GeekMeet Networking, Aug 12th @ The Londoner

Join GeekMeet on August 12th to network with other IT professionals in Dallas.
It’s important to build & maintain your professional network. Your network can be there for you when you need a job, a reference, a new contract, ideas on how to hone your skills, and so much more.

Date: August 12th
Place: The Londoner
14930 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
Time: 5 – 7:30pm

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LinkedIn Talent Article – 5 things recruiters do that drive candidates crazy

Saw this posting today from the LinkedIn Talent Blog, Author Paul Petrone. I think it rings true for a lot of people. From the recruiter standpoint, unfortunately we have some trouble getting information from clients in a timely manner or they will just say “we pass” on a candidate and will not give specifics on why. These things can certainly make a job search frustrating for a job seeker.

As a recruiter, we assume you don’t want to annoy candidates. Even looking at it in the most selfish way possible, it hurts your ability to close candidates and ruins your company’s reputation, which is never good for the bottom line.

So, to help you understand what irritates candidates most, we surveyed more than 20,000 professionals and asked them a pretty simple question: “What one thing frustrates you most about the recruiting process?”

While there was a wide-array of responses, five themes emerged. Without further ado, here are the five things recruiters do that drive candidates crazy and solutions for you:

1. They don’t keep candidates up-to-date

This is one of the most common responses we saw. People who didn’t get a job were upset when recruiters didn’t tell them. And, candidates who were still in the process complained that they only hear from a recruiter when it’s convenient for the recruiter.

Sample responses:

“Lack of communication. I’m left to guess that they’ve gone with another candidate because my phone stops ringing and my emails go unanswered.”

“Poor communication from the recruiter. They should respond back in a timely matter. They are the ones who made contact.”

“Recruiters can be very selfish with communication.”


Keep your candidates warm by contacting them at least once-a-week, even if there is no new news to report. And let your candidates know if they don’t get the job, particularly if they interviewed with you.

2. The hiring process is sloooooooow

Another very popular one. A lot of people complained the hiring process was just too long and burdensome.

Sample responses:

“The process takes so long! Speeding up the application process would make me a lot happier.”

“It takes too long for interviewers to get back with recruiters and too long for recruiters to set up interviews. There appears to be no sense of urgency.”

“Length of the process.”


Obviously, shorten the process when possible. But, if you feel like you can’t shorten it without compromising quality, keep candidates engaged by consistently communicating with them.

3. They don’t give straight answers

Quite a few people complained that recruiters didn’t give them straight answers about the position or embellished. Some even said they were outright lied to.

Sample responses:

“Too much mystery. More upfront information could save both parties a lot of time.”

“Selling the company for something it isn’t.”

“Recruiters tend to oversell the company. It’s tough to get an accurate idea of the good and the bad.”


Lying or exaggerating about a position is never a good idea and will almost certainly have a negative outcome. Think about it – if you hire someone under false pretenses, how long do you really think they’ll stay? Obviously, the solution here is just to be as honest and straightforward as possible. That’s the only way to hire the best fit for the role and keep everyone happy.

4. They reach out despite knowing nothing about the person

This was another one of the most common complaints cited by professionals.

Sample responses:

“Recruiters who don’t bother to read my resume before contacting me.”

“I find that recruiters just troll LinkedIn for candidates and don’t actually look at my profile.”

“Recruiters having done minimal research or just cold calling without knowing my specific skills and contributions.”


Not only is this annoying for candidates, it’s ineffective for recruiters. Targeting the people who are most likely to accept the job and then researching them before you reach out is the most effective way to recruit passive candidates.

5. They don’t know the job. At all.

This was a particularly common complaint among people who work in the technical fields.

Sample responses:

“Recruiters usually have little knowledge about what the actual job entails besides what’s written on the job description. It doesn’t give them much credibility.”

“Most recruiters don’t speak with knowledge of the industry or job they are hiring for.”


You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in the field you are recruiting in, but you should at least know it enough to have a conversation about it. So, be sure to have at least a cursory knowledge of the position and what it entails before reaching out to candidates.

To learn more about what talent is experiencing and what they like (or don’t like) during the job-seeking process, download our free 2015 Talent Trends report.

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Texas – Hot Job Market

Recent Dallas Morning News article stated that Texas is one of the hottest job markets in the US.

