How to Find Networking Events

by Modis on July 10, 2014

IT Networking EventsThe 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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Tech Industry a Winner in June Jobs Report

by Mimi Wachholz on July 3, 2014

March 2014 National Jobs Report Modis

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.

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Technology, trends and innovations may often drive much of the buzz in the IT industry, but it’s the people behind the scenes that really make things happen. The professional and personal connections you build within your industry niche can play a powerful role in boosting your knowledge base and your career opportunities. That’s why networking is a crucial activitWhy is networking important?y every IT pro should make time for in their busy schedule, whether you’re a project manager, an analyst or anything in-between.

Don’t worry if the idea of putting yourself out there and networking in the industry seems a bit unnerving. It’s easier than you might think, and the payoff can be huge. In this three part series on networking in the IT industry, we’ll cover everything from what it is to how to do it effectively and why. Let’s start with the basics.

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Buzzwords Past Their Expiration Date

by Modis on July 1, 2014

We’re all guilty of using buzzwords now and then. Sure, they sound cool and clever in the moment, but many of the hottest terms that are all the rage today will inevitably be something we laugh about or cringe over in the years to come. Technology buzzwords in particular have the tendency to turn cliché, lose their meaning, or simply grow outdated as the rapidly changing industry outpaces their intended meanings.

If you’re still using any of these outdated tech-centric terms that are well past their prime, you might want to consider purging them from your vocabulary.

Technology BuzzwordsCyber “Anything”

Cyberspace? Cybercrime? Cyber culture? Those “cyber” terms evoke memories of the mid-90s in all its cheesy splendor. It was a simpler time, back when Internet culture was just gaining momentum, and a term best left in the past if you don’t want to be dating yourself.

Future Proof

Nothing is truly “future proof.” Unless you’re some kind of tech psychic, it’s impossible to anticipate and preemptively plan for every problem that could come down the pike. Avoid this misleading buzzword.

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As Geekstakes 2014 came to a close and the prizes were on their way into the hands of the winners, Modis Senior Vice President Dan Pollock sat down with Linus Tech Tips to discuss the IT job market, what opportunities exist for aspiring IT professionals, what employers are looking for and how to get a foot in the door. Viewers were invited to ask questions during the live stream on Linus Tech Tips and on Twitter using #AskModisLTT.

In case you missed it, here are a few of our favorite questions and answers addressed during the hour-long live stream. You can watch the entire recording on our YouTube channel.

LiveStream screenshotQ: What do employers look for when interviewing for IT positions?

A: When it comes to employment in general – companies are looking for a great match. The right attitude is just as important as the right aptitude. Every company is unique, having different cultures, different challenges and different approaches to doing things. Employers want to see that a candidate will mesh well in their environment.

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IT Continuing educationWhen it comes to ongoing professional development in the IT industry, it pays to be on-the-ball with the latest tips, tricks, and trends in your specific field of expertise. A formal education is all fine and good, but with the tech world evolving and changing so rapidly, you have to take it upon yourself to continue your own learning adventure. Thankfully, there are lots of opportunities to feed you hungry mind, regardless of which IT sector you hail from.

This final installment in our continuing education series, we’re highlighting learning resources and ongoing education tools for software and Java developers. If you’re looking to brush up your coding chops, check out these helpful info hotspots.

Java magazine

This bi-monthly digital magazine put out by Oracle is a robust online publication packed with interesting articles and updates from the Java realm. It’s a grab bag of unique application profiles, technical how-to’s, resource updates, and community news that’s worth checking out. The best part? It’s absolutely free!

QCon

Each year, the International Software Development Conference rolls out across numerous sites around the world with excellent programming and learning opportunities for software developers and innovators in the industry. In the US, QCon takes place in New York and San Francisco, with lots of workshops, speakers, and tutorials for a wide range of programming disciplines.

Udemy

The problem with many tech-centric online course is they’re often incredibly expensive. Learning directly from industry pros through Udemy offers a far more affordable alternative that’s just as impactful. Whether you’re looking to learn Java from the ground up or boost your skills with an advanced course, there are a ton of reasonably priced options on this online education platform. Poke around a bit more and you’ll also find lots of other great software development courses on here too.

UberConf

Billed as the “ultimate Java platform/agility experience,” UberConf is an annual conference dedicated to exploring all things Java — from the technology to the big ideas driving it forward. It’s front loaded with knowledgeable speakers, hands-on workshops, and useful networking opportunities for those interested in Java and other related disciplines.

Get Ahead with Continuing Ed

Thanks for tuning-in to our continuing education series in the IT landscape! If you missed any of the previous posts in the series, you can find them here:

Part 1: Continuing Education for Network Telecom and System Engineers

Part 2: Continuing Education for IT Analysts

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