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Finding a Job and Trends in the Employment Market


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Finding a Job and Trends in the Employment Market

  1. 1. Presented by John Barry, President ITech Consulting Partners • Finding a Job • Trends in the Employment Market
  2. 2. • Perm vs Contract? • Using Technology • The Art of Networking • Working with Recruiters • Trends in the Employment Market • What Skills Should be Upgraded? Finding a Job
  3. 3. Finding a Job Consulting/Contract/Temporary • PROS: Opportunity to work with different organizations in diverse capacities; Learn new and specialized skills; Typically higher compensation; More “freedom” from office politics • CONS: No add-on benefits; Must have specialized technologies; If skills are not in demand, work may be sporadic; Difficult to shift to full-time role if career consultant
  4. 4. Finding a Job Permanent / Fulltime Employee • PROS: Stability; Develop in-depth expertise in specific technologies; Additional training and educational benefits may be available; Add-on compensation may include 401K or stock plans, medical/dental/vision benefits, holidays and PTO; all relevant taxes automatically deducted as W-2; if laid off, can avail of unemployment & outplacement benefits • CONS: Skills may grow stale; Have to deal with structured organization (politics and equity)
  5. 5. • Job Boards • Dice, Monster, Careerbuilder, topTECHJobs (formerly NetTemps) • Job Spiders: Indeed, Simplyhired • Use Google or Yahoo to search jobs or find Niche job boards • Set up job agents to save time on future searches and matching job list could be emailed daily or weekly • Be creative in using search terms : Use Boolean terms to narrow or expand searches: “Quotes”, AND, OR, Wildcard (*) • Young adults (Millenials) now also use their smartphones to search jobs in the digital age and can apply directly through their phones Using Technology
  6. 6. Social Media • LinkedIn – professional networking • Your profile must be updated, complete and consistent with resume • Include a blurb at the top of your summary or status that you are seeking new opportunities. • Join LinkedIn groups (geographic, technical or functional) • Link with other professionals • Research companies or individuals in LinkedIn Using Technology
  7. 7. Social Media • Facebook • Be sure to review privacy settings. • Be careful of what you share – current and potential employers may view your profile • Join groups and fan pages (“like”) that are relevant to job searching Using Technology
  8. 8. Social Media • Twitter • Follow “influencers” or target companies to get their tweets • Use hashtag # to search, e.g., #Hiring #NowHiring #Jobs #ITJobs #ProjectManagement #Marketing • Use and enter Boolean terms as well, e.g., programmer AND (connecticut OR CT) • Other sites: Google+, Blogs Using Technology
  9. 9. Networking • Networking is a continuous process. It pays to build and expand professional relationships whether you are employed or not. • Referrals go both ways: if you get a job lead that is not a match, forward to your colleagues so they can do the same for you. • Let people know if you are in transition or when you land a new position.
  10. 10. Networking Face-to-Face Networking • Every social situation is a potential networking opportunity: church, sports, volunteering, community, etc. • Attend local meetings, e.g., NFP, Danbury Network Group, WNO • Join Professional organizations: SHRM, SIM, TENG, DACS • Practice your ‘elevator speech’ • Search online list of networking groups:,, LinkedIn
  11. 11. Networking Virtual Networking • Objective is similar to face-to-face networking • Instant communication among members • Wider geographical reach • Less personal • Contribute to discussion to get your name and profile out to others Examples: • LinkedIn groups • Yahoogroups / Googlegroups
  12. 12. Working with Recruiters Why work with a staffing agency? • Some companies do not post their openings on job boards • Some contract jobs or retained and confidential searches are open only to a few select vendors • Access to HR or hiring managers (i.e., follow up, feedback) • One of a few submittals through a recruiter vs. one of hundreds through a job board • Treat the recruiter as you would interact with a potential employer
  13. 13. Working with Recruiters Information to share with a Recruiter • What are your top 5 functional and technical skills? • Why do you want to leave your current position? • What type of position would you consider (contract or permanent?) • Would you relocate for the right job and where? • What contract rate or salary range are you targeting? • What position/job title are you targeting? • What companies/industries are you interested in? • What are your relevant Certifications?
  14. 14. Working with Recruiters Resume tips • Review relevant job descriptions and pattern your resume accordingly (but DO NOT copy verbatim) • Limit resume to about 2-4 pages; summary should be 3-5 bullet points • Latest project/employment should be in the first page • Include both month and year for employment listing • Include only hands-on experience that you can articulate comfortably • LinkedIn page should be consistent with your resume, i.e., dates, companies, technologies • Multiple versions of resumes are acceptable, as long as dates and employers are the same.
  15. 15. Working with Recruiters Working with ITech Consulting Partners • Long-term relationships with clients and past candidates based on referrals • ITech has experienced recruiters who have been in the field for a long time • Better understanding of the critical qualifications based on conversations with hiring manager and/or HR contact • Resume improvement (in terms of format and content) • Interviewing Tips • Top Echelon network of recruiters • Visit for job openings
  16. 16. GENERAL OUTLOOK • Several surveys on employment statistics show that the job market is on the upswing and increase in plans to hire additional workforce in 2016). • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the economy has been adding over 200,000 jobs per month in 2015 and the unemployment rate held steady at 5%, its lowest level since 2008. • Healthcare, professional and technical services, retail, manufacturing, finance and government are all adding jobs. Trends in the Employment Market
  17. 17. US Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey Among over 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 20 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 6 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during the first Quarter of 2016. Compared to Q4 2015 survey results, Northeast employers anticipate increases in the Information, Professional & Business Services and Construction sectors as well as Other Services and Leisure & Hospitality sectors Trends in the Employment Market
  18. 18. Connecticut Business and Industry Association • In Connecticut ,the November 2015 Jobs report show that 5,100 jobs were added across a broad range of industry sectors, led by leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation & utilities, and manufacturing. • Unemployment rate remained at 5.1 %, the lowest since March 2008. • Connecticut has recovered 88.8 percent of total jobs lost during the Great Recession and also ranked sixth in nation for the largest decline in unemployment. Trends in the Employment Market
  19. 19. Trends in the Employment Market CareerBuilder Top Jobs for 2016 That Require a College Degree 1. Registered Nurses 2. Software Developers, Applications 3. Marketing Managers 4. Sales Managers 5. Medical and Health Services Managers 6. Network and Computer Systems Administrators 7. Industrial Engineers 8. Computer Systems Analysts 9. Web Developers 10. Financial Managers
  20. 20. Trends in the Employment Market CareerBuilder Top Jobs for 2016 that don’t Require College Degree 1. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2. Food Service Managers 3. Computer User Support Specialists 4. Insurance Sales Agents 5. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 6. Surgical Technologists 7. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 8. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 9. Purchasing Agents 10. Medical Secretaries
  21. 21. Trends in the Employment Market What skills should be upgraded? • Bachelors Degree • Education requirements are getting stricter • Certifications • Functional: PMP, Scrum Master, CISSP • Technical/Technology-Based: MCSE, CCNA , OCP, Java • Online or onsite education is a choice depending on finances and availability of courses. Do diligent research and review schools to ensure that they are legitimate and recognized
  22. 22. Trends in the Employment Market ITECH CONSULTING PARTNERS 30 Church Hill Road. Newtown, CT 06470 Phone: 203-270-0051 Email : Visit for more information about our company and a complete list of our jobs John Barry President Joy Naui Amanda Blair Sr. Technical Recruiter Technical Recruiter