In today’s IT marketplace, attracting top talent is highly competitive and constantly changing. Once talent has been employed, maintaining and retaining those key employees is essential to departmental success, and even presents challenges of its own.
Our new white paper, “What Startups Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement,” examines how tech startups have changed the landscape of workplace culture and what businesses of all sizes can apply to their employee engagement strategy.
Why Does Employee Engagement Matter?
To begin to understand the importance of employee engagement, one must first be able to distinguish between engaged and unengaged employees. For starters, engaged employees are those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work. Conversely, unengaged employees are emotionally disconnected from their companies and may actually be working against their employers’ interests.
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Understanding the value of networking and taking the first important steps towards establishing and growing your pool of professional contacts within the IT word is crucial, but what comes next? What do you do after you’ve just attended a successful networking event or made a key new contact that you hope to foster a professional relationship with?
In this final installment in our three-part series on networking in the IT industry, we’ll tackle how to leverage your network to maximize it’s potential value after you’ve made first contact.
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Every year, Comic-Con bestows a plethora of the coolest, geekiest stuff on the block. Whether it’s the latest trailers, the most interesting panels, or even hilarious tweets, Comic-Con never fails to deliver. After pouring over the wealth of information from this year’s conference, we’ve compiled 5 things we loved from Comic-Con 2014.
1) The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer
2) The Avengers Reassembled
3) Firefly Online
Read more about it here.
4) Daniel Radcliffe’s Spiderman Cosplay
5) Game of Thrones Lunchboxes
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What Topped Your Comic-Con List?
Of course, there’s a million awesome things that we probably missed. What did you love at Comic-Con this year? Tell us in the comments!
While there was little change for the month, the June 2014 Regional Jobs Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed positive trends over the past year. As we previously indicated, the National Unemployment rate has declined 1.4 percentage points from June 2013. This can be attributed to the fact that 49 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rate decreases the past twelve months.
State Job Stats for June
In June, 22 states and the District of Columbia decreased their unemployment rate from May, while 14 states showed increases, and 14 states reported no change. The following states had the highest employment increases:
- Florida +37,400 jobs
- California +24,200 jobs
- New York +22,500 jobs
On a percentage basis, the D.C., Indiana, North Dakota, and Oklahoma posted the largest over-the-month increases with 0.6%.
The positive trending of the employment situation is most apparent in the over-the-year numbers. Since June 2013, employment has increased in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The largest employment percentage increases were reported in the following states:
- North Dakota +4.8%
- Nevada +3.9%
- Utah +3.5%
June’s Region-Specific Job Data
Once again, the Midwest’s 5.9% unemployment rate was the lowest and Western region had the highest unemployment rate at 6.7%. Despite being the highest, the West did report a 0.2% decrease in unemployment. For the year, the growth trends continue regionally as the following significant decreases were seen across all regions:
- Northeast -1.5%
- Midwest -1.4%
- West -1.4%
- South -1.2%
The importance of connecting with colleagues and other professionals within your field can’t be overstated. Smart networking and contact building are powerful ways to expand your future career opportunities and gain a wealth of useful insights in the process. While interacting with other IT pros online through social networking sites can be great for getting the ball rolling and keeping in touch, the best interactions come from meeting and chatting with people in person. Knowing how to find networking events is an essential skill.
In this second installment in our three-part series on Networking in the IT industry, we look at some of the best ways to find local events and networking opportunities with like-minded folks in your area.
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It’s a jobs report many were anticipating with hope that the June numbers would show the economic acceleration we’ve been waiting for. This month the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not disappoint. According to the June jobs report released Friday, 288,000 new jobs were added, compared to the revised number of 224,000 new jobs in May. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent. Economists say we haven’t seen this kind of growth since the tech boom of 1999 and 2000.
An In-Depth Look at IT Employment in June
Employment in professional and business services rose by 67,000 in June and averaged 53,000 per month since June of 2013. The report also indicated that 2.995 million people were employed specifically in the IT field in June and gained about 22,000 new jobs for the month (up from May’s 13,400 new jobs). This month, employment within the industry increased by 8,000 in management and technical consulting services, 7,000 architectural and engineering services, and 7,000 in computer systems design and related services.
We also got a clear picture of how the IT industry is doing compared to other fields. Currently, our national unemployment sits at 6.1 percent. However, the tech unemployment rate is drastically lower at 2.4 percent. The industry is showing above average pay for its workers and experts say this might be a factor in the low unemployment. A new report released by Janco Assocates shows the in-demand jobs in IT are associated with quality control, BYOD implementation, and service level improvement.
Understanding Job Trends Helps Land Top Talent
As growth in the IT sector continues to trend upward, a shortage in IT talent is eminent. Modis wants to help you stay on top of the trends so you can continue to fill your workforce with exceptional talent. Check out our whiteboard video from one of our Modis experts that goes in-depth on the latest tech trends in IT hiring.