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Motor City Named Best City for Women in Tech!

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By Christine Rice, President, VisionPRO

As a female executive at an IT services company, I am particularly aware of the growing reliance the U.S. will need to place upon women in the workplace, to drive innovation, leadership, productivity, and even the health of the U.S. economy. I know that as the country now depends greater on knowledge and work done with the mind as opposed to work done with the hands, women represent the greatest potential for increasing a technologically-trained workforce.

Yet, I also know that there is much progress to be made towards this end. The average percentage of women working in the tech industry is a mere 30 percent, based on diversity reports published by 11 of the world’s largest tech companies last year. So, I couldn’t have been more proud of my home town of Detroit when I read a recent article featuring a new study by SmartAsset which found the best city for women in technology is far and away Detroit!

The study, which analyzed Census Bureau data for insights about women in technology, says relative to other cities, Detroit’s tech sector has a lot of women, with 44.5 percent of all tech jobs in the city filled by women. In addition, they actually get paid significantly more than men – 122.8% of men’s pay. And, Detroit has an extremely high growth rate in the tech sector, with three-year tech employment growth reaching 32 percent.

I am particularly proud of these findings, because for years I have been steadfast and committed to increasing opportunities for women in technology. It is beyond gratifying to see the work that I, and so many others, have dedicated to furthering this cause begin to make a difference. Our company, Vision Information Technologies, continues to drive our mission of supporting women in technology in Detroit and around the country. Not just because it is a core value of our company, but also because we know the business impact gender diversity can bring to our clients and companies around the world.

In fact, in Diversity Inc.’s top 50 companies, gender diversity accounted for a difference of $599 million in average sales revenue. And, organizations that support diversity and inclusion at high levels, saw an 80 percent improvement in business performance. The research is clear, workforces made up of diverse skills and backgrounds are able to deliver better performance, and innovation.

I encourage Detroit’s business and community leaders to continue this extraordinary progress we have made, by supporting women in IT through internships, training, and educational opportunities. By doing so, we will all thrive and succeed in the future.

 

Christine_Rice2_9_grid_272x154About Christine Rice, President, VisionPRO

VisionPRO isa wholly-owned subsidiary of Vision Information Technologies, Inc. The corporation is comprised of three specialized brands, VisionIT, VisionPRO and Prime Workforce that delivers a distinct range of IT practices to workforce solutions that drive operational efficiencies and innovation for customers across the globe.

Rice oversees all daily operations for VisionPRO, and under her direction the company has become one of the 30 largest IT staffing and permanent placement companies in the U.S. VisionPRO specializes in delivering today’s most sought-after IT talent to Fortune 500, mid-size organizations and large government agencies on a contract-to-hire, contract and permanent placement basis.

Rice brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as VisionPRO President, gleaned from over 25 years in the human resources, staffing, and technology industries. Prior to joining the company, Rice worked for EDS (now HP), one of the largest information technology corporations in the world. At EDS, she worked in the areas of business development and employee relations, serving as regional manager of employee relations with oversight of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and California.

Rice is also known as a champion for diversity and has been actively involved in the Michigan Women in Technology, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Rice has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership, excellence in information technology solutions and innovation.

Really Your Resume Said What?

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Creating an attention-getting resume can be a tall order for job seekers in today’s fast-paced hiring environment. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, the majority of employers (70 percent) spend less than five minutes reviewing a resume, and half (48 percent) spend less than two. Perhaps it is the desire to stand out that compels some job seekers to include some unnecessary, inappropriate or downright untrue information on their resumes, which hiring managers regard as a job seeker faux pas. For its annual survey, CareerBuilder asked hiring managers to name the biggest blunders they have caught on resumes – from innocent gaffes to obvious lies. The national online survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between May 14 and June 3, 2015, and included more than 2,000 full-time, U.S. hiring and human resources managers across industries and company sizes. Not 100% Qualified? Not a Deal-Breaker Job seekers may also be beefing up their resumes to compensate for not meeting all of the requirements listed in the job posting. Their fears, however, may be unfounded. According to the survey, 42 percent of employers would consider a candidate who met only three out of five key qualifications for a specific role. “Job seekers have the unenviable challenge of grabbing – and holding – a hiring manager’s attention long enough to make a strong impression,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “Embellishing your resume to achieve this, however, can ultimately backfire. Most hiring managers are willing to consider candidates who do not meet 100 percent of the qualifications. Job seekers can increase their chances for consideration by proving past achievements that exemplify an ability to learn, enthusiasm and cultural fit.”

