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Ask a York Recruiter- The Resume Conundrum

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 @ 14:04 PM

Grab your resume. Set a timer for six seconds. Start the timer and read your resume until the timer goes off. What stuck out from your resume? Were you even able to interpret much from those six seconds? Well, according to many recruiters and hiring managers, on average, they spend six seconds skimming a resume. Yes, you read that right. Six seconds! We wanted to find out if this is true and discover what recruiters look for on a resume. So, we asked a few York recruiters and you might be surprised by what they told us. 

6 Seconds is Not Enough Time to Review a Resume

“I feel like I can get a pretty good gauge on whether or not a person would be a good fit, but of course you need to spend more than 6 seconds looking at the resume,” said Corey Johnson, Manager of Consulting Services at York Solutions. “Things I look for in order to gauge fit are
relevant past experience, experience at large, reputable companies, and long-term engagements versus short 2-3 month contract positions.”

Noel Novacek, Manager of Consulting Services at York Solutions, also agrees that he takes way
longer than six seconds. So, that is a sigh of relief that your resume is getting a decent amount of time being reviewed.

Resume Format is Key

Both Noel and Corey agreed that if a resume has a “clean” look and is organized, this tells the recruiters that the candidate is an organized, detail-oriented person which is an essential quality in an IT professional. It is also recommended that a candidate does not use smaller than 11 point font or a font that is too fancy.

Do Not Use Third Person and Keep the Personal Details to a Minimum

It is a quick way to get your resume thrown to the side. Also, leave out the overly personal information. For example, our recruiters occasionally get resumes that share too much detail
about a candidate’s life. While recruiters definitely enjoy learning more about
who a candidate is, it might be best to save those details for the
interview.  Those extra details may make take away valuable space on your resume where you could be sharing additional professional achievements which are most important to hiring managers.

Triple Check Spelling and Grammar

If you keep your resume professional, free of errors, concise, and relevant to the job to which you are applying, you will greatly increase your chances of your resume standing out which might just lead to a job interview. So, once again, attention to detail is key!

What do you think is most important for an IT professional’s resume?

Topics: ITJobs, IT consulting, Job Search, Employer Insights, Fun, Professional Development, IT Job Search, IT Hiring, Information Technology

Look at York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

Position: System Analyst II

A client is looking for a System Analyst II for a contract to hire position located in Minnetonka, MN. Candidate will need a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related work experience and at least 5 years of experience in Systems Analysis. Person must have experience with client server, strong SQL skills, experience in UNIX/LINUX, and ability to
perform application installation in UNIX/LINUX. 

This position was posted on 3/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Support or Production Support Analyst

A client in Maple Grove, MN is looking for a production support analyst with experience in system administration, network administration/troubleshooting, database administration, mobile technologies, thin client configurations, and application virtualization. This person will
provide technical support for online systems via phone and troubleshoot technical issues reported by customers. This is a contract to hire position.  

This position was posted on 3/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Mainframe Security

A healthcare client in Eagan, MN is seeking a Mainframe Security specialist for a contract to hire position. This person will be responsible for daily audit reports, mainframe programmers, securing for new utilities, building new roles for business lines, and setting up new system

This position was posted on 3/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Application Support Engineer

An Application Support Engineer is needed for 6-9 months for a client in Chicago, IL. This person will support websites, back-end processes, integrations to partner systems, and provide the business with on-demand ad-hoc data request and analysis. Candidate must have 3 years of experience in supporting internet applications and have a working understanding of current
development languages and standards like HTML5, Java, CSS, XML, and SOAP/REST.

This position was posted on 3/19/2014. Click Here for more details!


Need more information? View all of our open IT contract positions by visiting our Job Seekers page!

Topics: Blogs, ITJobs, IT consulting, IT industry, IT Job Search, IT Hiring, Information Technology, IT Skills, IT Staffing, York Solutions jobsoftheweek

Scrum Certification Equals Transformation

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 13:03 PM

Scrum. Now that is an interesting word. It makes you think, what is scrum? Well, scrum is an Agile framework used for completing complex projects. It is often referred to as transforming the world of work. A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog. The team pulls a small chunk from the top of that wish list and decides how to implement those pieces. The team then meets daily to assess their daily progress. Once the project is complete, they review and then select a new chunk of tasks to accomplish. Scrum ensures that the most valuable work has been completed once the project ends or funding for a project runs out.

