Today, 77% of employers say they value soft skills as much as hard skills. This means while your technical skill set will be what qualifies you for a new IT job, it will be your soft skills that differentiate you and attract the actual job offer. But within this stronger focus on well-rounded candidates, which soft skills are employers looking for in their tech roles? And how can you sharpen your soft skills in IT, even when your job has you alone in front of a computer screen all day? Continue reading
As many people already know and even more are finding out, Denver is an amazing city. The mountains, cleanliness, safety, and affordability of the area lure new residents in, and the 2.9% overall unemployment rate makes it easy to stay. It recently ranked #2 on a list of the best U.S. cities for job seekers for these reasons, and just so happens to be a mecca for tech workers. Forget Silicon Valley; here’s why Denver is one of the best places for tech jobs in 2017. Continue reading
The age–old question for people pursuing an IT career is whether to work as a contractor or full-time employee. Advantages exist to both options, but the answer for each individual is only found through careful consideration, as each person weighs the pros and cons that can affect their future roles.
To build upon our previous look at , let’s take a deeper dive into areas to consider as you make the big decision. Continue reading
Organizations everywhere dread having to fill multiple openings, but in the IT industry the trepidation is compounded. There is a disconnect in IT, with the growing demand for newer skills separating from the smaller pool of available niche talent. In fact, only 20% of workers have the skills required for 60% of jobs opening in the next 5-10 years. Despite this grim outlook, there is no need for worry as long as proactive measures are enacted.
Here are several solutions to the IT skills gap that can keep your company competitive and thriving for years to come. Continue reading
There’s a term that IT recruiters use to describe the otherworldly technical talent needed to fit the extravagant job descriptions some companies create: purple squirrel. These candidates have the exact background, skills and education that fit a position’s many complex requirements. And in reality, these fantastical animals don’t exist and neither do those 100% flawless dream candidates.
However, there are ways to convince employers you are the best answer to their mythic purple squirrel and get them to ask for you by name.