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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 that13967828 glossy black button  clock 6 seconds 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

whos reading your resume and why it mattersBoth 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 proofreading cvmanagers.

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?

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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

Position: Enterprise Principal Architect

A client is looking for an Enterprise Principal Architect for a 6-9 month contract in St. Paul, MN. Candidate will be responsible for technical and architectural leadership, establish and maintain a trusted advisor relationship with IT and business leaders, and conduct studies on theNet Developer Job openings in Nihaki USA
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integration, EDI, and/or message brokers.

This position was posted on 3/31/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Data Architect

A client in Hopkins, MN is looking for a Data Architect with experience in data analysis, data profiling, data integration, and data quality. This person will be responsible for defining, analyzing, review architecture and technical requirements, as well as recommend DBMS and ETL tools and technologies for structured and unstructured content. Candidate must have at
least 12 years of experience in software development and database application with the majority of experience in data strategy, souring, modeling, integration, and architecture.

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Position: Systems/Data Analyst

A client in Hopkins, MN is seeking a Systems job opening1Analyst II for a 6-9 month contract. This person will possess a general understanding of the technologies and applications supporting business and will research complex data, process, and integration issues.  Candidate will need to have a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (or degree in related field or equivalent work
experience) and have experience with client server and thin-client application support.

This position was posted on 4/1/2014. Click Here
for more details!

Position: Information Architect

One of our clients in Minneapolis, MN, is looking for an Information Architect who will provide data strategy and governance oversight for a focused portion of the client’s information architecture. This person must have working knowledge of core elements of “Open Web” framework, proven experience with designing and developing mobile apps for iOS and/or Android, and web application with Rich User Interface.   

This position was posted on 4/1/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Position: Infrastructure Architect

A client is looking for an Infrastructure Architect for a 1 year contract in Minneapolis, MN. Candidate will need a strong conceptual understanding of operating system architectures such as Unix/Linux, Windows and iSeries. Candidate must also know storage technologies, SAP architecture and have strong capabilities in architecture strategy, planning, and design.

This position was posted on 3/24/2014. Click Here for more details!

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A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for a DB2 DBA with experience in Shell/Perl scripting, database high availability technologies, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and at least 3 years providing Database administration support for the DB2 LUW and/or DB2 z/OS database environment. This person will be responsible for implementation of relational databases at an enterprise level, diagnosing of problems and resolution for application software, and maintenance of physical integrity of all production databases.

This position was posted on 3/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP QM

A client in St. Paul, MN is seeking a SAP Quality Management for a 9+ month contract. This person will be focusing on deployments and needs to have production execution experience. Candidate will need to have several years of experience dedicated to SAP QM and preferably be SAP QM certified.

This position was posted on 3/26/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

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Position: Sr. Operations Analyst

Client is looking for Sr. Operations Analyst for a 6-9 month contract in Minnetonka, MN. This describe the imageperson will provide support in managed file transfer and Enterprise Scheduling Tools. This person should have experience with at least one of the following skills:  Enterprise Job Scheduling Tool, ETL tool (such as Informatica), and managed file transfer tool. Candidate needs a proven track record in monitoring and management of enterprise systems and will participate in planning and support for a complex operating environment that incorporates a diverse set of hardware and software platforms.

This position was posted on 2/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Sr. Desktop Engineer

A client in Minnetonka, MN is looking for a Sr. Desktop Engineer who has experience in app deployment, operating system deployment, scripting, app-v, and virtualization. This person will be responsible for performing application packaging and L3 support for COTS application software. Must have a firm understanding of Microsoft’s group policies with experience in
desktop virtualization technology and advance knowledge of Windows networking,
domains, system policies, trusts, name resolution, and advanced TCP/IP.

This position was posted on 2/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP Tester

A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for a SAP Tester. This person will be doing hands-on testing and helping coordinate testing for the Record to Report process team. Candidate will coordinate, run, and validate test scripts.

This position was posted on 2/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: .Net Developer

A .Net Developer is needed for 6-9 months for a client in Minneapolis, MN. This person must have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, knowledge and experience in web-based development, and at least 1-2 years with .NET 4.5 and C#. This person must have strong organizational skills, be detail oriented, have the ability to work independently and as a team member, and be able to perform a leadership role on a team.

