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Local recruitment startup focuses on helping minorities land jobs in tech

By: Felipe Rivas

Nationwide, white people, especially white men, continue to dominate the tech industry, according to a federal employment department’s report. Locally, a Hollywood native is keen on helping minority groups land different Information Technology (IT) jobs in South Florida, through his new recruiting startup, Chris Jobs.

A 2016 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report found that 68.5 percent of workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are white. The report, titled “Diversity in High Tech,” also found that 64 percent of workers in the high-tech industry are men.

Women, Blacks and Hispanics remain underrepresented in the high-tech sector, according to the EEOC report. Women made up to 36 percent of the high-tech workforce, while 7.4 percent of Blacks and 8 percent of Hispanics were employed in high tech, respectively. The report labeled these findings as “concerning trends.”

 

In August, Chris Stephenson debuted his recruiting startup, Chris Jobs, after working in the recruiting industry for more than a decade. Stephenson’s focus is finding employment opportunities for minorities interested in the IT field.

“Diversity brings unity,” he said. “It was time for me to give back in a different way and

provide people of color and minorities [with] new resources.”

A diverse workforce helps foster creative ideas and solutions, said James Cassel, who is an investment banker and consultant to middle-market and emerging growth companies. Cassel also writes about the importance of diversity in South Florida’s economy.

“[Companies] have to be open and culturally sensitive,” he said. “The key to diversity is openness and to help people get ahead. You have to accommodate different groups to help them.”

According to a nationwide survey published in January by the Social and Demographic Trends of the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of Americans view ethnic and racial diversity in the workplace as very important. The same survey reports that 45 percent of Americans said diversity gives people an equal opportunity to succeed. And when referring specifically to diversity in STEM careers, the survey reports that 84 percent of Black workers in the field view diversity as very important.

Part of diversifying is educating people and giving them more opportunities, Cassel said.

Many of Stephenson’s clients have the experience and education but fail to reach potential employees due to poor resumes, lack of interview skills and job search techniques. “I feel like there is a big gap when it comes to communication and talent,” he said.

Stephenson offers different job search packages depending on the client’s needs and budget, which is different from the traditional ways recruiting firms operate, he explained. “My firm is going to be different,” he said. Stephenson explained that firms are not very clear or upfront about their fees and costs. “Everything I have set up is prepackaged at a nominal cost. There are no surprises.”

The packages range from basic resume help to an advanced job search with a detailed market research report and analysis. “[Clients] can either get basic, advanced or ultimate help,” he said. Stephenson also offers his services to technology companies with available jobs looking for new talent.

Nelkis Medina, a business analyst at TracFone Wireless, is one of Stephenson’s clients, who he helped land a job with the prepaid wireless operator.

She opted for the ultimate job search package valued at $250, according to Chris Jobs’ website.

Stephenson first helped Medina get hired as a contracted consultant for the company, Medina said. After a year working in the company, the business analyst position became available. Together, Medina and Stephenson worked to improve her interview and communication skills, which were the weak points he identified.

Stephenson works with clients to assess strengths and weaknesses; reviews their career history; set desired compensation; determine willingness to relocate; and create a personalized job application game plan. He coaches clients on improving communication skills and interview techniques, as well as negotiating salary terms once hired by an employer.

“He followed my progress and was very professional the whole time,” she said. After three months of coaching on communication skills and going through four interviews, Medina was hired. Stephenson handled her conversion to assistant business analyst and negotiated the salary terms.

South Florida’s economy workforce is primarily made up of tourism, retail and hospitality sectors, as well as construction and development, but Stephenson believes IT jobs can provide minorities unlimited possibilities.

Careers in the IT field include web designers, social media engagement analysts, operation managers, front-end web developers and data analysts.

“If minorities focus on IT, I think the sky’s the limit,” he said.

The data backs him up.

In April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that it projects a 13-percent growth in employment of computer and information technology occupations from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As of May 2017, the Bureau reports the median income for computer and information technology professions as $84,580.

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Enterprise Software Sales Executive Wanted in Miami!

Department​: Sales

Locations​: Miami, FL

Type: Full-time

 

Enterprise Software Sales Executive

Are you interested in making the next step in your Sales career with a fast-paced, growing company focusing on fortune 1000 and mid-market software sales?

