March 31, 2017
Recruiters, Hiring Managers, and HR folks – we’ve listened to your feedback. We’re happy to announce that SkillGigs will now integrate with your applicant tracking systems.Read More
Let’s get one thing straight: poaching is a despicable practice.
Poaching employees, on the other hand, is not cruel, but kind.
If you find a talented tech pro who is ready or getting ready to move on from their current position at a competitor’s company, then “poaching” them away from their current job is doing them a service. While their employer has lost a valuable player, they were going to lose this employee anyway, as you cannot poach an employee who does not want to be poached.
Cybersecurity has been a hot-button issue lately, and will only be more prevalent as the global cybersecurity market grows from 75-billion-dollars to being a 157 billion dollar industry by 2020. In the United States, the Federal Cybersecurity Market is projected to grow from 18 Billion in 2017 to 22 Billion in 2022, let alone the business sector.
Apart from being a high-growth industry in the coming years, cybersecurity is becoming more important for businesses of all types as well as governments. The alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 Presidential Election, Google’s cracking of the SHA-1 encryption standard and the massive DDOS attack on Internet Infrastructure companies in October 2016 have signaled a new era in which companies and governments will struggle to keep pace with advances made by hackers.
The prevalence of could-based products and the increasing value of data are making cybersecurity more of an essential for more and more companies. Companies that don’t prepare for the security needs of the future will be vulnerable to catastrophic hacks that affect both your company and your customers.
Here are some of the major trends that will be affecting the security of companies going forward and the forces that will impact their needs for cyber security talent.Read More
March 7, 2017
Freelance experts can be valuable partners with your company, but getting optimal results from this partnership isn’t as easy as telling them to “fix it,” “figure it out,” or “build a better mousetrap.”
Drawing on the skills of freelancers can be very beneficial for businesses of all kinds, especially for projects that are out of the ordinary for the internal team working on them. That being said, it is important to prepare for the arrival of your freelance talent and prepare the team or teams they will be working with.Read More
OK, this is an experiment, I think.
I have been asked to contribute here by the great folks at SkillGigs. If you’re here, you probably have a pretty good idea of who they are and what they do (if you don’t, y’all better have a look around).
As best as I can tell, this site is all about tech recruiting, and dare I say – young people. There seems to be a dearth of people like me in tech. I am a self-proclaimed #OWG (old white guy) on Twitter. Us #OWGs are the bane of the existence of the rest of the world. We have run everything and kept everyone else out, and now we’re collectively screwing it up, so the rest of you are jumping in and helping us out.Read More
February 27, 2017
LinkedIn, the professional network was supposed to be the “Facebook of business,” a platform for professionals to list their accomplishments and connect with co-workers, past employers and potential employers. LinkedIn is a platform for forming these connections, but it has long struggled to balance 2 hats on its head.
On the one hand, LinkedIn is a social network, meaning that your friends and the pages/companies you follow determine most of the user experience. It also means you can see nearly as many memes, quotes, articles and other content posted on any other social network.Read More
February 21, 2017
Software testing is known to be one of the most expensive, intensive and frustrating parts of the software development process. If major problems or bugs are discovered as a product is about to be launched, it can mean sizable delays to the launch date or even signal the need to re-write large sections of the program.
However, just because the testing process can be unpleasant doesn’t mean it’s to be avoided or skimped-on. The performance of your software in the marketplace will depend on the performance of the software itself, and it is always best to release the most functional version of your product as possible.Read More
February 20, 2017
Every now and then you’re going to want to boost your development team. But a lot of the time when you hire a full stack developer, you may not get a good understanding of their skills from your interview questions. Whether you’re a technical recruiter or an over-worked CTO looking to build out your team, there are interview questions you must ask to learn about their real experience. Below you’ll find my 10 must ask questions when hiring a full stack developer.Read More
February 14, 2017
As tech companies and businesses of all kinds do more business in an increasingly global context, new demands are placed on these companies. The logistical demands of scaling a product for global use can be immense, and require the focus of dozens of experts from across the globe. From the need to staff a new branch overseas or the need for technical employees who can effectively communicate in a non-English language, today’s competitive global marketplace is presenting a series of challenges and opportunities to companies operating today.Read More
February 6, 2017
When marketing a product, making an impression on your ideal customer hinges on differentiating your product from competitors and demonstrating how this product is the answer to your customer’s problems.
When you’re trying to fill a software engineer position, your open job is the product that you’re promoting and your ideal customer is a software engineer who is qualified for the job and a good match for your company. When recruiting for this position, your task is differentiating your software engineer role from others like it and showing your ideal candidates why your job is right for them.Read More
February 2, 2017
Donald Trump’s first weeks in office have been marked by a series of controversial executive orders, including: the construction of a wall to rival China’s medieval defense system, the continuation of a contentious pipeline project, and an immediate travel ban on residents from a list of “countries of concern.” The order also bans the admittance of refugees from Syria indefinitely.
A federal judge ruled that foreign nationals who were stranded in US airports would not be deported, but any further immigration from the following countries is banned for at least the next 90 days:Read More
January 30, 2017
Women around the world marched in solidarity on Saturday, and it’s time that tech companies started showing solidarity as well. You want women marching into your open engineer, science and data roles, because they are ready and exited to take on the jobs of tomorrow. And there will be jobs for you to fill, lots of them.Read More
January 17, 2017
Phone interviews are a great way to meet and qualify candidates, without the logistical and time commitments that come with in-person interviews. Whether the person you’re interviewing is in your city or outside your state, they are sure to appreciate the trip you’re saving them as they participate in your remote interview.
