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The 6 Biggest IT Job Search Distractions Aug 31

The IT job search process can be full of distractions, which can derail even the most focused job searcher. It's easy to become distracted from your job search, which for most people is unpleasant enough to begin with. Some people even look for distractions to avoid the negative feelings that come from a job search or to avoid the job search process itself. Here are some of the biggest IT job search distractions along with some tips for overcoming them. 1. Social Media Although social media can be helpful in a job search, it's easy to get in the habit of checking your news feed or messages too often. Many job seekers also spend more time surfing their friends' posts or other pages that...…

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Is There a Downside to Recruitment Process Outsourcing? Aug 31

Recruitment process outsourcing, or RPO, has a huge upside for companies that use it. RPO can help companies have a more efficient recruiting process, save money on their recruiting, and build their own talent pipeline, just for starters. But is there any downside to RPO? Fear of the Unknown Recruitment process outsourcing can be scary for some company executives and hiring staff who are used to handling their own recruitment efforts. It's difficult to know whether outsourcing will be effective and whether a recruitment company will do a good job handling their recruitment needs. Most people don't like to feel anxiety at work and will go to great lengths to avoid it. The best way to...…

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What Does an IT Recruiter Really Do? Aug 25

IT recruiting is about helping people and businesses. IT recruiters sometimes seem to have mysterious duties that many people wonder about and few understand. Somehow, IT recruiters get top quality applicants to want to work for your company - or at least if they're successful IT recruiters, they do. But how do they actually do it? What does the process of IT recruiting involve?IT Recruiters Make ConnectionsThere is a common misconception that recruiters sit in front of a computer with a phone every day, screening resumes with software and then cold-calling those that come up as options. While screening resumes can be one thing that IT recruiters do, and some amount of cold calling may be...…

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When You Need a Break From Your IT Job Search Aug 19

Conventional wisdom would tell you that taking a break from your job search has to be a bad idea. After all, what if the perfect job is posted and you miss it? How can you find a job if you aren't looking?All the same, there are some times when your best course of action is to take a break from the search. The biggest signal that you need a break is when you realize that you are experiencing high levels of stress. How Stress Impedes a Job SearchIt's difficult to approach a job search without stress. After all, not having a job is stressful for most people. When your stress levels get too high, however, you are likely to make mistakes that can cost you a potential job.People typically make...…

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Making the Most of IT Recruiting Services Aug 17

The hiring process can benefit from all kinds of recruiting services. Recruiting services come with a cost - both financial and in other ways. The costs involved in recruiting can be well worth it, however, if you use them to their full potential. In many cases, making the most of recruiting services will end up helping your company's bottom line rather than costing it anything.The Usefulness of Recruiting TechnologiesUsing a recruiter gives companies access to recruiting technologies they would not otherwise have. Recruiters have their own talent networks, they use applicant tracking software to screen resumes, and they often have social media contacts in the pipeline as well as web...…

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Avoiding Pitfalls of IT Recruiting Aug 05

An effective IT recruiter will balance technology with personal contact. If we're being truthful, there are ways IT recruiting can go wrong. Not all recruiters are equally effective. It's important to be aware of the possible pitfalls of IT recruiting so that you can avoid them or deal with them effectively when they do arise.Role Confusion or DuplicationWhen you contract with a recruiter to handle some aspects of your IT hiring process, it can sometimes lead to duplication of efforts - or worse, gaps in hiring efforts. The way to solve these problems is by clearly communicating with the recruiter or recruiting team so that everyone involved knows what they are supposed to handle. Periodic...…

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6 Things to Expect During Your Summer IT Job Search Jun 30

Conducting a serious IT job search during the summer months may feel like trying to cross a desert without any shade. Summer IT job searches have unexpected challenges that can slow down the process and make it difficult to know how to proceed or where to turn. Knowing what to expect is your best chance to break the logjam, if that is at all possible. Here are some things to expect as you conduct a summer IT job search. 1. The summer slowdown is real. The tendency for companies to "wait until fall" to hire for open positions is a reality that summer IT job seekers must contend with. As you follow up on open positions, however, you can make it clear that you are available immediately. At...…

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Losing Control of Recruiting? RPO Can Help Jun 22

RPO can take some stress off company hiring staff or fill a temporary need. Recruiting is a daunting task for many companies. Writing job descriptions, posting them in as many places as possible, sourcing through social media and website/email contacts, screening resumes, several rounds of interviewing, an outing to determine cultural fit, making an offer, negotiating and onboarding. The Importance of Effective Recruiting It's not unusual for a company to lose control of the recruiting process, or just some aspects of it, after struggling with it for a period of time. The bad thing about losing control of the recruiting process is that it can lead to poor hires. And if your hiring staff...…

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7 Biggest IT Interview Busters Jun 22

In an IT interview, always try to be specific and concise. There are some things that will wreck an IT interview faster than you can say hello. This post will expose some interview busters that you might not expect. 1. Dressing inappropriately Yes, many jobs now allow employees to wear jeans and t-shirts to the office on a daily basis, but interviews still demand business attire. A simple business suit is always the best choice for interview attire, and many if not most IT interviewers will disqualify someone who shows up to an interview dressed too casually. Worse yet: for women, dressing sexy for an IT interview also sends the wrong message. 2. Being too general Most IT managers are...…

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Top Talent Interview Techniques and Why You Should Copy Them Jun 15

Top talent is just as likely to be evaluating the interviewers as they are to be evaluated. Top talent typically has many opportunities for jobs. Interview opportunities are plentiful, and top talent may turn down as many interviews as they take (if not more). When top talent does interview, they often do so differently than others. Learning from top talent can give you an edge in your interviewing as well. Top Talent Projects Confidence Employers want to see an appropriate level of confidence as they interview candidates. Top talent knows it can do the job, and that it has something of value to offer. In lots of verbal and non-verbal ways, top candidates send the message that they have...…

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