post was written, there wee two jobs advertised in the Des Moines-area that call for Puppet experience). As you can see in the graph, Cloud is the only skill listed in the current top 10 that was also in 2011’s most wanted.
One of the best things about being nominated for a Prometheus Award is the opportunity to make a video about your company. That’s what the Technology Association of Iowa ask you to do if you’re a nominee, and they don’t give any guidelines other than don’t go any longer than 30 seconds.
We viewed that as a suggestion. Then we unleashed our acting talent, which you can judge in the video above.
It was fun to put this together and it was great to be included the Prometheus Awards again this year. We’ve been to several and this year’s gathering might be the biggest and best yet. Congrats to TAI and all the winners.