Honesty is the Best Policy

There are frequent conversations amongst the recruiters in our office about why an applicant wasn’t hired for a particular job. Obviously, we want every candidate we represent to go out there and knock the socks off a potential employer during their interview. However, we’ve seen recurring themes of candidates shooting themselves in the foot instead.

One way this commonly happens is through the “fluffing” of one’s skills. In other words, when an applicant wants a position so much, they are not truthful or forthright about their lack of experience in certain areas. What the applicant often doesn’t realize is that this practice is self-sabotaging.

An interviewer can almost always tell when an applicant isn’t being realistic about their experience or is afraid to admit that they don’t know something. And if the truth isn’t evident in initial conversations, it most certainly will be uncovered during the technical interview.

So, job seekers, bear in mind: It’s okay to be human. Often an employer will favor someone who can admit his shortcomings over someone who is afraid to reveal that he lacks certain experience.

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?