6 Tech Jobs Expected to Grow Like Crazy in 2017

According to Business Insider, the following IT jobs are expected to have high-growth in 2017:

Network and computer systems administrator: growing by 8%
While companies are buying less computers due to the Cloud, the demand for these professionals has not diminished.
Average Salary: $77,810

Data Scientist: growing by 16%
Due to big data, demand for this skill isn’t going away anytime soon.
Average Salary: $128,240

Software Engineer: growing by 17%
High-tech companies to everyday organizations need custom software to serve their own customers and employees.
Average Salary: $100,690

Information Security Analyst: growing by 18%
There’s a rising demand for people who know how to keep data safe and secure.
Average Salary; $90,120

Computer Systems Analyst: growing by 21%
There’s a need for someone to troubleshoot problems when things go wrong, aka the Systems Analyst.
Average Salary: $85,800

Web developer: growing by 27%
While their salaries my not reflect it, Web developers are always in high-demand.
Average Salary: $64,970

5 of the Biggest Resume Mistakes

The quickest way for your resume to get thrown out is to submit it with mistakes. Beyond the obvious grammatical and spelling that will cause your resume to immediately be rejected, there are 5 other BIG mistakes to be aware of and stay away from:

1) Not including keywords that match the job. Your resume must show that you are qualified for the job, so include keywords on your resume to refer to the specific position. You have very little time to grab a hiring manager’s attention so don’t send a generic resume. You will be lost in the pile.

2) Focusing on the wrong thing. Candidates often explain their responsibilities but forget to include results. Set yourself apart from the pack by highlighting specific accomplishments. The more quantitative, the better. In fact, numbers and metrics speak louder than words.

3) Being too modest. Don’t forget to include any awards or recognition you’ve received such as “President’s Club Member” for being over quota by 25%. Also include any community service awards you received. Hiring managers look favorable upon people who not only work hard at the office but make a difference in the community as well.

4) Leaving unanswered red flags. Candidates usually wait until the first interview before addressing any gaps that may be on their resume. Big mistake. Most candidates won’t even make it to a first interview if the issues are not explained on their resume, cover letter or even LinkedIn profile. So if you moved around a lot in your career, it would be to your benefit to explain the reasons for your movement.

5) Writing too much. When writing your resume be as succinct and concise as possible. Keep your resume to 1 or 2 pages max. Bullet points and short paragraphs enhance readability. Limit your resume to the last 10 – 15 years of work experience. You don’t need to include everything you ever did.

If you have any stories about resume blunders, please share or comment below.

The Direct Companies, DCA & DRI, Best of the Best For 2016

January 9, 2017

The Direct Companies of Direct Recruiters, Inc. and Direct Consulting Associates, recognized the Best of Best for 2016.

Congratulations to all our winners! 

charles-aiken-iii_4x5300DCA’s Recruiter of the Year: Charles Aiken III, Recruiting Manager

Charles oversees and manages DCA’s recruitment team and works closely with clients to understand and satisfy their recruitment needs. He is committed to quality and results and the success of DCA.

Frank Myeroff,  DCA President, stated “A great recruiter and recruiting manager possess certain qualities that we see in Charles. He exemplifies the excellent listening skills, relationship building abilities, team building skills and business savvy required. In addition, Charles will always go the extra mile to find the best IT talent for our clients.  The fact that he gives us his best everyday, is why he is our Recruiter of the Year.”

Contact Charles Aiken III at 440-996-0867 / caiken@dc-associates.com.

shayla_4x5300DCA’s Rookie of the Year: Shayla Jastrzebski, Recruiter 

Shayla serves as an IT Recruiter for DCA. On a daily basis, she identifies, screens, and qualifies IT consultants and candidates for open positions. She is top notch when it comes to matching the right consultant with the right opportunity. Shayla is very goal oriented and loves to take on new challenges. Nothing is too big for her to tackle.

“What I like best about Shayla is that she digs in and welcomes each assignment with high energy. Our team can always rely on her to overcome any obstacles in order to deliver results. She is certainly a go-getter,” commented Frank Myeroff, DCA President.

Contact Shayla Jastrzebski at 440-996-0873 / sjastrzebski@dc-associates.com.

DRI’s Operations Employee of the Year: Jordan Freireich, IT Manager

This award goes to excellence in overseeing the daily operations of DRI & DCA.

