In-Demand Skills for Getting Hired in 2016

It’s a new year and new skills are top of mind. If you’re looking to brush up your knowledge or dive into something new this year, a career in tech is the journey most traveled.

Some of highest demanded skills in 2015 that are carrying-over into 2016 are in the tech sector.

According to LinkedIn’s Hottest Skills of 2015 on LinkedIn United States, 22 of the top 25 skills are tech. Cloud and distributed computing took the number one spot while mobile development and user interface design came in the number 3 and 7 spots respectively.

If tech has always meant development, this list will surprise you with mobile development coming in third and language specific development making the list beyond the top ten.

 
 

Some of these skills have been “hot” for the last few years and show no signs of cooling down because of the qualified tech professional supply “shortage.”

 
Robert Half Technology predicts the demand and supply imbalance in IT hiring is likely to continue in 2016.
 

That should be motivation to know the jobs are out there. With demand being so high, there is opportunities for junior, mid-level and senior level technology professionals.

According to Robert Half Technology’s 2016 Salary Guide, ASP, C#, Java, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, virtualization skills and Windows 7 skills are top technical skills in demand from employers.

Beyond the skill baseline, employers are looking for well-rounded qualified candidates with a diverse mix of soft and technical skills.

 
Communication, problem-solving, collaboration, team-oriented and creative tops Robert Half Technology’s list of soft-skill attributes.
 

With skyrocketing demand and opportunities galore, if you’re looking to work in tech, now is a great time to explore your options.

If you know someone who is diverse, skilled and is looking to make a move into tech or to a great new company, don’t hesitate to refer them to us.

 
 

These are the Best Perks Companies Offer—and They Can Be Yours

Do you love perks? Do you find drooling over catered lunch benefits at a company ? Are benefits the icing on the cake when considering potential job offers?

Well if that's you then you are far from alone. According to Glassdoor, 57% of jobseekers say benefits and perks are one of the top items they consider when reviewing job offers. While they are rarely deal-breakers/makers, they are becoming an increasingly important factor for jobseekers when weighing where their next career move may be.

That’s why some companies are seriously stepping up their game. We've polled our subscribers and here are some of the favorite perks that they are being offered. Check them out below to learn more, and then browse open jobs to find your next perk-filled gig.

1. Professional Development

Topping our list is professional development. Employees no longer expect to simply work for a paycheck. In a LinkedIn study, the millennial workforce has identified professional development as the top consideration when choosing a new job (coming second only to salary).

Talented hires expect for companies to invest in their long term development, adding value to the profession of this generation for future career moves. This is critical in this new age where millennial professionals can expect to change jobs or roles every 3 years. Training, certifications, and mentorship programs will add valuable fast tracking leverage to your career and more easily aide in making career transitions.

2. The Mobile Office

In today's age, we are never completely disconnected from the world or the office (though we may try). With the advent of teleworking, companies have added valuable work-life balance to their culture, profits to their bottom-line, and productivity to their work.

While most of the workforce still primarily prefer face-to-face interaction with their colleagues (as opposed to working from home 5 days a week), teleworking can be an important supplement to a company that demands a lot from it's employees. When a great balance has been found, companies have seen increased efficiency and happiness amongst their staff.

Sure it's not exactly sipping cocktails on the beach, but that's where the next perk comes in.

3. Unlimited Vacation

We know what you're thinking. Taking the year off to go backpacking across Europe... Discovering the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids... Enjoying a self-actualizing sabbatical in the Maldives... Or just Netflix binging on the couch for a month or 5... More and more companies are lining up to offer their employees the benefit to unplug and enjoy life to their hearts content by offering an unlimited vacation policy.

But before you pack your bags, there are a few guidelines of which you should be aware. Unlimited vacation policies are almost always at the discretion of the direct manager to approve as they see fit. Responsible employees who meet their yearly goals and surpass them are reaping the benefits of an extended vacation. You may have to work a lot harder to get there, but there's no greater reward than hitting the beach and hitting silent on your phone and truly disconnecting from the world for a bit (beware: your inbox will await you).

4.The Extras

Some perks aren't game changers alone, but when offered in a complete package they can be pretty impressive. Companies are going way outside the box of the standard lunch, gym benefits, and parking (is that really a benefit?), and really coming up with creative new perks that will add value to the long days.

Are you a Zen master? Well don't be surprised to see offerings such as mobile massages, yoga sessions, health and wellness stipends, and mental health coverage.

Or is it food that's the true way to your heart? Food truck days, company festivals, and weekly happy hours are making it into the leagues of many benefit offerings now.