Phone and video interviews are also becoming more of an established practice in the tech industry. They may be expected by software developer candidates, but using phone interviews is sure to be appreciated by candidates who have busy schedules.Read More
January 15, 2017
At the beginning of 2016, I found myself at a pivotal career point. As Director of an up and coming Travel Nurse placement agency, I was still trying to find that one final missing ingredient to our secret sauce! Though we had experienced some gradual success during our 9-year history, it was time to elevate our game!Read More
January 9, 2017
You would think a senior “super educated” engineer couldn’t say something to a hiring manager that would hands down kill every chance of getting employed at that company right? Think again!Read More
January 3, 2017
I’m sure you’ve experienced this, right? When you receive job alerts or a recruiter reaches out about a position completely unrelated to what you do. Well, these are only a couple of telltale signs of ineffective recruiters. In a market that has become increasingly saturated, it’s critical to understand the difference between great recruiters and the ones that have “no game.”
Here are the top 5 Mistakes recruiters and HR professionals make in a market where there is a huge shortage of talent.Read More
December 29, 2016
Offering cool employee perks is an effective way to differentiate your company’s culture, attract talent and reduce employee burnout/attrition. Perks can take nearly any form you can think of and, unless you go really over-board, the cost of providing perks is always made up for by a happier, more productive workforce.
When it comes to deciding the specific employee perks/benefits for your company, you should always think about the type of work environment you’re trying to create and about the desires/needs of your employees. Getting buy-in from employees, HR and management is essential, and, though you may get a flood of requests/demands opening up for suggestions will help to show you which perks will be most popular at your company.Read More
December 29, 2016
New employees can be brimming with energy, questions, or even nervousness, so it is important to orient them to their job in a way that is effective, positive and exciting. No matter how skilled your hire is, there is always an adjustment period when starting a new job, and motivating them through this phase is important if you want them to reach their full potential or stick around long term.Read More
December 20, 2016
Austin, Texas is the live music capital and one of the fastest growing hubs for startups. As an engineer or developer, the possibilities are endless for which company you can work for. There are options in all industries, and best of all, you’ll be in Austin.
Here are some of the amazing startups in Austin, TX that you haven’t heard of that are currently hiring engineers and developers.Read More
December 19, 2016
There is a shortage of tech talent in this country and this shortage is only growing in severity. Even if you haven’t read one of the many studies or opinion pieces on how bad his tech talent gap is, you may have experienced some of its effects first hand.
A longer time-to-fill for tech positions, a lower supply of available/qualified candidates and an increase in candidate demands are all symptoms of the high-demand/low-supply tech talent market that companies are hiring from.Read More
December 12, 2016
When you’re the one responsible for the success of a new technology or application that your company is developing, stress comes with the territory. When problems and delays with development arise (and they always do), you can find yourself in a stressful work environment for weeks or even months at a time.
When you can count on stress being there, you have to take steps to shield yourself from burnout. Now, burnout looks different for different people, but it is always the result of prolonged stress that isn’t properly managed and it always results in a reduced ability to handle your work. Reduced energy, reduced focus and a reduced ability to handle stress are all common results of burning out. Burnout can even lead to increased feelings of depression and/or anxiety, further jeopardizing the project you are working so hard to finish.Read More
December 6, 2016
When you think of Houston, you’ll probably think of oil or NASA before you think of “Tech Hub.”But Houston has rapidly emerged as one of the nations leading hubs for technological innovation. Don’t believe me? Check out this list of some of the fastest growing startups in Houston that are currently looking to hire developers and engineers.Read More
December 5, 2016
Startup companies run on the ingenuity of their founders and the team that these founders have put together. Though they may lack the resources of established companies, many startups are able to capitalize on the strength of their ideas and get the backing of major investors. Many startups have even been able to crowd fund their futures, letting the strength of their vision speak to everyday people and enticing them to invest.Read More
December 1, 2016
You should test the skills of anyone that you hire, but this is especially important when evaluating tech talent. The way that you test the hard skills of candidates (in person, online/screen share, assignment based, etc.) should always be chosen to make things easier on your candidates, but the content of these tests should always be challenging enough to be an effective screening tool.
Along with understanding the theoretical side of things, your tech hire will need to have just as much in the way of experience as they do in knowledge. The work they will be doing is time sensitive, and you should never rely on tech talent that you haven’t seen in action.Read More
December 1, 2016
If you’re company is growing, it’s expected that you’ll be making several hires. The best way to measure the quality of the candidates that you’re sending to your hiring managers is through hiring manager satisfaction surveys. These surveys measure the quality of candidates, the experience of your hiring managers, and the overall satisfaction.Read More
November 28, 2016
Strong code writing ability is one of the most in-demand skills of our time. Whether this code will power a new software solution or integrate another device into the internet of things, employers want coders who are as fluent in their computer language as they are with their native tongue.
As with any skill, practice makes perfect, and coding challenges are the perfect way for experienced and budding coders alike to improve their coding competence. If you’re trying to learn a new language or just want to strengthen one that you already know, working on the practical problems and contests offered by coding challenge sites will help you to realize your potential.Read More
November 22, 2016
The way we work is changing. From Amazon’s dream of a drone delivery service to Uber’s planned fleet of self-driving cars, new technologies and new applications of technologies are emerging at an unprecedented rate.
