Posts Tagged ‘Jobs’

.Net Developer Contract Opening Northeast Forth Worth, TX

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

A valued A-List client has a need for a .Net developer to stabilize code for some apps in North East Fort Worth, TX.  Requires 3+ years C# coding experience and VB6 coding experience.  Start ASAP. 

The top professionals find A-List Solutions an exciting partner to work with. We pride ourselves on finding interesting opportunities that meet your needs and fit your skill sets. We have a large, diversified base of industry-leading companies that rely on us to locate the right resources for their projects – odds are we have an ideal opportunity for you.

Contract consultants are paid on a W2 hourly rate basis and have access to affordable healthcare benefits, 401k, and more.  We look forward to you joining the A-List team.

Join the A-List Career Branding group on Linkedin for great tips and information to rev up your job search or career.  http://www.alistsolutions.com/linkedin , or on Facebook and http://www.alistsolutions.com/facebook .

Jump Start Your Job Search on Twitter

Monday, May 18th, 2009

There are now many great resources now to help job seekers better utilize Twitter in their job search.  I have put together a few of my old favorites and a couple of new ones to help job seekers either get started or take it to the next level. 

The first thing to do after you set up your twitter account is follow some people who regularly post job search advice and job openings on Twitter.  The list below was announced this week by Ryon Harms, The Social Executive, and is a “hand-picked collection of the 100 most influential personal branding gurus, power networkers, resume and interview experts, job boards and fellow executives on Twitter. If you’re seeking out resources to assist you with your job search or for career advice, Harms calls his list the “who’s who of career management.” 

Follow TheCareer100 on Twitter to get assorted posts from all of these resources.  I know or follow many on this list, Ryon did his homework.  For more info about the list check out @TheCareer100 Must-Follow Mavens on Twitter by Ryon Harms, and The Social Executive: @TheCareer100 must-follow mavens on Twitter by Stephanie Lloyd.

Next, go to the Advanced Twitter Search and type in the word jobs in the space next to "This hashtag".  Then type in your zip code next to "Near this place".  Companies and recruiters now regularly attach #jobs to their postings on Twitter to make this a convenient way for job seekers to search.

Hope this is helpful.  Feel free to contact me if you need assistance.  And please follow me on Twitter!  @Fishdogs

Some other good resources to get you going are:

Mashable HOW TO: Find a Job on Twitter

The Wise Job Search: Five Best Ways to Use Twitter for Your Job Search!

Fishdogs: Who Should I Follow on Twitter?

ComputerWorld: Twitter Bible: All You Need To Know About Twitter

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Organic Branding for Employers

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I was recently asked by international employer branding news journal, Universum Quarterly, to be the guest writer for this quarter’s edition.  Subscribers in HR organizations worldwide will receive the publication this week.

Universum Quarterly began in 2006 and is the world’s first periodical for Employer Branding.  Each issue brings feature articles which investigate best practices and trends in employer branding, as well as examples of employer branding in action and instrumental tips for succeeding in certain industries, locations and with certain types of talent.

Organic Branding for Employers

by Craig Fisher, Courtesy of Universum Quarterly

An employer brand should be built from the inside out. Just as part of an organization’s marketing message should come from its customers, the employer brand should be championed by its employees.  For better or worse, they are the vehicles by which the message will be conveyed on blogs and social networks. Smart employers will take advantage of this tremendous PR opportunity and embrace social networking, encouraging intercompany collaboration, and communication with those outside the corporate walls by their employees acting as their brand champions in social media.  The brand message itself must be authentic, unique and attractive. Job seekers today do not care about boiler plate HR selling points.  Sure, the message should be stated clearly on an effective recruiting Web site. But if it is not first conveyed to the internal employees and reinforced by meeting or surpassing their expectations, the organization will not have the brand champions it needs to convey that message online to job seekers.

