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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.




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!

Are you connected?

In appreciation, blog, brain, comment, connect, connected, coworkers, electronics, Facebook, IT, IT news, IT/IS, jobs, LinkedIn, photos, pictures, trends, TriCom, TriCom Technical Services, Twitter on October 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

You’re reading our blog, why not keep up with us elsewhere?

We’ll keep you informed about today’s IT world with news, articles, blog posts, and available job opportunities.

Become a fan of our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or join our LinkedIn group. You can also sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, IT Connect.

And if you’re actively or passively searching for a new job, be sure to check out It’s a career portal for job seekers which provides countless tips, trends, and articles designed to support your efforts as we connect you to the next step in your career.

Stay connected with us; let’s share and pick each others’ brains. 🙂

Repost: How To Write an I.T. Resume

In Advice, help, Interview, Interviewing, IT, jobs, resumes, review on July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

I’ve had to format a lot of resumes in the last few weeks, and I think it’s time we revisit this post. Please heed this advice when writing your next resume!

If looking for a job is a full-time job, then writing a resume is like working double-overtime. Remembering all your important information and organizing it in a legible fashion can be extremely time consuming. Here are some tips on how to write your I.T. resume.

Know your stuff. Be sure you have information about the places you’ve worked, the positions you worked, the dates in which you worked there (month included), and the details of each job. You’d also better have a list of your certifications (if you have them) and a list of any training sessions you’ve attended.

Bullet points. Using bullet points rather than paragraph style makes your resume easier to read. This method allows the reader to quickly scan your resume rather than getting lost in huge paragraphs, thus losing interest in your resume.

Start with a bang. Each bullet point should start with an active verb. The words “does/did” and “works/worked” are boring! Use exciting, descriptive words to illustrate each point you make, like “Installed and maintained software on 1000+ computers,” or ” Directed the overall program management to ensure compliance with contractual regulations.”

Include a summary. This is your 2 minute elevator pitch. If you’re looking for a job, you’d better have one. This is the first thing interviewers will see on your resume after your name and contact information. You’ll need to give a very brief synopsis of your experience, including the number of years of experience and skills you have related to the position you apply for, and other professional qualities you might have that relate to key terms in the job description.

Watch your grammar. Grammar is insanely important when writing your resume.

First – never write in 1st person (using “I” and “me”). Standard resumes are written in 3rd person, using he, she, it, etc. In most cases it’s actually beneficial to leave out these pronouns all together.
Second – always spell check the finished document.
Third – before you submit your resume anywhere, be sure to read it over to yourself. Spell check doesn’t always catch everything, especially with tech jargon.

Get organized. Your professional experience should be written in chronological order. That means your most current position should be listed at the top. Here’s how we categorize our resumes:

  • Name and contact info
  • Summary
  • Technical Qualifications
  • Certifications
  • Professional Experience
  • Education
  • Training

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Silly! The more complicated your resume, the higher the chances are to confuse your reader. Things like text boxes, frilly borders, and self photos are a no-no!

Take a look at your resume – does it follow these guidelines? If not, it’s time to freshen it up!

The Dirty “R” Word

In Advice, coworkers, Impressions, IT, IT/IS, jobs, mid-year, money, performance, review, reviews, summer, work on July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

As mid year approaches, all across America a collective groan is sounding as mid-year reviews are taking place.  Both employee and management alike look upon the monotonous task of filling out pages and pages of, “on a scale of one to ten…” with disdain and annoyance as those precious minutes are taken away from ‘real work’.  Nevertheless, is it possible that this lost art of performance reviews has gone astray thus losing its effectiveness?  That such a viable resource has been tainted as a “chore” rather than opportunity to build a company’s workforce and improve motivation?

“…87 percent of employees found traditional performance reviews to be ineffective…”
April 21, 2010, Financial Post

Too often companies take performance reviews a harsh necessity, a glass half empty approach.  If a company wants to succeed in the market, this is something that must be done.  Others view performance reviews as something put into place by the Human Resource department to give value to their roll.  Yet still, some view it as a tool to weed out employees during a harsh recession.  In many ways, such a negative stigma has been placed on this asset, losing any effectiveness to the company other than burning useful man hours.

