Archive for May, 2014
We are pleased to announce that our Chicago team has relocated to a new and improved location.
“We are excited to be moving our Chicago team to a new office. The relocation will support our rapid growth in Chicago. This move also reaffirms Veredus’ commitment to its clients,” said Kimberly Moore, Managing Director of the Chicago Office.
Please note our new address and contact information below. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
200 N La Salle Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: (312) 854-2860
Fax: (312) 854-2860
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am — 5:00 pm
One of our Business Unit Leader’s, Clay McDonald, shared his opinion on the shortage of talent within the IT field. Here’s what he had to say:
“Over the last 2-3 years, the talent and skills gap within the IT field has grown to significant levels. Political and business leaders alike know the challenges as a result of the growing shortages of available technology workers.
With post-recession growth and spending on the rise, organizations are working to make up for lost time. Companies are reinvesting in their business and putting projects in motion. As a result, job growth and labor demand continues to rise. With this upswing, business executives are increasingly learning the realities of the talent gap. Simply stated, it’s a supply issue. Many IT positions take twice as long to fill as they once did; specialized skill sets can take even longer. As a result, businesses are increasingly looking to offshore work that they are not able to fulfill within the US due to talent shortages. Our nation, a technology and global innovation leader, must find ways to address the technology talent shortages.
The US Dept of Labor predicts that there will be a 33% increase in the number of STEM jobs from 2010-2020 compared to a growth of 16% for all other positions. STEM educational programs are working diligently with political leaders to help transform our nations educational programs to help address the skills gap. More work should be done at the classroom level to excite our nation’s youth about the technology field. We need to be growing and developing a workforce that can support the continued growth in STEM positions.”
The Veredus Difference:
Veredus had extraordinary company culture. Character is rewarded and quality is demanded. Our work environment promotes transformation, professionalism, distinction and competition. We encourage challenges and teamwork. Are you up for the challenge?
Veredus was formed in 2000 by a group of technology recruiting professionals who believed there was a better way to staff companies. They examined every step of the process to find improvements and Veredus took off. That commitment to innovation and great results has led to unprecedented growth and is still at work today.
o Benefits – day one
o Opportunity to learn sales in a high growth industry
o The best compensation plan in the industry
o Consistently recognized as one of the “Best” places to work
o Extraordinary company culture
o Have fun at your job
o Advanced corporate training program
o Grow your career with opportunities to climb the corporate ladder
o Option to move to different Veredus offices around the country
o Advancing IT industry
o 401(k) match
o Leadership that cares about you!
o Flat organizational structure: there is one layer of management between you and the CEO
If you do not know what an elevator pitch is, it’s a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person or company. In this case a person. It is called an elevator pitch because of the length. The pitch should only last as long as it would to take an elevator ride.
Using a personal elevator pitch can help you sell yourself when it comes to interviews and meetings. It may seem like an easy task, but summarizing your work experience into a 30 second spiel can prove to be quite difficult. But once you have a killer elevator pitch you can easily impress your interviewees.
Here are a few tips on how to develop that killer elevator pitch:
Industry focus– Make sure to explain what kind of position you are looking for and what industry it is in. Also focus our experience towards the job you are interested in.
Type it up– Jot down your job experience, accomplishments and skills that are focused on the industry that you are interested in. This mock up should include your basics and not much more. Try to limit the written info to a few points. The objective here is not to tell your autobiography, but to sell yourself in mere seconds.
Answer three questions– Be able to answer three questions to ensure your purpose and objective of the elevator pitch. What are you looking for, what do you do and who you are.
Match your needs and wants– Pair your skills with those wanted from the interviewing party. Look at job descriptions and include what you can provide for them.
Don’t be too technical– Your pitch should be as easy to read as it is to say. Meaning, don’t use big words to try to impress. Use your normal everyday vocabulary. This is a way of informally introducing yourself.
Watch the pace– Read the pitch out loud to make sure that it is short and to the point. Also check on your pace. Sometimes people perform their pitch way too fast. If you go too fast the listener can’t retain anything from the pitch.
Repeat– Repeat and practice until you no longer need to read it. Like previously correct the fluidity of the pitch with time and pace.
Performance– During your pitch act relaxed yet driven. Make sure to make eye contact and limit nervous movement. Go on and kill it!
For an idea, here is our elevator pitch for Veredus. Just spin it with a personal approach.
Focus Your Resume: Make your resume relevant to the position you are interested in.
List Your Accomplishments: Pinpoint your recognition. Make sure to highlight your accomplishments. Facts and figures go a long way.
Correct Format: Ensure that your resume is in the correct format for the Applicant Tracking System and also make sure your resume is saved in an acceptable format as well.
Up to Date: Keep your resume current and have your dates of employment matched up too.
Visuals: Leave pictures and infographic styles off your resume. They are not very compatible with Applicant Tracking Systems.
Once you have been contacted and recognized by the recruiter. Have them work with you on what the company you are applying to is looking for in a resume and cover letter. You might have to change up what you sent to the recruiter. For more career transforming tips and tools go to http://vereduscorp.com/career-center/.