Social networking at work

Organizations that place broad restrictions on the use of social media at work will soon feel the backlash in lower employee recruitment and retention. Workers at many levels these days are used to communicating and receiving information at a speed that is difficult to achieve with standard email and corporate intranets. In economic times such as these, where cutbacks are common, communication with your workforce is vital to maintain morale.  Social networking cannot only expedite communication, but also improve employees’ sense of belonging and worth.

Top firms like IBM and Sun Microsystems have successfully incorporated social networking in the workplace. IBM created a wildly successful internal social network for communication and collaboration. Sun hosts a Twitter account that is automatically updated by Sun Microsystems’ employee blogs worldwide.  Both companies have very clear employee guidelines about the use of social networking encouraging responsible engagement, communication, learning, and contribution.

Reach new talent Web 2.0 style

Jobseekers regularly google a prospective employer to find out what current and past employees are saying about working at that company. How do companies encourage a positive online portrayal by its workers? Social networking best practices should be taught in the workplace. Employees should be empowered to feel they are part of the positive message an employer wants to communicate. Your HR team can double as community managers by setting up employee group pages on sites like LinkedIn, Ning, or Facebook. Companies need to encourage employees to join and share knowledge. They should post helpful tips for new employees to get them integrated and productive quickly by networking with their peers and managers.

Prospective employees should be exposed to such networks to get a sense of the people with whom they will work and a feel for the corporate culture. Your new community managers can even use services like Twitter to announce updates, further promoting the brand.  With such an effort, your social collaboration will become an attractive feature to future employees. 

Control vs. respect

Companies cannot completely control what is said about them on blogs or social networks.  But viewing social media as a potential liability will not help matters. Companies who rely on simply a corporate blog or Web site to convey their message to customers or potential employees will miss the mark. Individual brand advocates within your ranks can be trained to effectively relate any message to the masses on social sites. Zappos.com is a company known for excellent customer service. However, Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, has said that their main focus is not customer service, but rather their internal people. That is a powerful branding statement. One can easily ask Zappos.com’s employees how they feel about it, as many of them have Twitter accounts with names like Zappos_Alfred or Zappos_Lynn.

It is natural to be concerned about what may be said by employees who are laid off by their former employer. Company policies of surprising workers with news that their job has been eliminated, locking them out of their offices, and ordering them off the premises are common place. Smart organizations can avoid this PR disaster with better communication and by assisting their displaced workers.  Instead, companies should set up a network for those who are laid off and post advice and leads to assist in job searching and outplacement.  Taking this a step further, they can even organize a “pink slip” party. Set it up on Facebook and invite local recruiters and career coaches to come and offer assistance to those outgoing workers. Word gets around fast about companies who treat their people well, even in the wake of layoffs.

Reinforce the message

A company’s employer brand must be authentic, unique, and attractive. To consistently have the company message positively reflected in the external comments of workers, a company must clearly convey that brand to current and new employees and work to meet the expectations set by that message. From the perspective of new recruits, there must also be a strong employer recruiting site that clearly states the message and gives a good picture of what work-life at your company is like. Many of the top corporate career sites use recruiting videos that can be viewed on site, as well as on social spaces, like YouTube. These are particularly effective when utilizing current employees rather than actors.

Creating a positive atmosphere of trust and empowerment within a workforce will help to assure that the right message is communicated online. If employers remain true to their message, the brand is built naturally from the inside out. Social media becomes less of a liability and more of a recruiting tool. Empowered employees will be the best employer brand champions.

Growing your brand with social media

• Determine your authentic, unique and attractive brand message.
• Convey the message to employees and on an effective recruiting web site. Meet the expectations it sets.
• Embrace social networking in the workplace.
• Empower your people to champion your brand through social media.

Craig Fisher

Owner Principal A-List Solutions
Dallas, Texas, US

Craig Fisher has more than 18 years experience in sales and is a specialist in IT recruitment.  He is the co-founder of A-List Solutions, a full-service staffing and recruiting firm for management and IT professionals. Craig is also an avid blogger.