Most Memorable Resume Blunders

For the survey, hiring managers gave the following real-life examples of blunders they have caught on resumes:

• Applicant claimed to be a former CEO of the company to which they were applying. • Applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages – one of which was pig Latin.

• Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying “Hey you.”

• Applicant vying for a customer service position gave “didn’t like dealing with angry customers” as the reason for leaving her last job.

• User name of applicant’s email address was “2poopy4mypants.”

• Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner.

• Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time.

• Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant. • Applicant said to have gotten fired “on accident.”

• Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn’t exist.

• Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver’s license for four years.

• Applicant listed as a reference an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant.

• Applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously

Honesty: Still the Best Policy
When it comes to impressing hiring managers, one of the biggest mistakes a job seeker can make is lying, which is more common than one might think. According to the survey, more than half of employers (56 percent) have caught a lie on a resume. When asked to name the most common areas around which job seekers lie, these employers named the following:

  • Embellished skill sets: 62 percent
  • Embellished responsibilities: 54 percent
  • Dates of employment: 39 percent
  • Job titles: 31 percent
  • Academic degrees: 28 percent

What Employers Really Want
When it comes to getting employers on their side, however, job seekers may have more options than they think. When asked what attributes would cause them to pay more attention to certain resumes, employers named the following:

  • A resume that is customized for their open position: 61 percent
  • A resume that is accompanied by a cover letter: 49 percent
  • A resume that is addressed to the hiring manager or recruiter by name: 26 percent
  • A resume that includes links to the applicant’s online portfolio, blog or website: 21 percent

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,532 hiring and human resource managers ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed) between May 14 and June 3, 2015 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 2,532, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.95 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder®

As the global leader in human capital solutions, CareerBuilder specializes in cutting-edge HR software as a service to help companies with every step of the recruitment process from acquire to hire. CareerBuilder works with top employers across industries, providing job distribution, sourcing, workflow, CRM, data and analytics in one pre-hire platform. It also operates leading job sites around the world. Owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA), Tribune Media (NYSE:TRCO) and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com

Virtual Career Fair for Security Engineers– July 29th & 30th

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Virtual Career Fair for Security Engineers

July 29th and 30th

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Don’t miss  this opportunity!  You will speak with our Senior Technology recruiters  and learn about the details of  many of our  career opportunities for Security Engineers. Now is your chance to talk to directly to recruiters about  market salary trends, geographic locations, career pathing and growth.  

Please join us promptly at one of the scheduled times  below:  

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time

 Thu, Jul 30, 2015 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Eastern Daylight Tim

Connection Information

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/780235989

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States (Toll-free): 1 877 309 2070

United States : +1 (312) 757-3119

Access Code: 780-235-989

Java Developer Virtual Career Fair

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Don’t Miss Out !
Java Developer  “Career Options” Virtual Career Fair

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VisionIT is greatly expanding their U.S. development center based in Detroit! We currently have multiple full-time career opportunities for Mid and Sr. Level Java Developers. If you are looking for a great company offering not only an exciting technical work environment, but a collegial professional culture that offers flexibility and work life balance join the career fair to learn more!

To see our complete list of job opportunities and sign up for our TALENT NETWORK

Don’t miss  this opportunity!  You will speak with our Senior Technology recruiters  and learn about the details of  several permanent career opportunities for Java Developers and Ruby Rails including: market salary trends, geographic locations, career pathing and growth.

Please join us promptly at one of the scheduled times for a 30 minute presentation and Q&A session

Dial In: 877.273.4202

Access: 859.643.905

Tuesday,May 26th          Times: 10 am, 2 pm, 4  pm (EST)   Host: Sr. Technology Recruiter:   Ann Laurini, alaurini@visionproteam.com

Wednesday,May 27th     Times: 10am, 12 pm, 4pm (EST)   Host: Sr. Technology Recruiter:   Sean McCoy, smcoy@visionproteam.com

Thursday, May 28th        Times: noon, 2 pm, 5 pm (EST) Host: Sr. Technology Recruiters:  Asia Wimbush-Sherrod, awimbush-sherrod@visionit.com and                                                          Rituparna Mahanta, rmahanta@visionproteam.com

   

Important Notes: 

  • Do not give your name on the call, the recruiter will advise you how to schedule a confidential phone interview
  • H1B and other visa work permits  are welcome to apply and will be considered
  • No third party vendors or suppliers
  • Desired Skills & Experience

