Posted on | February 18, 2014 | Comments Off
I will be speaking on Feb 19th at the Big D Chapter of the IAAP (International Association of Adminstrative Professionals) about MS One Note. This is an introduction to the program for those who aren’t familiar with it.
What is OneNote?
How to setup OneNote.
Creating Sections & Notebooks
Using OneNote for projects
OneNote for collaboration
Using OneNote with MS Office
Using tables & files in OneNote
Using OneNote on your mobile device
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Posted on | February 13, 2014 | Comments Off
Posted on | December 4, 2013 | Comments Off
Cool graphic on the Dallas Information Technology.
Posted on | November 18, 2013 | Comments Off
Best Workplaces < —- Dallas Morning News Best Workplaces Video
Posted on | September 20, 2013 | Comments Off
I was recently asked to give a quote regarding the Dallas IT Job market and it is currently playing on the Career segment for 105.3, 103.7, and 100.3.The IT market has been very good this year. The search for good talent across all areas is very high talking to recruiting peers and candidates. Many candidates are seeing multiple offers and can weigh their options of money, location, perks, benefits, technology, etc..
Here is the quote from the segment.
“I have seen a very steady IT job market so far in the Dallas area for 2013 and I forsee that continuing through Q3 and Q4. The demand for experienced IT professionals is high for contract needs and direct hires. I have seen this in all areas from programmers to systems administrators.”
Posted on | July 29, 2013 | Comments Off
Are you currently using the Highlight App? This is an App for the iPhone and Android. It has been around for a little while but I am seeing more activity lately. If you are a job seeker, it might be a good idea for you to create a profile and let people know you are looking for a new position. You can also be very specific about what you are looking for an include a Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin Profile Link to your Highlight profile. This way it makes it easy to find you from a hiring manager or recruiter. Try it out and see how it work for you.
Highlight is a fun, simple way to learn more about the people around you.
If someone standing near you also has Highlight, their profile will show up on your phone. You can see their name, photos of them, mutual friends, and anything else they have chosen to share. When you meet someone, Highlight helps you see what you have in common with them. And when you forget their name at a party a week later, Highlight can help you remember it.
As you go about your day, Highlight runs quietly in the background, surfacing information about the people around you. If your friends are nearby, it will notify you. If someone interesting crosses your path, it will tell you more about them.
Highlight gives you a sixth sense about the world around you, showing you hidden connections and making your day more fun.
Posted on | July 3, 2013 | Comments Off
The new Dice Salary survey is out for IT salaries in major cities and averages across the US. Some interesting information for candidates.
Posted on | June 24, 2013 | Comments Off
Join us on July 10th for the opening of our Houston Office!
Posted on | May 5, 2013 | Comments Off
Where do I start?
I get asked this question quite a bit and there are some obvious answers and not so obvious answers you need to consider. Sometimes people get a little confused with the new world of technology and social media in their job search. Social media is important to getting to where you want to land. It is important to brand yourself and take the right steps to get to where you want to be.
1. Ask yourself the question: do I enjoy large or small companies? There are pros and cons to both and you need to figure out what is best for you. This is important in that you want to determine if you want to be part of an organization that does things on a large scale and you may have to deal with more politics. In a small organization, decisions might be made quicker but you also might have more responsibility. In terms of programming, this might include gathering requirements, testing/QA, maintenance along with new development.
2. What kind of stability is important? Does the company have a good track record? Any layoffs in the past 5 years? These days some organizations will cut workforce without hardly any notice, perhaps a week and sometimes none at all.
3. Determine what else is really important to you? (salary, commute, stability, benefits?) There is a lot to consider when considering a new position. Work on large or small teams? Individual or team contributor?
4. The obvious: Are you networking? Are you staying on top of your competition? It is very important to stay in touch with your old co-workers. Where are they working, do they like where they work – do they have any openings? Stay on top of user groups or meetups in your field. There are also a lot of job search outreach programs everywhere, especially in the DFW area. Nowadays, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with peers and learn from them. If you are an expert in a certain area, consider blogging or speaking at local or national conferences to help others.
