DevOps Trends You Should Know Now

DevOps has gone from a ‘chaotic experiment’ once believed destined for failure to the industry standard in a short period of time. In the last year alone, DevOps has seen considerable change, as more businesses include the methodology into their operating environment. As DevOps becomes more and more prevalent, how do companies take advantage of this change in operations to speed delivery and innovation?

What is DevOps?  DevOps, also sometimes referred to as “Continuous Integration” (CI) or “Continuous Delivery” (CD) is an application development and management practice that aims to integrate software development with deployment and operations. The practice of DevOps is predicated on developing, testing, and deploying code in the shortest amount of time possible by removing all manual effort and ‘customizations.’ Read more about the top DevOps trends of 2018, below. 

Enterprise DevOps In 2017, the presence of DevOps grew stronger in both the IT world and business […]

How Mock Job Interviews Lead to Acing Your Real Interview

Interviews are nerve-racking experiences, but they are a crucial function for job seekers. In an interview, a job seeker must not only worry about their knowledge, but also how they present themselves in areas such as nonverbal communication. For example, 33% of interviewers know within 90 seconds if they would hire the applicant due to nonverbal cues. With such an emphasis put on the “performance” side of interviews, it’s imperative that job seekers practice interview techniques and presentation beforehand. The best way to get this essential practice is by participating in a mock job interview.

What is a Mock Job Interview? A mock job interview is a practice interview with a professional career counselor. Many of these mock job interviews can occur at career counseling centers, such as those found on college campuses. Also, many recruiters can conduct mock job interviews or refer candidates to professionals who specialize in […]

How to Get Noticed in a Competitive Tech Market

The tech industry has always been known to seek out the best and the brightest. Because of this, the competition for jobs with well-known tech companies can be tough. With this in mind, it’s imperative that tech professionals set themselves apart from their peers. So, how do tech professionals get noticed in this very competitive market?

Make Sure Your Resume is Top Notch “More than 250 resumes will be submitted for every corporate job opening. From this pile of over 250 resumes, 4 to 6 candidates will be interviewed, and 1 will be offered the job.” With statistics like these, it’s imperative your resume is in the best shape possible to stand out from the pack. Not only must your resume be “perfect,” it must also be unique in order to find its way to the top of the pile. Make sure all your skills are correctly and efficiently […]

5 IT Certifications You Need to Boost Your Career

Certifications can be a great way to enhance a resume, boost salary potential, and move your career forward. Per a Global Knowledge survey, it was found that 83 percent of IT professionals hold an IT certification. Moreover, they also found the average salary for certified IT professionals in the U.S. is on average $8,400 higher than their non-certified peers.

The Top 5 IT Certifications for 2018 1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) Average Salary: $127,507

2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Average Salary: $122,448

3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Average Salary: $119,085

4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Average Salary: $118,179

5. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Average Salary: $110,634

The IT Certification Trends: It’s All About Security and Risk  When looking at the top five IT certifications, it’s not hard to spot a trend: Security and risk management is in high demand, […]

Why Tech Contractor Roles Aren’t Going Anywhere

In 2018, the contract workforce is thriving. An NPR/Marist poll found that one in five jobs in the U.S. is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. This contract trend is especially robust in the tech industry.

How Did the Contract Employment Model Happen? The Great Recession of 2008 During the recession, employers started hiring workers on a contract basis. Companies went to this strategy to combat economic uncertainty. At the same time, with unemployment rising, employees who once held traditional roles were open to considering this new type of employment. As the economy recovered, businesses saw a benefit to this type of staffing model given the increased flexibility to hire talent for present conditions without necessarily making commitments for the longer term.

Technology Provided the Tools: Teleworking Ability While employment markets and business models changed, […]

Want a Better Salary? Learn Skills and Forget Languages

Historically, tech professionals have thought of acquiring more programming languages to increase their value. However, in today’s job market, that logic may be outdated.

Out with the Old, In with the New Technical Skills While knowledge of specific programming languages used to be the box check needed to land a new job, the focus is now more on skills for specific tasks for emerging, growth fueled practice areas.

Artificial Intelligence AI is taking the world by storm. More and more industries, including those outside traditional tech companies, are focusing on AI and ways to incorporate it into their day-to-day operations. Knowledge around machine learning, data mining and data analytics are essential in this new, emerging skill set.

Cyber Security As breaches and cyberattacks dominate news cycles, employers will look for candidates who are well versed in information security principles and protocols. Knowledge of network security, firewalls and penetration testing […]

Where Are the Newest Emerging Tech Hubs?

As with real estate, tech hubs are all about location, location, location. Over the past 20 years, the central tech hubs included Silicon Valley and Seattle with the most recent push including Boston and New York. However, with the skyrocketing cost of living in these primary tech cities, tax changes due to the recent tax reform legislation, and with many smaller locales rolling out the welcome mat (with tax advantages and other relocation incentives for tech companies) times are changing.

The Top 6 Emerging Tech Hubs While traditionally tech hubs have been thought to be in the pacific northwest and in northeast cities, areas in the south are now starting to gain popularity. This can be attributed to state and local efforts to attract corporate partners, affordability and weather.

Hub # 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Average tech salary: $97,415

Population:  1,567,872

Come for the cheesesteak and the Super Bowl-winning Eagles, […]

Is Blockchain a Lucrative Career or Just Hype?

With the rise and fall of bitcoin values being a part of daily news reports, it begs the question; “Is blockchain a valuable tool for career advancement and opportunity, or is it just a fad?” Is learning this new emerging tech, Blockchain, any more a gamble than the currency it was first used for? 

What Is Blockchain? Blockchain technology allows for recording transactions for digital assets. The technology itself is hard, if not impossible to manipulate, making it a secure way to keep transactional data. Blockchain is especially useful for data that doesn’t originate with a traditional ‘trusted source,’ such as a government organization or financial institution.

How Does Blockchain Function Within Bitcoin Since bitcoin and other crypto-currencies aren’t backed by a government or lender, there needs to be a way to record who owns what; this is where blockchain comes in.  Blockchain allows these nontraditional currencies to be […]

Avoid things that annoy interviewers the most

Being in this industry for the past 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of candidates and facilitated more interviews than I liked to count. Even though it’s my job to stay abreast of in-demand IT jobs, I find it just as useful to share some of things that keep candidates from getting these jobs. That’s right; candidates can ruin a job interview within the first 20 minutes of an interview. Of course, some of these reasons are not necessarily deal-breakers, but they’re justifiable reasons as to why these candidates are not an employer’s top choice.

1. Dressing inappropriately. I know, in this day and time, you would think that most people would know the do’s and don’ts of interview attire. However, you would be amazed at the comments I’ve seen regarding a candidate’s attire or lack thereof. Just a few side notes; don’t wear anything that has glitter, makes it […]

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