How Startups Recruit and Retain Top Talent March 28, 2019

How Startups Recruit and Retain Top Talent

While big names and industry giants cloud over the tech world, startups have found their own way to attract top talent.

Startups typically can’t provide the extravagant benefits package and generous salary offers, so how do they stay in the race for recruiting, hiring, and retaining top engineers and developers in their field? Most startups know these strategies can noticeably improve their recruitment efforts.

The need for software developers is only expected to grow as more and more companies adopt more technical avenues for doing business. The internet has opened the door for smaller businesses to make names for themselves, but it’s also created a dire need for web and app developers that only continues to grow. Startups, now more than ever, have to put their best foot forward if they want to attract and retain the best and brightest, likely leaning toward the bigger names in tech like Apple, Google, or Facebook. So just how can startups compete in this robust market? Continue reading “How Startups Recruit and Retain Top Talent”


Beat the Resume ATS September 28, 2018

Beat the Resume ATS

You read a job description, you see all the ways you would be a perfect fit for the position and for the company, and you do what any logical person would do – you apply!

You submit your resume accompanied by an extensive list of project examples and references – you think to yourself “man, I have this job in the bag!” Next thing you know – they didn’t call or email you back! And if they did, it was only to tell you they went with someone else!

Unbelievable, right? Unfortunately, it’s a situation even the most qualified professionals face. How can that be? You can thank modern technology for that. Companies across just about every industry use what’s called the ATS, or otherwise known as the Application Tracking System. In fact, according to a study performed by Capterra, approximately 75% of large companies use this parsing system. So what exactly does that mean? – A human being is not reading your resume. We know how bad you want to get that job, so keep reading for our 3 hacks to beat the bots.  Continue reading “Beat the Resume ATS”


Your Fight for Top Talent

Your Fight for Top Talent

Today, we are exploring the 1 thing on all recruiter’s minds:

“How do I win and get the talent that everyone wants?”

Frankly speaking, the battle for hiring top tech talent is a bloodbath.

These potential employees make all the difference to your company, and having the right strategies under your belt will attract the best talent and help you win the fight for top talent.

So, what helps you win? After some extensive research on the interests of talented baby boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials, we found the target market for employment ALL have high expectations for their work environment and companies can’t expect to win them over without updating their tactics.

Without further ado, keep reading for 4 reasons to up your employee motivation strategies in order to WIN THE FIGHT FOR TOP TALENT.

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3 Ways Networking Can Lead to Promotion September 21, 2018

3 Ways Networking Can Lead to Promotion

How social are you at the office? It could make a bigger difference than you think.

Across every industry, the importance of professional connections remains the same. Whether you work for a trendy tech startup, or for an established corporate giant, it’s always going to be about who you know.

The relationships you build throughout your career have the potential to carry you all the way to the top of your field – and faster than with hard skills alone. Think about where you want to be in five years. Now think about where you want to be in ten years – or even twenty years. If at any point in your timeline you see yourself in a position better than your current role, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there. So if you’re spending your time hiding behind a monitor for 8 hours a day, we have three reasons you should visit the water cooler more often (so to speak). Keep reading for 3 ways building professional relationships can lead to a promotion or better career opportunities.  Continue reading “3 Ways Networking Can Lead to Promotion”


Where Can You Automate Your Hiring Process?

Where Can You Automate Your Hiring Process?

The future is here and the future is now.

Automation and AI within the hiring and HR space are top trending topics that are being used within our very own industry.

Within the past couple of years, these tools that once helped with recurring tasks and workflows have advanced exceedingly.

Allowing them too efficiently and effectively help with all parts of your recruiting and hiring process. Roy Maurer of Society for Human Resource Management states, “Recruiting automation can be found at all stages of the hiring process, from candidate sourcing and engagement, through scheduling and interviewing, to final selection.” As an HR team discovering these tools can be an intimidating task. However, understanding and utilizing these new technologies pave a way for a proactive pipeline of your hiring process. Read more for 4 ways you can automate your hiring process.

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3 Fundamental Reasons Companies Fail to Attract Top Talent August 17, 2018

Fail may seem like a harsh term, but it’s time to face the cold hard facts.

According to the CBRE report in “Scoring Tech Talent in North America 2018,” places like San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, WA, (two of our biggest client markets, by the way) are scored as the top-ranked tech talent markets. Yet, both these hubs experience something referred to as “brain gain,” which means they are creating more jobs than there is tech talent available. *(Read more about the tech talent market reports and research from CBRE here).

