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Conquering the Face-to-Face Interview

This is a continuation of PSCI Prep – an ongoing series of blog posts designed to help walk job seekers through the interview process. Parts 1 and 2, which focus on phone and video interviews, can be found here. So you’ve made it past the initial interviewing rounds and the company wants a chance to sit down with you in person. Congratulations! Receiving the call for a face-to-face interview is no small feat; the majority of candidates never make it past the initial phone call. So, below, we’ve outlined a few tips to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward during the all-important,...

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Sell Your Company Culture, Authentically

In the context of company culture - or any culture for that matter - “mutual constitution” refers to the unique relationship between individuals and the collective unit to which they belong. We internalize social cues and normative behavior so efficiently (oftentimes without even realizing it) that our own behavior gravitates toward established norms and reinforces existing culture.  Any entrepreneurs out there starting businesses from the ground up: take heed! Laying the foundation for an inclusive and productive work environment should take precedent before setting anything else in motion. ...

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How to Ace the Video Interview

This is a continuation of our ongoing series, PSCI Prep – an ongoing series of blog posts designed to help walk job seekers through the interview process. Part I, How to Ace the Phone Interview, can be found here. Great news, you’ve aced the phone interview and now the company wants to proceed towards the next step – the video interview!  Conducting interviews in this fashion has become increasingly popular in today’s landscape which means it’s become imperative to be prepared for such. This blog covers all the video interview bases, from how to prepare your space, to what to wear,...

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How to Retain Top Talent

The demand for IT talent is high and top candidates often have several options to consider. This means there’s a lot of opportunity out there. Just because you have someone on your payroll doesn’t mean that they’re going to stay there. Think for a moment about the timeless proverb, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” and remember that people tend to believe that the things others have, or their situations, always look better than their own (despite that not always being the case). So as a manager, a part of your job should be to keep them from looking. While...

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How to Ace the Phone Interview

As an IT staffing firm, part of our job is to prepare our candidates for interviews; so we thought it’d be a smart idea to begin a series of blog posts designed to do just that. So over the course of the next several months, our candidate focused blog posts will feature an ongoing series of interview prep posts designed to prepare candidates for the interview. First up, how to ace the phone interview. As many, if not all, of you know, phone interviews are a common first step in the interview process. For some, however, these can create even more anxiety than in-person interviews. Below you’ll...

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Managing a Remote Workforce

According to a survey of 15,000 employed Americans, conducted by Gallup, last year a staggering 43 percent of employed Americans spent at least some time working from home.  It should really come as no surprise, though, as in January of last year we wrote a blog, “The Work from Home Option,” talking about the rise of remote workers. In that post, however, we spoke mainly about the different perks and drawbacks that come with working from home. Today, we’d like to address the topic by taking a look at how to manage and get the most out of a remote workforce. In this post we’ll be examining...

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Optimize Your Marketability Using LinkedIn

Job boards are alive and well in the staffing industry, but not without some healthy competition from LinkedIn and the ever-evolving world of social media.  Try not to think of one as a substitute for the other.  Both platforms offer unique advantages when it comes to marketing your skills and finding the job of your dreams. The appeal of job boards like Monster, Dice, and CareerBuilder is three-fold; (1) job-seekers have access to a database filled with opportunities, (2) staffing agencies have access to a database filled with job-seekers, and (3) companies increase their chances of finding...

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The Traits That Makeup a Good Tech Hire

In a past blog post we asked the question, “Do you know how to spot an IT superstar?” The areas we focused on in that post, when trying to identify top tech talent, were longevity of assignments, relevant industry experience, strong technical screening results, and the possession of degrees and certifications, among others. While that post focused on the tangible, today we’ll be focusing more on the abstract. More specifically, we’ll be taking a look at the traits that make for a good tech hire. As an IT staffing firm that’s been in business for nearly 25 years, we’ve seen all sorts...

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Why to Use a Staffing Firm When Looking for a Job

A job search can prove to be quite a daunting task. You can spend hours upon hours researching and applying to positions, working and reworking your resume (never knowing if your updates are what employers want to see) and waiting patiently for feedback, if there is any at all. So our question to you is – why do it alone? If you’ve been paying attention, you know that earlier this year we brought to you the benefits of partnering with a staffing firm. That was from the client’s perspective, however. This month we’d like to address the topic of why using a staffing firm, as a candidate,...

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Options for Staffing Your IT Department

When looking to fill vacancies in your IT department you no doubt begin your search by looking for that individual who can check off all the boxes on your wish list. There’s no harm in this. The problem, however, is that the speed of the tech game moves fast. If you see a candidate that looks good, but may lack a skill or two so you hold off on contacting them, they may be off the market by the time you swing back around to them. Overlooking candidates that have the potential to deliver on key projects is a real issue hiring managers within IT face.  That’s why the number one question hiring...

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