A-list Solutions is a full-service staffing firm providing permanent and contract placement services for management, marketing, and IT positions to organizations of all sizes. They consult with both job seekers and employers on branding strategies that utilize social media and web 2.0 technology.

Headquarters: Southlake, Texas, US

Stay Upbeat During the Downbeat

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

As we all know, behind every dark cloud is a silver lining, right?  When one door closes, another opens.  Things happen for a reason. Don’t you just love cliches?  I met author Jim Atkinson last night and he enlightened me when he said, “Cliches are true.”  And when it comes to job transitions and managing your career, I believe it best to heed Jim’s advice on cliches.

In most cases, in the long run, we benefit from job transitions.  We upgrade our value, increase our breadth of experience, and learn more about the world and ourselves.  The key is to manage the transition and not let the transition manage you.  Looking for a job is not foreign to most people.  Often, it’s just a matter of reminding ourselves of best techniques or learning new ones.  Like riding a bicycle, you never completely forget how, but you can be wobbly at times.bike

Riding a bicycle is actually a good analogy for this topic.  I have been asked several times to teach friends’ kids how to ride without training wheels (I guess I’ve become a local expert).  During these sessions with kids, I have discovered there are many commonalities to job searches and career transitions. 

  • You need to keep your balance  — keep going forward!
  • You need to keep your eyes looking forward — look at the road ahead, not the ground.
  • Don’t be afraid — if you fall, you’ll only get a little scrape, nothing life shattering.
  • Once you gain momentum, don’t let up — if it feels right, it is right — pursue the opportunity with fervor.
  • When you learn to go, you still need to learn how to stop — don’t get too cocky, there is always more to learn.
  • Another key skill for both scenarios is changing direction — be sure to steer around obstacles, not into them.  The landscape changes fast.
  • Most of all, in both cases, you need to have confidence in yourself.  You need to believe the cliches, and yes, the glass is half full.

OK, you’re motivated and ready to hit it in stride.  Now what?  Read all the blogs you can find on new and old techniques for managing your career.  Once the advice starts to sound redundant, you’ve probably become an expert.

Additional information:

For IT folks who are unsure how to navigate their career through a slow economy, here are some good insights offered by Computerworld.

How to stay up in a down economy

Laid off or overworked, IT pros still need to mind their emotional health. Here are six ways to keep your outlook bright in dark times.

By Julia King

March 17, 2009 (Computerworld) It doesn’t take a $250 visit to a psychotherapist to confirm what you feel in your gut each morning when you wake up — it’s depressing out there. Market volatility, economic instability, pink slips and the ongoing threat of yet another round of IT layoffs — no wonder you feel like diving back under the covers.

If you’ve been let go, you might worry that you’ll never work again. If you’ve escaped a layoff, “it’s very discouraging when you see colleagues leave because these people were your friends,” says Beverly Lieberman, an IT recruiter and career coach and president of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates Inc.

Employees may feel trapped in a company where “they’re sort of grateful to be still working, but they’re insecure” because virtually no employer is making any guarantees about IT or any other kind of job.

“Everybody is saying you can write off 2009 because there are no indicators it will get any better,” Lieberman sums up. “We’re praying for 2010.”

But that doesn’t mean you have to spend the rest of the year as an emotional cellar dweller. It’s not easy, but it is possible for tech pros to nurture themselves and even bolster their professional credentials during these tough times, whether you’re laid off and looking, or left behind and overworked.

So how exactly do you go about staying up in a down economy? Computerworld gathered tips from a quartet of IT career experts, including Lieberman; Boston-area career coach and author Naomi Karten; IT career expert, author and Computerworld columnist Paul Glen; and Nagesh Belludi, a professional software engineer and program manager at a large multinational company who also regularly counsels IT professionals. Their advice is to do the following:

Return to your roots

Remember why you first got into information technology? Bring back some of that enthusiasm — and maybe even master a new skill — by doing something you’d never be assigned to do on the job, just for the sheer technological challenge of it.