5. Personal Branding/Social Media: Do you have a blog or website? It is very important to brand yourself in several areas. Have you kept up with your LinkedIn account and is it up to date with skills, awards, recommendations? Do you have an Aboutme page? This is a free service that you can use to brand yourself and list places you can be found on the internet. If you do have a website, make sure you list your resume and any relevant information on your projects. Twitter is great to follow those in your field and find out what they are up to (Latest trends).
6. Update that resume – make sure you have your skills numerous places on the resume. Recruiters and Applicant tracking systems use tag words and key words to find you. Without the keywords and skills, you are not going to be found among the numerous applicants. Take out the header with your name/address and put it in the main section of Microsoft Word. Make sure to use Microsoft Word rather than PDF. PDF looks nice but it sometimes doesn’t get parsed in the applicant systems.
7. Keep track of the places you have applied or have interest in applying. This is very important! Make a spreadsheet on Google Docs or Excel with the apply date, name of company, title of position, and the recruiter you talked to if that occurs.
8. Follow up after you interview. Send a thank you email to the recruiter and the hiring manager. Make it brief and to the point mentioning the skills you can bring to the position. Persistence is key if you feel like you are a match for a certain position but try not to be a pest, that can be a turnoff. See if you know anyone on LinkedIn that is connected to the company of interest. As many people refer to a black hole when applying, unfortunately the internal recruiting staff usually has bad systems or are too busy to even get to the applicants. The managers are very busy behind the scenes. It’s a catch 22, they really need to fill the position but are sometimes too busy traveling or in meetings all day to make time to interview.
9. Landing: make sure you do your due diligence on the company. That might include Glasdoor.com, or finding people you know that work at the company. Are they listed on any Best Places to Work lists? What are the pros and cons? How is the industry itself doing? – are they stable, upward trending? good revenues? Make sure the benefits are in line with your needs (vacation, medical, 401K, work from home?, etc). Agree on a start date and you are ready to go!
Best of luck in your search!
Posted on | April 9, 2013 | Comments Off
Find People on Google-Plus
March 21, 2013 By booleanstrings
I’ve always felt that Google-Plus has a great future, since it was announced. Adding Communities was a big and positive change. A recent shift in its User Interface tells me that Google-Plus continues moving in the right direction.
Did you notice the “new” Find People function?
When selected, it provides the ability to:
Check your gmail address book against your circles
Search “for coworkers” and “for classmates”, that, in fact, offers to look for people from any workplace and from any school. This is faceted search
Import contacts from an address book (a CSV file)
Did you know that all of this people searching functionality has been there a while? The only new (visual) add-on I have noticed is graphically pointing to the number of (sort-of) friends in common; I’ve highlighted on the screenshot above.
The user interface shift doesn’t affect the explained concepts in my recorded Google-Plus presentation available at the Training Library. This people search functionality was previously buried under “finding people to include in your circles”; we explored it in-depth at the webinar. When I present the Google-Plus again, for now, I will only have to re-do the screenshots. What a fast moving target it is, Social Networks and People Search!
I am glad that this better People Search is now clearly visible. Check it out if you haven’t.
Compare this with the “old” search that has been easily visible all along:
The “old” search only offers using keywords and narrowing down to “people and pages”. (The location facet is there, but I haven’t seen it working properly.) The search weakness is a shame, since Google-Plus has well structured information about its members in the About pages, including employment, skills, places, education, and valuable for the People Sourcers links to other social profiles and sites. That, and given that the amount of information in Google-Plus is tiny, compared with the whole surface web that Google search indexes, should let Google-Plus Engineers easily provide us with multi-faceted people search. (Why has it been taking it so long?) The third party site that implemented multi-faceted search early on, FindPeopleOnPlus, it seems, ran out of steam over a year ago, and now covers only a small % of the total network population. Hopefully, the described shift in the User Interface is a sign that Google-Plus is working on solid people search functionality. Let’s keep an eye on it.
Unfortunately, selecting several people and “rolling” them to a circle is no longer available on the new page, while it’s still available on the “old” circles page. Hopefully this inconsistency in the user interface will be cleaned up soon. I prefer the way it used to be.
That’s really minor though. Google-Plus has a big and bright future.