Texas and Florida top the list, according to a new report from ZipRecruiter. (See full list below.)

Why? The recovery of Sunbelt real estate markets, continued in-migration from other parts of the country and lower business costs translate to more demand for jobs.

Overall, the southern part of the United States has been the top performing region for job creation over the last 20 years. Last year, 23 of the top 50 job markets were in the South, which posted an average jobless rate of 5.5 percent, according to ZipRecruiter, an online recruiting site for small businesses.

Texas ranked No. 2 (+407,400 new jobs) behind California (+471,200 new jobs) in 2014.

ZipRecruiter also analyzed hiring demand trends to determine which industries saw the greatest growth so far this year in Sunbelt metro areas. The biggest job demand has been in the trucking and transportation industry, followed by information technology jobs and biological research.

1 Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
2 Dallas-Fort Worth
3 Houston
4 Richmond, Va.
5 Jacksonville, Fla.
6 Memphis, Tenn.
7 Roanoke, Va.
8 Greenville, S.C.
9 Huntsville, Ala.
10 Orlando, Fla.
11 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.
12 Durham, N.C.
13 Greensboro, N.C.
14 Winchester, Va.
15 Spartanburg, S.C.
16 El Paso
17 Danville, Va.
18 Lubbock
19 Mobile, Ala.
20 Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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How to work with a Recruiter

In the IT Field, job seekers are typically in one of two categories, they either work with recruiters all the time as contractors, corp to corp, or W2 hourly or they change jobs every few years. Those that work as contractors, typically have a specific skill set and niche that there might be a few recruiters they work with in that skill set -(Business Intelligence & ERP both come to mind). Others may work in a general area (Systems, Networking, Java, .NET, Databases, Open Source) which might require working with multiple recruiters to find a position and aren’t familiar with how things work.

In general, there are some tips you may want to use when looking for a position and working with recruiters.

  1. Make a list and keep track of the positions you have applied to. There are times when companies work with several different recruiting vendors for the same position. This causes an overlap in recruiters going after the same talent. As a result, candidates may be contacted by 2-3 recruiters for the same position. Make sure that your resume isn’t sent by more than one agency recruiter, this will hurt your chances and sometimes eliminate you from being considered.Find out who is submitting you and keep track when it was sent.
  2. If you see a position you are interested in, find out if any of your contacts work there or if any of the recruiters you are working with has them as a client. Sometimes going through a recruiter, your chances are better since they have direct contact with the hiring manager. If you apply directly to the role, the recruiter will not be able to assist you since their fee is tied to presenting the candidate.
  3. Keep your recruiters informed of what is going on with your other interviews. It helps if you are honest with them about your other activity and that way companies can move on to other candidates. If you are certain about an offer pending in the next day or two, it doesn’t make much sense to take a phone screen that day.
  4. Be clear on what you are looking for in a new position when you are talking to a recruiter so they are able to match you with the right company and role. (Location, Salary, Benefits, Duties/Responsibilities). When it comes to salary, be as specific as possible and let them know the range you are looking for and minimum/bottom that you would consider.

Good luck in your search!!

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Happy Hour – Geekmeet – October 22nd

Happy Hour – The Lion & Crown — RSVP!  Also, look out for Happy Hours in Nov & Dec – coming soon.

GeekMeet Dallas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:30 PM – 8PM

Lion and Crown
5001 Addison Cir
Addison, TX

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New Opening: Sept 14th – Windows Systems Engineer – DFW Airport area

Here is a new role that we have available with a client in the DFW Airport area. If you are interested, email me at

They are looking for a Senior Level Windows Systems Engineer  Immediate need, will move quickly. If anyone comes to mind, we offer $500 referral bonus.

Full-time, direct hire – DFW Airport area
Senior Level Windows Systems Engineer

 Here is what they are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years in Infrastructure experience
  • 5+ years installing, maintaining, troubleshooting Win 2003 / Win 2008 in a large enterprise
  • Windows Server specifications – (Active Directory, DHCP, GPO, etc)
  • Experience with Linux/Unix
  • In depth knowledge of Virtualization – VMWare and/or Hyper-V
  • Scripting knowledge – Powershell or VBScript
  • Automation technologies and tools
  • Networking expertise
  • Fast paced environment, 24/7 with on call rotation
  • Great benefits and good working team

Windows, IT Staffing, Systems, Dallas, Linux, VmWare

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Dallas TechFest – Oct 10th @Gilleys in Downtown Dallas

DALL☆S TECH FEST brings the best and brightest speakers from around the country to provide one day of incredible, densely packed content, focused on increasing your team’s ability to successfully deliver projects. This year we’re adding a strong focus on user experience (UX) and mobile development, ensuring you have the right skills at the right time. From iOS to Windows Phone,NodeJS to ASP.NET vNext, this is your time to learn.



