The 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.
When 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.
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.
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”.
Working 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.
Big 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.
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.
As a leader, “Does my team trust me?” is a question to ask on a regular basis. Trust isn’t inherent. It must be earned and shared. As a leader working with technology professionals in the midst of a talent shortage, earning the trust of your team becomes even more imperative. Tech execs play a pivotal role in the success of their team, overall workplace satisfaction, and ultimately, retention. Because of this, trust has always been a core value for our company. ESP has learned that implementing trust tactics not only is essential for doing business with our clients, but it also helps foster positive relationships within our in-office team, and with our consultants.
The IT field evolves at a rate at which few businesses can ever hope to keep pace. Mobility has become a key factor within what used to be a highly contained internal environment. Additionally, the demand for solutions that allow access to advanced resources and capabilities, regardless of an employee’s location, has also shifted the priorities within the IT landscape.
To meet the demands of today’s work environment, IT teams need an open mind toward the advances in cloud solutions and mobile technology in order to provide the solutions of tomorrow, today.
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.