Tech is Booming in Las Vegas

6 Jul

Las Vegas is more than just neon lights and slot machines. The Nevada city is undergoing a tremendous tech boom, and you have to be in the know in order to get ahead. That’s why technical recruiters in Las Vegas are so crucial: They can stay ahead of the curve, connecting people to the right jobs in all areas of tech.

The Revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas

One of the ways that Las Vegas is blossoming as a tech destination is through the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas. The international architectural firm RKTL is at the helm for a grand re-imagining of the area, which was once the hub for the city. In this future vision, tech plays a large role. In everything from planning to outfitting new office buildings, there are available positions with an emphasis on cutting-edge technology.

Infrastructure Investments in Las Vegas

Beyond just Downtown Las Vegas, Sin City is receiving substantial investments into its infrastructure. A decade ago, immediately following the recession, such an investment was just a dream. Now, it’s undeniably a reality. To accommodate to the rush of tech employees gravitating to Las Vegas, there is a need for better roads, airports and housing to accommodate them all. Internet access and utilities, too, need an upgrade. All of this means more careers in tech to facilitate a better environment for current and future Vegas residents.

The Appeal of Las Vegas for Tech Companies

There is a reason that companies like Tesla, Switch, Amazon, and Zappos choose to operate in Las Vegas. The city is incredibly accommodating to tech companies, and there is a tremendous workforce available. The overall low cost of living also means the city is attractive to those from out of the state.

Although there is so much opportunity in Las Vegas, forging the right connections can be tough. Hiring managers may not uncover the tech talent already in the area, and aspiring employees may struggle to get their resumes read by the right people. A technical recruiter solves both problems, offering the connection necessary to bring together jobs and employees in tech.

Why ‘Women in Tech’ is Important

26 Jun

The technology industry may be dominated by men, this is a fact, but women are also incredibly important to this expanding sector. Women in tech can add valuable contributions that improve products, services, work environments and customer satisfaction. Recruiting women in tech is a hot-button topic, and it is more important than ever before.

Products and Services are More Likely to Appeal to Women

Tech products don’t just sell to men. In fact, women are often trendsetters, and what appeals to them most may become the market leader. When developing new products or services, tech companies should aim to have teams made up of both men and women. This way, women can ensure that the finished product appeals to a big portion of the potential market.

Securing the Best Talent Available – Regardless of Gender

In the world of tech, talent is a key resource. Finding the best talent, and then harnessing their skills, is the objective of every major player in the industry. If recruiters are limiting their scope to men, then they could be missing out on some of the most talent tech professionals out there. Widening the hiring pool means more potential talent in every firm.

Diverse Environments Means Diverse Approaches to Problem Solving

When only men are involved in the creation of new tech products and services, they aren’t able to address the issue in a diverse way. The tech developments that have the biggest impact on the world actually impact men and women alike. For that reason, having both genders in the creative process is hugely important.

Women in Tech Set the Precedent for Future Generations

The reality is that women in tech is good for business. Beyond the increase in talent and a more diverse workforce, however, more women in tech also sets a precedent for future generations. They say that young people only want to achieve what they can see, so it’s critical for them to see powerful, successful women in the world of tech.

Whether it is program management, business dev analysis, or programming, tech is a field where women can excel. Having women in tech is good for profits, good for the tech industry and good for our future generations.

Two Weeks on the Keto Diet: My Experience

13 Jun

I’ve tried more than my share of diets in the past, but none of those past experiences can compare to the keto diet. Two weeks ago, I began the keto diet. This lifestyle attempts to get you in ketosis, where you’ll burn stored fat for energy rather than carbohydrates or glucose.

I followed the keto plan religiously and began the low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat way of eating, and initially I felt like I had been hit like a truck! These were not the results I had been hoping for and I had a moment of regret. I felt like a had a cold, I experienced a lingering headache and I just felt tired all the time. But once I got past it after a few days, it was like a switch was flipped inside of me. What I know know to be keto flu symptoms disappeared, and I felt better than I had in years – decades even.

I have always struggled with joint pain, especially in my ankle and knee, and that aching feeling went away seemingly overnight. I no longer felt stiff in the mornings, and I felt like my gym visits were easier to get through. My concentration increased, and I no longer feel that slump in the mid-afternoon, when I would normally feel like taking a nap or eating a snack.

Obviously, these changes can be attributed to my new lifestyle – the low-carb, high-fat choices I’m making with all my meals. But to help me get there, I also relied on Keto-OS. Made by Pruvit, Keto-OS is a supplement that contains exogenous ketones.