New tech is bringing opportunities to companies, but it is also presenting new challenges. Consumer demands for ease of use, sleekness of design, and tech integration of products, are forcing new, unfamiliar demands on organizations across industry lines. These demands, in turn, are forcing more and more companies to invest in acquiring the best tech talent available to them.Read More
November 19, 2016
Welcome Your New Employee the Right Way
No matter what size your company, having a streamlined on boarding process is important to get new employees up-to-speed as soon as possible. A great way to do that is to have all new employee forms prepared ahead of time, as well as their responsibilities, and a welcome email for the rest of the team. You want to make sure your new employee feels welcome and the rest of the team is excited about his/her hire.Read More
November 16, 2016
When you need to make an IT hire, but can’t, the costs start to add up quickly. First, there’s the job board subscriptions you’re paying to keep active. Then there’s the cost of any recruiting resources you’re using to consider and the resources that your hiring managers have been using to attempt to source your hire. Finally, there’s the cost to your business of all the work that your IT hire is supposed to be doing, that is either pushed onto other employees or postponed until that hire is made.Read More
November 13, 2016
When you have a job that you can’t fill, or objectives that your employees can’t meet, what do you do? Do you re-examine your job description and the job boards you’re subscribed to? Do you try to re-engage employee support in your referral program? Do you evaluate your career page and social media profiles for opportunities to improve and leverage your employer brand?Read More
November 9, 2016
Despite odds believed to be long and an avalanche of scandal, Donald J. Trump has been elected to be the 45th president of the United States of America. After one of the most closely watched elections in history, President Elect Trump delivered a speech calling on Americans to come together and heal the wounds that have been inflicted on this long, tooth-and-nail campaign. He even called on those who opposed or disagreed with him to reach out and advise him going forward.
The two candidates in this campaign offered very different plans of action in nearly every area of policy, from foreign to domestic, from health care to fiscal to educational. Both candidates promised that their plan would get the economy back on track, but Donald Trump has, from the beginning, argued that reducing regulation and taxes is the only way to accomplish this.Read More
November 8, 2016
Success in the role of Chief Technology Officer depends on understanding all technologies that have to do with your company’s product or the service you provide.
For tech-based companies, the role of CTO is much more expanded, but their focus is still on the strategic/product side, leaving operational technology management to the CIO. Though new solutions are slowly re-defining the roles of CTO and CIO, some things will always be required for success in tech, namely, talented employees.Read More
November 4, 2016
When faced with a challenge beyond the skills of their employees, leaders must answer a difficult question:
Do I hire another full-time employee with the skill to overcome key challenges, or do I hire an independent contractor (or a few) to get this important work done?
Though challenging to answer, it is a question that every employer should be asking themselves, especially in the highly-paid tech industry. You don’t want to rely on a talented/pricey contractor like they’re an FTE and you definitely don’t want a full-time hire who has nothing to do for months out of the year. However, more and more companies are turning to contract labor to meet the demands of doing business.Read More
October 31, 2016
You know those square, papery things that you use to prop up your laptop?
Once upon a time, books offered people knowledge that they could not find anywhere else, but we all know how that went. The internet has made it possible to learn virtually anything contained in any book within seconds, and the proliferation of tablets and readers has further endangered the book as we know it.
But, just because you read a book on a screen doesn’t make it not reading. No matter if your copy is hardback, paperback or digital, getting into these books is essential for every HR/Recruiting professional who wants to improve their hiring or continue to make good hires.Read More
October 25, 2016
So, you can’t find anyone who can work your open job.
Don’t worry, this isn’t something to be ashamed of or even something that is uncommon.
According to a recent study from Glassdoor, the two biggest obstacles facing companies trying to increase headcount are: 1) Candidate Supply and 2) Lengthy Hiring Practices. These problems go hand in hand, as the “best” candidates are hired within their first 10 days on the job market. This is all the more disheartening, because it takes an average of 52 days to fill an open job in this country.Read More
October 20, 2016
Do you think that the words program and software are interchangeable? If you do, then you probably aren’t a software engineer.
Though these two terms may be synonymous for the average consumer, a program is to software as a drive shaft is to a working automobile. Continuing with this metaphor, the programmer is to the software engineer what the assembly line worker is to the car’s designer.Read More
October 16, 2016
Like disco and the dinosaur, passive sourcing is dead.
Following the advent of social networks, passive sourcing (where candidates are identified and contacted through social networks) has been touted as the future of recruitment by many or at least as one of the main candidate sources that you should be relying on.
One of the main reasons that this idea has been so popular, is that passive sourcing is supposed to counter-act the problem of low candidate supply and/or the problem of low candidate quality for employers. Unfortunately, this problem is still here and 47% of small businesses report there are few or no qualified applicants for the positions they are trying to fill.Read More
October 14, 2016
Phone interviewing is becoming more and more of a popular choice for qualifying tech talent. Phone interviews can be conducted more quickly than in-person interviews, and can serve as both an effective screening tool and a time saver for employers and candidates alike.Read More
October 10, 2016
You don’t usually think of “passive” as a good trait, but most passive candidates are anything but. A passive candidate is someone who is currently employed and not actively looking for another job, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be swayed by the right opportunity.Read More
October 6, 2016
Making a good hire can be expensive and it can definitely take more time than you anticipated.
Across industries, business leaders are focusing on making high-quality, strategic hires, which is one of the reasons why it takes longer to make a hire today, than ever before. Right now, it takes an average of 29 working days to fill a job in this country, but the outliers of this trend are what’s truly frightening.Read More
When you think of “web development,” the first thing that comes to mind is websites, but what does it mean exactly? Web development is a broad term that describes tasks associated with developing websites and webpages that are hosted on the Internet. No matter what type of website it is, it was built by a web developer and there are three different kinds: front-end, back-end, and full-stack. Don’t know the difference between any of them? No worries, we’re here to help differentiate between the three roles.
