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The Top 10 U.S. Cities for High Paying Tech Jobs

May 4th, 2012

As tech companies offer higher pay for developers, ten cities stand out in the U.S. as the highest paying for IT jobs. San Jose, San Francisco and New York offer the highest salaries. Those who are searching for the highest paying IT jobs obviously need to head west. Statistics from the recruiting company CyberCoders points out that the average salaries in San Jose and San Francisco average $14,000 more than in third ranked New York City.

The top 10 list does contain cities scattered throughout the U.S. where lucrative jobs can be found. Major cities like Boston, Washington D.C., Dallas and Chicago are included on the list. The greatest increase in salaries has come in mobile development positions. However, IT salaries have gone up across the board in the last year. Individuals who acquire multiplatform skills and are able to design and code within the constantly changing world of mobile applications become the highest paid workers.

The cities that rank highest in pay for IT jobs in high-range, mid-range and low-range salaries are:
1. San Jose, CA
2. San Francisco, CA
3. New York, NY
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Boston, MA
6. Los Angeles, CA
7. Brooklyn, NY
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. Chicago, IL
10. Dallas, TX

The Roche Group is pushing back the frontiers of healthcare in 150 countries, employing about 80,000 workers. It has become one of the largest research-based healthcare groups. Genentech, a subsidiary, has led the biotech industry for over 30 years. They use human genetic information to develop specialized medicines for life-threatening diseases. The headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations are located in the U.S. Their philosophy is that the employees are their most important asset and they are dedicated to maintaining a great work place along with providing the best salaries for IT workers. Their CRM Techs provide expert technical information for Genentech’s Commercial Operations. They are responsible for maintaining project work, enhancements, and problem solutions. They work with onsite contractors and a Poland-based development team. These workers must be familiar with a variety of databases, with a strong technical foundation that includes advanced structured programming. Salary compensation for these positions is among the highest in the field.

CompuTech, located in Clarkstown, NY offers Desktop Support Tech positions with a world renowned computer manufacturing company. These are contract positions requiring backgrounds 5 years’ experience in both HP hardware and software, Windows XP and Windows 7 maintenance. Salaries are commensurate with experience and skill levels.

Similar positions may be found in any of the cities listed above. Depending on the applicant’s skills and training, and where he wants to work, high-paying IT jobs are available throughout the country.

Chicago’s Top Ten Employment Agencies

March 26th, 2012

Elite Staffing
Elite Staffing has been connecting employers to new employees since 1991. Its mission is to provide an extensive screening, interview, and networking service to both employers and job-seekers. Elite Staffing is one of the many employment companies in Chicago that deal with a wide range of industries. They don’t simply find employees for a certain type of industry, and this makes them very popular.

AppleOne
AppleOne is unique among the various employment agencies in the Chicago, Illinois area. Instead of simply connecting job-seekers to employers, AppleOne provides a large number of employment resources as well. They offer resume services, a job-hunting guide, and a newsletter as part of those resources. Due to this focus, AppleOne is focused on helping their job-seekers find long-term, career-oriented employment.

BPS Staffing

BPS Staffing bills itself as a “full service” staffing company. Their focus is both long and short-term employment, and they have a number of resources to help you reach your employment goals. For job-seekers, BPS Staffing has one of the best track-records in Downtown Chicago for employment. For employers, BPS Staffing conducts a very extensive screening process to ensure only the best applicants make their way through.

Banner Personnel
Banner Personnel is the premier employment agency in Chicago that specializes in “office-based” work. Their entire service is set up to help link employers in the administrative, academic, and insurance industries with qualified individuals. They accomplish this by conducting an intensive screening process that ensures only the most qualified, motivated workers make their way through the process. Banner Personnel is a member of the National Association of Personnel Services and the Illinois Search and Staffing Association.

A-Pro Temps
A-Pro Temps is one of the most independent staffing agencies in the city. They are a privately owned business that specializes in every aspect of the employment process. They are especially popular as a direct-hire agency, and they have a great track-record of positive employment results. Their screening process is a little more lax than other agencies. Though A-Pro Temps is located in downtown Chicago, it serves the surrounding suburban community as well.

The Esquire Staffing Group
The Esquire Staffing Group has been connecting employers and job-seekers for over half a century. They are a family owned business that connects employers to full-time staff, temporary staff, and even event staff. The screening process at Esquire Staffing Group is among the strictest in Chicago. This means that applicants need to be prepared to take the application process very seriously.