Jordan Freireich works closely with President, Dan Charney and COO, Shel Myeroff.  Jordan is responsible for all aspects of the technology database for DRI, which includes maintaining their software, as well as implementing and training the DRI team of new program features which will increase productivity and efficiency.  Jordan’s strong organizational skills combined with his keen attention to detail enables him to look for innovative ways to enhance the company’s performance.

Jordan makes a positive impact on both DRI & DCA through technology and operational efficiency.  He continuously implements innovative solutions to business processes and effectively manages and executes IT strategies,” said Dan Charney, DRI President & CEO. “Everyday he displays excellence and true commitment to the success of our companies.”

Contact Jordan Freireich at 440-996-0587 / jfreireich@directrecruiters.com.

bln468_jason-herbert_f-4x5DRI’s Recruiter of the Year: Jason Herbert, Practice Leader of Packaging, Processing & Material Handling.

This award recognizes an employee who is a top producer that displays leadership, hard work and dedication to DRI’s process and values.

Jason Herbert has worked with clients to find high-impact talent to build their teams for over 10 years with DRI.  He is committed to quality and results, while developing and maintaining long-term relationships with client companies.  He makes it a priority to assess client staffing needs and expectations, to find talent required for long-term growth and success.

According to Dan Charney, DRI President & CEO, “Not only was Jason a top producer in 2016, he has consistently gotten better and built his practice over the past ten years. He is a leader within our great organization and I am proud to honor him.”

Contact Jason Herbert at 440-996-0591 / jherbert@directrecruiters.com

DRI’s Rookie of the Year: Doug Kellermeyer, Project Manager of Government Technology & IT/Cybersecurity.

The award goes to an outstanding employee who has been at DRI for eighteen months or less, and has shown a high level of performance throughout DRI’s approach to the recruiting process.

Working closely with Ryan Lange, Partner, Government & Security, Doug qualifies and recruits candidates to find the best cultural and organizational fit for his clients.  He is determined, goal-oriented, and driven to develop new skills and take on complex challenges.

According to Ryan Lange, “In just 18 months, Doug has showcased the abilities it takes to become a consistent top-performer and leader here at DRI. There were 8 other individuals that could have been named DRI’s Rookie of the Year, but in the end Doug’s performance combined with his commitment gave him the edge. He is the first person to arrive to the office and last to leave. If Doug continues his commitment and development, he will have a very bright future here at DRI.”

Contact Doug Kellermeyer: 440-996-0876 / dkellermeyer@directrecruiters.com.


Building Rapport in Job Interviews

January 5, 2016

By Christy Fox, Marketing Specialist

A new year brings new opportunities to make positive first impressions, whether it’s with new clients, networking connections, or with job interviewers. Especially in job interviews, hiring managers are looking for a certain skillset, but research is showing that building rapport is becoming increasingly as important. This could be described as communication that develops trust, chemistry, and establishes good relationships.

In a recent study led by Brian W. Swider, Georgia Institute of Technology, 163 mock interviewers were rated by competency after introductory small talk with an interviewer. The study showed that those who sparked a sense of trust with the interviewer received higher overall scores than those who did just as well on the interview, but did not build the same chemistry as the others (Wall Street Journal).
Although interviews can be nerve-wracking, it is important for candidates to show personality and try to build chemistry with the interviewer. Here are 3 tips to building rapport during an interview:

1. First and foremost, remember basic interview etiquette. Make sure that your appearance is appropriate for your interview and the job itself with how you dress and accessorize. Aside from dress, be aware of your body language and what you might be communicating with it. Make eye contact, smile, and avoid sitting with legs and arms crossed. Additionally, be polite and genuine when answering interview questions.

2. Find common ground with the interviewer. Making small talk is the key to building rapport, especially by finding shared experiences the two of you have in common. This can be done by actively listening to the interviewer, or simply paying attention to your surroundings. For example, you may walk into your interviewer’s office and notice that you are a fan of the same sports team, which immediately gives you a way to make a connection with him or her. Take note to analyze the situation first and be certain that the hiring manager is open to small talk to avoid coming off as too familiar and casual.

3. Show your personality. Interviews are chances to show off your personality that may not be obvious on your cover letter or resume. Being prepared to discuss your experience with real-life examples of work related other activities you are involved in. Remember to be yourself in your interview no matter how nervous you might be, and have a sense of humor. It is important to showcase the qualities that will give the interviewer a sense of how it might be to work with you.

Building rapport is a useful skillset to have not only for interviews, but also a variety of professions. What strategies have you used to build rapport during interviews?