Hiring Trends to Watch in 2020

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter

This time of the year is when most companies plan for the following year. Proactive organizations are getting ready by researching and planning for the latest trends in recruiting and hiring.

Glassdoor.com recently published an interesting article by their Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain that outlined three trends in hiring to look for in 2020. https://www.glassdoor.com/employers/blog/job-hiring-trends-2020/.

The first trend suggests that company culture is a business imperative, and that an organizations’ ability to recruit and retain top talent. This is especially true in the information technology space, where competition for talent is already high. The article states “It’s hard to overstate the importance of this shift. This formal recognition of employee culture in business today is one that executives can’t afford to ignore,” Chamberlain says. “In 2020, we expect this changing tide of CEO opinion to usher in a new wave of culture-first thinking among business leaders, elevating employee engagement to the status of core business focus for a growing number of companies.”

The second trend noted in the article is that organizations are preparing for a potential recession. The economy is growing right now, but there are several indicators that we may be approaching a period of recession. The article states “Building a strong employer brand takes years, while most recessions last nowhere nearly as long… When the economy picks up and it’s time to ramp up hiring again, companies who’ve maintained a strong employer brand will enjoy a clear strategic advantage,” Chamberlain says. “For that reason, we expect employers in 2020 to keep the long view and maintain investments in employer branding even if the economy slows.”

The third trend is the utilization of mobile technology as a job search tool. We use our smartphones for everything, and many candidates would like the ease and privacy of using a mobile device to look for jobs. Unfortunately, the job application process is not always optimized for mobile devices.

The article states “A Glassdoor study found that mobile job seekers encounter multiple barriers to entry in the application process. Most companies have not yet created a truly mobile-first experience, and as a result, companies are turning high-quality candidates off of their organization. In fact, mobile users complete only about 22 percent of applications they start versus 47 percent on desktop. And when the median time to complete a job application on mobile is 10.5 minutes compared to just 5.9 minutes for desktop users, it’s no wonder. If you don’t want to lose out on top talent, you’ll want to make a mobile-friendly application process a top priority.”

At TCC we are taking note of these trends and planning to give our company the competitive edge we need to hire and retain top talent.

To learn more about TCC’s company culture please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/culture

 

Test Automation Skills Are Necessary in Today’s Career Marketplace

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

Most companies have multiple testers on their Quality Assurance teams and testers have certain skills that many developers do not, but it appears that automation testing continues to rise. In part, this is due to the increasing adoption of agile development, which requires testing to be part of the continuous integration cycle.

I recently read an article on the TechBeacon website that discusses that automation testing skills are a must have to remain marketable as a tester. https://techbeacon.com/app-dev-testing/why-test-automation-skills-are-career-must

The article states that there is an increasing shift toward eliminating manual testing and relying more heavily upon automated testing. The article encourages testers to start learning the automated testing tools your organization already uses, if you don’t have automated testing experience.

The article states “Testers can’t afford to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the modern-day tools and techniques that are being used in development shops for test automation. This doesn’t mean they’re being asked to become data entry clerks or programmers, but it does require testers, like any other technology professionals, to be open to learning new skills and willing to grow and change with the times.”

This seems like good advice to anyone who is interested in staying marketable in their chosen profession.

To learn more about TCC and our career opportunities please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/open-positions.

 

TCC Awarded Recertification as a Minority Business Enterprise by the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council

In January 2020, the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council’s (Mid-States MSDC) Board of Directors approved TCC as a re-certified minority business enterprise (MBE).

Certification provides TCC with many business development benefits.   The Mid-States MSDCMSDC offers businesses an excellent opportunity to meet one-on-one with corporate buyers who are interested in working with qualified MBEs. They offer many formal and informal opportunities to meet with corporate buyers, learn about state and local opportunities, improve your professional alliances and enhance your business. In short, the Mid-States MSDC offers access to more business opportunities with Fortune 500 and local and regional corporations.

We anticipate this certification will continue to provide TCC with a competitive advantage as we market our products and services in the commercial sector with corporations who have supplier diversity programs.

To learn more about TCC please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/who-we-are.

TCC Seeks a Software Developer II

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

The Software Developer will be assigned to an internal software development team working on TCC’s mobile workforce productivity application. Candidate will work within the TCC HQ in Indianapolis under the direction of TCC Project Manager.

Responsibilities
• Deploy software in a well-planned manner with complete coordination with all end users
• Consistently meet time lines and maintain awareness of schedules
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design solutions to meet those requirements
• Work effectively in a team environment and balance individually assigned work
• Perform modifications to complex, multi-user systems
• Work independently and be customer service oriented

Qualifications
• Associate’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree or equivalent work/school experience.
• 5+ years’ experience participating in collaborative development environment preferred.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies:
o C# and .NET technologies
o LINQ, Entity Framework, REST Web API
o MVVM – MUST HAVE
o WPF – Desired
o Microsoft SQL Server, Stored Procedures
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories – Desired
• Able to automate routine maintenance and tasks via scripting languages
• Experience with multi-tier application design and development and knowledge of design patterns
• Unit testing and integration
• Understanding of distributed systems and data structures, both in design and implantation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits
• Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
• Employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
• Company sponsored 401k
• Paid Time Off

To apply to this position please visit our website https://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/450658?source=TCCSoftwareSolutions&jobFeedCode=TCCSoftwareSolutions&returnURL=https://www.e-tcc.com/

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process
please contact Human Resources at Email: tcc.recruiting@e-tcc.com

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.