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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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Tactics to Differentiate Yourself from Other IT Talent

In a given day, recruiters can talk to nearly a hundred IT professionals when looking to fill a time-sensitive role. Now more than ever, it’s more important for IT candidates to differentiate themselves beyond their tactical skillset on their resume, no matter how impressive their skills may be. In the past, we’ve written blogs on the skills beyond IT that’ll get you noticed (part 1, part 2) as well as on how to make yourself a more attractive job candidate. Today, however, we’re going to go a bit further than listing some of the soft skills that’ll make you stand out in an interview....

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When to Hire and When to Staff

Imagine for a moment that you’re planning dinner for someone special.  Maybe it’s a landmark anniversary for you and your significant other, and you decide not to spare any expense.  Naturally, you set your sights on a premium combo at the McDonald’s drive-through.  Sound about right? … Not likely, unless you have an urge to break-in the dog house for a few nights.  Now imagine you’re driving the kids to soccer practice but they haven’t eaten since lunch.  Practice starts in ten minutes and you know they can’t play on an empty stomach - so do you make the executive decision to stop...

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How to Add Depth, Not Length to Your Resume

Resume writing can be a real challenge. Even more so when you’re trying to condense all of your years of experience into only a few pages. So for those candidates with a plethora of professional experience, completed projects, certificates, etc., what information is important to include on the resume and what can candidates afford to delete? As a staffing firm who’s been in business since the early 90’s, it’s fairly safe to assume we’re uniquely qualified to answer such a question. After thousands of resumes reviewed, we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. Below, you’ll find...

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How to Keep Your Candidates from Accepting Other Offers

There’s nothing more disappointing than hitting it off with a candidate who you’re certain would accept an offer, and then getting blindsided with news that the candidate accepted another offer. What gives? With the state of today’s industry, the best IT talent is only on the market for a matter of days and if you don’t act fast enough, they could accept another compelling offer, no matter how well you hit it off. For starters, speeding up your hiring process is probably the best way to land your dream candidate – but we’ve already spoken about that. There are other ways, however,...

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How to List Contract Work on Your Resume

We’ve all heard the old adage – your resume should be no longer than one page. The idea behind this is that recruiters and managers are so busy reviewing resumes that they don’t have the time to be reading through a multi-page resume for a single candidate. While there may be some truth to this, there are ways around it. However, unless you’re fresh out of school or have only worked one job throughout the entirety of your career, it’s virtually impossible to keep your resume to only one page in length – especially for those who work within the IT industry. As those within the IT industry...

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The Mindset That Will Expand Your Career

It wasn’t until working as a Starbucks barista in Los Angeles that I realized the infinite number of ways one can order a cup of coffee.  “I’ll have a venti, pumpkin spice, non-fat, extra hot latte with whipped cream and four shots of decaf espresso.”  Say goodbye to the days of old, when your preferred cream/sugar ratio was the only way to distinguish yourself from the uniformity of coffee drinkers.  Now we live in a world that encourages and embraces individuality like never before- where the biggest obstacle to getting what you want boils down to knowing what you want. Unfortunately,...

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Four IT Relationships That Move With the Speed of Tech

IT goals are moving targets. One day they’re here, the next day they’re disrupted by the next big thing. Keeping pace with technology can be exhausting. Yet businesses have no choice but to keep up—even better, get ahead—with those moving targets. What businesses often forget is that the current tech landscape isn’t simply about hardware and software. It’s about people. The best way to compete in today’s market is to understand who you need on your side and what role they can play to make your IT team better than it was yesterday. Sure, there are required skill sets, languages...

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5 Tips to Better Onboard New Employees

Stop for a few seconds and think about the strongest relationships in your life. How many of them started off on the wrong foot? Probably few and far between. It’s pretty natural: if we’re not yet invested in a relationship, we don’t have reason to suffer through the bad or unknown in hopes of hitting a better tomorrow. Same goes for our relationships with our jobs. The first 90 days are make/break time for any occupation. That’s not only when new employees get first impressions of employer brand, managers, co-workers, culture and workload, but their impression of how well they fit into...

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