How to cast your line for jobs

Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: IT Industry, Tips and Advice | No Comments »

If you’re a new graduate, you’ve surely been networking your heart out to find job openings that fit your skills. You have, haven’t you? If you’re about to graduate or if you’ve just accomplished that goal, it’s time to put those feelers out.

When to begin? Now.

If you know what you want to do with your life, this part will be easy. If you’re like most new graduates, you’re really not sure. It will take some extra research on your part, but for those who are unsure of what move to make, casting your line is a great place to start.

How do I cast my line?

Start with who you know. Make a phone call or send an email to people you know who work in the field in which you want to work. Or even people who have interesting jobs for which you might be qualified. Ask them about openings their company has or how you can get your foot in the door.

Work with a staffing agency. Yes, we’re biased, but there’s a reason for that. Working with a staffing agency, especially one that specializes in your field, can help you get your foot in the door at some of the greatest companies, both large and small. Astra specializes in IT staffing, so if you’re in the IT field, we definitely want to talk with you. Call us at 918-747-8600 or email your resume to hr@astra-solutions.com.

Google it. Search for companies that you might want to work for and send them an introductory email. Let them know you’re interested in the field and send them your resume. Try to reach the HR manager or the owner, if it’s a small company. Be professional and polite, and highlight your best skills and accomplishments in your introductory email or phone call.

What’s next?

Follow up, if needed. If not, keep casting. You’re bound to catch a big one sooner or later, if you’ll pardon the cheesy fishing reference.

 

 


Hot Jobs – Weekly Update

Posted: September 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

This week’s hot jobs list is out! Click to view and apply.

1. Storage/SAN Engineer

2. .NET Web Application & Software Developer

3. Internet/Intranet Redesign Project Manager

4. Infrastructure Support Analyst

If you know someone who might be interested in these positions, you can use the share buttons to email this posting to a friend. You can also Tweet and share on LinkedIn. We will pay up to $1000 for a referral that results in a placement!

Don’t see something that fits your skills? Check out our full list of open IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Bartlesville.


Contract Jobs on Your Resume – Tips for Displaying Them in the Best Possible Light

Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tips and Advice | No Comments »

Contracting is becoming more and more common in the IT world, and most employers aren’t surprised to see contract jobs on a potential candidates resume. However, the way those jobs are displayed on a resume can make or break a candidate’s chances of scoring an interview. We’d like to offer some tips to put those contracting jobs in the best possible light on your resume.

Keep it chronological. Most employers are going to scan dates on your resume before they do anything else. They want to see if you’re a job-hopper, if there are any large gaps, and try to identify whether or not you remained in the same field. Maintaining a chronological order to your work history with clearly displayed start/end dates is important for ensuring your resume doesn’t get passed over.

Be mindful of lumping. If you worked several short-term contract jobs for one staffing firm, you might be tempted to lump them together. This will work if those positions are in chronological order. However, if there were gaps in between or if you worked for a different agency, you might consider doing a strictly chronological resume to keep things in order. When in doubt, order things chronologically.

Watch the placement. If you held one full or part time position while also working temporary jobs, also consider this job’s position on your resume. If your full or part time job is related to the field and helpful in landing you a desired position, place it above the contract jobs. If your full or part time job is not related or could be detrimental to landing the desired position, put that job under your relevant contract work, as long as it maintains the ever-important chronological order.

Note the nature of the work. Including a small note, such as “6 month contract” under a job can clue employers in to the type of position your held. You might do something like the following:

Software Developer | XYZ Client for Astra Solutions | Tulsa, OK | Jan 2012 – July 2012 (6 month contract)

Also keep in mind that the 1-page rule does not necessarily apply, especially when you have a lot of skills and experience. Just keep things as brief as possible, but don’t leave off important jobs just to keep your resume on one page!

If you’re ever unsure of how to list work on your resume, we’re happy to take a look and offer suggestions. Just give us a call at 918-747-8600 or email your resume and questions to hr@astra-solutions.com.

Check out our full list of open IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Bartlesville.

 


Hot Jobs List – Weekly Update

Posted: September 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

This week’s hot jobs list is out! Click to view and apply.

1. IT Manager – Finance

2. .NET Web Application & Software Developer

3. Internet/Intranet Redesign Project Manager

4. Senior Project Manager (IT infrastructure build out)

If you know someone who might be interested in these positions, you can use the share buttons to email this posting to a friend. You can also Tweet and share on LinkedIn. We will pay up to $1000 for a referral that results in a placement!

Don’t see something that fits your skills? Check out our full list of open IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Bartlesville.


Weekly Update – IT Jobs in Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Posted: August 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

This week’s hot jobs list is out! Click to view and apply.

1. IT Manager – Finance

2. .NET Web Application & Software Developer

3. Audio/Video Support

4. Business Intelligence Developer

5. SCCM Engineer

If you know someone who might be interested in these positions, you can use the share buttons to email this posting to a friend. You can also Tweet and share on LinkedIn. We will pay up to $1000 for a referral that results in a placement!

Don’t see something that fits your skills? Check out our full list of open IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Bartlesville.


