The 5 Most-Wanted IT Skills for 2015

finger-touching-tablet-screenWhile IT professionals are consistently in high demand, staying at the top of their field sometimes feels like aiming at a moving target. The “best of the best” are perpetual learners who constantly hone their craft, while maintaining a deep understanding of the constants. So, what are the most in-demand IT skills for 2015? We’re glad you asked!

1. Mobile

The use of smartphones, tablets and even wearables continues to rise and companies need to deliver their services to the devices their consumers are using. From a technical standpoint, the mobile classification is an umbrella for a rather broad set of skills. Native iOS and Android development continue to grow, though some companies are having success with cross-platform tools such as Titanium, Phonegap and Xamarin. For many, the answer is having a website optimized for mobile platforms through concepts such as responsive design. Responsive websites and cross-platform tools allow companies to leverage their existing workforce as they embrace mobility.

In each of these platforms for mobile development, one item remains of utmost importance: user experience. Designing an application for mobile is all about meeting your user where they live, and making an application that is both easy to use and engaging.
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Adecco Engineering & Technology: Minor Change, Major Opportunities 

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Formerly Adecco Engineering & Technical, our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) division is now Adecco Engineering & Technology. While engineering recruitment is a large part of our business, we also spend a great deal of our time and effort recruiting for Information Technology (IT) roles. Changing our name to Engineering & Technology more accurately reflects the entire picture of who we are and all that we do.
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The root of a STEM career: Why I decided to become an engineer

Future Engineer Scholarship Winner_Chandler BurkeSome might say I was destined to become an engineer, or that engineering is “in my blood.” It just so happens that I come from a family of engineers: my father, grandfather, uncle and cousin are all engineers, with specializations ranging from mechanical to electrical to aerospace. Having so many engineers in the family undoubtedly gave me a candid perspective on the field, and at times made me feel like an unintentional apprentice. While I’m certain that my familiarity with the profession had some influence on my decision to become an engineer myself, I do not think it is the only – or even the most significant – contributing factor to my career choice. In fact, I can trace my scientific journey back to elementary school, and specifically, two distinct mentors from that era.
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Recruiting staff for the cloud

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessIn recent years, cloud computing has not only changed the IT landscape, it has literally transformed the way we work, play, communicate, and socialize on the web.

According to recent research by IDC Cloud Research , spending on cloud services is expected to reach an estimated $107 billion in 2017, with SaaS (Software as a Service) companies and businesses holding a little shy of 60 percent of the cloud computing market. It’s no wonder many organizations are actively recruiting team members with proficiencies in computer science, programming, server administration, security, web-development, network engineering, product management and many other related fields.

This article by Wanted Analytics notes that the most commonly advertised cloud computing positions are:

  • Software Engineers
  • Java Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Websphere Cloud Computing Engineer

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Partner with a staffing company to source STEM talent

It is becoming increasingly clear to employers across the United States that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs take more than twice as long to fill as other openings. With STEM jobs increasing consistently, outpacing every other industry for job demand, employers are finding it more challenging than ever before to hire talented candidates with STEM backgrounds.

With the skills gap only widening as employers continue to demand more STEM backgrounds, many companies find themselves without options for hiring because there likely won’t be a significant increase in STEM backgrounds until today’s younger students have graduated and enter the workforce in the coming years. Even then, it is still expected that the STEM demand will continue to rise alongside advances in technology. In 2013 alone, 43.2 percent of job openings in the region required STEM skills.
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Using agile programming ideas in your IT recruiting

149134795I’ve led and been part of agile development teams for over a decade – and have been hiring developers for even longer.  Through both types of experiences I’ve been able to apply agile development ideas to IT recruiting, interviewing and screening high quality tech candidates. And now, I’d like to pass that experience along.

Let’s talk about agile programming

My introduction to agile programming was from Kent Beck’s eXtreme Programming books. If you haven’t read them, his core idea was that software development needs to embrace change, and he suggests that there are certain practices that are so helpful in the face of change, that they should be used in the extreme. Beck based his work on best practices, but many readers saw the ideas of pair-programming, unit-testing, simple designs, refactoring and continuous integration for the first time in his books.

Creating an agile IT recruiting process

Just like in programming, it’s important to be agile throughout the recruitment process. So, to follow Beck’s lead, I took a look at what was working in my personal recruiting process and tried to figure out how to increase its effectiveness by doing more of it.

In programming, the point of being agile is to react to change, but in recruiting, the point of being agile is to see more candidates. Rather than rushing towards filtering and only deeply interviewing a few candidates, I tried to figure out a quick way to get to know as many candidates as possible.
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