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
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.
While the rest of the economy is just starting to come back from high unemployment rates, the IT industry continues to thrive. According to Dice, the unemployment rate in the technology industry is 3.3%, allowing IT professionals to hold a lot of leverage in the job market. It’s not uncommon for an IT candidate to receive multiple calls and LinkedIn messages each week from recruiters pitching new opportunities.
Amidst the bombardment of calls and emails, choosing the right recruiter and recruiting company to partner with can be overwhelming. What factors should you consider to ensure you’re working with a good recruiter and making the best choice for your career?
Finding a full time job can be, well, a full time job in itself. And if you have been searching for employment for two months, six months, twelve months or longer, then it is easy to become jaded and start feeling negative about the experience. As a job seeker, you’ll find your best successes with a positive attitude, so it is important to develop habits that will help you keep that frame of mind during your search. Remember, there are two things you can control – Effort and Attitude! Here are some things you can do to stay motivated and optimistic: Continue reading