Finding the right career can be a challenge. There are always some that seem to fit candidates just right though, provided they have an aptitude for it and understand what it is about the career that draws them to it. A career in geographic information systems (GIS) is one of those things. It is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present all types of geographical data, and there are a number of questions you can ask yourself to figure out if it's right for you.
Why a GIS career?
GIS makes sense not just for students considering their first careers, or working professionals considering a change. It can be rewarding for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that the growth potential has always remained high. The use of GIS and geospatial technologies keeps expanding, offering more opportunities for people with different experiences and educational backgrounds. In fact, the geospatial market is reportedly growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent.
Do you want a job or a career?
GIS careers involve being immersed in an environment of lifelong learning. It's for people who want to do something cool in an exciting, rapidly changing technology that also merges with other technologies such as video, web development, and phone apps. It's also for people who want to do something important because it's a green technology that is making a difference on our planet and relates to everything from human health and renewable energy to climate change, water quality and more.
Are you curious about the world?
Do you love maps? GIS combines the best of visualization and technology, creating dynamic maps that double as reference sources. GIS careers are for those who like to get outside, atop a glacier, in a river or on a city street. It's for those who want to empower people and help build useful tools. It also allows you to investigate the world like never before, and do something about issues in your own community with the help of data.
For GIS Careers
Among the common positions GeoSearch, Inc. is always looking to fill are GIS Technicians, GIS Analysts, GIS Specialists, GIS Software Developers and more. For more information from the leading recruiting firm in mapping and geospatial, contact our team today.
Are you looking for something new? A career change, a job opportunity, or starting fresh in a new and exciting location?
A recent study shows that moving South and West is your best bet. The top 25 highest ranking cities for employment was ranked by job market favorability, salary, work-life balance, and job security & advancement.
Two Florida metro cities topped the list: Miami and Orlando. Their salary percentiles scored quite low, but they both had extremely high rankings in the other three categories. Raleigh, North Carolina came in third on the list, scoring its highest number in the job market favorability category, which was the top score out of all 25 cities. The remaining top ten cities were Austin, Texas; Sacramento, California; San Jose, California; Jacksonville, Florida; San Diego, California; Houston, Texas; and Memphis, Tennessee.
Indeed Senior Vice President Paul D’Arcy said the information shows a trend of people “moving away from cold places looking to live in warm climates.” Unusually absent from the list are manufacturing-heavy cities in the Midwest and large metropolises like New York and Chicago. “Manufacturing jobs have steadily declined over the years and haven’t shown promise for career growth like a generation ago," D’Arcy said. "Those states are working to diversify their economy to attract workers and keep talent in their state."
Of course with GeoSearch being a recruitment and hiring firm that specializes in GIS, GPS, Surveying, and Civil Engineering, we see high employment rates in cities that might not be on this list. Since this study is a general overview of all industries, GIS job related data will show differing information. If you are looking for a position in a city or state that is not included in this list, visit our job board HERE to view our current openings around the country.
Whether you are looking for employment in your own backyard or would like to relocate, GeoSearch can help. Create a free and confidential account today and receive email notifications when new openings are added to our job board. Register here.
View the entire list of Best Cities for Job Seekers below.
You are looking for a new job, but before you start applying, you must review your resume to update your most recent achievements. Your resume is a work-in-progress; something that requires attention to detail and constant upkeep. If you don’t take the time to review this comprehensive document, your search efforts will be futile.
So, how do you condense your entire work history into a perfectly worded, typo-free, single page document? We hope that the following tips will ease your mind when beginning your efforts toward resume writing.
Make sure you have the basics.
Create a clearly defined resume by listing the must-haves: work experience, job titles, responsibilities, and years of experience. Organize this information in an easy-to-read fashion so your most important responsibilities will stand out to the reader.
It might seem obvious, but be sure to update your contact information. At the top of your resume, list your name, phone number, email address, and current city/state where you reside. I have come across many phone numbers that are out-of-service. How am I supposed to screen a candidate or more importantly, schedule an interview? Also, when choosing an email, consider creating a unique email address that you'll use for job applications only, such as “GISLady@gmail.com.” Select an appropriate, professional and personal (non-work) email.
Resumes are not one-size-fits-all.
The length of your resume depends on how long you’ve been in the workforce. The standard length is one page but if you need to expand on your experience to a second page, go ahead and do it, just be sure it is concise and to the point. Most recruiters will only spend a few seconds scanning your resume, so make sure your responsibilities are pertinent to the position you are applying for.
Add relevant keywords to your resume.
Quantify your experience.
Show your reader how experienced you are based on your tangible achievements. Take your past responsibilities and fine-tune them into a relatable figure that will cause the reader to want to hire you on the spot. If you had a choice between a candidate who “developed sales leads” and one who “developed 15 new sales leads a week,” wouldn’t you pick the latter?
Make yourself more available to recruiters.
Lastly, register your resume to any and all relevant databases! Help yourself by allowing your resume to be seen by as many people as possible. If you are seeking employment in the GIS, GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, or civil engineering industry, we recommend registering HERE. We are hired by companies of all sizes to fill their current openings, which means more opportunities for you!
The following excerpt was taken from Shane Rodgers’ blog “The Career Advice I wish I had at 25.” We are all guilty of falling into one of these traps as we pursue our careers. None of these are necessarily bad, but we must learn to pace ourselves and keep the “big picture” in mind. If we are not careful, we will undoubtedly become burnt out with work or miss important personal events and opportunities. Read on to see how Shane advises us to keeping a good work life balance.
1. A career is a marathon, not a sprint
Life, and the careers we pursue to fill it and pay the bills, needs to be approached on a long-term basis. If you sprint you will wear out or start to resent work that you previously enjoyed. Allow yourself time to breathe and grow. Things will come if you work hard and allow yourself time to get good at things.