When you avoid carbs for a while, your body has to begin looking for alternative sources of energy. Burning fat as a source of energy can result in ketones. Taking Keto-OS by Pruvit speeds up the process by providing the body with a readily available source of exogenous ketones.

Keto-OS is packed with medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTS, as well as mineral salts. MCTS are what you’ll find naturally in coconut oil, and mineral salts are a great source of electrolytes. Both of these are crucial components to getting in keto and then staying there. Best of all, Keto-OS comes in two varieties: Charged, with caffeine, and a caffeine-free version as an alternative. I’ve been so pleased with the results, that I can’t wait to share it with friends and have them experience the benefits of the keto lifestyle!*

*If you’re interested in reading more about this fabulous product, please visit http://vanessak.pruvitnow.com or send me an email at vanessa.karnowski@gmail.com

Technical Recruiting

12 Jun

Trying to find a new or different career in tech? Finding a career in the world of tech may not be challenging, but finding the RIGHT career for you, may be. While there are many positions available, the industry is competitive and you need to stand out and impress hiring managers. Working with a technical recruiter is your way to get your resume in front of the right person. Don’t let your applications fall into the abyss of the internet. You can get scheduled for meaningful interviews and create the right connections when you have a technical recruiter on your side.

Want the run down on technical recruiting? Here are some key facts you should know as you begin your job search.

Technical Recruiters vs. Non-Specialized Recruiters

Whether you’re looking for a niche career path or you’re struggling to find the right career in your field, turning to a recruitment professional is a logical choice. Although some job applicants believe all recruiters are essentially the same, the fact is that tech recruiters have a unique skill set. Not only are they familiar with the tech jobs in your area and what companies are hiring, they likely have a familiarity with the tech industry. They will be able to “speak your language” to a certain degree and they will be able to discern the right job based on your skill set. Technical recruiters will understand the culture fit that works for both you and your future employer. Truth is, working with a technical recruiter makes for a better chance of getting you the job you truly want.

Crafting a Tech-Friendly Resume

One of the many responsibilities of a technical recruiter is ensuring that their candidates resume is “user-friendly”. Along with routine actions like checking for typos and grammatical errors, this involves creating a cohesive resume that will speak to tech professionals. Resume formatting is key, but make sure you are using buzz words in the right places (usually at the top). A technical recruiter knows what a strong tech resume should look like. Reach out and ask!

Tech Recruiters Handle the Networking for Candidates

Even when you have the right experience, the right credentials and the right work ethic, turning a collection of traits into a secure job offer isn’t easy. Technical recruiters work hard to network for you, ultimately putting you in touch with hiring managers and companies that are looking for your unique set of tech skills and abilities.

 Recruiters are Advocates for Their Clients

Even if you are starting the job search on your own, working with a technical recruiter will almost certainly improve the kind of package you receive. A recruiter is your advocate, they have exclusive job opportunities with their clients that you may never see, and they will negotiate your salary for you and highlight the reason why you are the right candidate for the job.

Using a technical recruiter is a smart and savvy way to enter a competitive job market. Connect with me today and let me help with your tech job search in Las Vegas!

Vanessa Karnowski | vanessa.karnowski@rht.com | 702.866.2869

2015 – Year in Review

28 Dec

This 2015 review will be short and sweet because that’s exactly what the year was for me. This year was the fastest year that I have experienced in recent memory. The truth though, is that I did not manage my time well this year, which made 2015 more challenging for myself than it needed to be and my need to control every.single.thing. was no help to the downward spiral of available time.

But then I remember that my goal in 2015 was to get fit after baby. I did that! I remember that I gained obscene amounts of weight with my pregnancy and I worked it ALL off in 2015, and then some. So, maybe I did manage my time well in that I set my goal and I met it…but my goal shouldn’t be my only focal point. Or should it?!

One of the things I hear about myself most often from friends and loved ones (the people who will tell me the REAL truth about myself) is that my ability to set a goal and crush it is admirable. I appreciate that insight because it’s something that I find to be an asset. However, at what point does that character trait inhibit my ability to find balance in all things in my life?

Did I devote too much time to working out and meeting my 2015 goal? I’m not sure that I did, but I’m not sure that I didn’t.

What I do know, however, is that my heart is more full at the end of 2015 than it was in the beginning. Feeling fat and out of shape put me in a bad mental state and I was less appreciative of all that I have in January than I am now. So, I guess that means 2015 was great.

