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Tech Industry Makes a Much Needed Rebound May 1st, 2010


Tech Industry Makes a Much Needed Rebound

The technology industry, which had taken a huge hit throughout the recession as many companies made cut backs, has rebounded quite well in the beginning of 2010. Companies such as Google and Advanced Micro Devices are reporting increases in profits for the first quarter that have not been seen for the past couple of years. With such large increases in profits, companies in the Silicon Valley and other tech companies across the United States are beginning to ramp up their hiring again. Many tech companies are even competing with one another in order to acquire the top talent. In order to succeed as a job seeker, it is going to be important for you to know what parts of the tech industry are booming, what these sections of the industry are looking for, and how to set up your resume for optimal feedback so that you can land the job of your dreams.

The turn-around in the tech industry began towards the end of 2009 as companies started to see an increase in the demand for technology goods and services. Tech giant Google, admitted to hiring 786 new employees just in the first quarter of 2010. The Google Chief Financial Officer said, “We expect to continue hiring aggressively through the year.” Other big name Bay Area companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. are also making moves in regards to hiring. The company has already added 2,100 employees in the previous three months ending January 23, 2010 and is looking to hire another 2,000 to 3,000 employees. This is great news for all of you technology gurus out there, but there are some things that you need to know in order to be considered hirable by one of these big name companies.

Just because you have a background in the technology industry does not mean that you have exactly what the major tech players are looking for. Although, the tech industry is hiring mass amounts of people right now, there still are sections of the industry that are making cut backs. The majority of the companies that are hiring are the social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., and gaming sites. Tech companies that are into clean technology and medical software are also hiring a lot of people. So if you are a technology whizz searching for a position or if you already have a job and want a new opportunity, this is the direction you should head towards.

Another key to landing the perfect job in one of these up and coming fields is to have the proper experience. Many of the companies these days are looking for engineers who can jump right into a project, and need very little to no training in order to get started. One of the keys to being able to do this is staying up to date with the most desired programming languages. The top three are PHP, ActionScript 3, and J2EE, and by wielding the knowledge of these programming languages, you will make yourself appear to be a very viable candidate for one of these growing engineering positions. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to be knowledgeable of the most recent version of a programming language. If a company is looking for somebody who can program using ActionScript 3 and you only know ActionScript 2, you are probably going to have to apply for a different job. This really has a big impact on your ability to jump into the position and begin working right away. Why would a company want to teach you something, when it could find a candidate who has already been taught?

Not only is having the proper experience important and understanding the most current versions of the hottest pro gramming languages, but it is also important to present this information properly to future employers. You might be surprised to find out that the way you present your information in a resume can really make or break whether or not you are called in for an interview. It is important to make sure that you tailor your resume and experience to match exactly what the employer is looking for. If you know a list of different programming languages, and in the job description the employer is looking for a specific script, make sure to list that language at the top so it is visible. Employers will tend to throw out a resume if the script that they are looking for is not listed at the top. The employer will assume that this language is not known as well as the others, and that is why it is not listed at the top.

Armed with these tips, and your extensive knowledge of the technology industry, you will be well equipped to pick up a new position this coming year. With so many big name companies, like Google and Cisco Systems, looking to hire new prospective employees, it is a sign that things are really starting to look good for the technology industry. Use these tips wisely by making sure you are looking for a position in the part of the tech industry that is currently hiring, be knowledgeable of the most current forms of programming languages, and make sure that your resume helps to accentuate the strengths that the employer is looking for. The rest is up to you, be confident, have fun, and most of all be prepared to show the company that you are the candidate that they have been searching for!


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