“Is the economy getting any better? There seems to be more jobs out there, but I’m not getting hired.” … ”What would you recommend I do to increase my eligibility to get hired? Are certifications an asset or should I get another degree?”
Honestly I’m not any kind of “expert”, but I do see the changes every single day in the economy – which is DEFINITELY a good thing!!. So the first thing I say is, “YES” it is changing, but in the Technology industries there is still the need for highly skilled individuals. Those individuals MUST have experience with multiple technologies and a BA or BS degree - some companies will also take a Technical college. Most companies these days are trying to save money and therefore combining two positions into one, so the individual with multiple technologies and methodologies are always their first choice.
It’s hard to believe the amount of resumes I receive per position that need a TON of work to make them presentable to our clients. So one thing to remember is ALWAYS make sure to check, double check and triple check your resume. The MOST common error on a resume is spelling and second most is not tailoring your resume to fit the position. Companies want to see all your pertinent experience that measures up to their job description, NOT your experience waiting tables, or working in any other non-technical field.
Another thing to remember is Recruiters are here to HELP you with your career change or questions … we’re not the enemy, and therefore use us as a resource!! That’s what we’re here for. Individuals I work with always know to contact me anytime with questions they may have on the economy, industry and even what certs/education they should get. OH and another thing to remember is we’re also here to HELP you write your resume. Speaking for myself, I WON’T write it for you, but I will work with you to make it “fit” the position.
I hope this information helps!!