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Improving Enterprises – AgileDotNext – Aug 22nd in Houston

Sign up now to attend Agiledotnext 2014 in #Houston on Aug 22nd – register here –    #agile

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Calendar App – Mynd

I have started to play with this iPhone Calendar app and really like it. You can add your LinkedIn Connections, add categories, and the daily display is a lot better than the standard iOS calendar. Give it a try!

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Current Openings

.NET Web Developer
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, local candidate please Type: Direct Hire Company: Strong stable history (20+ years), work/life balance, comfortable work environment, flex time, some remote work possible In-depth and varied professional experience including hands-on application architecture experience with .NET Frameworks and object-oriented and iterative development methodologies. 5+ years experience w/ software programming in an enterprise environment 5-10+ years of .NET Experience using C# (Mid-level to Senior experience)  Good Object Oriented Analysis and Design foundation and principles Web Development skills (CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JQuery), MUST have experience with ASP.NET MVC Development experience using (HTML 5, modern browser-based JavaScript development JavaScript, CSS 3, Responsive Design, Client-Side frameworks like Knockout, Angular, UI frameworks such Twitter Bootstrap or Zurb Foundation Compass/Sass, Backbone). Experience with Entity or similar Experience with GIT Experience with SQL Server – Database Tools & Modeling  Experience with best practices including Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development, Mocking Frameworks, Dependency Injection, IoC, Object Relational Mapping and Design Patterns Preferred – Agile/Scrum or iterative programming

SQL Developer / Analyst
Improving Enterprises is partnering with a client in the Downtown Dallas area that is looking for a SQL Developer / Analyst to join their team. This healthcare firm is very stable and growing. If you enjoy lots of data analytics and reporting, this is the right opportunity for you! Full-time, contract to hire Salary – $80-90K + benefits Free DART rail pass Requirements: Mid-level / ​Senior- Level SQL Server data experience (5+ years experience) SQL Scripting, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Experience with Healthcare is REQUIRED, revenue cycle management a plus Experience with MS Office data – heavy MS Excel Experience with Ad-hoc reporting Data extraction, dashboards Project management, ability to meet deadlines Only those authorized to work in US please

Systems Engineer – Linux / Windows
Location: DFW Airport Area Improving Enterprises is partnering with an external client that is looking for a full-time Linux Engineer  to assist with enterprise systems & applications. Duties: ​ Provide administrative functions for Linux Systems, including and not limited to: maintenance, support, upgrades, & future strategies. Collaborate with other system team members to provide a 24/7 operations support group Utilize automation techniques to monitor servers and respond to outages or issues in a timely manner Document servers and networks as needed as it pertains to the environment Support various stakeholders within the organization & respond to their requests – (application development team, etc) Support other Windows servers as needed Complete various projects as needed and within deadlines Qualifications: Mid to Senior level experience supporting & administering Linux Servers (3-7 years experience) Experience with support, administration, deployment in a large enterprise system environment Experience supporting a 24/7 systems environment Experience with supporting software development teams (web servers) Knowledge of database administration (Oracle / SQL Server) Knowledge of supporting Windows Servers – (deployment, group administration, active directory) Excellent communication & interpersonal skills

Junior .NET Developer.
NET Developer Responsibilities: Responsible for adding new features to and maintaining existing web products Experience with the following technologies: .NET JQuery HTML CSS SQL Server Must have excellent development skills Must have a good sense of website aesthetics Qualifications: Strong knowledge in .NET windows and web development skills Strong knowledge in web and windows service. Strong knowledge of HTML and CSS. Proficient in SQL and experience with Microsoft SQL Server. Analyze develop, unit test and debug code. Customized reporting a plus.  All applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. No H-1B sponsorship.