Unlike the responsibilities of front-end developers to make things look pretty, the back-end is never visible users and consists of three parts: a server, an application, and a database – also known as the “brain” of the website. Back-end developers take code from the front-end and implements it into an application where everything is displayed using data that is housed in a database. These developers work closely with functionality specifications that the end user wants to achieve and do all they can in order to meet those needs.
A full-stack developer gets the best of both worlds and works with front and back-end elements. When it comes to “stack,” it refers to layers of a website and developers need to have expertise in all parts of the development process. Since full-stack combines two types of development into one, full-stack developers can speak comfortably about both database and browser.
Did you find this post helpful? If so, you might want to check out our post on “Tech Terms You’ve Probably Heard But Make You Go Huh?”
Interested in learning more about how SkillGigs can help you or your team source, recruit, and hire top tech talent? Click here to submit your information and a SkillGigs account manager will reach out.Read More
Whenever you come across your dream job, it’s easy to find yourself wanting to apply right away and see if there’s a chance for something more to come out of it. Before doing so, a few things need to be done plunging into application process including pulling out your resume to make some much needed changes. For any job, you’ll be competing against a large sea of applicants who are all qualified. To stand out from everyone else, sprucing up your resume is the best bet.Read More
Whether you’re new in the tech industry or have been around for awhile, sometimes there are terms that come up in conversations and become a huge head scratcher. In those cases, you start combing the Internet for answers but get even confused with all the different definitions that you come across from your search. Have no fear – here are a few words that you can finally understand.Read More
June 14, 2016
A few weeks ago we released the Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report for Austin and after receiving a ton of positive feedback on the data we provided, we decided to followup with a Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report for the San Francisco Bay Area. The SkillGigs Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report, based on live marketplace data, includes salaryRead More
June 13, 2016
For those who want to be or are on the track to be a Ruby on Rails developer, here are some skills that are good to have as they are a part of the anatomy of a great Ruby on Rails Developer.Read More
Regardless of the job you are applying for, a cover letter is a must if you want to separate yourself from the pack. This is something we have all come to understand in our search to land our dream jobs, but what you may not be aware of is that all cover letters are not created equal and the layout should depend on your field. This is especially the case for tech talent whose job requirements are highly hard-skill oriented. As a tech professional, this means you have to find an impactful way to emphasize your abilities when job searching.Read More
June 3, 2016
One of the most important parts of a person’s “adulting” life is finding a job. No matter what it may be or how long it takes, there is a job for everyone. Depending on how you go about with your search, it can either make or break your potential employer prospects. To avoid a slump during the process, here are some mistakes you’re making that is hurting your chances.Read More
We understand…attracting top tech talent – a group that is high in demand but low in supply – to your company can be a struggle in today’s competitive market. At SkillGigs we are always thinking about ways to support our employers in their efforts to recruit and hire the best talent.Read More
When it comes to bringing people on to your team, you want to have the best and brightest minds that can move your company forward and help it grow. With an abundant amount of talent and many companies going after them, it’s safe to say that competition is stiff when it comes to recruiting. If you’re on a budget for recruitment, no need to fear – here are some ways to make your dollars stretch and bring invaluable talent.Read More
May 26, 2016
This week at SkillGigs, we released the Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report for the Austin Tech Market after Austin Business Journal reported that the unemployment rate in Austin has dropped to a 16-year low of 2.9%. The SkillGigs Tech Talent Salary Expectations Report, based on live marketplace data, includes salaryRead More
May 18, 2016
Has your Instagram feed been lacking good photos lately? Sure, it’s great to see selfies of your friends and pictures of places that you’ve always wanted to visit, but for tech lovers, here are some accounts that should check out.Read More
May 18, 2016
Hiring UI and UX designers can be a tricky process. In the tech industry, UI and UX designers are the core of the product team and play a crucial role in developing a company’s product while working closely together. Although they have similar titles, their roles are much different from one another and refer to different parts of the design process. UI stands for user-interface design and deals with how a product is laid out while UX is user-experience design and concerned with how a product feels.
To bring on the best designer on your team, here are some do’s and don’t’s that hiring managers adhere to:Read More
May 2, 2016
Since its beginning in 1984, TED is a nonprofit that is dedicated to spreading innovative ideas through powerful talks that covers a variety of topics – from science to business to global issues and much more within its global community. Many people have found TED Talks as inspiring and motivational when it comes to improving their personal and professional lives with the things that they learn. Here are some interesting TED Talks for people in tech or who love tech to get your brain thinking.Read More
April 25, 2016
We’re all life’s students – always learning something new each way that enriches us. For those who are in the startup world, you’re going to a lot of advice along the way to find ways to better their companies. If you’re in need of inspiration, these blogs are must-reads.Read More
April 22, 2016
Although being in tech is fun and rewarding for many people, it doesn’t stop bad days at work from happening and sometimes we all just need to take a moment to laugh. For those who need some cheering up or who are just in search of a good laugh, here are some funny tech videos that are sure to have you laughing hysterically. We hope you enjoy these as much as we did and cry a few tears of laughter!Read More
April 15, 2016
From recent tech graduates to those who are more seasoned with their work experience, being a part of the startup industry has had great appeal over these past few years. With a great culture that makes people love coming to work and amazing perks like free food, unlimited paid time off, annual company retreats, and much more, it’s not hard to believe how competitive it is among candidates with hundreds of new applications coming in daily.Read More
March 26, 2016
Hiring isn’t an easy task. As a hiring manager, recruiter, or boss, you have the responsibility of hiring top talent and finding a quality candidate who fits in with your team and excels at their work. The responsibility that falls on you is huge. The last thing you want is to hire someone who isn’t the right fit. Who doesn’t mesh with the team, isn’t qualified, or even worse… is the squeaky wheel that holds your team and company back.
