Top 3 Most Attractive Benefits for IT Professionals

In order to attract and retain quality candidates in today’s cutthroat hiring market, employers have to get creative. Crafting a generous benefits package and offering other incentives can be the most effective way to recruit top IT professionals. In fact, 80% of employees would choose additional benefits over a pay raise. But, what exactly are they looking for? Here’s a breakdown of the three most enticing benefits for professionals in IT. Continue reading

Your IT Career Choice: Should You Be a Contractor or Full-Time Employee?

Your IT Career Choice: Should You Be A Contractor or Full-Time Employee?The ageold question for people pursuing an IT career is whether to work as a contractor or full-time employee. Advantages exist to both options, but the answer for each individual is only found through careful consideration, as each person weighs the pros and cons that can affect their future roles.

To build upon our previous look at contract vs. full-time employment, let’s take a deeper dive into areas to consider as you make the big decision.  Continue reading

Here’s Why It Matters to You That Our Recruiters Love Working at EdgeLink

James HatchYour staffing partner’s culture matters more than you’d think. The best IT staffing firms make sure their sales and recruiting teams are happy because it gets you the biggest bang for your buck. Happy employees boost productivity, raise customer satisfaction, and act in the best interest of their clients. Happy recruiters feel connected to the businesses they serve and have a stake in how they perform.

I know because that’s exactly what happens here at EdgeLink. In my role as a Recruiter with EdgeLink, I have seen first-hand the ways we’ve built a working atmosphere where our recruiters are happy and take ownership of the success of our business and that of our clients. Here is how all that matters to you. Continue reading

Should You Be Working with a Staffing Firm?

Should You Be Working with a Staffing Firm

Competition in the current IT market is nothing if not fierce. Less than five years ago, employers had their pick of a plentiful liter. Now, the roles are reversed. Highly qualified candidates have an almost celebrity status, receiving offers from countless companies that all want a piece of them.

Those companies that move fast, using all the available resources at their disposal, are winning out. At times, that means augmenting internal hiring practices with the abilities of a professional staffing agency. But before you reach out to a staffing partner, ask yourself the following questions. Continue reading

How You Can Get The Best IT Talent In A Tough Market

IT Talent in a Tough Market

If you’ve tried to hire an IT professional in the past six months, you may have noticed it more challenging than before. Maybe you found the right person but they accepted another position before you could extend an offer. Or it could be that they started your job but left half way through the contract for another, “better” position. Two market trends have been the largest contributors to this occurrence:

1.)    The IT job market continues to steadily grow, having expanded 31% in the last 15 years.

2.)    The unemployment rate in IT is 2.3%.

The increase in technology jobs in the market along with a low number of IT professionals looking for work has made it harder to find IT talent today. Additionally, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that 48.3% of college students that initially enrolled in STEM programs are changing their minds and pursing non-STEM related fields.

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