Write a new program, fix one that’s been broken and bugging you for ages, or master a whole new programming language. Or use your tech skills to connect with the world: Build a Web site, create and post an original video on YouTube, or start a blog to share your IT views or showcase your skills. Heck, learn the functions — all of them — of your smartphone.

Get the most from social networking

Building and maintaining a network is important even in good times, but being connected with friends and colleagues can be especially valuable now. So take full advantage of social networking opportunities via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other online communities.

A network of contacts can yield advance notice of a company that’s hiring — or laying people off. More broadly, social networking can help you read the tea leaves about the health of various vertical markets (for example, if several of your contacts recently found work in health care or switched out of manufacturing).

Finally, simple human interaction can be uplifting, even if it is electronic. Reconnecting with high school friends, college buddies and old co-workers won’t necessarily help your career directly, but it can do wonders for your outlook by reminding you who you were before you felt like you were nothing but a job or a job search.

Get out into the real world

If you live near a university, check out its technology-transfer center. These are official, university-supported incubators for technology research and start-up tech companies.

Personnel in technology-transfer centers excel at helping people sell the business benefits of technology — a skill that IT professionals could often use help with as well.

“People in IT do not know how to sell themselves. When you look at programmers’ résumés and how they interview, they talk about their skills in terms of C++ and other technical languages,” says Belludi.

“They don’t explain that a project they worked on saved their company hundreds of thousands of dollars or what the business benefits of a project were.”

Beyond that, if you’re thinking at all about striking out on your own or getting work from a small business, local entrepreneur clubs and small-business associations are also good bets. The beauty of smaller, local clubs and associations is the opportunity they offer for face-to-face contact.

Improve your soft skills

Working on your communication, negotiation, relationship-building and presentation talents — the so-called soft skills — can maintain your sense of self-worth now and help you nail a promotion or land a new job further in the future.

Courses are widely available at low cost at local adult education centers and, in some areas, through your local library. Practice the skills you learn as well. Write reviews for Amazon.com — reviews of IT-specific books or any other book or product that excites you. Think of your reviews as an opportunity to practice your writing plus get a little visibility in the process.

Or go a step further and submit a written proposal to speak at a professional association meeting, advises Karten.

These groups are always seeking speakers, and they can benefit from your wisdom and lessons learned.

Being on their agenda creates professional connections that can prove useful, and it also adds a credential to your résumé.

Get smart

Keep sharp mentally and position yourself for the economic upturn by pursuing technical certifications and learning new technical and business skills now. If you’ve been thinking about a bachelor’s or master’s degree, for example, now is the time to enroll. If you’re a manager and want to make it to CIO, enroll in an MBA program. If you have your sights set on being a chief technology officer, go after a master’s degree in computer science.

Another, more affordable, option is to attend webinars hosted by vendors, consultancies and research firms on a weekly basis, often at no charge. Doing so can help you feel less isolated and more in touch with the world outside your office. Webinars can help you stay abreast of the latest tech trends, and they’re an excellent option for the overworked IT pros whose company budgets no longer allow for formal training.

Don’t take it personally

This downturn is affecting companies in every sector and employees of every rank.

As companies cut costs, they’re forced to either overwork or lay off experienced, highly-qualified IT professionals who have done nothing but superb work.

For people still on the job who find themselves constantly worrying about when and where the axe will next fall, Paul Glen has this advice: “Worry about things that are in your control only. Don’t watch too much CNN. It just introduces hysteria. Look around your business to understand the real risks.”

If you’ve been laid off, remember, it’s not you; it’s the economy.

“Being laid off is never considered a negative when managers interview these days,” says Belludi.

“So IT folks should be candid about the fact that they were laid off,” he says. “We ask [candidates] what lessons they’ve learned and what take-aways they have from the problems they’ve experienced while being laid off.”

