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.
Right now is the perfect time for tech professionals to dive into their job search. The first six months of 2016 were predicted to see a hiring increase and the demand has been right in line. Qualified candidates find that companies will eagerly compensate them for their skills and expertise. Often, several jaw-dropping bids arrive at once. With great job opportunities ripe for the picking, it’s time to ask yourself whether or not you should leave your job.
For some, staying put is the right career move. However, if the below situations are all too familiar, consider fixing up your resume and reigniting your job search. Continue reading
It’s hard to miss the fact that there is a lot of momentum in the IT industry in today’s market. Demand is high, and the challenge of attracting and retaining talented tech professionals is creating a lot of competition between companies. If you’re looking to make a move in this active job market, now is the time to dust off your career and get ahead of the game.
At EdgeLink, we work closely with our candidates to make sure they find the perfect fit for their career. Here’s some of the best advice we’ve come across to help you get ready for the job search. Continue reading
As an IT employee today, it’s likely that you get regular calls from companies or recruiters about possible jobs. After all, the IT unemployment rate remains low and more and more jobs are being created daily. This is all well and good if you’re in the market for a new job but what if you’re already at a role you like and another job opportunity presents itself? You may interview and ultimately get the job leading to your resignation at your current role. However, as talented IT professionals are hard to come by it might lead to your manager offering you more money, benefits or other perks to stay. This scenario is happening to IT professionals frequently these days leading to the question, “Should I take a counteroffer”?
For those looking for additional information on this topic, we expand upon the idea of contractor or full-time employee in a new blog post available here.
It’s a great time to work in the IT industry. Unemployment in the technology market is down to 2.4%. IT salaries increased by 3.9% over 2015. There are more opportunities to work in a certain role, technology or with a specific company.
Another benefit to being an IT professional is the amount of contracting that happens in this industry. While contractors exist across many types of jobs, it’s extremely prevalent in technology. IT professionals get the choice of whether they want to work as an independent contractor or if they want to work full time for their employer. Continue reading