2. Deprioritize your career when your kids are young
If you have skills, commitment and passion, careers tend to take care of themselves. Over the long haul, it really doesn’t matter if you have a few years when your career is in canter mode while you prioritize young children. This should apply to men and women. Childhood is fleeting. When it is in its formative stages, you get one chance.
3. Management is about people, not things
It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that all people are equal, behave the same every day and have a generic capacity to perform. Humans are simply not made like that. Business guru Jack Welch says the workforce consists of 20 percent of people who are high performers, 10 percent that you should get rid of and 70 percent who do okay. The problem is the 70 percent. Most managers want everyone in the 20 percent. We need to be careful not to believe that the 70 percent are underperformers. Sometimes we need to celebrate the competence of the masses not the superpowers of the elite. As managers, we are not managing things, we are empowering people and making the best use of whatever it is they bring to the table.
4. Don’t just network with people your own age
Beware the whiz kid syndrome. Smart, young people have a habit of forming communities of other smart young people and feeding off each other’s energy. In the older world they are seen as “bright young things” that give confidence that the future is in good hands. Argghhhh. How many times have you heard that? Youth enclaves can actually be restrictive. Smart 20-somethings should make sure they network with older people too. In fact their networking should be about meeting useful mentors and career champions who can open doors and fast track careers. Similarly, older, successful people shouldn’t just sit in musty clubs talking about the 1970s. They should be proactively seeking out smart, young people who can shake them out of their comfort zone and open their eyes to new ideas.
5. Take the time to understand what your business does
I love the story of President J F Kennedy’s visit to NASA during which he asked a cleaner what his job was. The cleaner replied that he sent rockets to the moon. All of us should feel part of what our organizations actually do. We should take the time to be part of the big picture and always feel connected with the true objectives of our workplace. Don’t wait for someone to tell you or lament that internal communication is crap. Find out for yourself.
6. Never sacrifice personal ethics for a work reason
Crucial to workplace happiness is value alignment. If you work somewhere that compromises your personal ethics and values, get out of there as quickly as you can. Good people will be unnerved by things that don’t feel right. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Bad things only manifest when good people don’t take a stand.
7. Recognize that failure is learning
As bizarre as it might sound, failing is not failure. Researchers recognize that failure is just part of a process to eliminate unsuccessful options. To misquote Woody from Toy Story, when we make a few mistakes, we are not failing, just falling - with style. Even fairy-tale princesses recognize that you need to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince. Thomas Edison articulated this best: “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” If we fear failure we tend to take a minimalist approach to our jobs and the opportunities around us. Takes some risks. Sometimes failing spectacularly is the best evidence that we are alive, human and serious about aspiring to the extraordinary. There is no value in being ordinary when you have the capacity to be remarkable.
Are you a college student, recent graduate, or are new to your profession? Have you had years of experience under your belt but are interested in switching to a new career? Whether you are still working toward your career or are transitioning into a new one, it’s time to evaluate what you are currently involved in and what else you could be doing to advance your career.
Becoming more involved in your work life can benefit you in many ways. Some advantages would include growing your network, developing lasting personal and professional relationships, and the overall feel-good aspect of volunteering. It’s not always easy to add more responsibility on top of family expectations, social life, and your already busy career. So, the first step you want to take is determining what type of organization you want to be a part of and how much time and effort you are willing to commit to.
The following is shared from a career development blog of AICPA which will help you to determine what types of organizations are best for you.
Reason #1: Professional Development
Ask yourself the following questions:
Here’s a tip that you can use all your life: Don’t just show up; volunteer! Attending a monthly meeting is great for face time, but it may also mean that you’ll get a reputation as an observer instead of a participant. If you really want to get to know people and showcase your own abilities, get involved. Serve on a committee, volunteer for an event, and/or become a board member. These volunteer activities build long-lasting relationships and potential business opportunities.
Reason #2: Look for New Acquisitions
Who doesn’t want to help grow their firm, acquire new customers, and even find great staff for their company? While it’s great to be involved in an organization, if it is not meeting your objectives, you may need to broaden your perspective. To do this, you need to know who you want to acquire; in most cases, that’s a new client or customer.
Put yourself in your prospects’ shoes. If they are involved in the local chamber of commerce, then that’s where you’ll want to be. Are they involved in their own industry group, such as manufacturing or technology? If so, find one that is targeted to their industry. Leverage your knowledge of that industry and ask your current clients where they are involved. Perhaps go with them to a meeting.
Keep in mind that “intent” is important. You can’t just show up at a meeting with the self-serving aim of getting clients. Go as a resource with the motive to learn the issues; after all, your goal is to help prospects find solutions. It is not about you; it is about them. And again, really commit to getting involved. Just showing up is never enough.
You may also choose to get involved with other professionals who serve your target audience, such as lawyers, financial advisors, bankers, and others. While they may not hire you themselves, they might refer you.
Reason #3: Find Your Passion
There is no quicker pick-me-up than becoming involved with something you feel passionate about, whether it is rescuing animals, helping sick children, or protecting the environment. For example, service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis or Lions Club meet weekly and raise money for a specific cause. These meetings also give you access to like-minded business people and allow you to serve the community.
Other organizations, such as environmental groups, homeless shelters, and hospitals need volunteers for all kinds of activities. These groups generally require volunteering after work or on the weekends, and time commitments vary. Becoming involved introduces you to people from all walks of life—and those people know other people, so developing relationships with them could lead to business and referrals. It also looks great on a resume or bio, but again, if the cause is something close to your heart, then you’ll be that much more enthused about serving. Don’t do it just because you are looking for a referral or a line-item on your resume.