Chris Jobs, LLC is a new South Florida based diversified independent job, resume and IT Talent Search firm with over 10 years of collective experience helping good people find jobs so they don’t have to!

Our company is looking for a strong Enterprise Software Sales Executive with a proven track record to  implement lead management, list building, and outreach to inbound and outbound prospects throughout the United States.

Responsibilities:

  • Carry out pre-sales activities to develop a high-quality lead funnel that focuses on mid to large enterprise brands. Maximize these efforts to meet or exceed your quotas for calls and qualified meetings. Track sales using Excel.
  • Articulate and customize company value propositions to decision-makers across multiple industries and functions; acquire and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of company technology so you can be a reliable customer resource
  • Make a great impression. You will be the first point of contact with our customers and responsible for connecting potential clients with our Executive team
  • Conduct high-volume prospecting into organizations via cold calling, social networking, and email. Penetrate accounts by scheduling well-qualified appointments with key decision makers in targeted areas
  • Partner closely with the sales team, specifically the Sales Executives, to develop and implement appropriate prospect strategies and plans; this includes ensuring that representatives have the essential budget, key party, and project information before handing over the opportunity
  • Work closely with internal teams to maintain world-class conversion rates across the funnel

Education and Training Requirements:

  • You have 5+ years in outbound-focused software sales or another customer-oriented position
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Ideally a background in data, analytics, or marketing
  • You have exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, coupled with excellent listening skills and an energetic phone presence
  • You are a team player who possesses a desire to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, high-growth sales environment
  • You can demonstrate a history of success in prospecting, account development, opportunity qualification, pre-call planning, and time and territory management
  • You are fluent in Microsoft Office applications and CRM systems (preferably salesforce.com)

Why should you apply?

  • Uncapped earning potential
  • Base + commissions + bonus
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Unlimited growth potential

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Full Stack .NET Developer Wanted in Palm Beach County!

Department​: Engineering

Location​: Onsite

Type: Contract-to-Hire

 

Full Stack .NET Developer Wanted in Palm Beach County!

Do you have strong SQL, C#, Angular and Object Oriented Programming experience?

Chris Jobs, LLC is a new South Florida based diversified independent job, resume and IT Talent Search firm with over 10 years of collective experience helping good people find jobs so they don’t have to!

Our company is looking for a strong Full Stack .NET Developer to moderate research and design software development assignments using C#, SQL, JavaScript, Angular, Java/J2EE, JSP, C/C++, HTML, XML, Windows, UNIX, and .NET.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement new software programs
  • Maintain and improve the performance of existing software
  • Clearly and regularly communicate with management and technical support colleagues
  • Design and update software database using C#, SQL, JavaScript, Angular, Java/J2EE, JSP, C/C++, HTML, XML, Windows, UNIX, and .NET
  • Test and maintain software products to ensure strong functionality and optimization
  • Recommend improvements to existing software programs as necess

Education and Training Requirements:

  • 5+ years of Software Engineering experience using C#, SQL, JavaScript, Angular, Java/J2EE, JSP, C/C++, HTML, XML, Windows, UNIX, and .NET.
  • BS Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent experience preferred
  • Strong proficiency with data manipulation and optimization techniques
  • Strong understanding of normalized/dimensional data modeling principles and how to apply them
  • Proficiency with data manipulation languages.
  • Ability to work with simple data models.
  • Proficiency in development languages including but not limited to: C#, SQL, JavaScript, Angular, Java/J2EE, JSP, C/C++, HTML, XML, Windows, UNIX, and .NET
  • Familiarity of industry best practices code coverage.
  • Basic knowledge of software development methodologies (e.g., Agile, Waterfall).
  • Basic knowledge of data manipulation languages.
  • Knowledge of data storage subsystems.
  • Knowledge of test-driven…

Why should you apply?

  • Full benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401K
  • Employees enjoy a total of 10 paid holidays in 2018, in addition to a Paid Time Off bank. PTO days are accrued per pay period from your date of hire.
  • The PTO schedule is as follows:
    • 0 < 2 years of service = 18 days per year
    • 2 – 6 years of service = 23 days per year
    • 7 – 19 years of service = 28 days per year
    • 20+ years of service = 33 days per year
    • Buy-up option for 5 more days through paycheck reduction
  • Service Award Program
  • Parental & Adoption Leave
  • 2 days per calendar year for volunteer work at a nonprofit organization of your choice

APPLY HERE!