A bit more utilitarian? Companies are padding their professional development packages with great opportunities such as language learning programs and paid time off to give back to the community through volunteering. These are great perks that will not only be enjoyed, but will really add to your career and resume. 


Check out Brand-It Media and you can enjoy many of these great benefits & perks that you see here. They are hiring across all departments.


5 Fresh Job-Search Tips You Haven’t Yet Tried

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So you’ve finally made the important decision to change careers. You have a killer resume and an impressive set of skills to boot. But if you want to land your next dream job, you are going to have to find it first.

 

Chances are most of the competition you’re going up against have access to the same search engines and LinkedIn tools you have, so to connect with recruiters, you’re going to need some lesser known job search tactics.  Luckily for you, we have them.

 

For new leads in your job search, here are five unconventional ways to find your next dream job...

 

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4 Ways to Give Your 2015 a Career Boost

By now it's all become very familiar to you.  You start off the year with a strong set of New Year's Resolutions.  This is the year you're going to lose those extra pounds.  This is the year you're going to take that overseas vacation.  This is the year you're going to start your own business.  But shortly into February your 2014 routine starts resurfacing and gnawing away at your 2015 resolutions and goals.  

This isn't necessarily due to a lack of discipline or dedication, but to the foremost killer of change: Routine!  Interestingly enough the best way to break up routine is to make bigger changes, and the biggest change you can make is to your professional career.

Here are the top 4 ways you can give your 2015 a much needed Career Boost and keep those other resolutions intact:

1.Revamp Your Professional Portfolio.

Whether you are actively in the job market or just beginning to consider making a new career change, you are going to have a hard time getting recruiters interested in you with an old, outdated résumé.  If you haven't had your résumé professionally reviewed in the last few years, now is the time to seriously consider it. Résumés have undergone a facelift in recent years and to catch recruiter's eyes, and to ensure that Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) pass your résumé on to the next round, you'll want to ensure that you are staying in touch with current trends while standing out from the crowd (For example, if your résumé has "Objective" at the top, you need an update).

 
Also, recruiters are looking at online profiles more and more now. An overwhelming 91% of recruiters report using social media to screen candidates for positions, with 49% using it upon receiving the candidate’s application.
 

What this means is that candidates today need to look at upgrading their entire professional package before diving into their job search.

2.KNOW YOUR WORTH

Unfortunately most people in the workforce don't start getting their professional package together until they are actively looking for a new job. While this is especially dangerous for folks that have been terminated from their positions (often adding weeks or months to their job search), it also puts current workers at a disadvantage.

 
Staying active in the job market is the best way to know your competitive value.
 

Even if your are perfectly happy and comfortable in your current role, entertaining offers from other employers can do wonders when it comes to knowing if you are getting paid enough and also gives you context to negotiate raises.  Some employment sites can provide valuable data on salaries in your industry, role, location, and even specific companies.

3. BECOME AN EXPERT.

Whether you're currently in the jobforce or looking to rejoin it, you must be able to prove your area of expertise in order to get to the next level.  To make sure you consistently bring that value make sure you aren't just an expert in your specific role at your specific job.  

 
Become aware of your entire industry and what current trends are transforming it.
 

This won't only help you become a winner with your employer (or your prospective employer) but it will also help you build strong relationships with other experts in your field when you are out networking.  Industry journals and magazines are good sources of up to date expert information.  Also, apps like Flipboard allow you to create and follow customized topic feeds pulling great content together at the swipe of a finger.

4. GET A CAREER MENTOR.

 Having a Career Mentor can help you make the hard career choices that only someone in your field can provide.  Long gone are the days of having one all-purpose mentor.  The world has become too complex and multi-faceted for one person to be able to advise you in most life decisions. For your career you want to make sure you seek someone that has excelled to a position that you want to reach.  They can provide valuable insight for you at each point of your career and help keep you on track when you start to stray away from those goals you set.  It's also important that this be a person that will open doors for you into their network. 

 
But don’t forget, mentorship is never productive as a one-way street. Provide value to your mentor as well and you will form a relationship way more productive than either of you could do alone.
 

Often with a mentor/mentee relationship between generations, younger mentees will find that their connections to a younger network as well as trendy software or social media skills can add much value to mentors that may not be as familiar with using these channels.

Implement these points into your New Year and you'll be sure to give your 2015 a much needed boost.  To get you started Generation-Next can provide you with a complete professional package upgrade including revamping your résumé and social media presence.

~Brandon M.