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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Is the IT Talent Shortage Fact or Fiction?

We remain convinced that the perfect IT candidate is extremely difficult to find – not to mention recruit. But the reasons behind this predicament are arguable. In particular, many experts in the industry blame a tech talent shortage, but this compelling argument is often met with strongly opposing views. We decided to take a deeper look to determine whether the proposed IT talent shortage is fact or fiction. (If you want to know why we even care, skip to the end!)

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Why Is It So Hard to Find the Perfect IT Candidate?

Hopefully, you’re not experiencing what so many other employers are finding right now, which is an average of 28 days to fill an open position. But if you are, it’s likely you’re chasing down a dream candidate who doesn’t actually exist – or, at least, doesn’t exist in large quantities. Sorry to break it to you; we know it can be a tough pill to swallow. But the truth is, if your list of required skills, experience and qualities resembles the average family’s weekly grocery list, then you’re in trouble. Below, we look at why it’s so hard to find the perfect IT candidate. [···]

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Yes, Compensation Is Enough to Retain Top Talent. But Not by Itself

Did you read about the new study that suggests, contrary to well-known clichés, that money can in fact buy happiness? The results show that when people spend money on things that align with their personality traits and values, their happiness appears to increase in correlation. It’s a fascinating hypothesis, but it has some major implications on companies’ hiring and retention strategies. In particular, we want to know if compensation is enough to retain top talent. [···]

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Employee Appreciation Strategy: Is It Worth It?

Here’s a number that makes many of our clients nervous: According to Dice, the average number of days a job vacancy stays open has been steadily increasing, at a near peak of 28.1 days. Leaving a position open for almost a month during the search for the right candidate is a recipe for lost productivity, decreased employee morale, and increased stress. It’s why so many companies are focused on retaining top tech talent, with the goal of avoiding that reality in the first place. It’s a goal that we believe starts with a strong employee appreciation strategy. [···]

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