Scrum Master
Improving Enterprises is partnering with a client that is seeking a Scrum Master to join their team.  Type: Full-time, Direct Hire Location: North Dallas Salary: Open to market ($100K+) Responsibilities: Providing assistance and direction to the development team regarding Agile/SCRUM principles & processes. Lead, coach & mentor team to achieve development goals & objectives. Manages day-to-day aspects of Agile team, which includes leading Agile meetings (Planning, Review, Retrospectives, and Daily Stand Ups) Mentor and work with Product Owner & the team in creation of good user stories, acceptance criteria, and prioritizations Play Scrum Master role for several development teams Requirements/Experience: 5+ years working in an Agile software development environment Previous experience working in an enterprise environment as a Scrum Master Previous Scrum Master training/education is highly preferred – (CSM or PSM) Software development or Project Management background Familiar with Agile Tools – (e.g., Rally, Version One) Preferred experience with Agile techniques (CI, TDD, etc)

Senior Manager – DevOps
SUMMARY The Senior Manager leads efforts to ensure operational stability in IT-related systems such as store, eCommerce, corporate and associated supporting systems. The role has significant budget responsibility and is responsible for aligning support resources to maximize IT system uptime and ensure full profitability potential.  LOCATION -DFW Airport Area ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Manage a group consisting of DevOps managers and team of developers working with support of enterprise service team Develop and manage IT Systems team strategy; identify and align talent as needed Develop and manage IT Systems team operational budgets Align support strategy with overall business strategy Coordinate the work of IT Systems Support team managers and supervisors Forecast trends and assist with the development of related responses Work closely and collaboratively with senior leaders throughout the organization Create an environment that welcomes change and creative problem solving Build relationships, mold a team, and remove barriers while positively changing the culture BASIC  AND PREFERRED  QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE) Bachelor’s degree in technology, or any equivalent combination of experience and skills Microsoft development background or knowledge of working with developers in a Microsoft Shop Experience in production support environment  Experience leading DevOps, release management or configuration management Certifications in ITILv3 Foundations and Service Desk operations preferred Application development or systems engineering experience is desired Proven success in similar DevOps Manager role


Sr. .NET Engineer / Architect
Location: Frisco, Far North Dallas, Collin County, T X
External Client / Direct Hire role Job Description Looking for a place to be recognized with an opportunity for upward mobility?  This is not just another .NET opportunity. This new full time hands on software developer / software engineer / architect NET Architect is an opportunity for a software engineer that wants to be challenged to use your mind to solve challenging technical / IT problems, working to build a complex suite of software products. Your colleagues and manager are top notch, yet possess a sense of humor to make your days enjoyable ones. Not only that, they are long term tenured and valued employees, ask me about their bonus plan! You will work in a collaborative, team spirited, highly technical environment. Background / Qualifications:  Your technical background will include a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or similar technical degree You will have at least 5 years’ recent and modern experience developing high tech solutions / products using .NET, C# and SQL to build Windows and web applications. Other technical experience includes having experience with a majority of or a comprehensive combination of several of the following: WPF, NHibernate, SQL, Linq to SQL, SOA, WCF, MVC, MVVM, ADO.NET, Continuous Integration, BDD, TDD, Dependency Injection / Inversion of Control, Design Patterns and ideally Agile / Scrum experience. You have a desire to stay up to date with current and emerging Microsoft tools and technologies to build world class, quality software You will have a strong object-oriented (OO) background and be prepared to demonstrate on white board  You will have a work history that demonstrates your ability to stick with projects long term You are self-motivated, easy going, have great interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to advance your career!


SQL Database Administrator – Arlington
Improving Enterprises is working with an external client that is seeking a SQL Database Administrator  to join their team. Great working environment. This role will be for a production database administrator. Experience/ Description: 5 years+ experience with Enterprise level SQL Server databases (multiple servers and TB storage) Provide support & maintenance of production SQL Server databases (2005-2012) Experience with installation, setups, maintenance of databases Experience with stored procedures, logs, performance tuning, updates, etc Responsible for security policies and procedures Experience with both physical and virtual machines Experience with Idera & Quest products (Diagnostics, Log Shipping, & Backup) Responsible for disaster recovery & high availability (24/7), possible on call for outages Collaborating with team and developers on projects on reports & making recommendations for enhancements

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