Archive for November 2015

You Were Fired: Now What? Nov 27 , 2015

You can move forward in your career after being fired.

Getting fired can happen to the best of employees due to a variety of reasons, some of which are beyond their control. Firings happen for many reasons other than incompetence or insubordination, and termination from a job can even occur when it is least expected. Not every job is a good fit for every employee, but circumstances can sometimes force you to stay with a job you don't like or can't do well. When things don't work out with a job despite our best efforts, it can be difficult to cope with a termination and move past it into another job. Steps to Take After Termination from a Job There are some steps everyone needs to take after getting fired from a…

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6 Things Companies Can't Do Without a Recruiter Nov 27 , 2015

Recruiters can help companies in many ways.

Companies often debate whether it's more cost-effective to work with a recruiter or to handle their hiring needs completely in-house. Social media, internet newsletters and employee referral programs have made it easier and less time consuming to build talent networks, and larger companies may have hiring managers that work to fill open positions. No matter how streamlined the process becomes, however, there are still some things companies can't do effectively without a recruiter's help. In IT hiring particularly, it makes sense to use the expertise of a recruiter to accomplish the following hiring tasks. 1. Find the candidates who aren't currently looking. Most of…

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What IT Job Seekers Need to Know About Applicant Tracking Software Nov 19 , 2015

If you sumbit your resume online, chances are, it will be screened with applicant tracking software.

As the cost of applicant tracking software comes down, more and more companies are seeing these systems as a good solution to dealing with hundreds of resumes for each open position. Currently, many smaller companies still review resumes by hand, but nearly all Fortune 500 companies use some type of applicant tracking software to handle their volume of resumes, including those for IT positions. Applicant tracking software (ATS) is used by nearly all recruiters as well because of the number of resumes they deal with. Navigating ATS Effectively The first thing to know about ATS systems is that they work mainly from …

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Top 5 Reasons to Start an Employee Referral Program Nov 19 , 2015

Offering rewards for quality referrals helps motivate employees to participate in the program.

Employee referral programs can be a source of quality candidates that companies turn to when open positions need to be filled. Although it does take some administrative work to establish and maintain an ERP, most companies have found that it's a worthwhile undertaking and ultimately benefits the company's bottom line. once it is established. Here are some of the top reasons to start an employee referral program: 1. Referrals are the best source of quality hires. One of the scary aspects of hiring is that it's possible for a candidate to present well on paper and even in person, but not be able to do the job after b…

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Expert Interview Series: Andrea Vukina Stojanovic About the Current Needs of the Irish IT Job Market Nov 19 , 2015

If you're an IT expert in the U.S. or Canada who is in the market for a new job, you might try looking across the pond. "The IT jobs market in Ireland is booming at the moment, and there is a very large demand for skilled IT professionals," says Andrea Vukina Stojanović, director at Irish Recruiter. Ireland is the fastest-growing economy right now, and the IT sector is at the forefront, with many companies hiring a larger number of new employees, she adds. We recently checked in with Andrea to learn more about what makes Ireland so attractive to IT companies and to get her take on IT recruiting today. Here's what she had to say: What makes Ireland attractive to IT companies globally? Ireland is where…

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How to Be the Top Candidate at Every Interview Nov 11 , 2015

It's not enough to be well qualified; one must be the top candidate to get the job.

In an IT job search, sometimes it isn't enough to have the exact qualifications for an open position. For positions where multiple candidates are well qualified, it is necessary to be the best candidate for the position. It's about demonstrating your superiority to other candidates so that you can be perceived as the best person for the job, without coming off like a know-it-all snob. That can be tricky. Chances are, if you are getting interviews, you know enough about the resume process to write a quality resume and cover letter. You can make yourself look good on paper, but what about during the interview process? This is where it ca…

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A Day in the Life of an IT Recruiter Nov 11 , 2015

Recruiting involves many different skills and services in human resources management.

What happens in a typical recruiter's day? Let's explore a day in the life of "Jim" the IT recruiter to gain some insight into how recruiting happens. When Jim comes into the office in the morning, several things probably call for his attention right away. Jim will have to be intentional about how he spends his time so that his activities have the desired results of matching up qualified people to open positions he has been hired to fill. Managing Competing Priorities If Jim is building or has built a talent pipeline, he probably relies on social media as one of the ways to make connections that keep the pipeline humming. So i…

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Lowering the Cost of Hiring Without Sacrificing Quality Nov 5 , 2015

Hiring costs can be lowered using various techniques, even recruiting services.

There are many costs involved in hiring employees. Fees paid to list the job in various places and recruiting fees are the most obvious costs, but there can also be travel fees, salaries paid to the interview team for time spent interviewing, and even social media fees and salaried time paid to those who maintain social media pages can all be a part of the total cost to hire a new employee. There is also HR time spent setting up the new hire in the system. Lowering these costs can be a worthy goal if your company hires frequently. For instance, instead of paying to list your job openings in various newspapers, you could post them online on…

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Finances of the IT Job Search: How to Make It All Work Nov 5 , 2015

A job search can have costs associated with it, but there are ways to save if you look hard enough.

There are certain expenses associated with any job search, which can vary depending on whether the search is local or covers a distance. Spending a lot of money on a job search may not be feasible when you are out of work, but there are some ways to job search on a shoestring. Clothing In today's business casual atmosphere, many people have not needed to own professional clothing. For an interview, however, it is always best to dress professionally, no matter what the dress code will be after you get hired. Professional clothing is usually available from thrift shops or consignment stores at a fraction of the new p…

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