So, now that we understand the fundamentals of Scrum, why should you become a Certified ScrumMaster?

First off, on average, a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) salary is between $70,000- $100,000 and can even go higher! Secondly, you are a leader. Your job is to make sure that Scrum is understood by all members of your team and to train your team. The ScrumMaster helps everyone improve to make the Scrum team more productive and valuable.          

 How do you become a CSM?

You must take a CSM course from a Certified Scrum Trainer and be able to demonstrate your progress though the online CSM test. Then, you must attend a two-day course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer and pass an exam. Once you have completed these 2 steps, you will be able to complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile. You can find a list of courses here.

Once you have become certified, you will be eligible to join a user group, contribute an article to the Scrum Alliance community, attend Scrum Alliance gatherings, and participate in the CSM LinkedIn group. By having access to all of these resources, it will further enhance your knowledge and skills ensuring that practices and principles you are responsible for implementing are being continuously improved on.

A CSM should be able to handle 2 or 3 teams at a time. Even though there isn’t a set list of what ScrumMasters overlook, here are a few examples of questions he/she should be asking themselves to make sure they are accomplishing their goals:

  • How is my Product Owner doing?
    • Is the Product Backlog prioritized according to his/her latest thinking?
    • Is the backlog an information radiator, clearly visible to everyone?
    • Can you help radiate by showing everyone printouts?
  • How is my team doing?
    • Do team members hold each other accountable to high standards, and challenge each other to grow?
    • Are the team’s task estimates and/or task board up-to-date?
    • Has the team kept focus on acceptance criteria?
  • How are our engineering practices doing?
  • How is the organization doing?

By asking yourself the questions above as a CSM, you can see where you are making a difference, see the work transform into a smooth process, and advance your career.

For more information, visit http://www.scrumalliance.org/                                                             


Topics: IT consulting, IT Certifications

2014 Dice Salary Survey - The Perks of Being a Technology Professional

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Great news for technology professionals! Salaries are going up and unemployment remains
low, according to Dice’s Tech Salary Survey. The average salary for technology professionals has grown over $20,000 in the past 10 years and is around $87,500, a three percent increase from 2012.

With about two-thirds of IT professionals feeling confident they can easily progress their career, the competitive market leads to a boost in pay increases and employers are recognizing that they need to find ways to retain their employees.

Last year, about 45% of tech professionals said they had a pay increase sparked by a merit raise. And, ever more interesting, trends show that pay increases are more likely to happen early in a technology professional’s career with bonuses being given to more tenured professionals. But, either way, tech professionals usually can look forward to some sort of
compensation increase!

So where can IT professionals look at earning the most money?

  • California still holds the top position thanks to Silicon Valley. On average, a tech’s salary is about $108,000. That is a 7.25% increase from last year!
  • Minneapolis ranks 16 in the United States for highest paid metropolitan area with professionals
    earning around $87,000 a year.
  • Chicago is right behind them with salary averages around $85,000.
  • St. Louis is ranked 29th with an average of $76,000. 

The Skills That Are Paying Big Money

There have been many recent articles published about the top skills that IT professionals should have in 2014. Big data is the most talked about skill and these professionals have the highest pay checks. Companies understand the importance of big data and that it plays a major role in their competitive plans, which leads to higher pay—a solid six-figure salary.

What other skills are paying a six-figure salary?

Cloud, mobile, DevOps, design, and project management are also great skills to have this year that can help ensure a healthy yearly salary.


For a look at the full survey, click here.

Topics: Blogs, ITJobs, IT consulting, IT industry, Industry Trends, IT Certifications, Industry News, IT Job Search, IT Hiring, Information Technology, IT Skills

5 IT Skills That Will Get You Hired This Year

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

The job market for information technology is steadily and consistently growing. Technology is constantly evolving with new skills developing fast and outdated skills getting pushed out. Because of those variations, here is a list of the top 5 IT skills that will be sure to benefit IT professionals in 2014.

