3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them September 14, 2018

3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them

“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” – Denis Waitley

You have the right skills, extensive professional experience, and a completed project list that could fill several pages. What’s really stopping you from getting the most out of your career every day? That little voice inside your head could be your biggest fan – but most times it’s our toughest critic.

These criticisms often lead us into what we refer to as career traps. With over 59 million hits on Google, it’s clear that “career trap” is not only a real thing but also a widely discussed topic in the professional environment. Authors from major publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today have all weighed in with their insight on this trending topic of career interest, but our favorite comes from author Sarah Canaday. In her article “Common Career Traps of Top Performers,” she concisely explains 4 career traps most professionals face at some point during their career and offers quick bullet points of ways to avoid each trap. These articles tackling this complex and frequently-experienced phenomenon, specifically from Canaday, inspired us to offer our own take on the subject. Keep reading for what career traps to look out for and ways to avoid them.  Continue reading “3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them”

3 Reasons You Should Consider New Job Offers September 6, 2018

3 Reasons You Should Consider New Job Offers

Whether you’ve been with your current employer for one year, five years, or 20 years…

The assumption that passively looking for new career opportunities is somehow disloyal is arguably very outdated. 

In fact, we find a large percentage of our talent users consider themselves “passive job seekers,” meaning they are open to new career opportunities, but they aren’t actively searching for and applying to new positions. In this personal anecdote from The Muse, Caribou Honig, founding partner of QED Investors, writes that job security can’t be guaranteed and that this sort of job security can’t depend on company size or reputation, but only on your personal, “marketable skills” and “passion to deliver results.” Keeping an ear to the “job market” ground isn’t out of disloyalty to your current employer, but out of respect for yourself as a talented professional.

If you’re interested in continuing your job search, keep reading for the 3 reasons you should be open to new job offers and opportunities as a passive job seeker. Who knows – Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.

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The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills August 30, 2018

The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills

We know how talented you are…

But are you really making the most out of your skill listing on Skillgigs?

Whether you’re part of our awesome (and growing) talent squad using Skillgigs to browse new opportunities every day, you’re new to the tech industry and curious about which skills to invest your time, or if you’re not* on Skillgigs and trying to figure out what skill-set can impact your application positively during your job-search, we want to give you the insider look at our 7 most-searched technical skills on our platform.  (*If you’re not on Skillgigs already – what are you waiting for?!! – Sign up today!)

Read more to about what high-demand skills of yours are most searched!  Continue reading “The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills”

Top Brands That Want You & How to Get Their Attention August 23, 2018

Top Brands That Want You & How to Get Their Attention

Think we talk about personal branding a lot?

It’s because we do! It should be fairly easy to do because who really knows you better than – well – you.

Good personal branding could be the difference between you landing that amazing dream-job at an industry-leading company and you missing out because they hired that one tech guy from San Francisco who’s probably read some of our other blogs about personal branding. This could be your chance to stand out from your peers – and it all starts with actions you can take today. Continue reading “Top Brands That Want You & How to Get Their Attention”

The 6 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Personal Brand August 17, 2018

The 6 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Personal Brand

We’ve been all about your personal brand lately because even though in this day and age makes the job seeking experience virtually (pun intended) robotic, there’s nothing more valuable than the soul behind the brand.

This past month, we brought you 4 Personal Branding Tips You Should Be Using and How To Stand Out in a Tech Interview because we know everyone is asking the question, “How can I be the best me for this job interview?” This week, we want to draw a clear line between the Do’s and Don’ts of self-promotion, so you can achieve confidence, but not over-confidence. Continue reading “The 6 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Personal Brand”

4 Personal Branding Tips You Should Be Using August 10, 2018

4 Personal Branding Tips You Should Be Using

Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon said, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”

Have you ever thought that the post you shared, retweeted, or even double tapped has an effect on your personal brand? Or, have you considered sharing your skills and role responsibilities outside of your resume?  Digital presence and how you share your brand are on a completely different level this year! Making an effort to identify and strengthen your personal brand is what puts you ahead of the game when competing for some of the most premier gigs in the country.

Since your skills and position in the market are our top priority, here are 4 tips for creating and maintaining your personal brand.  

1 Education – Even outside of the classroom

According to John Hall in his featured Forbes article states, “A key factor in building a successful brand is being truly educated.” By reading this blog, you’ve already taken initiative in educating yourself!

Education comes in all shapes and sizes! While traditional schooling is always great to have in your arsenal, there are other ways to stand out at that next interview. Research the industry and field you are in to help you keep a pulse on the most current technologies, skills, and trends.

2 Go Digital

You know the world you live in is almost completely online. Take advantage of the resources at your fingertips! If you care about something in particular, especially related to your career, tell the world! Many Skillgigs-Talent users often share their GitHub or LinkedIn profiles within their 3D resume, optimizing their visibility and to establishing their personal brands more effectively.

Simple tasks such as leaving a comment on a cool new app that or sharing an update about a company’s latest news helps your potential colleagues and employers to understand your brand, career goals, and knowledge for the industry.

As stated in this article from Entrepreneur, “an HR rep comparing two candidates is more likely to select the one that has lots of high-quality content online.”

