Changing the Stigma of Recruiting in Tech

Recruiting can be a delicate topic to bring up, especially among those in the tech sector. The field has obtained a negative reputation over the years, partly fostered by candidate misconception and partly as a result of inapt “shortcut” recruiting practices. It is frustrating for a candidate to put their trust in another to help them further their career only to be flooded with roles they are unsuited for, never get their calls returned, or feel like they are not a priority.

With the state of the job market already making it hard to find the perfect IT candidate, recruiters cannot afford adding to the stigma of their profession. Here are proven ways to reverse the trend in order to foster a healthy recruiter-candidate relationship that is fruitful for all parties. [···]

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How the Tech Industry Must Adapt to Generation Z

Just when organizations have finally gotten comfortable designing tech for Millennials and hiring them, it’s already time to focus on the next generation and how they will affect the tech industry. Generation Z are those born in the mid 1990’s through the mid 2000’s, and they actually outnumber Millennials in America with over 60 million enjoying technology and entering the workforce.

As the first true digital natives, their impact cannot be underestimated. Here is how the tech industry must adapt to Generation Z. [···]

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How to Fit into a New Job and Adapt to Company Culture

Starting a new job is an exciting time. You’ve already conquered the stress of how to land the job you want, and that’s a huge sigh of relief. Now, not only is a first paycheck in the near future, but it’s easy to feel so much positive potential as you approach the first day.

As the big day gets closer, it’s natural to become nervous and begin considering how you will fit into the company culture. You may have the skills to succeed, but will you get along with your peers in a new environment? A whopping 89% of hiring failures are due to poor cultural fit, which proves acing the process of blending into your new company culture is as important as acing the interview. Luckily, there are straightforward strategies to fit into a new job and adapt to a new workplace environment. [···]

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How to Cope with Difficult Employees in the Workplace

No matter how many exemplary employees an IT manager oversees, there always seems to be at least one difficult worker in the mix. Perhaps they are able to fulfill their duties, yet somehow they still manage to be problematic.

They may fall into one of the most common types of difficult employees such as “The Ghost” who is never around, or “The Hisser” who becomes a bully when provoked. Even if an employee has their own unique blend of difficult personality traits outside of the common types, there are still steps you as a manager can take to manage them and prevent future negative personalities from growing under your watch. [···]

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Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning: What’s Better for Your IT Career?

How to further one’s education has become an increasingly asked question for IT professionals. With a staggering 69% of developers reporting that they are at least partially self-taught, some may even indefinitely put off making the decision of how to formally obtain their next degree or certification.

Time may be one of the biggest factors in deciding how or when to enroll in a new educational program. With the average tech pro putting in 52 hours a week, you’ve likely had trouble fitting a casual hobby into your day, let alone an entire degree.

This is the plight so many searching for that advanced degree or certification face, but the answer could be right at your fingertips. The number of digital learners is on the rise, with 5.8 million students enrolled in at least one online course during the 2014 fall semester. [···]

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The Biggest Mistake Companies Make in Big Data

How many times have you heard someone comment, “the data says this…” in support of their argument? It’s a common enough phrase, pre-dating the rise of big data, but what many companies don’t realize is that it can be detrimental to their business to rely on such a phrase.

IBM reports that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day. That’s a mind-blowing amount of data, but even more astonishing is the fact that 90% of all existing data has been created in the last two years. But at the end of the day, data is just data. It tells us what is and nothing more. Big Data may be a buzzword in the business world, but the smartest leaders know it’s not the ultimate resolution to all their problems. Yes, big data can be extremely powerful, but true business intelligence goes beyond the hype. The biggest mistake companies make in big data is in giving it too much power. [···]

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How the Best Jobseekers Get the Jobs They Want [eBook]

Curious how the best jobseekers get the jobs they want?

As a jobseeker, you’re in a unique position in the current IT business landscape.

The demand for top tech talent is high. And, fortunately for you, the supply – depending on your particular skill set – falls considerably short of the need.

And yet, chances are slim that you’re the solo candidate every company has been drooling over. In reality, you’re probably up against some significant competition in landing the tech job of your dreams.

But beating out the competition isn’t as simple as having an outstanding resume or memorable interview. It’s a full lifecycle process from the moment the job search begins to the first days in the new job. [···]

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What to Do When Your Employer Doesn’t Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Even if you’re not aspiring for a spot in the C-suite, professional development is likely a major value in your career. It’s how you prove yourself worthy of promotion, of salary raises, and of increased responsibility. It’s also how you stay mentally stimulated and adaptive to the rapid pace of technical evolution.

And if you’re a Millennial, this is especially true. Studies show that one of the key motivators in a Millennial’s career is professional development; they want continuous learning and growth opportunities, and, furthermore, they believe their employers should be providing that.

Does that sound like you? If so, you can imagine how frustrating it would be to find that your employer doesn’t offer professional development opportunities. If that’s all too familiar of a situation, here’s what you can do. [···]

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The Evolving Role of Tech Leadership

Once upon a time, the sole purpose of a company’s IT department was to keep servers running, eliminate computer viruses, and deliver desktop support. But while these tasks are still critical in day-to-day business, the role of the IT department and its leaders has grown significantly. And if this evolving role of tech leadership isn’t fulfilled and leveraged within an organization, the company will always be one step behind its competition.

As an IT staffing firm that sources and recruits savvy tech pros, we’re seeing evidence of this shift every day. Simply put, the role of IT in today’s business landscape calls for a much more strategic approach. [···]

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Best Practices for Using LinkedIn to Find an IT Job

If you’re not getting much response from the job boards, we have some good news for you. Recent studies show that the massive majority of people find a new job through networking, with less than 10% finding success through job ads. The potential downside to this data, however, is the fact that networking your way to a new job takes a little bit more strategy than simply sending your resume off in response to job ads. We’re not going to pretend there’s some quick and easy way to succeed in using LinkedIn to find an IT job. But we do have some best practices that will give you the upper hand. [···]

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