Fear not!  The glass is half full!  The Performance Review is in fact helpful in improving your workforce and your company.  Knowing how to use such a key tool is important, but knowing how to utilize it properly will give you the desirable results.

“Human beings have a fundamental need to know how they are doing.  It’s a simply part of who we are and what we are about”
Jack Wiley, executive director of Kenexa Research Institute

Performance reviews are not a courtroom trial. The employee is not being judged innocent, to keep their job, or guilty, to be let go.  An effective way to look at performance reviews is as a relationship building tool as well as a competency assessment.  This is a chance to work with the employees for better team building, as well as receiving feedback from them. When putting together Performance Reviews consider these:

  • What are you, as the company, hoping to gain from the review?
  • What would you like the employee to gain from the review?
  • Is this clear, objective feedback or required and rushed?
  • Is the employee being graded, or building their ability to perform the work to the best of their ability?
  • Does the review create constructive dialog?
  • Does it involve setting clear, obtainable goals and expectations then reviewing them for accountability?
  • Are there surprises? Both parties should have an idea of what is coming in a review.
  • Are there “white lies”? Employees are entitled to know where they stand.
  • Emphasize the future, not the past.

All too often, performance reviews are spur-of-the-moment.  With so many people, and so little time, many feel the need to “get it over with”, seeing a chore, not a tool.  Performance reviews can be looked at like lawn mowing.  Sometimes it takes a while, especially with a push mower, and being out in the summer heat, it can be very tiresome.  But the end result is well worth the effort.  A fine manicured lawn can make a plain house seem immaculate.   Taking the time to properly discuss a review to your employees could be the difference between a disgruntled employee and a well constructed team that works well and grows well together.

When people are informed, have a common goal, and know how to reach the goal, they have the ability to achieve.  When a company has a well informed staff, with a common goal and a purpose to reach it, they have the ability to grow to no bounds.

So as the year crests and begins it’s lonely decent to the end, do not fret about the reviews.  Look forward to the opportunity to grow your workforce and strengthen the teams that will lead you into economic victory.

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

25 Hilarious Exit Interview Questions

In Advice, Contracting, Events, exit, exit interview, fun, hilarious, Interview, Interviewing, IT, IT/IS, jobs, staffing/consulting on June 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Whether you’re leaving your position on a good or bad note, if you’ve been respectful enough to give two weeks’ notice, you should be respectful enough to complete an exit interview.

Besides, you can use the opportunity to indicate any office issues, compliment your coworkers and continue building a bridge, or just plain burn any bridges you may have built with that employer.

Thanks to managementguru, we now present you with the 25 hilarious ways to answer those exit interview questions (though we don’t recommend following suit unless you really want to burn that bridge)

1. What is your primary reason for leaving?
I hate every job after 10 months.  Leaving ensures that I always have a job that I will not hate for at least 10 months.

2. Did anything trigger your decision to leave?
Nope…completely spontaneous.  I just woke up one day and BAM!

3. What was most satisfying about your job?
Sneaking out at 3pm.

4. What was least satisfying about your job?
Every Sunday evening when I started to think about having to come into work on Monday.  It was the anticipation that killed me.

5. What would you change about your job?
I would be interested in making it better — all around.  More pay, less responsibilities…that type of thing.

6. Did your job duties turn out to be as you expected?
I expect the worst and hope for the best.  So, yes…yes it did.

7. Did you receive enough training to do your job effectively?
If being really good at avoiding sexual harassment and being diverse encompass everything that should make me effective at my job…yes.  Yes I did.

8. Did you receive adequate support to do your job?
My chair could have been much more comfortable and you could purchase softer toilet paper.  Charmin might be more expensive but Charmin reduces overall sick days…look it up.  The extra expense is really an investment in the health of your employees.

9. Did you receive sufficient feedback about your performance between merit reviews?
I received ample amounts of feedback on how good I am at “commitment to company mission” and “ethical decision making”.

