Stand Out From the IT Crowd

Stand out from the IT CrowdIf you’re looking for a new role, don’t let the speed of the holiday season get in the way of showing a potential employer how you differ from the pack. There are plenty of assumptions out there about the traditional IT worker. And whether you fit the mold or break it, it’s important to know where you stand and how to stand out.

Assumption 1: IT workers are men.

Stand Out: In reality 25% of network and computer systems administrators are women, and 72.9% of computer support specialists are men. While the gender gap is real, there are a growing number of women in the field. If you are a female IT job seeker, remember why women and working moms love working in IT. And if you are male, knowing about the gender gap shows you’re knowledgeable about the market.

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It’s Cold Outside…but the Minnesota IT Forecast is Hot and Sunny!

phone in snowAs you’re shivering in your down jacket in this frigid December cold, you may be thinking something along the lines of, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” Yes, the winters are cold and long, but it’s at times like these when it’s important to remind yourself of the good things about working here — especially as an IT pro.

Hot Opportunities

Minneapolis was ranked as the 7th best city for young entrepreneurs by NerdWallet, based on loan data, cost of living, business activity, education, and income (New York and San Francisco didn’t even make the cut!). Furthermore, 2 of Forbes’ ‘Top 5 Industries for Entrepreneurs’ are in IT — specifically, ‘Internet and Data Services’ and ‘Computer Systems and Software Services.’

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Holiday Tech Gadget Gift Guide

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

For the versatile pro:

Motorola Moto X
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The Android-operated Moto X is Motorola’s first smartphone since being acquired by Google in 2011. With a 4.7-inch display (bigger than the iPhone but smaller than the massive Galaxy Note 3), it fits nicely in both small and big hands. The Moto X is “ready when you are” — the touchless control function allows it to respond to your voice, which it can learn to recognize. You can wake the device, call, text, set an alarm, and more without touching the screen. It also has a twist and take function that lets you snap a photo (10-MP) with just a twist of your wrist. Another bonus? You can customize the design of the phone using Moto Maker.

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