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When an employee leaves your company, it is in your best interest to help this person with their transition from their job at your company. Whether they are being fired for performance/behavior, downsized for financial reasons or leaving the company voluntarily, “offboarding” the people who work for you will be…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
3 weeks ago Categories: Share

Testing candidates for cultural fit during the job interview is essential for making good hires who are likely to have a long tenure at your company. Unlike hard and soft skills, cultural fit isn’t something that can be trained after someone is hired. Forcing hires who don’t fit with your…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
4 weeks ago Categories: Share

Maternity and paternity leave are being offered by an increasing number of companies that want to demonstrate their commitment to supporting their employees and their families. Though the number of women using these benefits (273,00/month) has not increased between 1994 and 2015, the number of men utilizing paternity leave has…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

You know that person who makes your workday uncomfortable, stressful, hard, weird, scary, annoying, distracted and/or depressing? Yeah, that person. They are what is known as a toxic employee and, no matter what their issue seems to be, you are probably feeling the effects of their problem personality every time…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 months ago Categories: Share

Employee referral programs are a great way to make your employees happy and a great way to attract talented people to your company. Your referral program can build a culture based on productive business connections and respect for the abilities of one’s peers, but only if your employees are engaged…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 months ago Categories: Share

It’s no secret that employee retention is important for the success of a company. The cost of sourcing, interviewing, hiring, training and guiding a new employee add up to a significant portion of their salary, but some companies take very few steps to ensure that their investment in a new…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
3 months ago Categories: Share

Finding a good programmer is hard, but hiring a bad programmer… well that can be much worse. They say a good programmer (on average) is as productive as 5 average programmers. And a bad programmer can cause projects to implode, be delayed or become stagnant. Determining the true cost of a…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
3 months ago Categories: Share

Employee satisfaction survey tools may come with various guarantees but, no matter how much you spend on a satisfaction survey tool, getting positive results from one of these tools has as much to do with you, as it does with the program. Ultimately, if you don’t do anything with the…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
4 months ago Categories: Share

You’re not supposed to talk about politics in the workplace, but someone has got to talk about politics in the workplace. Even if your employees have no opinion on the 2016 election, the fallout from this election is weighing on more and more Americans by the day. Along with a…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
4 months ago Categories: Share

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. Ronny Cheng VP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of Digital Astronauts and has helped drive lead generation…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
5 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
5 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
6 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
6 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
6 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
6 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
7 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
7 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
7 months ago Categories: Share

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,…

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Posted by: Abigail Thomas
7 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
8 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Ways to Motivate New Employees

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
8 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
8 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

Hiring Manager Satisfaction Survey Question Templates 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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
9 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
9 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
9 months ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
10 months ago Categories: Share

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,…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
10 months ago Categories: Share

How to Hire a Recruiter

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
10 months ago Categories: Share

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,…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
10 months ago Categories: Share

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,…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

Ruby is a programming language created by Yukihiro Matsumoto that uses the software library of Rails. There are many definitions of it that are thrown around, but to keep it as simple as possible, Ruby on Rails is a development tool that provides a framework for web developers to write…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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 salary Ronny Cheng…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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. Ronny Cheng…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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,…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
1 year ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

8 Hiring Tips For Startups

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…

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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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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….

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

  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. Ronny Cheng VP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

How To Hire Top Talent

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…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

Traditional ways of hiring top tech talent are so outdated. Time and money are just not on your side with your current recruiting methods. No matter what you do, it seems like that perfect candidate is nowhere to be found. Here are two of the main reasons why you feel it’s…

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Posted by: Ronny Cheng
2 years ago Categories: Share

Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of SkillGigs: your next-generation job finding and hiring experience and the first 24/7 auction-style, online job marketplace focused on the IT sector (for now). For the past two years, we have been perfecting an evolutionary search and matching technology that speeds up…

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Posted by: Kashif Aftab
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