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BDPA Cincinnati brought three (3) experienced IT recruiters to the roundtable. They answered all of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask … but, were afraid to do. It was an outstanding opportunity for anyone, from college interns to entry-level IT professionals to experienced technicians, managers, or executives. The audience received the ‘inside scoop’ on what it takes to successfully land a job, promotion, or have a successful career in the IT industry.

Our panel included:
- Karen Cooper (owner, SmartIT)
- Karen Lipscomb (senior talent acquisition manager, L3-Communications)
- Linda Mullen (assistant VP, Fifth Third Bank)

Corporate America is rebounding from the Great Recession and unemployment continues to lag at levels that are much too high in the Black community and the Greater Cincinnati area. As such, we want to lift the curtain of secrecy about the recruitment process so that BDPA members and supporters have every advantage to advance their careers in the IT industry.

BDPA Cincinnati brought three (3) experienced IT recruiters to the roundtable. They answered all of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask … but, were afraid to do. It was an outstanding opportunity for anyone, from college interns to entry-level IT professionals to experienced technicians, managers, or executives. The audience received the ‘inside scoop’ on what it takes to successfully land a job, promotion, or have a successful career in the IT industry.

Our panel included:
- Karen Cooper (owner, SmartIT)
- Karen Lipscomb (senior talent acquisition manager, L3-Communications)
- Linda Mullen (assistant VP, Fifth Third Bank)

Corporate America is rebounding from the Great Recession and unemployment continues to lag at levels that are much too high in the Black community and the Greater Cincinnati area. As such, we want to lift the curtain of secrecy about the recruitment process so that BDPA members and supporters have every advantage to advance their careers in the IT industry.

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Notes de l'éditeur

  • Karen Cooper – Smart IT
    Linda Mullen – 5/3rd Bank
    Karen Lipscomb – L-3 Communications
  • -The 5 year trend shows a steady increase in Tech Salaries. In some instances these figure can be attributed to a growing economy
    -61% of professionals cited merit increases as the reason for an increase in their earnings.
    -25% of professionals citied they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year.
  • -As the demand for technology professional rises and highly-skilled talent is harder to find. Technology Professionals see an increase in their paychecks.
    -37% of tech pros anticipate changing employers in 2015 due to higher comp, better working conditions, more responsibility and shorter commutes.
  • Silicon Valley is still the number one Top Tech Metro City with Cincinnati coming in at 31…
  • -IT Management, Systems Architects, Data Architect and Project Manager roles are still solid paying IT positions.
  • -Clouder, Hbase, ABAP, Hive, Cassandra, CloudStack and Sqoop are all popular skillsets to acquire
  • -Update Your Skills!
  • -What the employer is seeking to learn is what your motivations are and whether or not you are a “go-getter.”

  • -Employers are looking to see if you have the ability handle stress, resolve issues and make improvements.
  • -Be sure to research the company and be able to speak about their products and services
  • …more importantly, “Are there any questions or concerns about my background that I can address at this time?”
  • -Skills Summary should be label Technical Skills – No Bullets
    -No need for G.P.A.’s unless you are in college and seeking a Co-Op or internship opportunity
    -Remove references to graduation completion dates
    -Remove any references to outdated skills
  • -Remove dates referencing Graduation completion dates. Age Discrimination is real

    -It’s a matter of preference, but no need to bullet Education and Certifications
  • Top Ten Job Posting sites: Indeed, CareerBuilder, CollegeRecruiter.com, Monster.com, Simply Hired, LinkUp, Usjobs, Jobing.com & Net Temps
  • “Big Brother is ALWAYS Watching!”

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