My new goal for 2016 is exactly what I missed out on in 2015…time! I want to get off my butt for more than just exercise. I want to bake cookies with my son, I want to take my son to the park in 2016, I want to get my Christmas presents to my family and friends on time in 2016.

What about you? If you would be so willing, I would love to hear what your goals/hopes/dreams are for 2016!

Turkey Trot 12k in Vegas

14 Dec

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate what we have and to be thankful for the countless opportunities in life. Before digging into the feast with my family, I had the chance to be thankful for my health, my strength and my fitness at the Las Vegas Turkey Trot. The 12k Turkey Trot marked a significant personal milestone for me as it was my furthest distance to date. Best of all, I had fun and the support of my family and friends, all while working harder than ever to achieve my goals.

Qualifying Times for Disneyland’s Half Marathon

My overall running goal is to complete a half marathon next May. Running a full 13.1 miles is no easy task, but it is an accomplishment I’m willing to work hard for. In order to be in the right starting corral for the race, I need to have a qualifying time that represents my speed and ability. The qualifying event I selected was the Las Vegas Turkey Trot, which stretches for 12 kilometers on the Historic Railroad Trail. I achieved my goal of running the entire distance and submitting my official pace in order to participate in the half marathon. Knowing that I’m one step closer to getting there is an exciting thought and one step closer to being able to check another item off my bucket list!

A New PR

For a runner, there are two particularly exciting moments in racing. One is getting a PR for time. The other is getting a PRD, or personal distance record, which means you have run further than you have ever run before. Prior to the Turkey Trot, I had to date run five and a half miles during one run outside. I’m so proud to report that I finished this 12k on Thanksgiving Day, just under seven and a half miles, while running it in its entirety. This just renews my confidence than in a few short months, I’ll be ready to tackle 13.1 miles on my quest to complete a half marathon.

The Ultimate Finish

Running through the scenic Hoover Dam landscape starting at 8:00am was amazing (the getting up in order to be there by then may not have been), and running further than ever before was a confidence boost.

The Las Vegas Turkey Trot 12k will definitely go down in history as a goal crushing experience and it served as my preparation for my ultimate goal: to complete in the Disney Tinkerbell half marathon in May.

The best part of that race, however, was crossing the finish line. Since there were no spectators on the course, I had to wait until the very end to see the people I love most in the world: my husband, my best friend and my 16-month-old son.

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I’m Training for a Half Marathon!

30 Oct

Less than a year ago, I would have laughed if you suggested that I would be training for a half marathon today. Half of an entire marathon, or 13.1 miles, would have seemed impossible to me back then, but I’m on the right track to tackle the distance and even come in under two hours, if all goes well. I decided to create this post because I’ve had a lot of “how did you do it?” or “I could never do that” questions and comments. These tips can help you train for your own 13.1 mile race. After all, if I can do it, then so can you!

Assess Your Starting Point
The first thing I did once I set my mind to completing the full 13.1 miles was figure out what I could already do. This spring, I was shocked to discover that just 30 seconds of running left me out of breath and in need of a walk break. Knowing that wasn’t discouraging, as it gave me a base and something to improve upon.

Get an App to Help You Improve
Since I wasn’t a long-time runner, I needed an app that could help keep me on track and motivate my weight loss. The Couch to 5k App, or C25K, had me running and walking in intervals three or four times each week. At the end of the 10 week plan, I could run an entire 5k, or 3.1 miles, without needing a walk break. After completing C25K, I moved onto C210K, which I’ll complete by the middle of November.

Participate in Shorter Races Along the Way
After finishing the C25K, I put my hard work to the test with a 5k race in Las Vegas. Before my full 13.1 mile race, I’ll also participate in a longer race called the 12k Turkey Trot in Las Vegas. I’m nervous to tackle 12k, or roughly 7.5 miles, but I need that time so that I can be put in the right corral for my upcoming half marathon. Once I complete that race, I will have run the furthest distance that I’ve ever run in my entire life.

Schedule Your 13.1 Months in Advance
The culmination of all my training will be the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon, which takes places in Disneyland. Knowing that I have this race ahead of me helps me stick to my training, which I know will be tough to handle over the holidays. The race is held on Mother’s Day, an extra special date to me since my son and husband will be at Disneyland cheering me across the finish line. I got this fitness journey started after having my little boy and knowing that I am his role model, so seeing him at the end will be quite the special moment for me. Since I started running and cross-training, I’ve lost nearly 90 pounds (80 of which I gained during my pregnancy). This race will be my moment to show the world what I’m capable of and make me and my family proud!