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.  Continue reading “How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?””

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.

For an in-depth view of the 13 Top Recruiting Trends of 2019, click here to listen to our podcast.

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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.  Continue reading “11 Tips For Hiring Software Developers”

Tell Me About Yourself, Not Your Life Story November 1, 2018

Tell Me About Yourself, Not Your Life Story

“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)”

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?”