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Are Video Interviews the Future of Hiring?

In employers, infographic, information, Interview, Interviewing, job seekers on August 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Job interviews have always been intimidating. What to wear, what to say, how to prepare — mastering the art of the interview is a job within itself. With the growing popularity of video interviewing, that job could get a bit more confusing.

This detailed infographic, created by PGI, explores the growth and reasoning behind video interviews, including a few secrets for best Skype practices.


So during your next online interview, try sitting up straight in good lighting — it just might land you the job.

Source: Mashable


Pace of IT Employment Growth Accelerates in June

In 2013, data, employment, IT news, job seekers, jobs, TechServe Alliance on July 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The rate of growth of IT employment further accelerated in June, posting another all-time high.

The number of IT jobs grew 0.51 percent sequentially last month to 4,473,300, according to TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions firms, clients, consultants and suppliers. On year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 5.71% since June 2012 adding almost 241,700 IT workers.

“While IT employment has been on the upswing for some time, June’s numbers are clearly evidence that pace is accelerating,” stated Mark Roberts, the CEO of TechServe Alliance. “While I have said it before, it bears repeating because of its importance: an inadequate supply of talent, not demand, represents our greatest challenge to achieving the full potential for IT employment growth in the U.S.,” added Roberts.



Less Than 60 Seconds

In Advice, benefit, competition, consultants, Contracting, Guest Posts, Interview, Interviewing, job seekers, resumes on January 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

Before you walk into that office building, whether it is high in the center of a city, or a small office off the beaten path, you have to prove you have the skills for an interview with a small piece of paper: the resume.

All too often, we quickly put together a listing of where we have been and what we have done, without a second thought to it.  So many people assume they can win an opening with their brilliant personality.  Though this may be true, you have to first develop your “brilliant” resume to shine above the rest, so you may then truly show off who you are, and what you can do.

“The average resume is reviewed for less than a minute, says Kimberly Schneiderman, owner of City Career Services. That’s why a nicely formatted resume is so important.” Resume Refresher: Less Is More by Rebecca R. Hastings: 2006 via

Start the clock – one minute and counting.  Over 50 additional resumes. 45 seconds.  Name. Skills summary.  30 seconds. Job title. History. 20 seconds.  Too much to read.  Your resume is now in the trash.  Less than a minute, no way of arguing your points and it is over before it began.

So how do you prevent this show stopper?

1. Target the company and its needs that you are applying for.  Prove you have the experience and knowledge to be the person they need.

2. K.I.S.S.  Keep is simple stupid.  If there is too much clutter, resumes look sloppy.  If it is too complicated, the employer will not know where to look.  Keep it simple, you have less than 1 minute.

3. “‘A resume is not a job description, … It’s a tickler to get the reader to want to call you. As a result, brevity is to be desired…'” – Carla Vaughan, owner of

4. Save in a rich or common text so nothing is lost in transmission.  This also keeps it clean and professional.

5. Unprofessional-sounding e-mail addresses should be avoided.  Managers have a hard time taking seriously as an Executive Manager.

6. Career paths can take an unexpected turn, in which case it is even more important for a resume to be carefully considered and modified accordingly.

  • Vaughan says. “The only time I would really suggest a functional format is if someone is changing careers or re-entering the workforce” as a way to deemphasize employment gaps and experience that doesn’t match the position being sought.
  • Emphasize skills that obtain to this new career path you have learned or performed in previous jobs, as opposed to your primary skill sets
  • “Eliminating information from a resume isn’t lying,” Schneiderman says. “You should do that when the content isn’t going to lend itself to your ultimate goal; don’t feel obligated to include years of graduation, for example.”

7. Personal information, such as hobbies, marital status and religious affiliations should be avoided unless they directly pertain the career being applied for.

8. Check it TWICE! It may seem like the small stuff, but typos, grammar errors, or even resume inconsistencies (such as writing out “January” then abbreviating it later) can make all the difference.  Skipping this step could give the impression of a lack of detail or laziness.  Do not be afraid to have other persons look over your resume, edit and critique. It could make all the difference.

9. Avoid titling your resume “Resume”.  We all know what it is, and if we do not, there are bigger problems at hand.

10. Show what you are capable of doing, not what you did.  “Clean” “Customer service” “Computer/Printer/Copier Trouble Shooting” is not telling anything other than you are a 1980’s robot.

Resumes that have real thought and time put into them shine through, and only need less than a minute to prove that you are the best person for the job.

This guest post is authored by Lindsey Blakeman, 
Customer Care Manager 
at TriCom Technical Services

Why Not BeKnown?

In BeKnown, Impressions, IT, IT/IS, job seekers, jobs, LinkedIn, Monster on December 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Over 800 million people actively use Facebook, half of them daily, to connect with friends and family, share photos, and play games.

So why not use Facebook as a professional tool?

To provide another way to connect with you on a professional platform, we have joined Monster’s BeKnown.

This Facebook application allows you to build and expand your professional network and reputation. You can also follow companies and view job postings in your field of interest.

Be sure to check us out there or connect with our staff:

  • Shane Null
  • Mendy Mainard
  • Stacy Yelton
  • Tracy Hollstadt
  • Bill Joeckel
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Lindsey Blakeman

Update – We’ve moved away from using the BeKnown app on Facebook as we feel Facebook users predominately use the platform for personal time. However, you can still connect with us on Facebook both on our individual profiles and the TriCom page. We look forward to seeing you there!