Cyber Talk Radio: TechBloc’s Tech Talent Central

Bret Piatt, CTR Host, and Dax Moreno, chief talent officer at TechBloc - Episode 151 of Cyber Talk Radio

This past Saturday, August 17, episode 151 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Dax Moreno, chief talent officer at TechBloc, to discuss the launch of Tech Talent Central, the new resource to help connect people to career opportunities in San Antonio's tech community.

To start off the episode, I ask Dax to walk me through how he ended up at TechBloc. Since he’s from San Antonio, Dax worked as a Gateway computer salesman alongside David Garcia and Lorenzo Gomez (who have both later served as CEO of Geekdom) and after he then transitioned to working at Rackspace. After doing some more community-focused work, he knew that he’d found what motivated him the most, so he got closer to what was happening around Geekdom and TechBloc. What exactly is TechBloc? It’s an organization that was started four years ago to help organize the voice of the San Antonio tech community during the rise of ridesharing apps in the city. Now they've grown to regularly posting job listings in their newsletter, and now Dax’s position is for him to represent the talent portion of the city’s tech community, thanks to the great work of Jeannine Wild, who knew he was perfect for the position. His new project at TechBloc, Tech Talent Central, is a place that aggregates both job listings and qualified candidates. Compared to Linkedin and Indeed, Tech Talent Central is more like a referral system for local resources and connections. I ask Dax to dole out some career advice, and his first recommendation is to start applying for jobs at the start of your senior year of college in order to make a smart, measured decision for yourself and your future. If you’re applying for a job and have some relevant experience, but just not as much as they want, go ahead and apply — it can’t hurt to show them you’re interested and willing to learn. But don’t apply for higher level positions if you’ve never managed or done a project. We move on to talking about automation — when applying for higher level positions, it can skip over good candidates when scanning for applicants who do not fit certain criteria. Currently, many companies are looking for mid and senior level developers and architects. Anyone with five or more years of experience are worth weight in gold because this field is so new. Another problem the industry he’s seeing is that many people are getting complacent in their current positions, so there’s not much movement and or new hires. One way to avoid this is by reassessing your position and professional growth every two years.

After the break, we talk resume tips — make sure to stick to common sense design practices, and try your best to shape the narrative of your resume, build a story through your experiences and abilities that explains why you’re a good fit for the job you’re applying for. In other words, cater and tailor each resume you send out for the specific role or audience. Another way for more creative professions to show their talent is through portfolios and personal stories. One thing that Dax does advise against is including a picture of yourself — it makes it harder for hiring decisions to be unbiased. It’s also important to network and understand the company culture. Resources like TechBloc’s event calendar and the San Antonio business calendar can help you take advantage of networking opportunities. If you’re still unsure about whether you should include something in your resume, go ahead and reach out to Dax. Tech Talent Central is currently working on building out their website, but are fully active on their social media channels — look out for exciting announcements on www.satechbloc.com.

Listen to the full episode replay to learn more resume and career advice and about Tech Talent Central.

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