Archive | June, 2017

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.

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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!*

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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