Big Data

Big data is used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data. A recent IDG Enterprise survey of over 750 IT decision makers showed that nearly half will be implementing big data projects or are planning to in 2014. This is a 5% increase over last year; even though it might seem small, it is showing that big data is growing and will continue to grow
each year.

Big data is being implemented in all different types of businesses, from sports to retailers, companies are realizing the valuable business intelligence they can gather to improve decision making and gain a competitive advantage. Big data can analyze anything from how often a person visits a location and track their purchases which then can be used to discover
how businesses can personally tailor their next visit. 

Below are specific skills that are needed this year in big data:

  • ETL (Extract, Transfer, and Load) Developers
  • Hadoop Developers
  • Visualization Tool Developers
  • Data Scientists
  • OLAP Developer
  • Data Warehouse Appliance Specialist
  • Predictive Analytics Developer


The need for mobile application developers is growing as much as the use of mobile technology is. About 20% of web traffic last year came from a mobile device. Yet, mobile app development is ranked as the third most difficult skill to find according to Computerworld. Most companies want someone who has experience with developing for Apple’s iOS . There are a lot of other skills needed in order to develop mobile apps. Training in Java, jQuery, and other scripting languages are just a few skills associated with mobile app development. The shortage of people with these skills and an increase demand for app developers has caused a shortage in this


In 2012, the adoption and acceptance of cloud technology grew so much that 1.7 million cloud-related jobs went unfilled. Companies are looking for individuals with knowledge in migrations, integration, and developer knowledge of different cloud providers’ application programming
interfaces. The future of data storage is going toward cloud meaning that the demand for IT professionals with these skills is only going to get higher. 


Due to the increase in software hacking and the uncovering of NSA activity, IT security skills are extremely in demand for 2014. Security is the top concern of every CIO’s mind, so the need for solid security architecture is always going to be around. Those who have experience in
security saw a 23% increase in value and demand over 2013 and that number will
continue to rise in 2014 with a quarter of businesses looking at growing their IT security staff.

Web Development

Web development is still a hot skill for IT professionals and as long as the internet is around it will be. More companies are especially interested in those who know open source languages and modern languages such as Ruby and Python because this de-emphasizes Microsoft language and shows initiative. Companies see web development as such an investment for their
business and will pay lots of money for them. It is vital that web developers have framework knowledge, widget development, CMS customization, plugin development, and flash knowledge because all of these components are what companies want for their websites. 


Having any one of these five skills will make you attractive to prospective employers and due to the shortage of experienced professionals in these areas, they could possibly drive up your salary. So, if you are looking for a possible career change or just want to expand your knowledge, tech executives everywhere would highly recommend developing and perfecting
these skills.


Which would make your top 5 list? Answer below!

Topics: Blogs, IT Security, IT consulting, IT industry, Industry Trends, Industry News, IT Job Search, Information Technology, IT Skills

The In’s and Out’s of SAP HANA Certification

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 @ 13:02 PM

SAP is an integrated enterprise resource planning system software that controls whole organizations. SAP is a leader in integrating different departments because it provides industry specific solutions according to each business’s need.

With SAP being the world’s biggest ERP provider and supporting many industries all over the world, many organizations implement SAP HANA (High Performance Analytic Appliance) globally. SAP HANA allows businesses to run in real-time, meaning that it can accelerate analytics, business processes, sentiment data processing, and provide predictive capabilities. Because of that, there is a large demand for SAP consultants to apply SAP HANA into businesses and to work on on-going support projects. By receiving this certification, it is one of the easiest ways to transition into higher paid IT positions and it opens up new job opportunities throughout the world.

The SAP Certified Application Professional (edition 2013) - SAP HANA exam verifies that the candidate possesses the knowledge required in the area of the SAP HANA profile. The certification builds on the practical experience gained during participation in a HANA project team. Also, this verifies that the candidate can apply their knowledge practically in projects.

