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Standing out in tech is kind of an oxymoron, I’ve noticed. While the market is so lean, and skillsets are in high demand – the talent gets lost in a sea of resumes and job seeker profiles. Aside from my usual spiel for how SkillGigs prevents getting lost in the…

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It’s far too easy to complain about your current work situation as opposed to actually do anything about it. Living paycheck to paycheck, checking in at 8 and checking out at 5 and only having a lunch break and the weekend to look forward are all obvious signs of dissatisfaction…

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In my line of work, I often wonder how well we do at keeping up with the technology we’ve created. As ironic as it sounds, there are a lot of resources readily available, but we truthfully aren’t using them in a concise and efficient manner. While jobs are often created…

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~6 minute read In the wise words of philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, I believe human beings are inherently good. With this natural sense of morality, I think most of us are happy to help one another. Maybe it’s because I’m spoiled by my coworkers, as they are always willing to share…

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Writing the perfect cover letter for a job you’re applying to, will help you to stand out from other candidates and prove your excellent fit for the job. Ronny ChengVP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of Digital Astronauts and has helped drive lead…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
3 months ago Categories: Share

Quitting your job the right way results in your former managers and co-workers provide you with glowing reviews to anyone who asks. Quitting your job the wrong way, won’t. Ronny ChengVP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of Digital Astronauts and has helped drive…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
4 months ago Categories: Share

Maternity and paternity leave are being offered by an increasing number of companies that want to demonstrate their commitment to supporting their employees and their families. Though the number of women using these benefits (273,00/month) has not increased between 1994 and 2015, the number of men utilizing paternity leave has…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

The subject of salary negotiation is easier for some people than it is for others. While salary negotiation is supposed to be a routine part of taking a job or remaining happy in one, the fact that there is money on the line can make these conversations uncomfortable, tense or…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
4 months ago Categories: Share

The cover letter. It’s the peanut butter to the resume’s jelly. Some argue that the cover letter has become outdated, and is tool that is seldom used or read by the people that matter. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Kashif Aftab Founder and CEO of SkillGigs A…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
5 months ago Categories: Share

Your first day of work can be a dream come true. Your first day at work can also be a waking nightmare. It all depends on how badly you wanted this job, how prepared you are for this job, and how much you’re willing to put into this job. Even…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
5 months ago Categories: Share

Offering cool employee perks is an effective way to differentiate your company’s culture, attract talent and reduce employee burnout/attrition. Perks can take nearly any form you can think of and, unless you go really over-board, the cost of providing perks is always made up for by a happier, more productive…

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Austin, Texas is the live music capital and one of the fastest growing hubs for startups. As an engineer or developer, the possibilities are endless for which company you can work for. There are options in all industries, and best of all, you’ll be in Austin. Here are some of…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

When you think of Houston, you’ll probably think of oil or NASA before you think of “Tech Hub.”But Houston has rapidly emerged as one of the nations leading hubs for technological innovation. Don’t believe me? Check out this list of some of the fastest growing startups in Houston that are…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
12 months ago Categories: Share

Strong code writing ability is one of the most in-demand skills of our time. Whether this code will power a new software solution or integrate another device into the internet of things, employers want coders who are as fluent in their computer language as they are with their native tongue….

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
12 months ago Categories: Share

Whenever you come across your dream job, it’s easy to find yourself wanting to apply right away and see if there’s a chance for something more to come out of it. Before doing so, a few things need to be done plunging into application process including pulling out your resume…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

Whether you’re new in the tech industry or have been around for awhile, sometimes there are terms that come up in conversations and become a huge head scratcher. In those cases, you start combing the Internet for answers but get even confused with all the different definitions that you come…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

A few weeks ago we released the Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report for Austin and after receiving a ton of positive feedback on the data we provided, we decided to followup with a Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report for the San Francisco Bay Area. The SkillGigs Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report, based on live marketplace data, includes…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

Ruby is a programming language created by Yukihiro Matsumoto that uses the software library of Rails. There are many definitions of it that are thrown around, but to keep it as simple as possible, Ruby on Rails is a development tool that provides a framework for web developers to write…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

This week at SkillGigs, we released the Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report for the Austin Tech Market after Austin Business Journal reported that the unemployment rate in Austin has dropped to a 16-year low of 2.9%. The SkillGigs Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report, based on live marketplace data, includes salary Ronny ChengVP…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

From recent tech graduates to those who are more seasoned with their work experience, being a part of the startup industry has had great appeal over these past few years. With a great culture that makes people love coming to work and amazing perks like free food, unlimited paid time off, annual company retreats, and much more, it’s not hard to believe how competitive it is among candidates with hundreds of new applications coming in daily.

