How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?” November 30, 2018

How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?”

“Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” – George Herbert

In just about every interview you have, past or future, there are certain topics you can just expect to come up in conversation. “What are some of your strengths?” is no exception. We’ve covered how to prepare your elevator pitch and how to answer it’s counterpart (What is your greatest weakness?), now we’re continuing this theme to prepare you for your next possible interview question.

Just off the top of your head, what are your professional strengths? How would you answer this question if an interviewer asked you this? Why does it feel awkward talking about your strengths?

The natural hesitation you feel probably comes with this internal thought: How do I answer this without coming off too braggy? The key is preparation and delivery

So how exactly does this play out? We have a simple 2-step process to tackling this tricky question.

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13 Top Recruiting Trends of 2019 [Infographic] November 21, 2018

13 Top Recruiting Trends of 2019 [Infographic]

As the next year approaches and 2018 comes to an end, new recruiting trends and best practices are a must for 2019.

We are seeing 13 recruiting trends that employers are implementing in the fight for top talent.

The way that companies recruit has shifted 365 degrees. Candidates have more leverage than ever before, causing a disruption in the HR recruiting industry. The market is 90% candidate driven, so the time is now to rethink your recruitment strategy for 2019.

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3 Creative Recruitment Strategies November 9, 2018

3 Creative Recruitment Strategies

“You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.” – John Romero

Whether you’re in the market for new developers, programmers, or something totally unrelated, your recruitment strategy can only benefit from getting creative with your methods.

Taking the time to explore new options outside of simple job postings could be the difference between recruiting the bare minimum and recruiting your star players.  Read more to get creative with your recruiting strategy. Continue reading “3 Creative Recruitment Strategies”


11 Tips For Hiring Software Developers November 2, 2018

11 Tips For Hiring Software Developers

If you are in the position to hire a Software Developer for your company, you know this is one of the most critical roles to fill and can have a huge impact on the progression of business.

Glassdoor reported last year that it takes 120 candidates to make 1 Engineering hire. Software Developer jobs are very tedious to recruit for and can be frustrating at times…but making the right hire is the most important thing you can do as a hiring manager.

To take the load off your shoulders and guide you through this tedious process, here are 11 tips for hiring a software developer.

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How To Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” November 1, 2018

How To Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”

“Tell us about yourself.”

“Tell me something about yourself.”

“Let’s start by hearing a little more about you.”

There’s one basic interview question that employers will always love starting out with – “Tell me about yourself.” 

Do you have an answer for it? If it includes anything about your personal life, it’s time to rethink your interviewing strategy.

As one of the most popular interview questions in the history of meeting people, it’s no surprise that this simple conversation starter sets up a very quick screening process for the interviewer. For some reason, as a species, we tend to avoid conversations that involve us talking, or even bragging, about ourselves. Why is that? This instinctual response leads us into a frenzy when the question is asked, leaving us completely blank – or worse – talking about irrelevant information. Hiring managers can quickly sort out serious candidates just based on how you respond to the very first question! Don’t worry – your favorite career sidekick, Skillgigs, has a simple one-two-three formula for answering this dreaded question like a pro. Keep reading for how to answer “tell me about yourself.”

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How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One) October 26, 2018

How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One)

“Do I really need a cover letter?”

“All of my experience is listed in my resume.

“As long as they check out my application, there’s no way they would pass up on someone with my experience.” 

Sound familiar? If it sounds like a conversation you’ve had with yourself, keep reading for how this train of thought is derailing your career.  Continue reading “How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One)”


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.

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Where Can You Automate Your Hiring Process? September 21, 2018

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.

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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”