So how do recruiters from these ‘brain gain” locations get away from this classic supply & demand conundrum? Here are our 3 fundamental reasons companies fail to attract top talent AND how they can fix it.

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The 6 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Personal Brand

The 6 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Personal Brand

We’ve been all about your personal brand lately because even though in this day and age makes the job seeking experience virtually (pun intended) robotic, there’s nothing more valuable than the soul behind the brand.

This past month, we brought you 4 Personal Branding Tips You Should Be Using and How To Stand Out in a Tech Interview because we know everyone is asking the question, “How can I be the best me for this job interview?” This week, we want to draw a clear line between the Do’s and Don’ts of self-promotion, so you can achieve confidence, but not over-confidence. Continue reading “The 6 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Personal Brand”


4 Personal Branding Tips You Should Be Using August 10, 2018

4 Personal Branding Tips You Should Be Using

Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon said, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”

Have you ever thought that the post you shared, retweeted, or even double tapped has an effect on your personal brand? Or, have you considered sharing your skills and role responsibilities outside of your resume?  Digital presence and how you share your brand are on a completely different level this year! Making an effort to identify and strengthen your personal brand is what puts you ahead of the game when competing for some of the most premier gigs in the country.

Since your skills and position in the market are our top priority, here are 4 tips for creating and maintaining your personal brand.  

1 Education – Even outside of the classroom

According to John Hall in his featured Forbes article states, “A key factor in building a successful brand is being truly educated.” By reading this blog, you’ve already taken initiative in educating yourself!

Education comes in all shapes and sizes! While traditional schooling is always great to have in your arsenal, there are other ways to stand out at that next interview. Research the industry and field you are in to help you keep a pulse on the most current technologies, skills, and trends.

2 Go Digital

You know the world you live in is almost completely online. Take advantage of the resources at your fingertips! If you care about something in particular, especially related to your career, tell the world! Many Skillgigs-Talent users often share their GitHub or LinkedIn profiles within their 3D resume, optimizing their visibility and to establishing their personal brands more effectively.

Simple tasks such as leaving a comment on a cool new app that or sharing an update about a company’s latest news helps your potential colleagues and employers to understand your brand, career goals, and knowledge for the industry.

As stated in this article from Entrepreneur, “an HR rep comparing two candidates is more likely to select the one that has lots of high-quality content online.”

3 Harness the Power of a Personal Brand

So you know where to look for content and maybe even how to share it, but do you know how to really make it your own? HBR suggested an awesome narrative idea in their article, “How Women Can Develop And Promote Their Personal Brand, ” on how to really understand your story and – even better – how to put it into words! The simple exercise of writing out each job you’ve had over your career and drawing connections between each is a super fun and easy way to write a summary of what you really excel at and enjoy doing. Within just a few minutes of your time, you have mastered the intro to your very own personal brand.

4 All Good Things Take Time
Building your personal brand takes time. One or 2 random posts every week or so probably won’t shed too much light on your personal brand to you or anyone else.

Talent in the Skillgigs marketplace often find themselves signing up as just the first step in the process of landing the perfect job. The second, third, and fourth steps are what help them evolve their personal brand through a skill density analysis, 1 on 1 coaching from our talent advocates, career reflection and the many other resources available to the talent.

While the process is fairly quick, it does deserve enough time for you to feel confident and fully aware of your brand.


To Be or Not To Be(zos): Are You Recruiting Like Amazon? August 9, 2018

To Be or Not To Be(zos): Are You Recruiting Like Amazon?

Just exactly how difficult is the hiring process at Amazon? We’ll let you decide.

Over the last five years, Jeff Bezos hiring strategy has been one of the most talked about topics. With writers from Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Fast Company adding to the multitude of articles covering the fascinating process, we thought we would take a deeper look at (1) how Amazon uses “bar-raisers” to recruit new personnel and (2) list off the pros and cons of using this extensive recruiting process.

Read more to find out if this tech-giant’s recruiting strategy is right for you. 

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Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2 July 27, 2018

Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2

According to Inc.com in “8,800 Hiring Authorities Weighted In. Here Are the Top 5 New Interviewing Trends,” interviews continue to change with the times, as new and specific skill sets are in high demand.  Last year, in our blog, “9 Essential Tips to Stand Out in a Tech Interview,” we said what everyone is thinking – standing out in tech is kind of an oxymoron and in 2018, this statement holds true! Skillgigs is still on your side and we want to help you navigate through one of the most intimidating parts of the career change process. With that said – Here Is Your Guide to Standing Out In A Tech Interview: Part 2 Continue reading “Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2”