3 Harness the Power of a Personal Brand

So you know where to look for content and maybe even how to share it, but do you know how to really make it your own? HBR suggested an awesome narrative idea in their article, “How Women Can Develop And Promote Their Personal Brand, ” on how to really understand your story and – even better – how to put it into words! The simple exercise of writing out each job you’ve had over your career and drawing connections between each is a super fun and easy way to write a summary of what you really excel at and enjoy doing. Within just a few minutes of your time, you have mastered the intro to your very own personal brand.

4 All Good Things Take Time
Building your personal brand takes time. One or 2 random posts every week or so probably won’t shed too much light on your personal brand to you or anyone else.

Talent in the Skillgigs marketplace often find themselves signing up as just the first step in the process of landing the perfect job. The second, third, and fourth steps are what help them evolve their personal brand through a skill density analysis, 1 on 1 coaching from our talent advocates, career reflection and the many other resources available to the talent.

While the process is fairly quick, it does deserve enough time for you to feel confident and fully aware of your brand.

Is Your Tech Job Made For You? August 2, 2018

Is Your Tech Job Made For You?

Maybe when you were a young entrepreneur, writing your first code, you probably saw yourself becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg. But now you have cleared your adolescents and your dreams are turning into a more underwhelming reality. Before you are placed in a what Wall Street Journal calls a “workplace U-turn,” it’s time to learn how your childhood goals of making an impact in the industry can still be achievable, with a little self-reflection guidance from yours truly.

If you are top talent but don’t feel you are making the most of your current skills in your role, don’t fear the unknown or the process of deciding to take on a new opportunity! According to Dana Levin-Robinson, Chief of Staff at VirtualHealth via the Muse, she came to the tech field from advertising and she attributes her career satisfaction to persistence and awareness for the kind of career she wanted. It’s never too late to apply your skills to a company that aligns more with your career goals.

So how exactly can you decide if your skills are best being used in your current role? Continue reading “Is Your Tech Job Made For You?”

Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2 July 27, 2018

Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2

According to Inc.com in “8,800 Hiring Authorities Weighted In. Here Are the Top 5 New Interviewing Trends,” interviews continue to change with the times, as new and specific skill sets are in high demand.  Last year, in our blog, “9 Essential Tips to Stand Out in a Tech Interview,” we said what everyone is thinking – standing out in tech is kind of an oxymoron and in 2018, this statement holds true! Skillgigs is still on your side and we want to help you navigate through one of the most intimidating parts of the career change process. With that said – Here Is Your Guide to Standing Out In A Tech Interview: Part 2 Continue reading “Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2”

Do You Know Your Worth? June 28, 2018

Do You Know Your Worth?

Salaries are the biggest kept secrets when it comes to your workplace. While some companies fear the competition that will pay more for the talent they want, other companies often underbid talent that deserves higher pay. Not surprisingly, long-standing employees find themselves making less, due to a lack of awareness of the market’s going rate.

All too often, talent is left in the unknown, because they simply don’t have the grounds to determine their pay. On the flip side, employers hire on the cheaper side, meaning their quality of talent may be diminished and turnover is inevitable.

We’re excited to share…it doesn’t have to be this way!

Know Your Worth
Just because you have an idea for your worth and know what it costs for your standard of living, doesn’t mean employers will get you your magic number. They calculate based on a yearly budget – and it usually doesn’t account for that new car you want to buy. Bernard Marr puts it best in his article, “How Much Should I Get Paid? Check Your Market Value”– “Instead, employees should focus on value: both the value they bring to the company and their market value.”

And while you can go on all day long about your value, nothing can justify your asking price better than a Real Market Value calculation.

How do you figure out your Real Market Value, you asked?

Real Market Value Tool
Skillgigs is your one-stop shop, with Your RMV calculator and more here.

We keep talking about being prepared for their interview, but we aren’t just going to talk about it without helping you. When you understand your RMV, you are increasing your negotiating power by educating yourself for the real-time demand for your skills and experience.

Skillgigs provides a Real Market Salary Report that helps you have a real-time analysis based on actual demand and supply data for your specific skill sets and its customized per individual based on experience and location. The calculation is based on 4 main factors: the title of the job, your experience level, your skill sets, and location.

Not only does Skillgigs help with determining the most real-time RMV, but it also proves these values through the live gigs in the marketplace. Every day, employers like Facebook, Amazon, and Yahoo are posting their open positions and the going rate that they would pay. While you may not actively be looking, it doesn’t hurt to know what else is out there and what your colleagues may be making.

Are you interested in learning your real market value? Or do you trust employer is paying you fairly? Check out our Real Market Value here!

It’s all about the UX stupid! Recruiting trends in 2018 June 10, 2018

It’s all about the UX stupid! Recruiting trends in 2018

2018 has been a monumental year so far for the recruitment market. This year, we saw the increase in cloud-based recruitment platforms, artificial intelligence tools being integrated with applicant tracking systems, and a growing focus on making the entire candidate experience a positive one. User design has finally started to adjust so that talent gets the best possible impression when visiting career websites and job portals. Then this experience goes forward as new hires participate in on-boarding and training efforts.

Here are some of the most prevalent ways that organizations are working to improve the recruitment user experience (UX) in order to attract and retain a strong workforce. Continue reading “It’s all about the UX stupid! Recruiting trends in 2018”