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.
Read more »


September’s Job Gains Back to 200,000+

Job-Market-TodaySource: BLS “The Employment Situation report – September 2014”

The job market is looking up! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September 2014 unemployment report this morning, showing an overall monthly gain of 248,000 jobs – considerably higher than last month’s reported gain of 142,000. The unemployment rate also saw an impressive decline of 0.2 percentage points, dropping from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Revisions to prior months show that both July and August experienced more growth than was previously reported. The July payroll number was revised from +212,000 to +243,000 and the August number was revised from +142,000 to +180,000. That makes a combined 69,000 more jobs than initially reported.
Read more »


10 Resume Tips: Creating a Machine-Readable Resume

search-field-in-web-browserTimes have changed. Job applicants face an interesting challenge: creating a digital resume that is readable not only by humans, but by the machines that process it.

When you submit an online job application, a tool called a resume parser extracts information from your resume, transferring it to the correct section of your profile. When a recruiter is looking for candidates who match a job description, they may rely on searching and matching software. If your resume wasn’t parsed correctly, you may be overlooked even though you’re a match for the open position.

What can you do to make sure your resume is understood correctly? Sovren, a global provider of resume parsing and searching and matching software, shared their secrets. We’ve summarized some of their resume tips for electronic resumes below.
Read more »


What Will Happen to the Workforce When the Baby Boomers Retire?

FAN9015298With the STEM skills gap being an ongoing topic of discussion and concern for employers and employees alike, little attention has been given to the issue of another type of skills gap: the vocational skills gap. This gap will inevitably spike in the next 10-15 years as a result of the baby boomer workforce generation retiring in larger numbers. As Millennials and younger generations begin to take hold of the majority of today’s workforce, the STEM skills gap won’t account for the only growing void in skill sets. Our infographic provides insight on which skilled trade jobs will feel the most impact from baby boomer retirement and how to ensure these gaps are filled.

As of July 2014, there are a recorded 6,041,000 construction jobs in the U.S., 12,160,000 jobs in manufacturing, and as of 2013, there were 258,630 U.S. jobs in mechanical engineering. These positions spiked as the United States first began to develop into the nation it is today, and the majority of these jobs today are filled by members of the Baby Boomer generation. Today, the majority of Millennials seek out jobs in health, business, media, and science and technology. This tendency for younger generations to seek out non-labor careers is one that isn’t expected to decline. With this evidence, the labor industries will inevitably face a large skills gap in the potentially near future. As Baby Boomers begin to retire more rapidly and younger generations continue to seek out jobs that are unrelated to labor-intensive work, the question remains: who will replace these employees?
Read more »


Replacing a Derek Jeter: How to Cope When Your Top Player Quits

Derek-JeterWhether you’re a Yankees fan, a baseball fan — or not a fan at all — chances are you’ve heard of Derek Jeter. This weekend, the All-Star shortstop is sadly playing the last few games of his 20-year, remarkably consistent, Hall of Fame career. For many baseball fans, like me, this marks the end of an era. And naturally, you can’t help but wonder – what’s next for the Yankees?

How do you replace someone with that level of talent? Someone who carried a .309 career batting average, slugged over 3,000 hits, had a winning attitude and was the ultimate team player. Throughout 20 seasons, Derek Jeter had zero career ejections, zero run-ins with the media or management and a leadership skill set that made him the obvious choice for perennial team captain. Without a doubt, management will miss his impact on the team, the organization and the city of New York.

In this Yahoo! Sports article, Derek Jeter stated, “I’ve experienced so many defining moments in my career; winning the World Series as a rookie shortstop, being named the Yankees captain, closing the old and opening the new Yankee Stadium. Through it all, I’ve never stopped chasing the next one. I finally want to stop the chase and take in the world.”
Read more »


Adecco Publishes Global Study on the Use of Social Media in Recruitment and Job Searching

SocialRecruitingSocial media has become the universal domain for both recruiters and job seekers alike.  Social media websites are essentially storefronts in the new marketplace for jobs.

As the global leader in HR solutions, Adecco wants to better understand how people interact in this new marketplace: how they search for jobs, which platforms they use and how they present themselves online. This is why we’ve completed our first global study on the use of social media in recruiting and job search.

About the study

Developed by Adecco Group in partnership with the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, the study is the most comprehensive research of its kind to date. Responses from 17,272 job seekers and 1,501 recruiters from 24 countries were collected. The topics of research include:

  • The use of social media for professional purposes
  • The effectiveness of social media in the matching of job seekers with open positions in the job market
  • The relevance of web reputation and its impact on recruiting
  • The social capital of individual candidates
  • How recruiters explore the web when looking for a candidate

Read more »