5 Things to do when you’re unemployed. Hint: It’s not job hunting.

Monday, March 9th, 2009
Penelope Trunk Keynote PRSA 2008 Detroit

Penelope Trunk  recently wrote a great article with some take-action suggestions for anyone who is laid off or otherwise out of work.  She suggests spending time creating projects for yourself that will lead to increased productivity and networking.  This is very good advice that anyone can use to get moving in the right direction while on the job hunt.

5 Things to do when you’re unemployed. Hint: It’s not job hunting. | By Penelope Trunk

Let’s say you get fired, or laid off, or you quit because after two weeks you know you’re at the worst company on the planet. In all of those cases, you will face the interview question: What happened at your last job?

Here’s the answer you should always give: “I left to do x.” And you fill in for x.

Which brings me to what you should be really focusing on when you are unemployed: Learning and growing. Because this is what you are going to talk about in job interviews.

Most people require about six months to get another job. This is a big chunk of time that you can piss away sending resumes to Monster and wondering why no one responds. But you cannot job hunt for eight hours a day. Really. You’ll go nuts. (Wait. Here’s a time-saving job hunt tip from my mom.)

So spend the time creating projects for yourself and executing on them. This is good for you mentally – because you are doing something meaningful with your time and that will keep your spirits up.

But this is also good for you in your job hunt. Because when you talk about why you left the last company, you spin it in a positive light by talking about how you are excited about doing what you are doing. Your interview should include you telling a good story about focused personal growth, and no one will get stuck on why you left your last job. Here are five ways to set that story up:

1. Create a job for yourself. These projects can be wide ranging, but they have to show that you are driven, ambitious and focused. During one stint of unemployment, I worked for free for my boyfriend’s company for a couple of hours a day. That way I didn’t actually have a gap in my resume; a resume doesn’t show part-time or full-time and it doesn’t show pay or no pay. So volunteering at my boyfriend’s company for a couple of hours a day ended up looking like a full-time job on my resume.

2. Focus on ambition and execution and not so much on work per se. Another time I got laid off I spent my days learning to swing dance. I took one or two lessons a day and practiced at night, and after my six months of job hunting, I was good enough to teach dancing just off Broadway. I didn’t put that on my resume, but when people asked me why I left my job, I told them about how I gave myself time to fulfill lofty goals as a swing dancer.

3. Start a blog about the industry you want to go into. Blogging is a great way to keep up in your industry, network without looking desperate, and leverage the fact that you have more time on your hands that people who have jobs. Everyone who is unemployed should be blogging as a way to get their next job. Put your ideas out into the world and connect with people that way. This is why you want to be hired, right? For your ideas. So show them. The reason that people who blog have great careers is that bloggers are always thinking about issues in their industry. Show that side of yourself to people. Blogging takes a lot of time, sure. But you have a lot of time. So use it. Here’s my guide for how to start a blog.

4. Start a company. Do you have a company idea? Try it now. During unemployment. There’s nothing stopping you. You have time, and you can try ideas to see which one sticks. Also, whether or not your company does well, you’ll be able to talk about it in an interview as a huge learning moment that will deflect from any problems at your last job. The company that never got out of your parent’s basement can sit on your resume as professionally as a stint in the Fortune 500. It’s all about how you write the bullet points: talk about accomplishments and learning.

5. Practice talking about yourself with everyone. High performers practice for interviews. So now you know what you’re aiming for, but you need to talk about it with everyone – parties, at the gym, on the phone with friends. When they ask how you’re doing, talk about what you’re doing like you are in the job interview. And the good news is that the better you get at talking like that, the more you will actually believe your story, the story that being unemployed is lucky because you have learning opportunities.

What’s important to remember here is that no one can tell you what experience you can gain and what you can’t. You don’t need a job in order to learn cool stuff and be on cool projects. You control what you do with your time and you can make it useful. Talk about that. There is no reason to talk about why the last job didn’t work when you can talk about the great things that leaving opened up to you.