 First Associates, LTD
First Associates is a very popular staffing company in Chicago. It boasts the most easy-to-use website of the various employment agencies on this list. Through the web portal, employees can do everything from job-hunt to access useful employee resources. First Associates is highly regarded in the banking, financial, legal, and accounting industries. Despite this, they also help many people find work in other industries.

A Personnel Commitment
A Personnel Commitment is one of a few successful “boutique” personnel firms in Chicago. They have a very good track-record in executive recruitment and mid-level staffing. Employers looking to fill an executive position will find that the screening process here is much more personalized than at other staffing agencies. Instead of relying on an institutionalized screening process, A Personnel Commitment looks at the unique qualities of each applicant.

The Larko Group
The Larko Group is a trusted supplier of workforce solutions to over 200 employers in the Chicago area. The Group has been working closely with employers to meet their needs for decades. They have developed a reputation for giving each of their employment partners a personalized experience that focuses on each clients unique needs. The Largo Group even sends an employment specialist to the office of each client to get a better understanding of what the client needs.

The Chicago Hire Company
The Chicago Hire Company spends a lot of time working with employers to figure out exactly what they’re looking for in an employee. The focus here is on building long-term relationships with their clients. As a result, they are noted for having a great deal of success in matching employers with a qualified workforce.

The Top Ten Convention Centers in the Midwest

March 5th, 2012

St. Paul River Centre

Since opening its doors in 1998, the St. Paul River Centre, established in Minnesota, has hosted over 3,000 conventions and events within its ample show space. It has been rated as the “Best Convention Center” by Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine three times in a row, and has played host to some major events over the years. It has even accommodated the Republican National Convention, providing space for over 15,000 members of the media.

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

This conference center shares its campus with that of Michigan State University, giving it a very unique feel and a youthful vigor. One of the major perks of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is that it is influenced by very modern architecture and furnishings. With its proximity to the college, Kellogg has a decidedly academic feel to it, utilizing furnishings and décor that provide the perfect marriage between form and function.

Cobo Center

Located in Detroit, Michigan, the Cobo Center shows you everything that the motor city is still capable of these days. The design of the building could be described as ultra-modern, with an overall feel that will appeal to the aesthetic sensibilities of just about any tastes. The Cobo Center is also the largest of the recognized “Green Venues Michigan,” and the number of environmental initiatives going on here are really a sight to behold.

The Reed Center

This Oklahoma gem has something for everyone, and is designed with the event planner in mind. The technological aspects of the Reed Center have been designed specifically to facilitate any gathering you can imagine, and it has done all this while keeping its costs low. While some convention halls are located in bustling urban centers, the Reed Center is located in a quiet, peaceful suburban setting.

Tinley Park Convention Center

Just outside of Chicago lies one of the few untapped gems of the convention center world. Tinley park offers a great set of options to convention goers and event planners, giving them the ability to create a unique event that is sure to please anyone. Their convention center space is 75,000 square feet of space that can fit just about anything.

Gateway Center

Located in Collinsville, Illinois, the Gateway Center is a highly regarded, first-class venue. The big benefit of Gateway Center is its perfect location. Not only is it located close to bustling St. Louis, but it is also right near some amazing shopping and dining locations. Being outside of the city allows them to have big, open, tranquil space for your event.

Sawmill Creek Resort

At Sawmill Creek Resort, located in Ohio, there is an awesome, rustic convention room that is a sight to behold. The room is known as the Wilderness Hall center, and it can accommodate up to 2,000 people at a time. Its 50,000 square feet of functional, open space make it perfect for just about any type of gathering imaginable. By far, what most people say they like about Wilderness Hall at the Sawmill Creek Resort is the price. It’s the most affordable option in the Midwest if you want actual quality.

Midwest Conference Center

It may not be the cheapest, and it may not be the biggest, but the Midwest Conference Center just outside of Chicago is one of the most stunningly beautiful convention centers in the country. The place simply oozes class and refinement, with some facilities giving you a panoramic view of Chicago that will take your breath away once the sun goes down. It is very close to O’Hare, and boasts a very flexible convention space that gives you around 35,000 feet to spread out in.

DuPage Expo Center

A relatively new convention center in Illinois, the DuPage Expo Center is quickly gaining a positive reputation for itself. This is a great location for tech conventions, as the space is very clean and not stifling like other expo centers can be.

Frontier Airlines Center

Opened in 1998, the Frontier Airlines Center is by far the largest convention center on this list. With 188,665 square feet at your disposal, it’s amazing what you can do. It is very popular in Wisconsin, especially for sporting conventions.