Did 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.
While 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.
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.
As technology continues to integrate itself into more business areas and becomes the core of more critical functions, keeping your skills up to date is a requirement in order to stay competitive within the ever-evolving information technology field. Innovations come at a pace that practically requires a continuous learning approach, as it is not acceptable to simply rest on the skills of yesterday to help you progress into tomorrow.
If you aren’t convinced that your IT skills need to evolve, consider the following.
Your NFL Preseason:
IT job and gig seekers in need of inspiration for a winning resume, look no further than ESP…N? NFL preseason has officially begun, and believe it or not these exhibition games have more pointers to offer IT professionals than meets the eye. Perhaps influenced by the awesome tech features of the new U.S. Bank Stadium, which boasts “an exceptional fan experience,” we’re definitely seeing a connection between IT and pro ball. In particular, we’ve noticed that preseason football for new players is a lot like the technical summary of a resume for IT pros: its purpose is to catch the attention of important viewers to successfully advance one’s career.
The Millennial members of ESP’s team weigh in on how their own professional experiences and their recruitment interactions with Millennial IT pros have shaped their view of the Millennial generation, and provide some advice to their peers in the tech field
In many ways, the challenges of a Millennial workforce have already been addressed. The internet has produced extensive myth-busting content about the Millennial generation, as well as tips to help bridge the gap between Millennials and older generations. We’ve learned that there are gaps even within the Millennial generation that can cause workplace tension, and that ultimately, Millennials are comprised of individuals with unique needs in much the same way as their predecessors’ generations were. But the question remains – why do Millennial stereotypes persist, and how can we end them for good? Perhaps the answer involves Millennials looking inward to identify the ways they are perpetuating these stereotypes, and seeking solutions that will turn the talk in their favor.
Working with or in IT, you’ve undoubtedly encountered contract-to-hire. Since gaining popularity around 2010, these opportunities have been purported as “win-win” solutions for employers and employees alike, allowing individuals to contract with a company for a defined period under the mutual intention of considering a more permanent arrangement when the contract is over. But while many find this middle-ground arrangement to be the best of both worlds, others have concluded that perm-only or contract-only arrangements are their best fit. That’s why it’s important for both parties to consider the positives and negatives before pursuing a contract-to-hire arrangement. Who knows – after considering all the facts, you may find yourself making an unexpected choice.
Whether you’re a Web .Net, Java, or Mobile Developer, or even a Software Consultant, integrating these habits into your daily life will help you rise to the top of your field.
Let’s face it – you know that “Software Developer” is a general term. Even within the tech stratosphere there’s a fine line between Computer Scientists, Programmers, Developers, and Architects, not to mention the plethora of technologies under the “Development” umbrella. And just as there are myriad “types” of Software Developers, there’s no one right way among IT pros to be the best. However, what we do know is that the people who are “the best,” all possess important commonalities – they employ simple, everyday habits that develop (pun intended) them as professionals and give them an edge over their competition. We’ve pulled out six that stand above the rest, and while this isn’t an all-encompassing list, your development career is sure to benefit from incorporating these practices into your normal routine.
As an IT consultant, your professional career is marked by many choices, changes, and adjustments. While these career choices don’t consist of choosing between the light and dark sides as is the case for your favorite Star Wars characters, you must strive every day to ensure that your actions and decisions are in line with your ultimate professional goals. In light of the tech talent shortage, which has led to increased opportunities for IT pros, deciding on your path may be more challenging than ever before – particularly if you find yourself faced with multiple contract opportunities. While navigating these multiple offers or opportunities can be tricky, these tips from the battlefront experts will help you “use the force” and land your best IT gig:
Though your IT adventure isn’t taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it’s filled with some of the same exciting twists and turns that the on-screen story brings to life. Like your favorite Star Wars characters, faced with choosing between good and evil, your choice to become an IT pro set the course for your future. It also meant that you’ll have to make many more difficult decisions in the years to come. For some, these decisions may not only have included considering one offer, but choosing between two or more opportunities. Due to the tech talent shortage, IT pros may frequently find themselves in such a position during their careers when planning to move into a new full time role. Knowing how to professionally navigate the process, from communicating with IT hiring managers to making a sound decision, will be key to helping you land the best opportunities. Before entering the “battlefield,” consider these tips from the Star Wars big leagues:
There’s been a recent trend in workplace “total wellness” initiatives to shift emphasis from work-life balance, to work-life integration – and we think IT pros everywhere should rejoice. Though the work-life balance camp is well intentioned, the movement still has professionals seeing “work” and “life” as two mutually exclusive, competitive facets. Instead, work-life integration sees “life” as an interaction with multiple domains, work, which has resulted in increased productivity and greater personal satisfaction. For IT pros in particular, the shift comes with many benefits, ultimately resulting in the potential to strengthen your reputation as a consultant.