The rapid rise of the gig economy shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, an estimated 34% of the workforce – and 43% by 2020 – is made up of temporary workers. As the competition for gig opportunities heightens, independent contractors need to find ways to maintain their edge. Here are a few basic guidelines to boost your career in the evolving gig economy. Continue reading
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
The contacts you make today could improve your future career because you never know when you’ll meet your next boss, coworker, employee, or life-changing professional resource. Connecting with peers is not just for those who are currently job searching because it helps grow your knowledge base and sharpens your awareness of current industry trends. Here are 6 opportunities for smarter IT job networking in the New Year. Continue reading
One of the biggest challenges IT recruiters face is sourcing the right candidates for recruitment. The days when a simple job posting attracted the best candidate are likely behind us, as the candidates you actually want typically don’t respond to job board postings. To get at this evasive talent pool, many companies have turned to social media as the medium of choice. It’s a more passive but generally much more effective way to attract the crowd you’re seeking. Although social media marketing is ubiquitous, especially within the recruiting space, it’s effective in reaching the right candidate pool. Continue reading
5 tips to make them work best for you.
Networking. Ugh. The very word conjures up images of sports jacketed dweebs pressing business cards into each others’ sweaty palms in a cheesy hotel ballroom. You might think that, if you want to stay busy doing what you love (or you need to add talent to your own business), that’s the bullet you’ll have to bite. Not so. A few organizations in the Portland and Denver/Boulder tech sectors have figured how to make networking so fun and easy you won’t even know you’re doing it. It won’t feel like work—unless you consider hoisting a pint of beer to be work… Continue reading