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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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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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