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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Can You Guarantee Work Life Balance in Your Next IT Job?

We’re no stranger to job burnout. For 20 years, we’ve watched IT professionals walk out on their old jobs because of pure exhaustion. They were sick of being workaholics in order to meet urgent deadlines, gain more recognition, and climb the ladder. Work-life balance in IT was non-existent.

For all the roles in the business world, IT in particular seems to find this problem. Innovation is ceaseless, and technology is the backbone of every company. From software engineers and data architects to network administrators and tech support, every drop of sweat and blood seems to pour into projects and initiatives until employees are left dry. [···]

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Recruiting as a Career: Is It the Right Path for You?

We’ll be completely honest: We know that the recruitment field often gets a bad rep. It’s an industry shared equally by dinosaurs, start-ups, and every company in between, which means best practices and company culture vary wildly. You might have heard horror stories, but we can guarantee there’s an equal if not greater number of stories of high reward and great impact.

At CyberSearch, we’re running away fast from the “used car salesman” stereotype some recruiters have gained, in order to craft a job opportunity that truly appeals to people. Is recruiting as a career the right path for you? [···]

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How Consumer Tech Trends Are Impacting IT Employment Demand

We’re no stranger to the fact that the demand for IT talent is severely outpacing supply. Tech unemployment continues to hover at an all-time low, making for an extremely competitive environment. In order to stay ahead, organizations need to understand the complexities behind these trends. In particular, we believe it’s important to comprehend how consumer tech trends are impacting IT employment demand.

The World Economic Forum recently made a powerful observation that should really open business leader’s eyes, no matter what industry they’re in: “We are today on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology are all building on and amplifying one another… The talent to manage, shape and lead the changes underway will be in short supply unless we take action today to develop it.” [···]

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The Biggest Challenge in Hiring for Cloud and DevOps

The fact that cloud computing has so rapidly grown into an essential business tool is pretty much old news. But the challenge of strategizing, scaling and hiring for cloud based infrastructure, services, and platforms is an ongoing problem.

While cloud technologies have enabled businesses to achieve greater agility and focus on their core value propositions, these technologies affect and challenge businesses on a comprehensive level, across operations, functionality and deliverability. This is in part why DevOps has become integral to the conversation. In short, DevOps seeks to overcome the inefficiencies and disparity that occur when development and operations are separated; namely, by improving speed of delivery and quality of user experience. [···]

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The Key to Navigating Real World Generation Gaps in the Workplace

It’s a trend affecting every industry and sector: the generational shift that is occurring as Millennials increasingly outnumber Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers is a complex topic that cannot be ignored. From marketing to healthcare, from financial services to, of course, technology, this paradigm shift requires serious evaluation of process, engagement, and communication.

Perhaps more complex than any of those, though, is the matter of overcoming the challenges of generation gaps in the workplace.  Hiring, engaging, and retaining a staff of talented individuals in a way that successfully spans the generations is essential to any growing business. [···]

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Are Exit Interviews Worth Your Time?

We’ve all been there. Whether you’re an HR manager, department manager, or team leader, the moment an employee comes to you to tell you they’re leaving, you get that sinking feeling. It’s a sensation tinged with sadness, regret, stress, and overwhelm.

One of your first thoughts is likely about how to replace them. The looming increase in workload and decrease in employee morale hang like storm clouds in the office, and you quickly get preoccupied with the challenge of recruiting in a high demand market.

The last thing on your mind is arranging a time to sit down with the employee who’s quitting to pick his or her brain about their experience with your company. In fact, it’s pretty easy to get cynical and wonder if an exit interview is even worth your time at all. [···]

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What is the Key to International Staffing?

The world is getting smaller. Globalization is the big buzzword in the business world, and it’s fueled primarily by technology. The consequences are vast, changing how we interact, invest, and trade.

It’s also changing how we hire. Companies are becoming more receptive to opening office locations on a global scale, and international mergers and acquisitions are also increasingly prevalent. But international staffing appears to be a challenge. Language barriers and cultural differences can be intimidating, putting many companies and even many staffing firms at a perceived disadvantage.

But what if it was easier than they thought? What’s the key to successful international staffing? [···]

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Does Onboarding Really Work?

Put yourself for a second in the nightmare mindset of a high schooler who’s about to start a new school in a new town. Where to go, who to sit with, what are the cool kids are doing after school… these are cringe-worthy questions even decades after the fact.

No, this isn’t high school anymore; we’re all (mostly) grown-ups here with real world experience and growing resumes. However, the deeply human desire to fit in remains. And it’s much more pivotal to workplace productivity than you might imagine. [···]

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Why Cybersecurity Should Be Your First Priority

Cybersecurity is nothing new; businesses have been focused on protecting their data and systems from hackers for decades. The challenge in today’s digital ecosystem, however, is the impact of security vulnerabilities that emerge as companies adapt to an evolving array of transformative technologies. While this is challenging enough, you also have to factor in the changing motives and toolsets of hackers in today’s world versus those of ten or twenty years ago.

It’s a complex big picture, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that organizations which prioritize and implement a strong, holistic cybersecurity strategy are the ones that will gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. [···]

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