How to Ace a Phone Interview

Posted: August 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tips and Advice | No Comments »

Many large employers use a phone screen to get a feel for a candidate before they bring them in for a face-to-face interview. A phone interview can be tricky because you can’t be seen. We’d like to share a few tips for nailing the phone interview and ensuring you get that face-to-face meeting.

1. Use a land line. Cell phones, as awesome as they are, still drop calls and can still have fuzzy reception. Use a land line, preferably with a corded phone, for your phone screen.

2. Gather materials. Print out a copy of your resume and the job description so they’re right in front of you. Make a list of questions or items you’d like to cover during the interview and have that nearby. Choose a location near to a computer, so you can open the company’s website and any relevant web pages before the interview. Just don’t go browsing the web during the call! Be sure if you are going to use your computer during the call that the interviewer can’t hear your typing, unless they specifically ask you to look up something.

3. Prepare for the phone interview as if it were a face-to-face interview. Even though the employer can’t see you, they will know if you are not prepared. Prepare for the typical interview questions and prepare your own questions for the company.

4. Stay focused and avoid distractions. Make sure your surroundings are quiet, there are no children or pets to distract you, and the TV is turned off if you’re at home. Allow at least an hour for the phone interview and make people aware that you will be unavailable during that time. Listen intently to help keep yourself focused, and take notes with a pen and paper (no typing!) during the interview in case you need to reference something someone said.

5. Be aware of body language. Smile while you talk, and use your hands as if the interviewer can see you. Your language will be more expressive if you speak as if the employer is in the room.

6. No eating or drinking! It seems obvious, but some people can’t help but sip coffee while they’re on the phone. Don’t do this because the employer will hear it. Keep a glass of water (no ice) nearby in case you need it, but try to use mute when you sip. Keep it quiet. And for goodness’ sake, don’t chew gum!

7. Answer the phone with “This is _______.” And smile when you say it. This simple gesture will help you get off to a great start. The interviewer won’t need to ask for you, and the conversation can start immediately.

8. Be patient. Interviewers need to write down your responses after you give them, so allow for some silences and don’t be worried when they happen.

Astra Solutions matches IT professionals with IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Houston. Click here for more information and to apply for open IT jobs.

If you have IT positions to fill and would like to talk with us about how we can help, please call us at             918-747-8600.


Weekly Update – Hot Jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Bartlesville

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

Here are this week’s hottest jobs. Click to view and apply.

1. SharePoint 2010 Change Management Practitioner

2. Oracle Business Analyst (Functional)

3. iOS Mobile Developer

4. SharePoint Project Manager

5. Java Developers

If you know someone who might be interested in these positions, you can use the share buttons to email this posting to a friend. You can also Tweet and share on LinkedIn. We will pay up to $1000 for a referral that results in a placement!

Don’t see something that fits your skills? Check out our full list of open IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Bartlesville.


Weekly Update – Hot Jobs

Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

We’re going to do a weekly blog post highlighting our hottest open jobs. This is the first installment, and we have some great things to share! Click the links to view and apply for these positions. You can also share the jobs with a friend or your social network. Don’t forget, we’ll pay up to $1000 for a referral that results in a hire!

This Week’s Hottest Jobs

1. Oracle PL/SQL Developer

2. Java Developers

3. GIS Technician

4. SharePoint Project Manager

 


The Importance of Employer Communication

Posted: August 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: For Businesses, Tips and Advice | No Comments »

In today’s incredibly competitive IT job market, it is crucial for employers to stay on top of their IT staffing needs. Doing so ensures that projects are completed on time and that current employees aren’t overloaded (and therefore less productive). Staying on top of staffing needs means more than just having recruiters source for open positions. It means connecting regularly with your recruiters to make sure good candidates are contacted early and often.

Good candidates are already hard to find, and making them wait for weeks or months to find out if they are even being considered for a position can be discouraging to them. Some candidates will move on to accept other positions because it can be frustrating to play the waiting game. In a competitive job market, high-quality candidates are often talking with more than one company. If they are coming off a contract, they are probably looking to start a new position fairly quickly. The longer you wait to schedule an interview with a good candidate, the better the chance that they have moved on.

As recruiters, we constantly maintain contact with our candidates, and those who have been submitted for open jobs are often anxious to hear back from us. Good communication is important for maintaining candidate relationships, and we rely on our clients to provide timely and useful feedback. To stay on top of your staffing needs, remember to keep the lines of communication open for potential candidates. You never know who you might miss.

Astra Solutions matches IT professionals with IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Houston. Click here for more information and to apply for open IT jobs.

If you have IT positions to fill and would like to talk with us about how we can help, please call us at 918-747-8600.


Learning C# – Resources

Posted: July 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: IT Industry, Resources | No Comments »

As the demand for C# grows, many IT professionals decide to add new skills to their arsenal. Learning a programming language and taking on side projects can be a great way to make yourself more marketable. Plus, C# developers are in high demand right now in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

So what’s the best way to start learning C#? You could take a college course. Tulsa Community College offers several programming courses, including C#. If you’re not the collegiate type, there are some great resources around the web to get you started.

Astra Solutions matches talented developers with IT jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Houston. Click here for more information and to apply for open IT jobs.