3D Printing Skills: Now Highly Coveted Among Tech Jobs


At AIM Careerlink we pretty much love all things tech, especially when it intersects with people’s careers. In the past few years, the tech-world has blown up and nowhere have things been “techier” than in the 3D printing sector.

Simply put, 3D printing has gotten big. So big in fact that according to Wanted Analytics, a global analytics firm for the talent marketplace, “35% of all ads posted for engineering jobs in the last 30 days prioritize 3D printing and additive manufacturing as the most sought-after skill.”

And that’s not all—here is what else they found:

  • Wanted Analytics also found that within the last four years, there has been a 1,834% increase in the number of job ads requiring workers with 3D printing skills, and a 103% increase in August 2014 compared to August 2013.
  • Also according to Wanted Analytics, Industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, software developers/applications, commercial and industrial designers, and marketing managers are some of the most in-demand jobs right now that require 3D printing.
  • Manufacturing currently has the highest number of positions for 3D printing, with other industries following close behind, including:
    • Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
    • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
    • Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers
    • Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
    • Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturing
  • There has also been a global spike in the demand for freelancers with 3D printing expertise. For example, there are a number of freelance sites, such as Elance and ODesk, showcasing freelancers and their skills, as well as the various job boards popping up that specifically focus on 3D printing.

So what’s the take away?

Suffice to say, 3D printing is huge and it only seems like it will get bigger. As a part of our mission, AIM’s primary purpose is “IT talent development from early student interest – to linking them to careers – to ongoing career development.” And one area we think will make a huge impact on careers in the future is the field of 3D printing.

So, for those interested in an IT driven career, we definitely suggest at least taking a look into the 3D printing world. Not only because it is a great resume booster, innovative and tech-forward, but also because it is just so darn cool.

What do you think about 3D printing? Is it here to stay or will it fizzle out? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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Leaders: Why You Need to Be Tech Savvy (Part II)



On Tuesday, we started talking about the importance of being tech-savvy. As we mentioned, we are now well into the digital age. And with the accessibility of technology, most, if not all companies are looking towards the future and asking their employees to do the same.

This is especially true for the leaders. As major representatives of their company, leaders need to make sure they do all they can to become tech-savvy. So today we are going to talk about just that. Here are some of our tips on how to become a tech-savvy leader:

Keep up to date. First things first, you need to make sure you are in the loop. Whether it has to do with all the technology you already possess, or the new things you’re coveting, keeping in the loop on all of the new advancements and updates will help keep you on your toes as cool new products roll out.

Use your technology wisely. That being said, there is no need to overdo it on your tech prowess. As we’ve mentioned in the past with social media platforms, use what works best for you and your company. While it may seem cool that your desk is littered with the three latest tablets, two cell-phones, a laptop and desktop, it really just looks silly. And honestly, it will make you much more unorganized in the long run–something you definitely want to avoid.

Programs, programs, programs. Being tech-savvy extends far beyond cool gadgets and gizmos. In fact, some of the most innovative advancements are in the latest programming and online products. Try your best to keep up with things like these, especially social media platforms, because they can have a huge impact on your company. In our previous post, we mentioned that there is a majority of people who place a high value on being socially savvy in the digital world. One of the best ways to becoming socially savvy in the digital world is by knowing the ins and outs of social media platforms, as well as the mobile recruiting arena.

What are your thoughts on having tech savvy leaders? Is it a make or break? Or, is there something else you’d rather see in your leader? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Doing Video Interviews

In the past, we’ve covered the almighty video and how much you can enhance your recruiting process by adding it to your arsenal.

But what about using videos beyond simply conveying a message, and trying to have a two-way conversation instead–that is, using it in the interviewing process?

Video interviews are nothing new, but they are steadily gaining in popularity. According to a survey taken late last year by workforce consulting firm Right Management, about 18% of those surveyed participated in a video interview within the past year, which is more than double the number in the year prior. That is why today, we’re going to about three reasons why you should consider doing video interviews.

Take a look below for several reasons video interviews should be a part of your recruiting arsenal:

They’re cost- and time-effective for everyone.

As companies tighten their belts, departments need to become more efficient in everything they do. One way to do that is using video interviews. Video interviews can be a very effective way to utilize your company’s time and money because they eliminate the need to bring the interviewee in, allowing you to interview more candidates in a day, as well as fit everyone into your schedule because you can interview from their home, or on their lunch break.

And, since most computers are now equipped with webcams, there is no need to worry about finding the proper equipment, or whether or not your candidate will have the equipment necessary to video interview.

Video interviews help your company geographically broaden its candidate pool.

Have you ever found a great candidate who happens to also be a couple of states, or maybe even a continent away? With video interviews, there is no need to worry about flying them in and wasting your time and money if the initial interview doesn’t happen to work out.

Video interviewing gives interviewees a sense of control (and a better candidate experience).

According to a survey taken by videoconference company PGi, 60% of candidates say they actually prefer video interviews. Not only does it allow candidates to pick a time that is appropriate for them, but it gives them the convenience to do it from wherever they like, making them much more comfortable in the interviewing process, which in turn gives you a much more personable interview.

Whether it means making things much more time- and cost-effective, broadening your talent pool, or just giving your interviewees a better candidate experience, video interviews can do a lot to help you streamline your hiring process. In turn, you’ll spend much more time worrying about which talent to choose from, instead of all the logistics needed to interview them in the first place.

Technology has done incredible things for recruiting and hiring, and video interviews are no exception. They may not be all that you need to find great candidates, but they can certainly make your life much easier when it comes time to go through that first round of interviews.