 

Job Education, Experience and Skills Required: 

  • Understanding of web and application server technologies, including open-source technologies
  • Extensive Java server-side design and development experience
  • Experience developing web-based UI applications using JSP, JavaScript, and AJAX
  • Hands-on experiences in Web Services, XML and data persistence layer framework design and development
  • Experience with Hibernate and Spring
  • Experience with JMS Messaging
  • Ideal candidate will possess experience with LifeRay (not required)
  • Knowledge of oracle Rightnow, Clarabridge, Remedy, Documentum, and Archer Risk as plus
  • Solid Linux skills including scripting expertise in languages such as Perl and UNIX shells
  • Application development leadership experience
  • Desired experience with Intelex
  • Ability to work in a very dynamic, flexible and creative environment
  • Demonstrated experience with enterprise software systems
  • Ability to communicate effectively with management, development staff, and customers
  • Critical problem solver with the ability to recognize and anticipate problems (technical, operational, process, organizational) and to identify and implement the best solution in a timely manner
  • 4 or more years of software development experience
  • BS or MS in computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent

 

Vision Information Technologies, Inc. is comprised of three wholly-owned subsidiaries delivering a distinct range of IT practices to workforce solutions that drive operational efficiencies and innovation for customers across the globe. Through its network of specialized brands, VisionIT, VisionPRO and Prime Workforce, the company has become the partner of choice for some of the world’s leading organizations. VisionIT provides IT managed services and IT specialized practices in areas including mobile, application, enterprise integration and IT security services. VisionPRO is recognized as one of the top 30 largest IT staffing and permanent placement companies in the U.S.  Prime Workforce is a global managed service provider (MSP) offering effective oversight and analytics around a companies’ contingent workforce.

7 Simple Resume Tips You May Be Overlooking

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“Send a copy of your resume” are words job seekers hear over and over again. Your resume is one of the most important tools in your job search. It’s just a few sheets of paper that stand between you and your next great career opportunity. So, how can you make sure your resume helps you get in your foot in the door? Here are some helpful hints from top recruiters that screen resumes each and everyday!

Be Simple. Be Clean. Be Concise.

If you’re starting from scratch, try using standard resume templates that you can find on-line to get you underway. Just be sure to find a template that looks clean and professional, and if possible, is specific to your industry. Try not to use industry jargon or acronyms, and keep your experience and job responsibilities as simple and to the point as possible. For length, the rule of thumb is keeping 7-10 years of experience per page, so if you have been in the workforce for 20 years or more, a two-page resume is acceptable.

Start With the Basics

It may sound simple, but the top of your resume should have your name, contact information, and a link to your LinkedIn profile (and if you don’t have one of these, make one!). Make sure your contact information is correct. Phone numbers or email addresses are often the typo’s that get overlooked. Also, ensure your LinkedIn profile matches everything you say on your resume. Recruiters and potential employers do check that!

Details. Details. Details.

Pay very close attention to detail. Be consistent in your style and format. Double-check how you’ve structured each bullet point. Make sure your verb tenses are all the same. If you are using periods at the end of each bullet point, all bullet points should have them. Whatever style you choose is less important, what is paramount is consistency. The smallest details do make a difference.

Me. Inc.

Your resume is your marketing brochure, so think of how you would sell yourself. Highlight the best of what you have accomplished along the way. In most cases, include your education and technical experience first. However, if you’re not that proud of your GPA, no need to put it on your resume.

Always Tell The Truth.

Never lie—not even a little bit. With today’s technology it is easy to find out if you are telling truth. And, recruiters and potential employers are regularly checking as part of their background and pre-employment screenings. Therefore, it’s best not to inflate job titles, years of employment, education or awards. A little embellishment is a big red flag!

No Selfies.

We know it is the trend. But do not, under any circumstances, include pictures of yourself with the resume! Also, do not include any other personal information like your social security number, or your date of birth. Your resume is about your skills, experience and knowledge, and is strictly professional. Similarly, your LinkedIn profile picture should be professional. Please no Glamour Shots or selfies!

Go The Extra Mile.

After you have checked and rechecked spelling, grammar and punctuation, ask a friend, a colleague, or family member for help. An extra set of fresh eyes can make a world of difference, but make sure they are proficient at grammar and spelling and have an eye for details.

Finally, work with your Talent Agent for the best professional feedback. The VisionPRO team is available to assist with organization, prioritization and appropriate resume content so you are as good on paper as you are on the job!