The test focuses on 7 main topics:

  • System Architecture
  • Data Modeling
  • Optimization and Performance
  • Security and Authorization
  • Data Provisioning
  • Reporting
  • Lifecycle Management

The certification exam is offered all throughout the year in various cities such as Atlanta, GA., Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, and Lombard, IL. The exam is 180 minutes, 80 questions and costs around $500.

It is recommended that several training courses are completed before taking this exam. Courses are:

  • HA100- SAP HANA- Introductions
  • HA300- SAP HANA- Implementation and Modeling
  • HA350- SAP HANA- Data Provisioning
  • HA360- SAP HANA- Hands-on Lab
  • HA900- SAP HANA Live
  • HA901R- CO-PA Accelerator with SAP HANA


To sign up for the certification, click Here.


What other certifications would you like to see us profile? Leave your comments below!

Topics: Blogs, IT consulting, Industry Trends, IT Certifications, Industry News, SAP

6 Tips to Succeed in IT Consulting

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

You are sitting at your desk, glancing at the clock to hit 5pm, and daydreaming about what your next career move will be. So, you start thinking about what you like in a job—solving difficult problems, juggling multiple deadlines, coming up with new ideas, and helping others. Sounds like IT consulting could be a great career move for you, but how do you launch
yourself into the consulting world?

Study the Industry- Even though you have been working in the IT industry day in and day out, take a step back and assess the “big picture.”  Look into what changes can be made, how those changes will benefit different clients, and know the latest advances in technology.

Network- Research some of the top consultants, find them on LinkedIn, and see if you can ask for their advice on how to get into the business. Also, look at joining network groups such as Think IT Association. It’s another great way to expand your network, find a potential job, and connect you to possible clients.

Educate Yourself- Take the initiative to attend a few classes that are currently being offered in IT or look into attending webinars. They can boost your resume as well as be another great way to network!

Just know that consulting isn’t for everyone. Benji Bourinat, Corporate Consultant at Interpublic, says “It requires technical know-how and managerial awareness. You have to become this component that is missing, the remedy to the situation.”

The consulting field is growing faster than ever. Once you have landed a position, the next step is to succeed. There are three key requirements for consulting success: be different, be strong, and be committed.

Be Different- Ask yourself this question- How is what you do different than others doing the same thing? First and foremost, make sure you know this or you could end up competing for work by price. Strive to have a unique work culture and learn how to interact with all different types of people and personalities.

Be Strong- Have the ability to work under challenging conditions and still be able to provide great strategies that turn into actions. Sometimes, that means finding an individual to team up with to give the best game plan to the client.

Be Committed- Ensure that you attain customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and business development. Always strive to go above and beyond and continue to learn new
practices and technology.

Remember, consulting can be strenuous, stressful, and a challenging career. Before jumping in, make sure you do your research, have the certain characteristic traits to enter the realm of consulting, and are committed to being very service oriented.  

Have a story or advice for those wanting to enter IT consulting? Post
it below!

Topics: ITJobs, IT consulting, IT Job Search

Take a peek at York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Here are a few of the latest job openings available!

Position: Microsoft ISA/TMG

A client in downtown Minneapolis, MN needs a Microsoft ISA/TMG consultant for at least 12 months. We do not have further details on specifications of the job.

This position was posted on 1/20/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Business Analyst with Security

A permanent position is available in Maple Grove, MN, that will focus on security background, CCNA certified, policy documentation, and government contract work.

This position was posted on 1/21/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: .Net Application Developer

Looking for a candidate to fill at least a six month contract in Minnetonka, MN. The candidate will be responsible for implement coding designs and patterns as directed by architect and senior developers, provide estimates for development effort, and create unit and integration/
systems test. Must be proficient with C# or VB.NET, Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server, and be self-motivated.

This position was posted on 1/21/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Two Release Contract Positions

A client in downtown St. Paul, MN, needs a Technical Release Lead to assist with preparation and maintenance of project landscape and a Release Lead to work with a small group of resources responsible for providing overall coordination and status tracking.

This position was posted on 1/22/2014. Click Here for more details!

Interested? View all of our open IT contract positions visit our Job Seekers page!

