The Eternal Debate

The Eternal Debate

Though the title may mislead you, this is not a post about the beginning of the universe or if it’s really okay to wear white shoes after Labor Day. This is about whether or not it is okay to take notes in an interview. Though not as controversial as other ongoing debates, this is a major area of concern for many first time interviewers. They think that if they do not take notes, they aren’t taking the conversation seriously. However, if they do take notes, they may not be as attentive to the conversation, meaning they appear as if they’re not taking the conversation seriously. What is there to do? What is the answer?

Like with most difficult questions, there is no correct universal answer. Some people are expert multitaskers and can focus on note taking and another person at the same time. Bless those people. However, for those that do better when their attention is only centered on one thing, note taking during an interview is probably not for you.

The moral of the story is to know yourself and the conditions in which you perform at your best. An interviewer is going to be more concerned on how you answer the questions and interact with them, not if you can read back an entire transcription of the conversation. But if you feel more comfortable writing down the major points, bring a notepad with you, just remember not to doodle!

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Why Pittsburgh? These Yinzers Will Tell You

Why Pittsburgh? These Yinzers Will Tell You

Pittsburgh is a city that is set to explode anytime now. There’s nightlife, professional sports teams, our own dialect, amusement parks, an evolving art scene, and Pittsburgh Dad. You have to watch Pittsburgh Dad on YouTube. It’s hilarious. And true. Which are things that do not happen often on YouTube. Anyways…

If you’re looking to advance your career, Pittsburgh is one of the best places to go. We are a small enough city that our rent is still affordable and large enough that we have 3 professional sports teams that wear our black and gold with pride. We may be known for the manufacturing industry (where the name for the Steelers came from) but there’s universities, a huge hospital system, and science research out the wazoo (Bayer has a huge office here along with Westinghouse). There are many opportunities for launching or maintaining a career here and because it is a smaller city, it’s an affordable move that can offer new opportunities and great new experiences.

If you want to get a new career in IT in the Pittsburgh area, send your resume over to resume@logixguru.com. We call some of the largest companies in the city our clients and have a variety of types of positions available from them. We want to get you hired and all we need is your resume.

Think Positive

Think Positive

I read an article this morning (link above) about how your own “stinkin’ thinkin'” could be the main deterrent in someone not getting a job. After I chuckled for a few minutes about the beauty of the phrase “stinkin’ thinkin'” I realized that this is so right, it’s common sense and therefore not mentioned often. Experts suggest having a positive attitude during the job search process, but that can be difficult when the positions available in your industry are looking for a different skill set or, well, something else you don’t have. 

The article talks about John, an older man who worked his way up to the executive level, despite not having a degree. He decided to switch careers and was continuing to interview for executive level jobs in an industry in which he had no experience. Now, many of us would not have the guts to do that, but this man had enough self-confidence that he applied for these positions, got the interviews, and then aced the interviews. He aced them. This guy has no experience in that industry, no degree, and he still rocked it out. How is this possible? Because he thought he could do it, so he did. 

This is (well kind of) like the little engine that could. No one thought he could make it up that hill, but he did. Outsiders to John’s situation (definitely me, maybe others) would never have thought he would be able to get an interview for an executive position with no industry experience, but he did. 

So if a job looks interesting, go for it. It may not seem like the perfect fit on paper, but who knows what will happen in practice? It’s impossible to predict, so just keep on thinking that you can and just apply. 

TL;DR: apply for jobs that look interesting, even if you don’t think you’re good enough. You are. Just be confident

Honesty is Still the Best Policy

Honesty is Still the Best Policy

Logix Guru is all about placing professionals with the right company. Whether you are looking for a job or looking for a consultant, we are dedicated to placing the right people with the right companies. 

If you are looking for a job, it is important to be honest about what your strengths and weaknesses are. For example, if you do not know a particular system, don’t admit to knowing it! If you do know a system that’s related, talk that up. Be willing to learn, but also be willing to admit where you have weaknesses. Everyone appreciate an honest person, and this goes even further when applying for jobs. 

Go for it now. …

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

If you are a business analyst with at least three years of experience and want to work in Columbus, Ohio or Pittsburgh, PA you should go for this job! The full description is below. If this sounds like a good fit for you, email your resume to resume@logixguru.com with Business Analyst-Pittsburgh, PA in the subject line. You can also apply directly at http://www.logixguru.com/jobs-2/. Go for it now! 

Business Analyst

 

Job Description:   

  • Document and identify gaps in IT and business processes through process mapping to illustrate current and future state.

 

Education/ Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree. Specialization in Business, Finance, Engineering, Science or Math is desirable.
  • 3 to 6 years experience.
  • Experience in most facets of project lifecycle; proficient comprehension of project management methodologies; genuine commitment to project environment and discipline.
  • Experience in Information Technology preferred.

 

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to quickly learn organizational structure, business strategies and processes.
  • Knowledgeable on business process modeling, process mapping.
  • Capable of writing clear and well structured business requirements documents.
  • Contributes to the development of detailed level process maps to facilitate requirements gathering, gap analysis and for training use.
  • Ability to resolve minor conflicts/issues using different tactics for prior to escalation.
  • Work with team members to understand the needs of the project.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills.

 

Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and analyze business problems and defines the scope of activities required to address the issues, including requirement definition, process review, impact assessment and operational streamlining where appropriate. Is involved in all aspects of projects, including documentation of project needs, analysis/research of needs and possible solutions, identifying technology and business solutions, gathering, documenting and updating business requirements; reviewing workflow process mapping; developing business testing strategies and working with project members to execute the test plan, recommending preferred solutions, and implementing recommendations.
  • Manages project documentation (implementation plan, issues log, process maps, etc.) and documents process flows and gaps. Assess, research, analyze and document sponsor/stakeholder needs.
  • Supports the Project Manager in planning, executing, controlling and closing phases.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationship with business partners and internal/external team members.
  • Identify issues and escalates/manages resolution as required.
  • Coordinates and provides support to the business with the process implementation.

 

Additional Skills: 

We are looking for BA to come in an collect/drive requirements for policy / procedure changes (leveraging our requirement documents) finalize project charter & required material, assist with building / finalizing the workflows for policy management.

  • This position can sit in Columbus, OH; Cleveland,OH; or Pittsburgh, PA

Happy Summer!

Happy summer everyone! For all of those who have just graduated, congratulations! Welcome to the real world! It’s a fun place. 

At Logix Guru we are always looking for IT consultants to place with our clients that understand and can work with many different software applications, including Oracle, SAP, and Java. If you have experience with these or other similar types of applications, send your resume to resume@logixguru.com. If there are any open positions that fit your skill set, you will be hearing from one of our recruiters. 

Have a great summer!