Lessons Learned From My Ironman Journey

Guest Blogger: Kelli Moretter-Bue

On September 10th, I completed the Ironman Madison, a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim through a crowded lake, 112 miles of rollercoaster cycling, and concluding with a silly little marathon, or 26.2 miles of running. Full transparency—It was one of the most challenging days of my life. I’ve done other endurance events but the Ironman was the most difficult competition I have ever participated in. Training for the actual race was almost more arduous than the race itself!  For months, I trained day in and day out. I had double workouts on single days, weekends packed with HOURS of biking and running, and SOOO many early morning alarms in the dark that I started to feel like some sort of night vigilante (but a tired one at that).

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Validating Your IT Skills on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to provide a virtual resume. However, users sometimes try to simplify things by ignoring details, processes, and steps which they feel are too complicated or unnecessary – but such a mindset could cost you your next great IT gig. The ESP IT team sheds some light on skills, recommendations, endorsements, and more. Here are some tips on how to update your profile and stand out!

Your Skills Section is as Important as Your Experience Section
Listing skills at the bottom of your LinkedIn page is not an arbitrary matter. Recruiters want you to highlight the skills that you’ve learned working in the various positions included on your profile. These skills also help them as they search through consultants’ profiles to determine whether or not you might be a good fit for an IT contract gig.

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ESP IT and Salesforce: Connecting Salesforce Experts to Twin Cities Companies

Founded in 1999, Salesforce is the first capable cloud-based CRM platform. Through its full suite of apps (covering sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more), Salesforce provides its clients with state-of-the-art analytics to optimize client relationship management. The cloud-based applications of Salesforce also afford clients the possibility of running their businesses from mobile devices.

Salesforce benefits companies by helping to simultaneously manage existing clients and finding new potential customers. A Salesforce expert is a benefit not only to the Tech and Sales Ops departments of a company, but to everyone involved in customer relations. Having a system that places all customers in one easily accessible place makes it possible to treat each as though they are the top priority.

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Salesforce Experts Are Like Car Mechanics

Salesforce

Founded in 1999, Salesforce is the first capable cloud-based CRM platform. Through its full suite of apps (covering sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more), Salesforce provides its clients with state-of-the-art analytics to optimize client relationship management. Much like the trusted automotive brands of Detroit, Salesforce has been on the road for years and has ample experience with all three types of clients:

  • Those who use it forever – individuals who are as attached to the Salesforce platform as to a classic car
  • The experienced drivers – those who continue to make updates to keep their newer model vehicle running smoothly
  • First-time buyers—companies who are just pulling the Salesforce platform off the dealership for the first time

Salesforce knows that there are a great many roads out there and navigating the expansive territory of its platform can be challenging for the new user. That’s why, via the use of its innovative Trailhead system, users can learn their way around Salesforce by taking guided learning paths (consisting of various modules and projects) while earning Superbadges along the way. A company should optimize Salesforce by hiring a great “mechanic” to keep things running the way they should.

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Is Cybersecurity Worth The Hype?

Cybersecurity was predicted to be a hot topic in 2017 and that has proven to be true. With the many international cyberattacks from the WannaCry Virus to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, it’s clear that private information, computers, software, and IoT devices are not safe. Although we still embrace the Internet of Things, we do so with our eyes wide open.

Everything is turning smart. That’s a good thing, right? It’s creating better efficiency, a smarter approach to business, health, etc. But, like any technological advance, there’s a downside, and for IoT and that’s a decrease in security and privacy. Security isn’t keeping up as IoT advances.

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Who Are .NET Developers?

As .NET continues to evolve in popularity and consulting positions for these tech professionals become more readily available, we’re getting asked: Who are .NET developers? Hiring managers and tech team members not only want to know what these developers do from a technical standpoint—they’re interested in the people behind the screen. What drives these IT pros? What do they like most about their jobs? Do they prefer Star Wars or Star Trek? (OK, that last one was more of an interesting tidbit than an actual question.) We dove into all these facts and more in the following infographic.

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Are We a Good Fit? How to Establish Culture Fit During a Tech Interview

Culture fit became a huge buzzword around 2012, and has since ingrained itself as a requirement for job seekers, consultants, and employers alike. But what do we mean when we say we are looking for a person—or opportunity—that is the right “fit” culturally? And has this concept become so commonplace that we’re losing sight of why it’s really important?

Whether in the tech industry or not, full-time employees spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. This should incentivize companies to promote great cultures and compel professionals to work with businesses that align with individual values, practices, attitudes, and norms, creating a more positive workplace, better social interactions, and higher productivity. Ultimately, having a compatible tech team helps to create a thriving career for technology professionals and a flourishing company.

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Overcoming Unconscious Biases: Support Women in Technology

Overcoming Unconscious Biases: Support Women in TechnologyAs we approach Mother’s Day, we’re once again reflecting on the reasons why women and technology are a perfect match. In 2013, we proclaimed that working moms love IT—and the statement remains true today. Studies detail the measurable impact women can have on tech teams and the desirable benefits tech careers offer women, but there remains a deficit of female techies in the workplace. How can such a disparity exist? Despite the innovative nature of the tech industry and technology careers in general, women in tech positions—as in other fields—still face gender biases.

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Why Your IT Department Should Be Using Agile

Should our team use the agile method?

When we say IT departments are using “Agile” we don’t mean they are hiring IT pros who are swift, nimble, and acrobatic—well, at least not entirely. Agile refers to a popular development methodology that has gained traction among technology teams as an iterative and flexible approach to complete large-scale projects while reducing failure risk. The alternate “Waterfall” method of development includes the steps: analyze, scale, build, and test. While Agile maintains these key steps, it is touted as allowing for more flexibility and collaboration.

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9 Interview Questions Every .NET Developer Should Be Prepared to Answer

questions asked in .NET developer interviewIn the world of IT job or contract gig seeking, we often focus a lot of energy on resumes, technical summaries, networking, and other key facets to landing an interview. While all of these are important, perhaps more important—especially when it comes to in-demand .NET developer positions—is how you handle the interview itself. For many IT pros, the interview process is multitiered. Hiring managers not only want to know that you are an expert in your field of technology—they want to ensure you are a good fit for their team overall, based on your work history and nontechnical skills.

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