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Technical Recruiting Demystified

Technical Recruiting Demystified

tech job search cartoonIf you’re confused about the whole recruiting scene, this will help provide a little clarity. On 10/3, David Graziano, technical recruiter for GE, joined us for a weekly #TCFchat on twitter at 3pm ET.

Dave and our panel discussed the difference between external recruiters and internal recruiters as well as internal recruiters and HR. We also chatted about how candidates should approach the resume and job search differently based on the type of recruiter that’s in place. In addition, much discussion centered around the role of social media in the recruiting process. This included the use of social media from the perspective of the job seeker as well as the technical recruiter.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to the Storify recap or to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Tech Recruiter: Ask the Expert

Tech Recruiter: Ask the Expert

IT resume writer advice for winning the job 3If you have trouble understanding what role recruiters play in the job search, this is the forum for you. When it comes to recruiters, there are so many unanswered questions. Get the answers this Wednesday 10/3 at 3pm ET on twitter at #TCFchat. GE technical recruiter Dave Graziano will be our special guest star.

Dave will be talking about technical recruiting, resume, job search, interview, and other related topics.

Join the discussion (Wednesday 10/3 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

CIO & IT Team Inspiration Innovation

CIO & IT Team Inspiration Innovation

how to start a career in IT cartoon 2On Wednesday, 9/26 an “expert” panel convened on Twitter at #TCFchat to discuss the topic of IT leadership effectively motivating their technical teams.

We initially questioned the apparent ineffectiveness of “canned” HR programs with technical professionals. Why do these programs fall flat?

We also debated the role of HR, HR leadership, and the CIO in the ongoing motivation and performance of the IT team.

Finally, we talked about what strategies a CIO could employ to inspire his or her team. Missing were some of the convoluted incentives many corporate workers often hear about. The focus was centered on leaders being, well, leaders…setting a sound strategy, providing the teams with the proper tools and training, managing people firmly but fairly, and doing what they say they’re going to do. This isn’t revolutionary stuff here, but it may well be “innovative” in the sense that so few companies focus on these fundamentals.

If you were unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments or to the Storify recap of the chat.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

CIO & IT Leader Strategies for Motivating Tech Pros

CIO & IT Leader Strategies for Motivating Tech Pros

IT job search sites helpful or hurtfulThe canned HR programs that companies put into place may work fine for most corporate employees, but they don’t seem to have much effect on IT and technical professionals. I know from experience that most techies–whether in IT, engineering, telecommunications, call center, or any other technical discipline–are a skeptical bunch. But still, aren’t they excited about “Jeans Day?” I mean, really, who wouldn’t be =)

So what gives?

Well, let’s talk about the why along with what IT leadership can do to change this trend. Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/26 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Ageism and Generation Gap Issues in the IT Resume and Job Search

Ageism and Generation Gap Issues in the IT Resume and Job Search

IT manager resume cartoonIn the IT field, many people feel that it is the “evolutionary” cycle for the old to give way to the young. In today’s world, sometimes it happens prematurely and other times not soon enough. Companies should evaluate each individual based on the work they do and the value they provide for internal opportunities and based on their capabilities for external opportunities, regardless of age. When we boil it all down, we live in a meritocracy, which is a good thing. But human nature being, well, human nature, people in positions of authority don’t always make the wisest decisions. Sometimes those poor decisions hurt the older worker and assist the younger worker, and sometimes the opposite is true.

On Wednesday 9/19, our expert panel convened on Twitter’s #TCFchat to discuss this topic. Our contributors recognized that this situation is indeed a reality today. They also offered some sage advice to help candidates overcome these issues on their resume, in the job search, and in their career development.

If you were unable to join us for the live chat, you can see the Storify recap and go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments. I’d also suggest viewing the 3-minute video blog included here.

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Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

#IT Job Trends and IT Employment Trends: Age/Generation Gap

#IT Job Trends and IT Employment Trends: Age/Generation Gap

IT job trends and the IT job search and tech job search

Do IT job trends and IT employment trends show an age and generation gap?

Many feel that there is a glaring difference between older and younger workers in the technology arena. At the two ends of the extreme you have:

a) Younger workers wanting to get an opportunity to prove themselves, helping their overall marketability for new positions in the IT job market and good pay increases.

b) Older workers knowing that they have proven themselves but concerned about their IT job security and their marketability in this challenging business climate and IT job market.

Either way, both groups are anxious about how they appeal to companies and the technical hiring executives during their IT job search or tech job search.

Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/19 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Job Search Networking, Newtorking, Networking

Job Search Networking, Newtorking, Networking

IT careers in demand cartoon 8Networking is the primary means candidates should use to get a job, according to most top career services professionals. But what do they mean when they talk about networking…and how does one really go about doing it effectively? I mean, not everyone is good at networking, right? Does it really work like many claim? Can you do it wrong, like our friend in the comic here?

Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/12 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Challenges HR faces enabling IT and tech departments

Challenges HR faces enabling IT and tech departments

IT career adviser cartoon 11Our #TCFchat discussion this week (held 8/22 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern) was centered on the unique challenges that HR faces when working with tech departments, particularly IT. Many IT folks feel that HR doesn’t do nearly enough to support them properly, especially when it comes to hiring and retention. Is this perception or reality?

Here are the discussion points:

1. How do HR professionals keep up with the emerging trends to properly recruit, hire, and develop?

2. How often does HR need to review and update job descriptions, compensation, etc.?

3. How does HR keep its policies and procedures up to date?

4. HR is a roadblock to success for the IT department…perception or reality?

5. Many IT executives believe HR doesn’t invest enough in developing talent internally? How is this problem solved and is promoting from within the answer?

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, you can check out the Storify recap, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Great Leadership Part II

Great Leadership Part II

 

your career how to make it happenIn our review of this week’s #TCFchat discussion (held 8/15 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern), we’ll look at the topic of leadership . Here are some of the highlights:

1. What traits define a great leader? Are they different in business from other areas of life?

  • Perseverance
  • Willingness to Get Hands Dirty
  • Willingness to Take on the Risk of Failure
  • Innovation and Inspiration
  • Influence

2. Many point to Steve Jobs as a great leader…was he? Who are great leaders in history?

  • Jobs was a great innovator, not necessarily a great leader
  • Picking leaders–like Washington, Reagan, etc–really depends on how leadership and success are defined

3. What are prime examples of poor leadership you’ve experienced in your career?

  • Not listening
  • Taking credit for others’ ideas

4. What can a great leader do for the tech and IT organizations?

  • Lead innovation
  • Set vision and road map
  • Define roles

5. How do you present leadership skills on a technical resume?

  • Describe success of others
  • Include quotes from others

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, you can check out the Storify recap, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.