We’ve shared countless top talent hiring top talent & interview tips, but we have yet to share our hiring secrets. The ones we hold close and have used to grow companies from single person teams to thousands of employees around the world.
We’re sharing them with you because we want YOU to have the success we’ve had. You deserve to hire people who are the PERFECT fit. It makes your job easier, moves your company forward, and makes your work environment enjoyable.
Keep these 5 Hiring Secrets top of mind as you’re hiring top talent and on the search for the perfect fit.Read More
March 18, 2016
If you’re reading this, you’re likely in one of two situations in life. The first is that you’re looking for a career path. You’re early in your education and need help making a decision of where you’d like to be in the future. If that’s you, keep reading! You’re going to love the entry level tech jobs listed below, they pay well and they’re fun.
For the rest of you who are reading this, you’re likely half way through the last semester of college and getting ready to start the infamous job search. This is it – the beginning of a new stage in your life. You need to make it a good one! It can be scary and daunting but doesn’t have to be.Read More
March 16, 2016
As you’re well aware, there has been a boom of small to medium businesses and enterprises due to the rise of technology and computer systems. Local businesses are expanding beyond their town, and Brick & Mortar shops have expanded their reach exponentially by taking their business online.
In the past, having a website was just a luxury, but nowadays, it has become a necessity for businesses to be successful. This is exactly why there is a growing demand for developers to build these online “homes” for businesses large and small but with a growth of demand in developers comes a growth of supply as well.
As you’ve probably noticed, just posting a job online yields a tremendous amount of applicants – which means it’s even more important to know how to filter through them and hire the right one. In this article, we’ll help you learn how to sort through the choices by bringing to light three common mistakes that business owners and recruiters make when interviewing developers:Read More
March 2, 2016
As you know, hiring top talent is not easy. Whether recruiting for a Fortune 500 or your own business, it’s important to focus on people who stick around. Not only will it help you and your team, it will also save you time and money in the future! The cost of an employee leaving and hiring a new replacement is expensive with all the different costs that come along with it.Read More
February 18, 2016
Competition is a normal part of doing business, especially if you’re in a hot industry. And we’re not talking about your product or service, but how you attract top talent, and keep all star employees. It all revolves around making them feel like they’re a part of something special. We’ve all heard and read the stories about these huge tech giants who have crazy perks in their offices. It seems most tech companies these days are trying to emulate that ‘cool’ factor in the workplace. And for good reason!
Plain and simple, company culture is important. It sets you apart from your competitors in terms of how job seekers perceive you as an employer. It gives your company an identity. Your reputation as an employer, which is heavily influenced by your company culture, helps potential candidates decide if they should even send in an application in the first place.
So what defines your company culture? Do you know your reputation as an employer? If not, you don’t have to look elsewhere. Sit down with your employees and talk to them. Learn about their wants and needs, and about their opinions of your company. Find out what they enjoy and what makes them want to stay. Also use this opportunity to discuss any complaints and points for improvement. Match what your employees say to the company’s goals, vision and brand persona.Read More
January 28, 2016
Okay, so this may seem like a pretty bold statement, but hear us out. When you’re hiring for your startup, you want people committed to your company. People who will stick around for the long haul and truly believe in what you’re doing. Not only will it propel your company forward faster, but it makes the workplace a better environment for everyone. Especially you!
So, when you’re hiring people and looking for the perfect candidate, here are a few signs you should look for in people to ensure they’re trying to land their dream job:Read More
January 21, 2016
The Great Wall of China was a massive and awesome structure that was created to keep China’s enemies away. But no matter how strong and fortified it was, it was still not enough to keep them at bay. Why? Because of the people who were tasked to guard it.
In the same way, no matter how strong and promising your startup is, your success or failure rests in the hands of the people who run it, and the team keeping it going. Though it will be mainly you and your partners calling the shots, the individuals on your team still contribute a lot to your potential success. This is why hiring is such an important (if not the most important) part of building your startup. You are selecting people who will eventually be the backbone of your company, so it is more than just finding people to do specific jobs and tasks.
In this article, we share 8 startup hiring tips that will help you find and land the best people for your startup.Read More
January 15, 2016
We’re 15 Days into the New Year and many people are beginning their job searching efforts as part of their new years resolution! January is the heaviest month for those who are either looking for higher pay, or just want to change their career so they’re actually working their Dream Job. The job that fulfills them, and isn’t just about the salary (which can be awesome), but is instead about how it makes them feel. However, there’s some good news, and there’s some bad news for the race to finding your dream job.
The good news is that the sea of job opportunities at awesome companies is abundant. Businesses at every scale are realizing they need to offer more than just a high salary to attract the top talent. So, they’re focusing on the people and the culture. Not only are companies becoming ‘cooler’ and offering undeniably awesome perks, but they are really investing in their employees through training and personal development opportunities. Pairing that with their drive to higher people who are the perfect fit, they’re fulfilling the essential “People” element of all successful companies.