Topics: ITJobs, IT consulting

York Solutions Jobs of the Week: January 16

Posted by Sarah Brown on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

Here’s a brief summary of the latest York Solutions IT contract positions!

Position: Business Objects/SAP Specialist

This position is for a client located in St. Paul, MN. The client is looking for a candidate to work on either a contract or contract-to-hire basis. The candidate should have significant reporting experience as well as experience moving ECC to BW. It is preferred that the candidate have experience with Business Objects reporting when it comes to financial functions as well has any BPC experience, because the position will have a focus on finance functions.

This position was posted on 1/14/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Information Security Consultant

A client located in Eagan, MN is looking for a candidate to work on a project lasting for at least six months. The main responsibilities of the candidate will be to develop and maintain the overall information security program and framework, lead the installation and maintenance of high impact security hardware and software solutions, and work with employees and customers to design and sustain a highly available environment. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a similar field, five years of IT security experience, and CISSP or similar security certification.

 This position was posted on 1/14/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Project Coordinator

This four to five month contract position is for a healthcare client located in Minneapolis, MN. The candidate will be responsible for assisting the project manager leading a Windows 7 deployment in a complex integrated environment, creating meeting agendas and minutes, updating project documentation on SharePoint, and  creating and maintaining clinic and hospital contact lists. Skills required for the position include project coordination experience on large projects or programs, proficiency in Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and excellent communication skills.

This position was posted on 1/14/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Red Hat Linux Consultant

A client located in Brooklyn Park, MN is looking for a candidate to work on a project last for at least six months. The candidate should have experience with Linux Red Hat (no Kernal needed), scripting, and operational/platform management and turnover. Although this is position is primarily a Linux resource, the client stresses the need for the candidate to have experience with LDAP or other authentication expertise.

This position was posted on 1/14/2014. Click Here for more details!

To view all of our open IT contract positions visit our Job Seekers page!

Topics: ITJobs, IT consulting

York Solutions Jobs of the Week: January 9

Posted by Sarah Brown on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Here’s a quick summary of our latest IT contract positions!

Position: Network Engineer

A client located in St. Louis Park, MN is looking for a Network Engineer candidate to work on a contract basis for at least six months. The main responsibilities of the position will be to provide phone support for technical issues reported and perform on site hardware and software installations. The candidate will work independently to perform internal or external consulting engagements like hardware assessments. Qualifications include a minimum of 2 year degree in a computer field or a combination of relevant education and equivalent experience, strong knowledge of computers and/or networks, and extensive knowledge of Active Directory.

This position was posted on 1/8/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Senior Manager - IT Service Desk

This position, located in Chicago, IL, will last for at least six months. The candidate will be responsible for the project and process management of technology infrastructure services, managing the IT Service Desk team, and monitor open tickets and escalate to appropriate staff when necessary. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or additional equivalent experience and a minimum of five years managing an IT Helpdesk. This position will require some travel within the Chicagoland area and the candidate should be able to work overtime and after normal business hours as needed.

This position was posted on 1/8/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Senior System Engineer

A client in Chicago, IL has a need for a Senior System Engineer candidate to work on a contract basis for at least six months. The candidate will be responsible for designing, planning, implementing and maintaining HMISS core and distributed server, storage and network environment. The role will have frequent contact with other Information Technology team members to resolve and implement technology solutions as well as contact with technology vendors and external customers and/or conference facility staff. Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Computer Science or Management Information Systems) or equivalent experience.

This position was posted on 1/8/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Windows System Administrator

This position is located in Maple Grove, MN and is on a contract-to-hire basis. The candidate will be responsible for the management of multiple Windows servers in a highly dynamic environment, building and modifying systems to meet project and user requirements, and will participate in design reviews. Qualifications include five or more years of experience with a combination of education and/or certifications in a Microsoft environment and proven advanced skills with Windows commands/utilities. Experience with Linux is also preferred.

This position was posted on 1/8/2014. Click Here for more details!

Visit our Job Seekers page to view all of our current IT contract job postings!

Topics: ITJobs, IT consulting