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

If you’re reading this, you’re likely in one of two situations in life. The first is that you’re looking for a career path. You’re early in your education and need help making a decision of where you’d like to be in the future. If that’s you, keep reading! You’re going…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

We’re 15 Days into the New Year and many people are beginning their job searching efforts as part of their new years resolution! January is the heaviest month for those who are either looking for higher pay, or just want to change their career so they’re actually working their Dream Job. The job…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

The cover letter is too often overlooked. It’s more than just a letter to fill space, and it’s more than just your resume written in sentence form. The cover letter gives you a voice, a personality, and the opportunity to narrate and address a person directly. Elements that cannot be…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

SkillGigs, the online auction-style job marketplace, today released its Tech Talent Salary Report for California. The report includes salary expectations for some of the top paying and most highly sought-after tech jobs in the state, such as Full Stack Developers and Python Developers. The data has been collected from Skill Listings in…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

5 Not-So-Obvious Resume Tips

December 8, 2015

When browsing your local bookstore, what makes you decide what to get? Like most people, you turn to the back cover and read what the book is about. Based on that short summary, you consider if the book is worth the listed price. Will it be worth the time you…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SkillGigs, the online auction-style job marketplace, today announced the launch of SkillGigs Newsroom, a centralized location for companies to discover the most up-to-date technology news and both macro and regional specific hiring trends. Companies struggling to find the right talent can use the SkillGigs Newsroom as a resource to…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

Do you trust bad advertising? When the product isn’t clear or it looks like it wasn’t made well? It’s likely you just tune it out, and ignore it. Not only will it make you not want to buy the product, it also gives you a negative opinion on that brand….

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

The Holiday season is here and with budgets uncertain for the next year, job hunting may be a challenge for many. Here are a few job interview tips to help you make the best of every interview opportunity: 1. Do Your Research Researching the company before the interview and learning as…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

SkillGigs, the online job search marketplace, today announced the general availability of their resume and recruiting technology platform for technology job seekers for Austin, TX. SkillGigs will make available the 3D resume and skill listings for job seekers and Robo Recruiter for employers. SkillGigs is attracting A-list talent in the…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

Self-promotion when looking for a job is usually something aspiring candidates struggle with. Everyone wants to present the best about themselves in the hopes of being the frontrunner for a vacancy. At the same time, candidates tread carefully in their resumes and interviews so as not to come across as…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

What are your skills, experience and expertise worth in the current market? A question that’s not always easily answered in a constantly fluctuating market with countless variables coming into play. That said, knowing your Real Market Value (RMV) will help you not only get paid fairly, but have more leverage…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last 20 years, we all know that California is a tech industry hub. What you may not know is that it is a tech industry hub that is facing a drought. And no, I’m not talking about the water drought….

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

The 3D Resume builder for tech talent is a next generation personal branding tool that helps you tell you professional story in a visually impactful way, making it easy for you to get hired. Our 3D Resume is packed with benefits and features that ensures companies no longer have to dig through…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

“Where do I begin?” Those sentiments express our most prominent thought when it comes to taking action and trying to land that dream job. All the details of the dream may be worked out, except for that pesky part of how to start down the path. Of course it is…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

4 Tips To Get Hired Fast

September 17, 2015

Generally, good things come to those who wait. While this principle is true, it is nice to find ways to decrease the waiting period, especially when it comes to getting hired. So what are some keys to getting hired fast? Below we’ll discuss four job searching tips that can help speed up…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

It is perhaps the most awkward time during a job interview: the time where the interviewer asks you if you have any questions. In all your preparation for answering their questions, pondering what questions to direct toward them wasn’t even on the radar. So, what do you do? Do you…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

They say you can determine if someone is the right fit for the job in the first 15 seconds of the interview, however this interview question will really seal the deal for you: “What is your story?” Really, that’s the question?! Yes. Think about it. A person’s story tells you…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

  Voting for the 2016 SXSW PanelPicker is closing soon, and we need your help! You could make this an experience of a lifetime for us, and an opportunity for inspiration and growth for others. Ronny ChengVP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

You’ve been job hunting for months and you’re getting no where. You’ve applied to countless job postings, re-wrote your resume 15 times, and even tried online training, but no one’s biting! To top it off, the jobs you’re applying for aren’t even your dream job. So what do you do? Did…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

  A dream job. We all wish we had one. So why don’t many of us? There are countless reasons, that are totally in your control. So our goal is to help you see the light. To help you take that first step to actually pursuing, and obtaining your dream…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

  Can’t seem to nail the interview? Feel like you have all the right qualifications but keep bombing the ever so daunting face-to-face interview with your dream employer? Not to worry. Here are 10 reasons you’re likely bombing the interview, and what you can do about it. Ronny ChengVP of…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

  Once you’ve gotten your resume organized perfectly and through the applicant tracking system to the recruiter, how can you take your resume to the next level and ensure it actually gets read? Ronny ChengVP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of Digital Astronauts…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
3 years ago Categories: Share

Nine times out of ten your closet isn’t the only thing that needs some organizing. It’s highly likely your resume could use a little attention too. As a matter of fact, resume organization is one of the key reasons that people never get a phone call for an interview from…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
3 years ago Categories: Share

  We know you. You’re one of the thousands of awesome job candidates who apply to multiple jobs a week and never hear anything back from the recruiter. No email. No phone call. Nothing but confirmation that your resume has been received and then radio silence. You’ve got the skills….

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
3 years ago Categories: Share

Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of SkillGigs: your next-generation job finding and hiring experience and the first 24/7 auction-style, online job marketplace focused on the IT sector (for now). For the past two years, we have been perfecting an evolutionary search and matching technology that speeds up…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
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