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April 17th, 2014

The 5 Secrets to Building an Effective Relationship with Your IT Recruiter

As a talented IT professional, it’s likely you hear from your fair share of technical recruiters.  With so many different recruiters out there all looking for the best IT talent, sometimes it can be hard to tell the recruiters that have your best interest at heart versus the ones that don’t (but check out our blog, “4 Signs You’ve Found the Right IT Recruiter” to find out if you have a good one!).  Once you find that right (or a few right) recruiters to work with, it’s important to build a strong relationship with them.  Doing so will only help you more easily find future positions for your ongoing IT career.

However, what can you do specifically to make sure that your IT recruiter thinks of you first on the next job opening they have?  Check out our 5 secrets below that will help you build a strong and effective relationship with your IT recruiter. Read the rest of this entry »


March 11th, 2014

When You Should Switch Your IT Staffing Provider

In today’s IT market, it’s getting harder and harder to find the technical talent you need to complete projects.  Many managers have found that recruiting on their own isn’t doing the trick and have turned to an IT staffing provider.  When partnering with a firm to help your hiring needs it’s important that you work with the right IT staffing partner. Doing so will help you successfully find high quality consultants for your open positions.  Working with the wrong partner though, can leave your jobs sitting open for weeks on end, leaving your projects stalled.

Obviously, if you’re not getting your jobs filled, it’s probably time to switch IT staffing companies.  But what are some other key traits that can clue you in that it’s time to switch?  Check out our list below of four examples that will tell you it’s time to find a new partner: Read the rest of this entry »


February 7th, 2014

The 7 Best Updates to Make to Your IT Resume

According to a research study done by TheLadders.com, it takes a recruiter six seconds to review your resume and decide if you are a fit for their job or not.  Yes, you read that right.  Not six minutes, six seconds.

You know that having a resume that effectively showcases your skills and abilities is important. However, it can be easy to add your most recent job to the top of the document, click save and hope for the best.  It’s important to revisit your resume every so often to maintain that it is in its most efficient form for landing you your next job.

Let this blog be the motivation you need to go over your resume and make sure you make these seven critical updates: Read the rest of this entry »


January 13th, 2014

4 Steps to Retain Your IT Talent

Building a successful IT department isn’t easy.  Hours of job postings, resume weeding and interviewing are sure to pay off resulting in a hardworking, productive team.  Once a team is in place, the hard work doesn’t stop there.  The focus shifts and becomes less about getting employees and more about keeping them.

As the IT talent war wages on, companies are increasingly in danger of losing their talent to competitors or other IT shops.  Losing valuable IT talent not only starts the recruiting process over again, it also costs budgetary dollars that could be used elsewhere.   Retaining IT talent is no easy feat.  It takes listening and effective communication to be able to make and keep employees happy.  Below, we’ve identified 4 easy steps for IT leaders to implement.  These steps will create a path to a retention plan and ultimately, keeping valuable employees.

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December 12th, 2013

Jeff Miller on the Technology Association of Oregon’s Technology Services Forum

 

On December 10, 3013, EdgeLink’s Managing Director and Founder, Jeff Miller, presented on a panel for the Technology Association of Oregon’s Technology Services Forum.  The panel discussed “The Technical Services Talent Paradox: Solutions to the Talent Crunch.”  Also on the panel were J.R. Storment from Cloudability and Claire Hernandez from HealthSparq.

The panel discussed hiring trends and best practices companies can utilize for recruitment and retention purposes in their organizations.  In today’s market, when companies are looking for critical talent for their technical services positions, they are finding that recruiting is becoming a difficult undertaking.  Not finding that perfect candidate with the right technical skills, combined with a strong business acumen can be inhibitive to achieving business objectives.

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