The Real Reason You Haven’t Heard Back: Beat the ATS September 28, 2018

The Real Reason You Haven’t Heard Back: Beat the 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 research performed by Skillgigs, approximately 50% 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 “The Real Reason You Haven’t Heard Back: Beat the 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

Your friends are probably great, but now that we have your attention – let’s talk about your professional friends. For instance – do you have any? 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. Continue reading “Where Can you Automate Your Hiring Process?”

3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them September 14, 2018

3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them

“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” – Denis Waitley

You have the right skills, extensive professional experience, and a completed project list that could fill several pages. What’s really stopping you from getting the most out of your career every day? That little voice inside your head could be your biggest fan – but most times it’s our toughest critic. These criticisms often lead us into what we refer to as career traps. With over 59 million hits on Google, it’s clear that “career trap” is not only a real thing but also a widely discussed topic in the professional environment. Authors from major publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today have all weighed in with their insight on this trending topic of career interest, but our favorite comes from author Sarah Canaday. In her article “Common Career Traps of Top Performers,” she concisely explains 4 career traps most professionals face at some point during their career and offers quick bullet points of ways to avoid each trap. These articles tackling this complex and frequently-experienced phenomenon, specifically from Canaday, inspired us to offer our own take on the subject. Keep reading for what career traps to look out for and ways to avoid them.  Continue reading “3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them”

Pros & Cons of AI Recruitment

Pros & Cons of AI Recruitment

Artificial Intelligence has breached its way from sci-fi movies into our everyday lives. It’s in your social media, your phone and even in your work. As an HR professional, AI is a new and hot topic that industry leaders are using and if you don’t have an opinion about it yet, allow us to help you understand the pros and cons of AI, based on our employer usage. Continue reading “Pros & Cons of AI Recruitment”

3 Reasons You Should Consider New Job Offers September 6, 2018

3 Reasons You Should Consider New Job Offers

Whether you’ve been with your current employer for one year, five years, or 20 years, the assumption that passively looking for new career opportunities is somehow disloyal is arguably very outdated. In fact, we find a large percentage of our talent users consider themselves “passive job seekers,” meaning they are open to new career opportunities, but they aren’t actively searching for and applying to new positions. In this personal anecdote from The Muse, Caribou Honig, founding partner of QED Investors, writes that job security can’t be guaranteed and that this sort of job security can’t depend on company size or reputation, but only on your personal, “marketable skills” and “passion to deliver results.” Keeping an ear to the “job market” ground isn’t out of disloyalty to your current employer, but out of respect for yourself as a talented professional.

If you’re interested in continuing your job search, keep reading for the 3 reasons you should be open to new job offers and opportunities as a passive job seeker. Who knows – Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.

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The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills August 30, 2018

The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills

We know how talented you are – but are you really making the most out of your skill listing on Skillgigs?

Whether you’re part of our awesome (and growing) talent squad using Skillgigs to browse new opportunities every day, you’re new to the tech industry and curious about which skills to invest your time, or if you’re not* on Skillgigs and trying to figure out what skill-set can impact your application positively during your job-search, we want to give you the insider look at our 7 most-searched technical skills on our platform.  (*If you’re not on Skillgigs already – what are you waiting for?!! – Sign up today!)

Read more to about what high-demand skills of yours are most searched!  Continue reading “The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills”

4 Methods to Determine Recruitment ROI August 24, 2018

4 Methods to Determine Recruitment ROI

Within the HR space, we see all levels of professionals face the same challenges when it comes to finding talent and doing this cost-effectively.

From an entry level recruiter to the Director of Human Resources, everyone makes the choice to try new methods and new tools to make their recruitment quicker and bring down the cost per hire.

Of course, with those choices, comes risk!

“How do I know I can make the hire within a reasonable time frame, if I am paying for LinkedIn Recruiter?” and “What is the ROI if I pay this amount of money to Indeed?”

And of course,

“Do I calculate cost per hire based on actual hires? Or are there other methods to measure the ROI on my recruitment tools?”

These are all questions us HR professionals need to ask ourselves, as we evaluate the success of our hiring and the make decision to use a tool, long-term. And with that, HR Tech has advanced significantly over the years, making our metrics that much more complicated.

Since this territory comes with a lot of “what if’s?” and not as many guarantees as we like, here are our methods for considering cost-per-hire and how to avoid becoming “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish” with your recruitment. Continue reading “4 Methods to Determine Recruitment ROI”