After the last few years, it’s really not necessary to discuss how the explosion of the Internet has created a massive amount of tech jobs. What they’re paying, however, is certainly worth discussing.

We’ve collected a few statistics from different sources (namely, Salary.com and Indeed) and put together some numbers for web development jobs, so you can see where they stand.

When examining a salary, finding a base of reference is necessary. In this case, $89,300 is the average of a Front End Developer in Silicon Valley according to Salary.com. Indeed places this at $88,000, so we know that there is enough evidence to support this number within about 1.5%. This generally encompasses between 1-5 years of experience. The National Average is $73,900 – a substantial drop in comparison.

In contrast, the top quadrant of front end developers brings in around $101,100 in the Silicon Valley area, with the same amount of experience. Compared to the national average ‘s top 25% of $83,600, this is a 20% increase for working in Silicon Valley. Even in the bottom quartile, the national average is $64,100, compared to Silicon Valley’s lucrative $77,600. While the change isn’t as noticeable here in raw numbers, it still maintains a 20% competitive edge.

After a few years of experience (generally 5-10), an IT professional qualifies as a senior role. This brings a considerable pay raise: $105,000/year on average is the new Silicon Valley based employee salary. Compare this to the national average - $86,900. (We can’t help but point out that the average Silicon Valley Front End Developer makes as much as a Senior Front End Developer elsewhere).

Even at the higher Sr. quadrant, where the national average is $97,200, Silicon Valley trumps their gross at $117,500.

At the end of the day, numbers cannot lie (as those frustrating errors demonstrate so frequently).  Front End Development pays and it pays well.

At The Armada Group, we recruit the most talented developers for the fastest growing and most innovative companies in the world. If you are interested in front end developer jobs in San Jose, contact our team today.

 

In any company there are two engines for continued growth of a company: sales and recruiting. Sales ensure your business has customers to service, and recruiters ensure your company has the right people to help the company grow.

The sales team usually has little, if any, exposure to the IT team. The recruiter, however, is a different story.

You want the recruiter on your side. You need the recruiter on your side. You need solid candidates, and you want the recruiter to know exactly which skill sets your IT team needs.

So here’s a few ways to develop a relationship:

  1. Meet often. There is no substitute for face-to-face meetings. Meeting often will immediately boost your relationship with virtually anyone, including a recruiter. Face-to-face meetings build familiarity, which boosts confidence. It also allows for more effective communication than phone or email, as the communication channels are richer.
  2. Feedback is priceless. It goes both ways, but a recruiter needs to know how the last new employee worked out; what went well, what didn’t go well, and what could have been communicated more effectively. The best way to offer feedback is to be open about receiving feedback as well.  Candid communication can be tough, but it pays.
  3. Integrate your recruiter. He or she should be a part of the team, not out in left field. Not everything involves them, but they should have an operational feel for exactly what you’re looking for and what your office needs. (Especially mindset!) In some cases, they already know from past experience, but in many cases the integration never happens, hindering the ability to nab the ideal candidate.
  4. Learn about recruiting. This is imperative to have at least some appreciation of what recruiters do on a daily basis. When you learn what they do, even without understanding all the intricate details, it affords you an insight into their struggles and helps you appreciate their occupation. Recruiting is considerably more than surfing LinkedIn and making a few calls, contrary to popular belief.

Building a lasting relationship with your recruiter provides considerable benefits, and helps both of your jobs run more smoothly. If you’re having trouble finding qualified candidates, try the aforementioned and it will improve your relationship.

At The Armada Group, we understand these needs, and we put them into action when we work with you. We gain an understanding of your business needs and we have an enormous talent pool of elite IT talent.  We are recruiters who understand the tech market, and we want to deliver on-demand talent solutions to your team. If you are looking for recruiters in Santa Cruz, contact us today.

 

 

 

There was a time when job searching was largely confined to the local newspaper, and maybe a few friends or bulletin boards. Today, you can conduct your entire job search from your computer—or smartphone, tablet, or Internet-connected device of your choice.

Along with online job boards and electronic applications submitted through company websites, social media is playing an increasing role in the job market. The business world connects through online social channels, and you can use this vast network to find and land the perfect IT job.

Here are four ways you can use social media to find great IT job opportunities.

1. Leverage LinkedIn

For professionals looking for a job, there is no better social network than LinkedIn. This business-oriented social site, closing in on 300 million members, is built for connecting people with careers—so if you’re not on LinkedIn, now is the time to join.

One of the fastest and most direct ways to find jobs on LinkedIn is through the social network’s massive jobs board, categorized by industry and location. You can also find opportunities—or have them come to you—by being active on the site. Follow industry leaders and potential employers, participate in conversations, and post your own content to engage and share with others.

Also, make sure your LinkedIn profile is completely filled out, with detailed work experience and links to your online resume or portfolio, when applicable.

2. Advertise your availability

Referrals are one of the best ways to land a new IT job, but your online friends and acquaintances can’t refer you if they don’t know you’re in the market. Use your primary social networks (especially LinkedIn) to professionally announce that you’re on the job search path.

On LinkedIn, you can use your “professional headline” to establish your status, by adding a phrase to your job title such as “in transition” or “seeking new challenges.” This subtle cue can also be copied on your other accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter.

If you already have contacts in your industry, you can use social media to contact them personally, refresh the relationship, and tactfully find out whether they’re aware of any opportunities that might be a good fit for you.

3. Say it with status updates

Whether you post, tweet, or note, status updates are a good way to periodically remind your current network that you’re looking for a new opportunity. Be sure to note the types of IT jobs you’re looking for, and any companies you’re particularly interested in.

The best way to gain results with this strategy is to give back to others. Monitor your connections’ statuses so you can identify anyone else looking for a job, and forward appropriate leads or connections to them. People are more willing to help those who’ve helped them.