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Resume Writing for College Students

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Last week, I volunteered at Southern Methodist University to help work with students on their resumes (Dallas Morning News article on event).  As a MBA alum, it was fun to reconnect with that world. I even worked with the football team’s starting running back.  Throughout all my conversations with the students, I had flashbacks of being in their shoes and having the challenge of presenting myself well in a few pages with "limited" work experience.

The summary of my advice to these students is presented in this blog post.  Hopefully, many college students will benefit from the experience.  I have broken down the observations and advice into different elements of the resume.

Work experience: 

  • It is essential to present your work experience in terms of RESULTS.  Using bullet items like "attended meetings" or "did research on companies" does not say much for your efforts.  Instead, think of the result:  "Championed research project that allowed company to choose between two $2M options for software vendors resulting in a $200,000 cost savings."
  • Students should include large projects they worked on for professors, even if unpaid.  Treat the opportunity as another job.
  • Be sure to use titles for each job–even Sales Associate or Intern.  You need to make the experience sound important.
  • Each job should be listed with the Company, Location, Dates on first line and title on second line (all in bold) followed by bullets of the responsibilities, activities and results.  I prefer inserting the dates using a right justified tab.

Activities

  • Do not leave key details out.  Students who are a part of a group that does volunteer work should list some of that activity.  Reading to underprivledged children or raising money for causes shows how one cares about others and the community as a whole.
  • Do not forget to include leadership roles.  Treat these as work experiences, too.  Include achievements in these roles.

Summary vs. Objective

  • Companies like reading a quick summary about you.  Your "objective" can be embedded in the summary statement.  The generic objective of "student looking to grow within a progressive company" is overused and obvious.  Instead consider adding more about you: "A proven leader with experience and strong education in Finance who seeks a full-time position focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions."
  • Students may have to customize this Summary for many different companies if the opportunities are different.  Providing a very specific statement connects one to the job more effectively.

Skill set:

  • Within the Summary, students should embed the key skills they have mastered.
  • A simple way to do this is to end the Summary paragraph with the phrase, "Skill set includes:" followed by two or three columns of these skills.
  • The skills listed should be pertinent to the job (programming languages, Microsoft tools, specialized programs, drafting, etc.).  Listing communication, presentation, self-motivated and others like this is too generic and does not differentiate you from others.

Format

  • Do not be afraid of a two-page resume versus one page.  As long as you have real content, it is acceptable to go beyond the first page.
  • Use the address you want correspondence to go to.  Having two addresses begs the question, "Which one do we send the offer letter to?"
  • Use fonts that you see in the company’s materials.  Formal font is Times.  Informal is Arial.  Keep it around size 12.
  • Stay away from using a lot of lines and making the resume too busy-looking.  By bolding the header sections (Summary, Experience, Education, Activities and Honors) plus each job header (company, title), along with adequate spacing between each section, lines will not be necessary.
  • Use page breaks if you think the first line of the next page might float to bottom of the previous page when printed on someone else’s printer.  Email your resume to others to make sure formatting does not change depending on who opens the Word file.

Miscellaneous

  • Be concise.  Extra words in descriptions does not help make it sound better.  Good content does.
  • Stay away from acronyms and terms that people do not typically know.  Same goes for jargon and slang.
  • There is no need to add references on the resume.  You should have a separate sheet of references for when they request it.  And they all know, "references are available upon request."
  • Avoid too much personal information.  Birth dates, personal photos, hobbies, marital status, personal health and affiliations are usually not important to the job you are applying.
  • Use action words when describing what you have done.  Examples include coordinated, assisted, managed, planned, designed and implemented.
  • Proofread your document several times.  Walk away and come back to it later and proofread it again.   Ask someone else to review your resume.  See if these readers understand the information you are trying to convey.

A little bit of extra effort goes a long way when it comes to resume writing.  This is the first impression.  There is no accompaniment of a sparkling personality.  Although the content is the key, a poor presentation can distract the reader and cause them to move on to the next resume in the pile.  Just like showing up to an interview in a suit, you want your resume to be "well-dressed," too.

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