The bad news however is that as a job seeker, you are up against an army of other people who are likely just as qualified as you for the dream job. Making it even more critical for you to be on the top of your game. So, if you have special talents in any of the following skills, you can being job searching with confidence knowing you are a hot item:Read More
January 7, 2016
The tech talent hiring process isn’t easy, especially when you get hit by the fatigue brought about by its repetitiveness. A position opens, you post an opening, applicants express intent, candidates are screened until you fill the position. If your company isn’t great at retention, you will find yourself repeating the same process more often. A process that can be expensive, time consuming and in the end will hold your business back. To avoid this, it is important that you hire the right people. These people are the Rockstar employees your company needs to be able to function at the best of its capacity, while keeping your workplace a great place to enjoy for the long-term.
If you feel you’re continually hiring the wrong people, it’s likely because your process isn’t where it needs to be. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. That’s what Albert Einstein called insanity (Yeah, we know you know that quote). It’s time to change things up.Read More
December 17, 2015
The cover letter is too often overlooked. It’s more than just a letter to fill space, and it’s more than just your resume written in sentence form. The cover letter gives you a voice, a personality, and the opportunity to narrate and address a person directly. Elements that cannot be achieved by static and bulleted information on your resume. So it is wise to make an effort to have an awesome cover letter. Who knows, in a competitive market where a number of applicants are as good as you, the decision on who to invite for an interview may just come down to your cover letter. To help, here are 5 tips you can use to make your cover letter count.Read More
December 11, 2015
SkillGigs, the online auction-style job marketplace, today released its Tech Talent Salary Report for California. The report includes salary expectations for some of the top paying and most highly sought-after tech jobs in the state, such as Full Stack Developers and Python Developers. The data has been collected from Skill Listings in SkillGigs that list salary expectations. The data comes directly from the talent in the SkillGigs marketplace to gauge the salary expectations in California.
“California is a highly competitive and tough market to find talent. The unemployment rate for the tech sector is less than three percent, which means top companies are battling for the best talent,” said Kashif Aftab, CEO and Co-founder of SkillGigs. “That means it is even more important for employers to have a clear understanding of salary expectations.”Read More
December 8, 2015
When browsing your local bookstore, what makes you decide what to get? Like most people, you turn to the back cover and read what the book is about. Based on that short summary, you consider if the book is worth the listed price. Will it be worth the time you invest reading it? What will you get out of finishing that book? All these questions arise just by reading a few sentences. And usually, it’s not enough to have a good and captivating summary. It has to stand out and be better than the other summaries you read just seconds ago.
Obviously, you already know that the analogy above refers to you as the job seeker. You are the book, and your resume is the summary on which the reader, or the employer, will make a decision about you, so your back cover summary should count. It will make a difference between getting that interview invitation, or you being stuck at your current job, or even worse, unemployed.
To keep you ahead of the game, the following resume tips are not so obvious, and are commonly overlooked by job seekers.Read More
December 5, 2015
HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SkillGigs, the online auction-style job marketplace, today announced the launch of SkillGigs Newsroom, a centralized location for companies to discover the most up-to-date technology news and both macro and regional specific hiring trends. Companies struggling to find the right talent can use the SkillGigs Newsroom as a resource to gain insight into what it takes to discover and retain the right talent to move their company forward.
“With the unemployment rate in the technology sector at just three percent, finding the right talent can be difficult. We created the SkillGigs Newsroom to help businesses learn how to not only find the right talent, but to also create a powerful culture to attract the talent and keep them for the long haul,” said SkillGigs CEO and Co-Founder Kashif Aftab.
The SkillGigs Newsroom is not only for recruiters, but also caters to job seekers looking to land their dream job. It has information about resumes, interview skills, and salary expectations.Read More
December 3, 2015
Do you trust bad advertising? When the product isn’t clear or it looks like it wasn’t made well? It’s likely you just tune it out, and ignore it. Not only will it make you not want to buy the product, it also gives you a negative opinion on that brand. That’s what hiring managers feel when they come across resumes that just… aren’t good. They tend to tune it out, whether they want to or not, and the resume is not considered, regardless of the qualifications of the candidate. We’ve seen it happen too often, to good people.
That’s why we’ve compiled 5 common resume mistakes you should avoid in order to make sure that your skills and achievements are given the attention they are due.Read More
December 1, 2015
Recruitment is more than just finding a person to fill a job. It’s selecting someone who will contribute to your company’s goals, and someone who you would be willing to invest time and effort in. A lot rides on your selection, so it’s not to be taken lightly. Mistakes happen and that’s normal. The difference with recruitment is that mistakes at this stage of the employment process may have an impact in the long run, and in the bigger picture – but may be harder to remedy as time passes. To help, stay clear of these 10 mistakes to avoid during the recruitment process:Read More
November 24, 2015
The Holiday season is here and with budgets uncertain for the next year, job hunting may be a challenge for many. Here are a few job interview tips to help you make the best of every interview opportunity:
Researching the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company’s needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself in the interview.Read More
November 20, 2015
Onboarding is more than just a new hire’s first day of work where he or she is oriented on the company’s culture, the job’s specific functions and where the bathroom is. The new hire starts to form an impression of the company and his colleagues and starts to imagine himself or herself in this new position, long term. And in that moment, if a negative impression is formed, he or she may already start forming the idea of how long he or she will stay in that job before resigning. Onboarding can make or break that employee’s retention, how they will work and eventually, it will have an effect on your company and its output.