10. Were you satisfied with this company’s merit review process?
If mothers adopted your merit review process, children would die of starvation but cabinets and cupboards would be clean and organized.  Not sure if that answers your question.

11. Did this company help you to fulfill your career goals?
If I actually had career goals I would have to assume that this job fell far short of fulfilling those non-existent goals.  But I guess we’ll never know, will we?

12. Do you have any tips to help us find your replacement?
Oh, thanks…I’m blushing.  As if you really need to replace me.

13. What would you improve to make our workplace better?
I would make almost everything optional.  It’s good to have options.

14. Were you happy with your pay, benefits and other incentives?
Yes.  I love health insurance premiums that rise faster than my pay.  I like health insurance deductibles that break my bank, and I enjoy the fact that you stopped matching on 401k.  Most of all, I enjoy the discount we can get from GM for employee pricing on new vehicles.  How exclusive!

15. What was the quality of the supervision you received?
I had problems with the quality, but it was more of a quantity problem.

16. What could your immediate supervisor do to improve his or her management style?
It isn’t so much a question of how to improve.  It’s a question of how and when to replace.

17. Based on your experience with us, what do you think it takes to succeed at this company?
From what I could see, and this is coming from someone who didn’t succeed, it is mostly about repeating what other people say, scheduling a lot of meetings, and being very social with people that you’d usually want to punch in the face.

18. Did any company policies or procedures (or any other obstacles) make your job more difficult?
1. The bathroom was way too far away from my cubicle.  I had several photo finishes.
2. Your IT staff uninstalled my Google Earth program.  I enjoy that particular piece of software.
3. The bureaucratic process of this company eventually destroyed my will to do anything productive.  At first it was kind of awesome but then it got really boring.

19. Would you consider working again for this company in the future?
Probably, because as an external candidate I’m much more appealing to you and I will make more money.

20. Would you recommend working for this company to your family and friends?
I would recommend the company to family and friends if you gave me referral money.

21. How do you generally feel about this company?
General disgust.

22. What did you like most about this company?
It’s kind of like a casino that has a nice location on the strip.  It’s not so much about the casino you’re in, it’s about the proximity to other good stuff.  There are a lot of places to eat around here.

23. What did you like least about this company?
Everything else.

24. What does your new company offer that this company doesn’t?
First off, they have Kohler toilets which are far superior to the American Standard toilets you have here.  Secondly, they offer a clean slate.  They have absolutely no idea how ineffective I am as an employee.

25. Can this company do anything to encourage you to stay?
If you could erase everything you know about me, pay me more money, and shorten my hours, I might reconsider.

Interviewing? First Impressions are Key!

In Advice, Cleanliness, Contracting, Events, Grooming, Health, Impressions, Interview, Interviewing, IT, IT/IS, jobs, Neatness, Posture, video on May 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Spring is upon us and the fresh air may just inspire you to begin your job search. Before you start actively looking for your next position, you might take a peak into your wardrobe.

Dressing professionally for job interviews is extremely important – your appearance could make or break an interview. First impressions are key!

Before you meet with anyone affiliated with the company at which you will interview, be sure to follow the basic grooming methods. Remember Grooming 101 from your childhood?

According to Mien Magazine, the 4 pillars of good grooming are as follows:

  • Health
  • Posture
  • Cleanliness
  • Neatness

Check out this classic video circa 1949 that demonstrates good grooming tips.

Still confused? Check out’s “How to Dress for a Job Interview” for men and women.


In Advice, Contracting, electronics, help, IT, IT news, IT/IS, jobs, resumes, staffing/consulting, TriCom, TriCom Technical Services, Unemployed, writing resumes on March 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

We can’t always help every person who comes to us looking for an IT job. In the past, we’d collect their information and keep them informed should a position arise that would be a good fit.

Now, along with this process, we can direct those candidates to our new career portal solely dedicated to people actively seeking new employment –

This portal will be a one-stop-shop for those who need help finding new employment. Now, every person TriCom can’t fit into one of our current needs will have a place to go and have access to over 1000 different job boards, weekly free job-seeker webinars, videos, a web-library full of articles on job hunting, as well as have a free, comprehensive, and personal resume review.