Opportunity Cost, What is it to you?

More often than not, we hear candidates say they are willing to take less money, drive further, or utilize older skills for a “good opportunity.” So this begs the question; “what equals a good opportunity anyway?” What are you willing to give up for your next position? Of course this can vary greatly depending on personal situations, family, finances, etc., but we’re always interested to hear what really qualifies as a good opportunity. How much does technology really play a part in the job you take? Does it matter how your team interacts with one another? Is it the chance to work for a start-up or an industry monster? Or is it all about the cash in your pocket? What is it to you?

The Times They Are A Changin’

We are entering an exciting time when it comes to the field of technology. As the economy begins to turn, Oregon’s overall job market is expected to grow 15% in the upcoming years. It is estimated that technology related positions will far surpass that number as well. Most technology related positions are projecting a growth of near 20% in this time with the Internet, Web, Wireless, and Security driving such growth. In a recent issue of the Portland Business Journal they also reported that “Portland’s technology sector expects better days in ‘06”. The leaders in this local charge are expected to be the electronic design, display, semiconductor, and chip manufacturing industries.

That means excellent opportunities for all you Programmers, Developers, Engineers, and Analysts. The improved economy coupled with the falling unemployment rate will make it increasingly difficult for employers to recruit strong, competent, skilled employees and will turn to companies like EdgeLink to help them with their hiring challenges. We are up for the challenge and excited about the forecasts in the industry and the opportunities that it will bring!

Dan Iverson
EdgeLink – Technical Recruiter

Portland High-Tech Job Market Looking Better

Last quarter, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell below 6% – for the first time since the tech bust of April 2001. Successful hiring companies are having to ramp up the pace and quality of their recruiting processes in order to successfully compete for available technical talent. What is your organization doing to meet this challenge?

FUN AT WORK!


Are you kidding me? When was the last time you had fun at work? Fun in the workplace seems to be a requirement here at Edgelink. Not only do we work hard, we play hard too. We set our goals on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. When we achieve those goals we are rewarded with a FUN day! We strongly believe this promotes teamwork, a drive to be the best in our field, and an overall positive work environment.

Our most recent fun day, which took place on January 13th, 2006 (that’s Friday the 13th), for example, the Edgelink team ventured outside of the office for our yearly goal setting meeting and then when the clock struck noon, we put on our bowling shoes. Wait, not only did we put on our bowling shoes, we (being the highly competitive lot that we are) made every aspect of the rest of the day a contest. Starting out, we split into three teams. Each team then created a team name and complimented that with “fabulous” costumes.

To take the bowling competition up a notch or two, we added the challenge of bowling each frame in a different fashion. What I mean by that is; one frame was granny style, another time we pushed the bowling ball with our feet and so on. I am sure that you get the picture. Oh, you should see the pictures!

We had contests for the best form, best score, best style and best team score. My team was the winner of the highest score, so I have to say, “Go Team!”

All in all, healthy competition is always fun, especially when it is done the EDGELINK way! How does your company celebrate success?