As they say, first impressions last. This is why we have 5 tips to make the most out of onboarding at your company.Read More
November 10, 2015
SkillGigs, the online job search marketplace, today announced the general availability of their resume and recruiting technology platform for technology job seekers for Austin, TX. SkillGigs will make available the 3D resume and skill listings for job seekers and Robo Recruiter for employers.
SkillGigs is attracting A-list talent in the Austin area amidst mounting challenges faced by employers. These challenges include a tightening job market and competitive benefits packages to lure away top talent from other destination cities around the U.S. SkillGigs solves these issues with two key technologies: Skill Radar – turning passive job seekers (those that are currently employed) into active job seekers and Robo Recruiter – matching the exact needs of an employer with the talents and expertise of the job seeker. This strategy will help companies throughout central Texas maximize return on their recruitment spend, while offering the best experience for job seekers.Read More
November 5, 2015
When one of your employees express intent to resign, “why?” would usually be the first question. This can be asked casually or in a formal exit interview, but the question is quite broad. It’s likely there are multiple reasons behind the decision, and it’s difficult to answer such a general question.
As a Human Resources manager, you want to use this opportunity to learn the reasons behind their decision in the hopes of finding a way to better retain current employees. Instead of just asking “why?”, here are 4 specific questions we recommend asking to get a concise answer while at the same time knowing more about your company through the eyes of your employees.Read More
October 29, 2015
Self-promotion when looking for a job is usually something aspiring candidates struggle with. Everyone wants to present the best about themselves in the hopes of being the frontrunner for a vacancy. At the same time, candidates tread carefully in their resumes and interviews so as not to come across as bragging and self-absorbed. Unfortunately, holding back on self-promotion to uphold a certain image may backfire in the end. In reality, it’s important to think about self promotion, especially as you’re on the job hunt to land your dream job.Read More
October 22, 2015
No one is perfect. As a hiring manager, you’re susceptible to hiring mistakes when selecting a qualified candidate for a specific job. The concern is, hiring mistakes are not easily correctable. When you realize that a mistake has been made, it may be too late. Your company may have already invested time and money on hiring the wrong person. What’s worse, you may have hired the correct person but because of some things which were overlooked during the hiring process, you were not able to keep that person for long.
We’ve listed the top ten hiring mistakes, in the hopes that it will help hiring managers make more informed and better decisions.Read More
October 13, 2015
What are your skills, experience and expertise worth in the current market? A question that’s not always easily answered in a constantly fluctuating market with countless variables coming into play. That said, knowing your Real Market Value (RMV) will help you not only get paid fairly, but have more leverage when negotiating a salary that may help land you your dream job, or get paid more at your current one. On one side, you don’t want to leave money on the table, but on the other you don’t want to look silly by over valuing yourself. Which can likely cost you the job all together.
Think of it this way. You are essentially an entrepreneur, and your employer is your client. Like any other business, you want to get paid as much as you’re worth. You do this by offering high-quality service and delivering it at a competitive price worthy of the value you’re providing. With that, you have to know what the going rate is for your service in your market so you aren’t underpaid.
The question is, how do you determine your Real Market Value?
In short, you need to understand how many job openings there are in your field versus how many potential candidates are available. For example, when looking for certain jobs where unemployment rate is low (tech jobs), your value will be higher. On the other hand, this also gives you room for negotiating power at your current job, so you aren’t underpaid.
Here are a few ways you can determine your RMV…Read More
October 9, 2015
With the ever growing demand for top IT Talent, companies (large and small) are battling it out to hire the best of the best. Unfortunately, the supply of top tier talent isn’t growing as fast as the demand, making the hunt even more competitive.
So, if you’re one of those companies having troubles finding and recruiting top talent because you either can’t afford it, aren’t doing it right, or just can’t find them – here are our top 10 tips to help you source and recruit top IT talent lock in that all-star team member:Read More
October 7, 2015
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last 20 years, we all know that California is a tech industry hub. What you may not know is that it is a tech industry hub that is facing a drought. And no, I’m not talking about the water drought. We’re talking about the tech talent drought.
It’s impacting companies of all sizes throughout the country, but more specifically the California region where so many companies in the tech industry are headquartered. It’s a serious issue that even executives like Mark Zuckerberg recognize and are desperately seeking a solution for.
Our CEO, Kashif Aftab, recognized the need, which is why he set off to create our action style job search marketplace that converts passive talent into active job seekers, all on our platform.Read More
October 2, 2015
The 3D Resume builder for tech talent is a next generation personal branding tool that helps you tell you professional story in a visually impactful way, making it easy for you to get hired.
Our 3D Resume is packed with benefits and features that ensures companies no longer have to dig through your resume to determine that you are the perfect match for the job. By highlighting your skills, strengths, and expertise throughout your career in a new way, you position yourself to land your dream job quicker.
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September 23, 2015
“Where do I begin?”
Those sentiments express our most prominent thought when it comes to taking action and trying to land that dream job. All the details of the dream may be worked out, except for that pesky part of how to start down the path. Of course it is one foot in front of the other. Of course it is one step at a time. But what is the first one? And how many are there? It leaves us feeling paralyzed and helpless.