This position was posted on 2/27/2014. Click Here
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Posted by Danielle Toste on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 16:02 PM

Position: VP of Infrastructure

Client is looking for VP of Infrastructure in Chicago, IL. This person will oversee network, security, Unix/Linux environment, storage, and data center provider management. Candidate will ensure operational stability, availability, and performance. Must understand the impact of infrastructure on business operations. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, minimum of 15 years experience in IT operations and/or IT infrastructure, and experience with transaction focused business would be preferred.

This position was posted on 2/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

job vacancyPosition: Sr. Net Developer

A client in Minneapolis, MN is looking for a contract to hire role. This person must have at least 6 years of experience with Net Developer, 3.5 years of C# Framework, and SQL development experience.

This position was posted on 2/18/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP Data Services

A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for several SAP Data Services resources that have a wide range of experience levels but must have hands on experience with SAP Data Services.

This position was posted on 2/18/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Security Consultant

A security consultant is needed for 9+ months for a client in Brooklyn Park, MN. This person must have Splunk knowledge and ability to write rules in Splunk and Arcsight.

This position was posted on 2/19/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Position: Project Manager-Data Warehouse

Client is looking for Project Manager in the retail industry in Minneapolis, MN. This person must have retail background, data warehouse knowledge, 8+ years of experience, and preferably be PMP certified.

This position was posted on 2/11/2014. Click Here for more details!

job searchPosition: ISA/TMG Firewall Consultant

A top client in Brooklyn Park, MN is looking for an ISA/TMG for a 6 month project. This person must know about security enhancements, experience in deploying F5 with Microsoft Forefront, and forefront TMG plug-in installer.

This position was posted on 2/11/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP Basis

A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for a candidate who has a strong experience in Java systems and a significant Portal/PI background. The candidate must be either a US Citizen or GC holder due to export control laws.

This position was posted on 2/12/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Business Intelligence

A project manager with a background in business intelligence is needed for a 6+ month project for a client in Brooklyn Park, MN. This person will be a business PM responsible for managing across many business stakeholders and work with the stakeholders to track BI solutions that need to be remediated.

This position was posted on 2/12/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Position: Sr. Business Intelligence Developer

Client is looking for a local candidate in St. Louis, MO. This person will be responsible for designing, developing, and supporting reporting solutions. The candidate will participate in data architecture sessions and collaborates to design and implement optimal data staging. Must
have two year of technical experience working with Business Intelligence reporting, SQL/PL/SQL development, and be self-motivated.

This position was posted on 1/3/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SharePoint Developer

A top client in Minneapolis, MN is looking for an individual with strong and current experience as a SharePoint developer/designer. Candidate must have proven record with SharePoint,
developing web based solutions on a SharePoint platform, excellent communication skills, and be a team player.

This position was posted on 2/3/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: BizTalk Developer

A client in Minneapolis, MN is looking for a candidate who has current experience as a BizTalk developer and preferably has strong SQL Server experience including SSIS, SQL Server, and SSRS.

This position was posted on 2/3/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Information Security Consultant

An Information Security Consultatnt is needed for a 9+ months for a client in Eagen, MN. This person must have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field, 5 years of IT security experience or 12 years of experience in lieu of a degree. Candidate will be responsible for developing and maintain the overall information security program and is responsible for
the information security infrastructure.

This position was posted on 2/4/2014. Click Here for more details!!

 

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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

Position: Web Developer

A not for profit client is looking for a permanent Java Web Developer in the Naperville area. 
Candidate will be responsible for design, code, test, maintain, and debug program and/or make modifications to programs and scripts. Will troubleshoot system design and solve problems of limited scope.

This position was posted on 1/28/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Solution Architect

Looking for a candidate to fill a 6-12 month project for a client in Minneapolis, MN. This person will report to the Senior Manager and preferably have financial experience.

This position was posted on 1/29/2014. Click Here for more details!

describe the imagePosition: SAP IDM Developer

A client in St. Paul, MN. is looking for a contract to hire consultant. Must have extensive hands on IDM experience preferably with IDM version 7.2.

This position was posted on 1/29/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP Business Intelligence and BPC

A client is looking for a SAP Business Intelligence resource in St. Paul, MN.  Candidate will work on the Record to Report team that handles focusing on financial aspects and will plan and strategize the best way to utilize SAP Business Intelligence offerings.

