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”

7 Ways Your Resume Should be Modified in 2018 May 28, 2018

7 Ways Your Resume Should be Modified in 2018

Truthfully, writing, editing, or even looking at a resume is probably not on your top 5 favorite things to do. It’s probably not even in the top 50.

More than likely, if you’re happily employed and not actively job seeking, updating your resume probably isn’t even on your radar. But if you are anything like the talent of today or the top talent in our marketplace, a happy job doesn’t mean you don’t mind knowing what else is out there. Which is probably also why you decided to read this article, just to make sure your resume is up to snuff.

But what are the benefits of even actively writing a resume, even while you aren’t actively looking for a new gig? Learning how to write a ‘knock it out the park’ resume can help you be more aware of other opportunities, improve your personal brand, and increase your chances perfecting the art of finding the perfect job. Here are the keys to open more doors.

Below are just a few of our industry-proven resume tips for landing your dream job this year and a link to access the rest of our resume guide!

  • Don’t you dare create a jumbled resume

If you’re resume provokes the reader’s eyes to cross before they even get a chance to read it, then there is certainly room for improvement. When you download the resume guide, we completely break down the order of information, suggestions for what to include and even where to include it!

Be careful with the ‘extras’ of fonts and styles – use them economically and only on the most important parts. Fun tip too is to print it out, so you can double check if it looks just as good off the screen as it does on.

  • First impressions

It’s sort of like dating someone. You usually only want to only show them your good sides, before you show them your lesser favorable sides. While all parts of you are awesome, it’s all about the priming and what you want to present first.

Putting your most relevant and important experience at the top is your key to getting your foot in the door to an interview. While some will tell you that an objective or summary is important, we recommend it is best left out of the resume

  • Don’t be beat by the ATS bots!

Our resume guide dives DEEP into the many ways an ATS can miss your awesome experience, based on some basic parsing technologies and keyword screening.

Our data shows that about 60% of resumes are never even seen because of an ATS system. Time.com’s data reports that upwards of “75% of candidates are taken out of consideration before a human ever sees their resume.”

Quick fixes to beat the bot include edits to your organization and how you would re-format it. Easy stuff! Check out our methods here.

  • Omit the insignificant…

While it’s great that you worked at a Target in high school, it’s not relevant to anything you are doing now. Time to detach from that experience and focus on what really makes you great!

Examples of bad resumes are always the ones that go on for far too long. 10-pages is not necessary and while we know your experience is almost jumping off the page, it’s a best practice to be selective and ask yourself, would this experience be important to my current or other potential employer?

  • Companies do love data

We are in a data-driven world and people get hired because of numbers. If you are serious about validating your experience and letting people know you actually know the value of what you do…put a number on it.

Increasing ROI, revenue, efficiency, what have you, if it has a number (accurate one, of course), then you are golden. Oh and don’t forget one of the most important numbers on your resume! The dates you were employed at each position. We say way too many resumes with a year to year timeline, meaning the employer has to guess when they started within a 12-month period.

Be specific and validate your experience.

  • Can you hear yourself when you read your resume?

Employers actually want to hear your voice, or rather personality, when it comes to learning more about you from your resume. While it’s a first look into your technical experience, the way you write the content and style the document are how they are going to judge you as a person, at least initially.

You want to sound like a real subject matter expert and stand out from all the other talent!

  • Make your 2D resume 3D

In our experience, traditional resumes just don’t appreciate technical skills the way they should be. Which is why we offer our talent a FREE 3D resume builder to accurately reflect their skills, provide a real timeline of their career history and approach their personal brand in a much more concerted approach.

To access the free 3D resume builder, follow the link here.

 

And for more tips, download the resume guide to audit your more traditional resume, because it’s always a good idea to have it as a backup 😉

 

5 Ways Hiring is Changing in 2018 May 17, 2018

5 Ways Hiring is Changing in 2018

Most would agree…recruitment, sourcing and hiring have all become fairly dated until recently. The usual practice of searching, nonstop dinging of email resume submissions, and the repetitive process of reviewing resumes is anything but productive. The time for smarter recruiting is here and we want to highlight the best part of hiring: the human touch.

Looking at The 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report and Human Resources Today’s 10 Recruiting Trends in 2018, we compiled 5 of the most significant hiring trends taking over the job market and paving the way for identifying actual quality talent.

 

  1. Recruitment Technology

The role of AI and chatbots within hiring has made a huge impact on how companies work faster and automate the more tedious parts of recruitment. The 2018 Global Recruiting Trends shared that 76% say “AIs impact on recruiting will be at least somewhat significant” moving forward this year and beyond. Meaning – if you aren’t already using it, you’re probably already falling behind your competitors.

While there is an assortment of tools out there to simplify parts of your workflow, it’s important to think about where your biggest hiring pains are and evaluate which smart technology can help you find quality talent, automate screening or save you time. Skillgigs’ marketplace specializes in premier talent, meaning employers access a pool of only top talent, thereby eliminating a lot of wasted time on unfit candidates.

 

  1. Cultural Fit

Individuality has never been so appreciated than a time like this! Candidates come to employers in a variety of strengths, backgrounds, and culture. Top companies automatically require some level of technical ability; however, the actual person has to understand and connect to the goals and vision for the company on an almost personal level. Companies in growth pay attention to this because they understand these are the attributes that can differentiate an A player from a B player.  Here’s more on what employers look for when it comes to evaluating culture fit: 7 Attributes That Actually Matter When Hiring Talent.

 

  1. Paying Attention to Data

Most companies are driven by data, so why would talent acquisition be exempt from the process? Recruitment is a numbers game and we all know there are real number goals set for companies to grow. Whether it be a hiring manager applying pressure or the CEO of a new startup, the hiring space is about growth and growth is about numbers.  Companies are creating strategies and implementing new tools in their recruitment practice to put up the biggest fight against competitors and truly optimize their quality of hiring.

 

  1. Passive Job Seekers

Hiring quality talent has turned into 1 big game of attracting top professionals to opportunities that they didn’t look for in the first place. Human Resources Today listed a few inbound recruitment methodologies that HR departments are using to convert passive job seekers into active job seekers. Highlighting the candidate experience, these practices prove that talent cares about culture and the brand of the company when it comes to converting into an active job seeker.

 

  1. Social Recruiting

Human Resources Today said, “Social Recruiting is the process of using social media channels for recruiting purposes. The term refers to different ways of using social media networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) and websites (blogs, forums, job boards and websites like Glassdoor for example) to find, attract and hire talent.”

HR tech savvy professionals know that their placements are all about timing. To reach your quality talent, you need to be at the right place at the right time. The job marketplace moves fast, so social recruiting allows you to have a pulse on that movement. The Skillgigs marketplace itself only activates talent for 1-3 months at a time, knowing full well how fast this talent can move and how responsive they may be at any given time in their career.