On June 17, 2015, EdgeLink, a boutique IT staffing and recruiting firm, was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies. EdgeLink is headquartered in Portland and has a branch office in Denver, Colorado.
The Portland Business Journal’s recognition event took place on Wednesday the 17th at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland. Nearly 900 people were in attendance at the “Wild West” themed event which featured a bucking bronco and music from local musicians, The Earnest Lovers.
If you’ve tried to hire an IT professional in the past six months, you may have noticed it more challenging than before. Maybe you found the right person but they accepted another position before you could extend an offer. Or it could be that they started your job but left half way through the contract for another, “better” position. Two market trends have been the largest contributors to this occurrence:
1.) The IT job market continues to steadily grow, having expanded 31% in the last 15 years.
2.) The unemployment rate in IT is 2.3%.
The increase in technology jobs in the market along with a low number of IT professionals looking for work has made it harder to find IT talent today. Additionally, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that 48.3% of college students that initially enrolled in STEM programs are changing their minds and pursing non-STEM related fields.
On May 21st, 2015, members of the EdgeLink Denver team witnessed the final round of the Go Code Colorado competition unfold first-hand. Sponsored by the state of Colorado, Go Code Colorado challenged development teams statewide to create apps using public sector, open source data to help local businesses make smarter decisions. The final round pitted nine teams against each other for one of three $25,000 grants and hands-on tech sector mentorship sessions.
Edgelink was represented at the event by Amanda Grochowalski and Ashley Martinez, both Senior Technical Recruiters on the EdgeLink Denver team. Amanda said, “one of our candidates was a member of the MentorMatter team and anyone who knows EdgeLink understands that we were ecstatic to see one of our candidates reach so far.” Continue reading
On April 24th, 2015, EdgeLink cosponsored a Colorado Ski Day event for its many technology partners along the gorgeous slopes of Colorado’s Arapahoe basins. The outing was hosted and organized by ViaWest with the help of EdgeLink, Market Creation Group, Brainspire, SLI Global, and Vista Solutions as a way of building greater bonds with existing partners and making new connections. John Kingdeski, Manager of Contract Services at EdgeLink, led the all-day outing for the EdgeLink team and had this to say about the event.
“Part of the EdgeLink difference has always been that we build lasting relationships with our customers. Why limit those interactions? I see fun events like this as an extension of that ideal. Plus, everyone had a blast on the slopes, whether they could ski powder or not.” Continue reading
It seems the only guarantee in life is that nothing stays the same. Look back a few years and candidates were at the whim of those scarce few companies hiring. Now, as approximately 54% of employers look to hire full-time, permanent IT employees, we see a reversal in favor of a competitive candidate market. That type of shift means old hiring tactics will have to go the way of the Blackberry Sidekick.
Last year, Indeed found that if a business fails to fill an open position in the first 30 days, there’s a 57% chance that it’ll remain open for 3 months or more. That can have a serious financial impact. What’s behind that hiring inertia? We think we have an idea. Continue reading