This position was posted on 1/29/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Project Coordinator

Looking for a candidate to fill a 6-9 month project for a client in Minneapolis, MN in the retail industry. This person will be responsible for providing financial and analytical support to drive project strategies. Client prefers that candidate has experience as a business analyst or equivalent role, has broad knowledge of Information Technology processes, and has ecommerce or technical education/ background.

This position was posted on 1/29/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

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Updating Your IT Resume for the New Year

Posted by Sarah Brown on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to take a look at your IT resume and make some much needed updates! You should always keep your resume up-to-date, whether you’re currently looking for a new position or not. That way you’re ready to use it if you need to and it’s a great way to reflect on where you’re at in your professional life. And what better time to reflect than at the New Year?!

New Year New CareerAdd It Up

Making sure your recent work experience is on your resume is a no-brainer. But make sure to also add any new skills you’ve learned, certifications you’ve received or are working towards, projects you played a substantial role in, etc.

Slim Down

No, I’m not talking about your New Year resolution! A mistake many people make when updating their resume is to simply add any work experience they’ve had since the last update. Adding it up is a step in the right direction, but you also need to cut out any experience that’s irrelevant. It’s 2014! Being an expert on (insert outdated technology HERE) means nothing in today’s IT job market. Clear out the clutter to make room for what matters most.

Proofread

Spelling and grammatical errors are major red flags for hiring managers; so you should double check everything before you send it off. When you rush to finish writing your resume it’s easy to make simple mistakes, like having an extra bullet point or misusing affect/effect.

Play the Match Game

LinkedIn profile and resume don’t match? That’s a problem. Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? That’s an even BIGGER problem. Your LinkedIn profile is your online, socially connected resume. That’s not to say your LinkedIn profile should be word-for-word exactly the same as your resume, but the two definitely need to be cohesive and tell the same story.

Evaluate

Put your resume out there and assess the feedback. Are you getting any responses? If so, what kind? No responses obviously mean there’s something lacking. Maybe the format isn’t catching anyone’s attention? Responses for positions that are way out of the ball park of what you’re looking for aren’t ideal either; it means your resume doesn’t clearly show your career story and your professional objectives. Ask your colleagues, family, and friends to take a look at your updated resume and ask how you can improve it.

 

Remember, you should have a more ‘generic’ resume on file that you can use in a pinch; but should take the time to tailor it for each position you apply for to make the most impact!

 

What are your tips for updating your resume in the New Year? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter (@York_Solutions) using #NewYearNewCareer!

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Seven Tips to Improve your IT Job Search:

Posted by Madeline Stone on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

  1. Put in the necessary time: Job hunting is a full-time gig! You should be prepared to set aside some quality time on a very regular basis to work on your resume and cover letters, reach out to people, and look for opportunities both online and at networking and/or professional events. Find a Job
  2. Leverage social networks: We’re sure your LinkedIn is all up-to-date and beautiful, but feel free to keep working on it and making it even better. But social networks don’t stop there. Your Facebook, if you have one, should be well-protected and appropriate. If you don’t have one, consider a Twitter account to build your online brand, engage with the online community, and show how valuable of a resource you could be for an organization.
  3. Keywords are your friends: In resumes and online job searches, keywords are gold.  On the resume side, make sure you research and understand what the significant key words are for the jobs you’re applying to and be sure to use those keywords so you’ll get picked up by search functions. By the same token, if you’re feeling like your job post searches aren’t getting you anything, try working with or changing up your key search words a little. Sometimes the best job posts are hidden from view because the same old search terms are used over and over.
  4. Be vocal: Don’t be afraid to tell everyone you’re looking; you never know where the next opportunity might come from. There’s no harm in letting people know you’re on the market for a new opportunity.
  5. And be gracious: Thank everyone who helps you out, no matter how small. A handwritten card is a great way to stick in someone’s mind and gratitude never, ever hurts.
  6. Don’t be annoying: Don’t submit applications over and over again for the same position. The line is thin between eagerness and annoying, but it is there. If you’re worried you might cross it it’s worth it to hold off on resubmitting.
  7. Reflect on what makes you different: Take the time to know your skills and unique qualifications so that you can better job-hunt for positions and organizations where you will fit especially well. It’s easy to talk about yourself; it’s less easy to really enunciate why you’re a perfect fit for a role or an organization. 
What do you find works best for you in your job search? Share you thoughts below!

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