While the pursuit of every job looks different, some personal development along the way always looks the same. So while some of the steps along the path here may not be as practical as you’d like, these life changes and ‘aha’ moments are vital checkpoints in the journey to your dream job:Read More
September 17, 2015
Generally, good things come to those who wait. While this principle is true, it is nice to find ways to decrease the waiting period, especially when it comes to getting hired. So what are some keys to getting hired fast? Below we’ll discuss four job searching tips that can help speed up the job search process:
You must think of writing a resume as marketing yourself. After finding potential jobs, devote some time to finding out the precise skill set and experience they are looking for. Then tailor your resume in order to showcase how you have the proper skills, experience, and results. This allows you to market yourself in a way that appeals more to their needs, making the proposition of hiring you more attractive to them.Read More
September 15, 2015
It is perhaps the most awkward time during a job interview: the time where the interviewer asks you if you have any questions. In all your preparation for answering their questions, pondering what questions to direct toward them wasn’t even on the radar. So, what do you do? Do you clam up? (No…not a good idea) Do you blurt the first lame question that pops into your head? (No…worse idea than clamming up)
What you do is learn from those awkward times and brainstorm some good questions to ask the interviewer. By asking good questions you:
Here are some broad categories accompanied by specific examples to guide you when brainstorming what questions to ask. You’ll notice that there is a lot of overlap, but that’s okay. It means you’re touching on multiple facets at once, which is a good thing. Think about:Read More
September 10, 2015
They say you can determine if someone is the right fit for the job in the first 15 seconds of the interview, however this interview question will really seal the deal for you:
“What is your story?”
Really, that’s the question?! Yes. Think about it. A person’s story tells you who they are at their core, what makes them tick. Granted, you will not get to know the person you are interviewing as well as their mother during a five-minute answer. Instead, you’ll get a glimpse into the background, circumstances, and events that made this person who they are and what brought them to this point.Read More
August 27, 2015
Voting for the 2016 SXSW PanelPicker is closing soon, and we need your help! You could make this an experience of a lifetime for us, and an opportunity for inspiration and growth for others.Read More
Your company is growing. More clients are using your services and are happy with your product. Now it is time to expand and hire new employees.
But wait just a minute. How many new employees can you actually afford? There are a number of costs to finding and employing a new worker besides simply paying their salary. Wisdom dictates that you count the cost before hiring more people than you can financially handle. Do not negate your growth by over-hiring.
Below is a list of expenses for new employees that must be considered before making a hire:Read More
July 30, 2015
In some ways, an interview is like espionage. You have to read the person you are interviewing to determine whether they are friend or foe. Of course they will put their best foot forward for you in the interview room, so you must find out whether that foot is genuine or whether it is deceptive.
Properly detecting the “real” person you are hiring is essential. Hiring someone who turns out to be a poor worker has repercussions on many different levels within the company. So how can bad hires be avoided? Avoid hiring mistakes by keeping an eye out for these red flags:Read More
July 23, 2015
You want the best people out there to work for your business/company. While this is the ideal, it is at times difficult to find great talent. Perhaps the some recent hires have not panned out as expected. It would be nice if there were a quick guide to sailing through the treacherous waters of the hiring process to landing on the shore of high quality employees. With that said, here are some helpful tips on how to hire great people for your company:Read More
July 21, 2015
You’ve been job hunting for months and you’re getting no where. You’ve applied to countless job postings, re-wrote your resume 15 times, and even tried online training, but no one’s biting! To top it off, the jobs you’re applying for aren’t even your dream job. So what do you do? Did you know there is a secret formula to finding the perfect job?
The truth is that with the right tools, including our revolutionary secret formula, you can in fact land that job you’ve always wanted.
So finally we are telling all, and letting our secret formula out of the box so we can help out the masses. The formula is simple yet highly effective, and it goes like this:Read More
July 9, 2015
A dream job. We all wish we had one. So why don’t many of us? There are countless reasons, that are totally in your control. So our goal is to help you see the light. To help you take that first step to actually pursuing, and obtaining your dream job. Here are a few pitfalls many people run in to, and how you can move past them:
Deep down, we all want to be comfortable. We may talk big about pursuing our dreams, but when we think of all the steps required to actually achieving that vision, we decide it’s easier to stay with the status quo. It’s more comfortable to keep things as they are than to stir the pot. After all, Netflix binging is pretty fun, right? Calling it a day after your shift is over allows you to “do whatever you want” – at the expense of what you want.Read More
Can’t seem to nail the interview? Feel like you have all the right qualifications but keep bombing the ever so daunting face-to-face interview with your dream employer? Not to worry. Here are 10 reasons you’re likely bombing the interview, and what you can do about it.Read More
June 30, 2015
If you want to hire top talent it can be a consuming process. Seriously, it can take forever if you don’t have a game plan in place. Time, money and commitment are all needed to hire top talent, and if it’s not done properly, can be more of a burden than anything. That said, we’d venture to say it’s one of, if not the most, important parts of owning and growing a successful business.
You need to get your hiring process right the first time around. With the pressure of finding the perfect employee comes a hefty investment. Not only do you need to get the word out there about your opening, but you need to source candidates and go through all the legal stuff to bring them on board.Read More
June 18, 2015
Let’s face it, recruiting and hiring good people, actually great people, can be a challenge — and it’s getting more difficult by the day. With the growing opportunities to work for awesome startups or build your own business around sustaining freelance gigs, skilled employees are hard to come by and even harder to retain. Not to mention, unemployment for IT professionals is at 3%, which means it’s nearly impossible to find a top talent IT professional. Now more than ever it’s important for companies to hire a lean team that is motivated, engaged, creative, and driven.
So, how do you hire an All-Star Employee in the 21st century? We’ll tell you one thing, it’s not by going to a job fair or posting on Craig’s List. This is the new age, and you need a new age system that adapts to the times.Read More
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