Do You Need A Personal Trainer For Your Tech Career?

Help From IT Recruiter in IT Job SearchDid you meet your goals in 2016? If your answer—at least in part—is “no” then you’re not alone. Millions of people began 2017 by reflecting on changes they want to make. In many cases, the achievement of these goals will depend on support from trained professionals who will motivate, encourage, and challenge people on their journeys. Likewise, when it comes to your professional goals, seeking the advice of a technical recruiter may be your ticket to finding new opportunities and advancing your career. Below are some questions to ask yourself that will help you decide if it’s time for a “personal trainer” in your tech career.

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Streamline Your Business Processes with the Cloud

How to Use the Cloud For Your BusinessTo many people, the cloud seems like a mystery. But it has come a long way from its more humble origins as a simple data storage mechanism. Now, the cloud can help you streamline your business processes by making more than storage available from any device, anywhere. If you haven’t considered moving your business processes to the cloud, now may be the time to explore the option more fully.

Less Maintenance with Cloud Computing

One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the lower cost associated with equipment maintenance. Instead of running onsite servers to store your data and applications, you can outsource the equipment part of the equation to another company. That means you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the pace of technology or addressing failures. It also eliminates the need to keep staff on hand to manage server operations, allowing you to direct your human capital to more profitable activities.

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ESP’s Tech Gadget Gift Guide 2016

Gift Ideas for TechiesThe holiday season is upon us, and what better gifts for IT pros (to give and receive) than the hottest tech gadgets for 2016? Here are our picks for ESP’s annual “Holiday Tech Gadget Gift Guide”:

Nomad Key ($20)

Gift Guide for IT ProfessionalsThis is the perfect gift for someone whose phone is always running out of battery or for someone who is always on the move. It works by plugging into any USP port to charge your mobile device. About the size of a house key, the Nomad key can be purchased for both iPhone and Android and attaches to your key ring.

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

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This Thanksgiving, we just want to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you to our clients, partners, and friends, for your support and goodwill this year.

Thank you to our consultants: our great reputation in the Twin Cities IT Market is due to your skills, hard work, and advocacy.

And thank you to our internal staff for your dedication, commitment to integrity, and always striving to be the best you can be.

May you and yours have a very happy Thanksgiving.

-from all of us at ESP IT

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How to Find, Attract, and Retain Top Tech Talent in the Minneapolis Market

THiring the Best IT Professionals Minneapolishe Minnesota High Tech Association just released their November report for the IT Workforce. In it they share that there are currently 7,381 job openings, with the top 5 skills in demand being Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and Linux. Chances are, you’re looking for IT professionals in Minneapolis with those same skills, which means you have competition. Project Managers, Java Developers, Software Engineers, and .NET developers are “most wanted” by you and everyone else in the Twin Cities. They’re hard to find and they aren’t cheap to come by, so you have to be strategic when looking to fill these top tech roles. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips that have helped many of the Minnesota companies we’re fortunate to call our clients fill their IT talent needs.

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Use Your Best Interview Questions to Drive Better Business Practices

Questions You Should Ask as an InterviewerWhen interviewing candidates, you are looking for more than just a person to occupy a seat; you want to find the right applicant who will help your business flourish. Failing to ask probing interview questions can leave you ill-equipped to identify which candidate will help truly support your best business practices.

Before you meet with your next interviewee, consider asking questions that dig deeper into these topics to help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your business.

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How to Be an Awesome .NET Developer (not) Technically Speaking

Soft Skills for .NET DevelopersWhile the need for technical competency in a developer position is a given, there are a variety of other skills that can increase your career success. If you want to take your .NET development work from every day to awesome, consider developing in these key skills areas. Here are our tips for how to be an awesome .NET developer. 

Problem Solving
When it comes down to it, all development efforts are based on your ability to solve problems. Whether it is creating a new solution to fill a gap in the user experience, or troubleshooting an issue in an existing piece of software, problem solving is a core skill for this kind of work. The ability to employ critical-thinking techniques to break down a problem into logical steps, and the ability to turn those steps into an effective development plan, can help separate the great .NET developers from the so-so ones. Whether you are troubleshooting a framework issue or working to solve a compact mobile suite glitch, being able to figure out a viable solution is essential.

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We Keep Getting Better With Age — Celebrating 48 Years!

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On October 1st, ESP will be 48 years old. In an industry where reputation based on relationships is everything to your success, we couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating 48 years of serving the IT community in Minnesota.

In 1968, ESP stood for Electronic Systems Personnel, which was what “IT” was called back when computers took up whole rooms. The name has evolved over time, to ESP Systems Professionals, and now, ESP IT to reflect current terminology. Along with the name changes we’ve adapted our services to fit current market needs, but in most ways, we’re still the same “ESP”.

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The Top 5 Skills You NEED to Be an IT Manager

IT Manager JobsWorking as an IT manager requires a new skill set beyond that of a standard IT employee. Not only is it important that you function as an expert within your area, you also must effectively coordinate the actions of a team, facilitating positive collaboration between team members and other staff, as well as keeping the expectations of less technical upper-management members in line with what can actually be accomplished.

In order to help ensure your managerial success, consider the following key skills areas.

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Wield New Tech to Conquer Big Data

New Tech for Big DataBig data has changed the way businesses work with information.  While the creation and maintenance of relational databases used to be considered a comprehensive data management strategy, the increase in unstructured and semi-structured data has led businesses to require new storage mechanisms and analysis tools in order to ensure the information is being retained in the proper way and is accessible for internal research.

If you are looking for new and innovative ways to use big data to the benefit of your company, consider the following advances in big data management and analysis.

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