4. Expand your network

The more people you’re connected to through social media, the better your chances of finding the right job. It’s all about who you know, and who they know. With a larger network, you’re more likely to find someone who knows someone, who can get you a foot in the right door.

Start by ensuring that all your social profiles are filled out completely and ready for viewing by prospective employers. Then, invite everyone you know to connect with you—those you’ve gone to school with, worked with, people in your community, and anyone else who would recognize your name.

Finally, consider joining relevant groups on various social networks. You can find alumni networks, industry groups, interest groups, and even job-seeking groups on LinkedIn and Facebook that will offer even more potential connections.

How will you use social media to find your next IT job? If you are looking for tech employment in San Jose, contact our team today.

 

Wednesday, Apr 16 2014

Top Tech Candidates in Silicon Valley

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Product Manager
 
  • Highly organized and results oriented business leader.
  • Over 10 years of Technical Product Management experience. 
  • Extensive experience with Product Life Cycle Management, Saas, REST, API’s, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  
  • Worked for Razorfish, RockYou, eBay, and TEK Systems.  
  • MBA in Global Marketing from University of Kansas. 
 
System Engineer
 
  • Joined one of the hottest start-ups in the Bay Area during their explosive growth period.  
  • Was responsible for installation, implementation, and maintenance of their COLO housed at Equinix. 
  • Savvy with Juniper, Cisco, and F5 network equipment. 
  • Holds a CCNA and JNCIA. 
  • Built out their Layer 2 switch environment to a Layer 3 environment with minimal downtime.  
  • Implemented a variety of network monitoring tools (Nagios, Splunk, and Cacti)  
 
Graphic Designer
 
  • Graphic Designer with over four years of in-house corporate marketing background for luxury brands, nine years of operations management, and a passion for technology. 
  • Knowledgeable in the significance of branding, designing cleanly with attention to fine details, and execution around a user experience.
  • He has experience designing and coding promotional landing pages, micro sites, and email campaigns. 
  • Developed branding for new company initiatives and ventures. 
  • Worked with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, ExactTarget Email, Final Cut Pro X and HTML/CSS. 
  • He is driven by raw passion for the arts of digital communication and design. Has a certification from Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, CA.
 
Sr. UI Engineer 
 
  • 10+ years of front-end analysis, design, development, testing and deployment experience working with companies like McAfee, BlackArrow, AT&T, and Intuit. 
  • Proficient in hand coding semantic markup using HTML5, JavaScript, CSS.
  • Expertise in handling cross browser compatibility and image optimization.
  • Excellent in analyzing, problem solving and good communication and leadership skills.
  • Used Photoshop, Fireworks for slicing the images.
  • Experienced in Visual source safe, Perforce, CVS, Morant, and Subclipse for version control.
  • Developed user centric Internet, Intranet applications with B2B and B2C focus using HTML, JavaScript, CSS.
  • Assisted with functional designs, design review, coding, testing and product documentation.
  • Effective communication with client, cross-functional teams to achieve project priorities/timelines.
  • Team oriented and self starter.
  • Familiarity with SEO operation and techniques.
  • Knowledge of DOM scripting, progressive enhancement and graceful degradation.
  • Knowledge of Twitter bootstrap, Backbone.js and Mustache.js.
  • Responsive Web Design Using CSS3 Media Queries.
  • Certificate course in Graphics from Big Byte Computer Institute - Mumbai.
  • Certificate course in Java from SSI Computer Institute – Mumbai.
  • Brainbench certified in CSS 2.0. 
 

The Armada Group is pleased to announce the addition of our “live chat” option on our new website.  Effective immediately, visitors will have the ability to interact with an Armada representative in real time.  The addition of this new service is to fulfill Armada’s commitment to our talent and client communities in providing the best available service possible.   

 

 

If we’re being honest about ourselves, we try to fit a 12-hour day into eight or nine hours. It’s not just you; it’s the IT field in general. It stands to reason that IT professionals gain the most when they maximize time in their areas of expertise, and minimize time in the areas that other experts can perform on a higher level.

There’s always a SQL database to maintain, or a network to patch – and there’s always an empty occupation to be filled, but there are better things you could be doing to lighten your load without stressing out over a vacancy.

So, like anyone performing at maximum efficiency, you partner with a staffing firm. What’s next?

  1. Consultation. This allows the firm to analyze current staffing situation compared to optimal productivity.  The agency develops an understanding of your operations as well as the peculiar and unique methods that set you apart from other businesses. This is arguably the most crucial step, as the efficacy of the partnership relies on a complete understanding.
  2. Collaboration. After the agency comprehensively understands your needs, the firm and your business collectively create and implement a plan of the next steps. The agency understands both the IT portion AND the recruiting facets; hence, it is important to trust your agency here – they know what works!
  3. Implementation. This is the handoff period. This is where the agency starts putting the system you’ve jointly created into place. The Silicon Valley staffing agency is able to use their developed talent network to find you top candidates for your positions.
  4. Work. With the firm now fully handling your recruiting plan, you can get back to the 1s & 0s, default gateways, and PHP source code. This is where the firm operates and refines the plan, based on the comprehensive solution. This also reduces operating costs and lowers churn (and coincidentally, your blood pressure).

All staffing firms are not created equal. That’s why we’re here. At the Armada Group, we’re a Silicon Valley based IT staffing firm, specializing in on-demand solutions, and while our full, proprietary methodology is a little more involved, it has won us several awards, including “Best of Staffing,” several years in a row. We also offer a complimentary 8 point consultation to benefit you, and to demonstrate our subject matter expertise so you’ll see why we’re the best. If you are looking for a Silicon Valley based staffing agency, contact our team today.