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How to Leverage Yourself in the Job Market Using Recruiters

The Truth Behind the Recruiting Industry

The information technology industry is back-and more competitive than ever. Employers are eagerly dusting-off IT projects that have been shelved for years. Demand for IT professionals is growing across the board, in industries as varied as pharmaceuticals, banking, retail, and manufacturing.

But employers learned their lesson from the dot com crash. They're hiring only the most seasoned, most creative IT talent they can find. In today's IT resurgence, staying ahead of the competition takes education, experience, and most important, a career plan. That means taking steps to advance your career, increase your expertise, and expand the type of jobs within your skill set. IT professionals who aren't constantly moving forward risk becoming a cheap commodity.

So what can you do to help differentiate yourself? One way is to work with recruiters, but the key is to work with the RIGHT recruiter. Finding the right recruiter can be pivotal to your success. Your goal should be to find one who focuses in your market segmentation and who understands you career goals, as well as your skill set and experience. But part of finding the right recruiter also means that you need to understand what your recruiter's goals are... whether it be filling an immediate job order, or truly working with you over time to support you in your career plan. This presentation will explain how to find the right recruiter for you, how to leverage yourself in this competitive job market using recruiters, and how to make your recruiter want to work for you.

About the Speakers

Kerry Petranek & Paul Rees

Kerry Petranek is a business development manager for Yoh IT Technology Talent, a technology staffing and recruiting firm in Austin, TX. She is responsible for new business development, specifically selling and recruiting talent and outsourcing solutions, as well as maintaining ongoing client relationships within the Austin high-tech market. Kerry comes from a technical background, graduating from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where she studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics. Previously, she worked for Eaton Corporation where she managed business relationships within the electrical engineering service industry.

Paul Rees is a Senior Technology Recruiter with Yoh IT Technology Talent in Austin. He has recruited for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and government agencies in California and Texas, placing people in contract and direct-hire positions in all areas of IT. At Yoh, he is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with high-impact IT consultants in the Austin area. Prior to joining Yoh, Paul’s background is with small, niche consulting firms aligned with software leaders like Microsoft and SAP, so his approach in working with people is rooted in understanding technology and how it ties to business needs. Paul’s technical background is in networking technologies, and he is a Microsoft Certified Professional.

About YOH

Yoh delivers talent and outsourcing solutions to customers in the United States. As one of the largest staffing services firms in the United States - with more than 415 million USD in total sales - Yoh operates from more than 80 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the telecommunications, scientific, information technology, industrial and engineering communities. For more information, visit yoh.com. Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.