Archive for June 2015

7 Ways for Hiring Managers to Get the Most Out of Social Media Jun 24 , 2015

Social media has become an extremely effective way for hiring managers to find and hire some of the best in their industry, but you have to know how to use those media effectively. The following seven considerations will help you not only find the right candidates, they will help you develop a reliable network and build a better community for your industry. Visibility of Jobs There may be a lot of job boards out there, but to attract the attention of better candidates, social media is considerably more helpful for getting the word out about open positions with your company. Twitter is a fantastic way to spread the word, for instance. By adding a link to job descriptions with the right hashtags, you can reach thousands of poten…

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How to Rejoin the Workforce Like You Never Left Jun 24 , 2015

If you have been out of the workforce for a while, going back can seem a bit intimidating. You aren't accustomed to going into an office or having to attend meetings. Then there are the butterflies that come with starting a new job. But by finding the right job, the transition can be relatively painless.  

Rejoining the work world should be something you look forward to.

More Than a Job Whether you took a break from work because you were laid off or because you were raising children, when you step back into the work world, you should be stepping into a career, not just another job. It is much easier to rejoin the workforce if you are excited about what you will be doing. As you job hunt, keep this in mind an…

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IT Staffing: 5 Keys to Conducting a Productive Interview Jun 17 , 2015

Interviewing potential applicants can be a time intensive and tiring process that leaves you wishing that the whole hiring thing was over and done. With the right interview questions, though, you can not only simplify the process, but you can determine the best candidates based on the things that really matter. For those in IT staffing you know exactly how important it is to get it right the first time. The following are five keys to get the most out of every interview.  

When it comes to finding the right candidate, you don't want to gamble, you want to find the best one for the job.

1. Get the job description just right. To get the best candidates, particularly for IT, you really need to get the qual…

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How to Get the Most from an IT Recruiter Jun 17 , 2015

Finding a job is full-time work, and it isn't the kind of job that makes you feel very good most days either. If you know how to work with an IT recruiter, finding a job is not only easier, it may not take nearly as long to become employed. It is important to remember that the IT recruiter is there to help you, not to do everything for you (although they will take on a lot of the responsibility). With the right approach, you can work with your IT recruiter to find and get the best jobs in your field. Preparing Yourself for the Calls One of the worst mistakes you can make is to not be prepared for the calls. If you post your resume to several sites, there are very good odds that once a job posts, you will start getting calls ab…

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Is Your Cover Letter Personalized Enough? Jun 17 , 2015

To your delight, you see the perfect job description flash across the screen. You're instantly ready to respond and make the position yours. At this very juncture, it is best to stop, plant your feet on the ground, and take an analytical approach. Leave emotion behind in order to provide the best cover letter possible. After all, the cover letter sets the tone, conveying whether you will be the type of employee to best fit into the position and the organization. Creating a cover letter is the written version of conducting a sales meeting designed to make the sale. In this case, you're encouraging the company to buy what you have to offer. The cover letter should be brief; make a personal connection; speak to company needs, wants, a…

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5 Tips for Discovering the Best Passive Job Candidates Jun 10 , 2015

Passive job candidates need you to make them look.

One survey found that about half of all employees are happy with their work and have no intention of leaving. Of the other half, only about 10% are actively looking - but they're outnumbered by the nearly 40% who aren't looking but are open to making a change. That means if you're limiting your job search to reviewing the resumes that cross your desk, you're seeing only a fraction of the pool of qualified candidates. You'll have a better chance of finding the best person for your job if you expand your search and reach out to those passive job candidates. Because they aren't actively looking for work, you won't find those passive job seekers by posting on job bo…

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How to Find Great Entry-Level Jobs Jun 10 , 2015

Use these tips to help find your first job!

Getting your career going can be tough, even if you're in an in-demand profession. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to find a great job to start your career: 1. Take advantage of on-campus resources. Your campus career center wants to help you get a job! Even if you've already graduated, you may have access to your college career center. Besides being able to put you in touch with companies that are looking for graduates with your degree from your school, college career centers can help you buff up your resume and improve your interviewing skills. 2. Take advantage of other schools. Many college towns have more than one school, so take advantag…

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How to Hire a Top-Notch Developer Jun 3 , 2015

Two decades ago it was difficult to find a web developer because there were so few. Now there are plenty of developers on the market, but finding a top-notch candidate remains a challenge, particularly when you need a web developer. People seem to think that creating a single webpage makes them an expert, but the truth is that web development requires knowing a lot more than just the basics. After all, your website is your face to most of the world. With brick and mortar businesses becoming a last resort, you need a website that gets traffic, keeps people on the site, and is secure so that people keep coming back. With all of this in mind, here are the things you should look for when you need a great web developer. Aptitude ov…

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IT Resume Makeover: Top 4 Tips for Updating Your Resume Jun 3 , 2015

Unless you've made contact at a job fair, your resume is probably your first chance to make an impression on a recruiter or hiring manager. If your resume doesn't show them that you're looking for the kind of role they're hiring for and that you have the skills to do the job, you probably won't get the chance to change their minds in person. Use these tips to make your resume stand out and help you get hired: 1. Make it obvious what job you're looking for. You don't necessarily need to craft a traditional "objective," but there should be some kind of introductory section that makes clear what kind of job you're looking for. This is especially true if you've worked in different areas of technology, or if you've been a hands-on devel…

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Building Your IT Team: How Your Recruiter Should Help Jun 3 , 2015

The economy is growing again, and IT recruiting has become more challenging. A report by Deloitte titled "Global Human Capital Trends 2014" stated that the battle for recruiting talent now takes place on a field of talent networks that are unevenly distributed around the world, with people who have evolving views of what they want in a career. Many companies are updating their IT hiring strategies, worried that failure to adapt will prevent them from finding and hiring the IT professionals they need.

CareerBuilder's 2015 job forecast reported that more than half of employers surveyed planned to hire full-time permanent IT professionals, up from only 29% in 2014. But the solution to IT recruiting challenges isn't simply …

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How to Hire a Top-Notch Developer Jun 2 , 2015

Two decades ago it was difficult to find a web developer because there were so few. Now there are plenty of developers on the market, but finding a top-notch candidate remains a challenge, particularly when you need a web developer. People seem to think that creating a single webpage makes them an expert, but the truth is that web development requires knowing a lot more than just the basics. After all, your website is your face to most of the world. With brick and mortar businesses becoming a last resort, you need a website that gets traffic, keeps people on the site, and is secure so that people keep coming back. With all of this in mind, here are the things you should look for when you need a great web developer. Your sit…

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