Regional Jobs ReportThe big news in this month’s regional and state unemployment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was the unemployment rate decrease from September in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

As compared to this time last year, 42 states and the District of Columbia have reduced their unemployment rate. As previously reported, the national unemployment rate is currently 5.8% – 1.4% less than October 2013. Once again, North Dakota reported the lowest jobless rate with 2.8 percent.

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IT workforce

Over the past 25 years, there’s been a technological revolution to which we’ve all played witness. From the early days of Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 release and the personal computer to smart phones and tablets and Google’s self-driving cars, this revolution has completely changed the world at a very rapid pace.

This tech evolution has created the need for thousands of general and specialized IT jobs, and is continuing to do so—with a projected 18% growth in tech jobs by 2022. This rapid growth has modeled the skilled tech workers we see today and resulted in the next generation of IT professionals.

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AModis and Mobile Loaves and Fishess we draw closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re taking the time to appreciate the good in our lives from loved ones and colleagues to tech careers and anything else that brings us happiness. We’re grateful for the communities that surround all of our branches, and we believe in celebrating our blessings by focusing on the community.

The colleagues of our Austin branch are no strangers to giving back. As an organization, we believe one of the most unique aspects of volunteering is how all parties involved walk away having benefitted from the experience. Modis Austin’s recent outing with Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) was no exception.

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Modis Salary Guide

On paper, potential IT hires might have the right qualifications, an impressive work history and an enticing list of relevant tech skills, but you never know for sure until you sit down and talk with them face-to-face. Will they be a good fit for your company culture? Will they acclimate and thrive or cause unwanted friction and drain energy? A bad hire can throw a huge wrench in the positive workflow in your office, which is why it’s crucial to get a real sense of each candidate during the interview phase.

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Geeks Give Back: Mobile Loaves and Fishes

by Modis on November 11, 2014

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, many of us are taking time to reflect upon and appreciate the positives in our lives, from family and friends, to tech careers, to anything else that brings us happiness. It’s also a time to focus on generosity.

Modis Austin VolunteeringKnown for it’s lively culture, Austin, is an innovative tech hub. Our Austin branch has a generous history of volunteering within the community, and its colleagues have been involved with Habitat for Humanity and Adecco’s Win4Youth initiatives. This community-oriented and family-centric branch believes in what they can accomplish as a team and is grateful for their success as a branch – including earning the 2013 Small Branch of the Year Award.

Modis and Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Mobile Loaves and Fishes TruckIn the spirit of giving back, Modis Austin has connected with Austin-based Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit that literally has miracles on wheels. The uniquely-Austin social outreach ministry’s specialty is delivering food to the homeless via food trucks, and that’s how we’re lending a hand.

As a team, we’re sponsoring trucks financially, volunteering our time to help prepare and load trucks and conducting a truck run with the organization on Wednesday, November 12. We’ll be sharing updates throughout the afternoon and evening on our Twitter account and on Facebook.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes has a mission of providing food and clothing and promoting dignity for the homeless. The ministry began in 1998 with parishioners delivering meals out of their minivans and has since grown to 12 trucks in Austin, as well as trucks in San Antonio, Minneapolis, Providence, RI, and New Bedford, MA. To support their cause, visit their website.

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Expand Your Candidate Pool: Hire A Veteran

by Modis on November 10, 2014

Modis Salary Guide

Members of our U.S. military sacrifice a lot in their service to this country. The work they do both at home and abroad is crucial to our country’s safety and freedom. When our service men and women return from active duty, transitioning back into a normal, everyday civilian routine can be a real challenge. They need good jobs, stability and engaging ways to put their specialized skills to good use outside of the military.

Given their high level of tech training and information management experience, it should be no surprise that many military veterans are good fits for certain IT jobs.

Veteran Skills for IT

Military in ITComputers and technology are omnipresent throughout many U.S. military operations, and many military branches place a strong emphasis on tech training. From programmers and system operators to analysts and other specialists, there are many IT roles in which veterans have experience. In fact, more than 90 percent of U.S. active duty military personnel use computers on a regular basis in the office and the field, and 40 percent of U.S. military personnel have duty assignments that involve a high level of information resource management. Of course, their tech-centric nature isn’t the only perk of hiring a veteran.

Strong work ethic, tremendous discipline and laser focus are all excellent qualities you’ll find in veterans. As highly trained individuals, they’re used to working hard, pushing through obstacles and following through to get the job done. Many who’ve worked their way up the ranks also show natural leadership abilities and a strong team player attitude, which can be invaluable in IT departments.

100,000 Jobs Mission

The 100,000 Jobs Mission is a coalition of companies—including Modis—that have banded together in an ongoing campaign to create jobs for veterans. The organization serves as a center for both veterans seeking jobs, as well as employers looking to hire members of our armed forces. With tips for hiring practices and employer resources, it’s an invaluable resource for organizations of all sizes.

The Military and Modis

At Modis, we’re proud to support our troops and returning veterans.

If your company is seeking fresh candidates to fill IT positions, and you think veterans may be the right fit, contact us today.

If you’re a veteran with an IT background looking for a new gig, check out the broad range of positions we have available that might be perfectly suited to your skills and interests!

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