Candidate Resources

Candidates: How to Hack Your Job Search

September 18th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo of a man optimizing his resume to help avoid applicant tracking system filters, leading to a more successful job search

Those in technological roles know that new technology can be a double-edged sword. While “Skynet” hasn’t completely commandeered job search, the phenomenon of using software to evaluate candidates for a position by filtering resumes against keywords has certainly created the possibility that a talented and tech-savvy candidate could get lost in a black hole. Read the rest of this entry »


Candidates: Don’t Let Video Kill the Interview Star

August 6th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo of a job candidate having a successful video interview.

Video interviews continue to gain popularity among hiring managers in order to meet the rising demand for qualified candidates in a cost-efficient, streamlined manner. With more companies hiring for multiple locations across America (and globally), many HR departments are integrating video interview technology into their process, either as a supplement or an alternative to in-person interviews. What does that mean for a candidate like you? Read the rest of this entry »


How Blockchain Might Affect Your Future Job Search

July 9th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo illustrating job candidates using blockchain technology to enhance their job search with Phoenix Partners

Many talented professionals are too busy to look for a new job. Working with an independent recruiter saves time and energy, but does not entirely eliminate the extensive tasks of on-boarding, credential checks, and other busy-work that is frequently redundant but critical to your successful selection for a desired position.

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about blockchain and cryptography, but if you’re like most people, you may have only a foggy notion of what it is and what it can do, specifically for you. Read the rest of this entry »


Candidates: Mastering The Six Second Resume Quest

June 15th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Optimize your resume for applicant tracking systems and for readability with the help of Phoenix Partners

When sending your resume for a job opening, your first task as a candidate is to get past the gatekeeper, whether this is a recruiter reading your resume for a potential match or a Fortune 500 company looking for top talent. This is followed closely by the second quest, which is to engage your reader. Read the rest of this entry »


For Candidates: Phoenix Partners Offers You The World

May 7th, 2018 by ifi-admin

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Did you know that Phoenix Partners can help you find employment anywhere in the world?

Maybe you’ve always wanted to work abroad, but didn’t know where to start. Or maybe you’re ready to move closer to family, who live across the country or somewhere around the world. Maybe you’re just ready for an adventure. With Phoenix Partners, the world is your oyster!

While there are myriad benefits to working with an Independent Recruiter in general, and Phoenix Partners specifically, one advantage that jobseekers often overlook is global reach. Read the rest of this entry »


What Job Skills Will Be In Demand for the AI Era?

April 2nd, 2018 by ifi-admin

A group of tech employees filling trainer, explainer, and sustainer roles in the AI-Era workplace
We may not be working alongside robotic colleagues anytime soon, but as we noted earlier in our series of posts about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), AI is poised to disrupt the labor market dramatically in the next decade. While many fear the job losses that organizations such as Forrester Research or OECD are predicting, others are examining the ways in which today’s technology professionals will need to transfer or add to their skills. Read the rest of this entry »


Job Seekers: Are You Ready for the AI Work World?

March 19th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo of a computer CPU with an illustration of a human brain on it, illustrating the rising prevalence of Artificial Intelligence in employee workflows.Artificial Intelligence (AI) was once the realm of sci-fi, but today many professionals increasingly find aspects of their work life infused with AI and Machine Learning. Rapid advances in AI disciplines such as facial recognition, natural language understanding and computer vision, are increasingly in use in a wide range of tasks, performing fraud detection, market analysis and medical diagnosis.

How future-proof is your career?

Recent research by McKinsey & Co predicts that as many as one-third of American workers may need to find new lines of work by 2030 thanks to the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the labor market.

The report estimates that in the majority of existing occupations at least 30 percent of constituent work activities could be automated. On the brighter side, AI will also create new occupations that do not exist today. Read the rest of this entry »


Candidate Tips: The Importance of Showcasing Your Soft Skills

February 19th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo of a successful business team that knows how to communicate well to clients and each other.
Technology professionals who also have the ability to communicate effectively, collaborate with a team, and who are adaptable to the ever-changing needs of a dynamic market are highly sought-after by organizations, especially at the managerial and executive level.

How can you get the inside track on an open position? Do this by showcasing your soft skills. Read the rest of this entry »


7 Tips For Working With Recruiters

January 22nd, 2018 by ifi-admin

Man meeting with a talented IT job recruiter in the Delaware ValleyPhoenix Partners works with employers to find established and rising talent for their technical and IT roles. The companies who engage with us most commonly:

A) Have a sense of urgency in filling a position
B) Have not been successful finding qualified applicants
C) Have a position that requires specialized skills, typically in IT and Technology

Also, it’s not uncommon for us to work with our clients on an exclusive basis, and we frequently have access to positions that are not public, otherwise know as the “hidden marketplace.”

We establish relationships with our candidates by increasing their comfort level, confidentiality and respect. You can stay “top-of-mind” with a reputable recruiter by following these guidelines: Read the rest of this entry »


Part II: 5 Goal-Setting Tips for Job Searching Success in 2018

December 26th, 2017 by ifi-admin

Photo abstractly showing the bright future for job seekers in 2018 through effective goal settingIn our last installment, we suggested that you take some time as the year winds down to review and define your career goals by being specific, examining your motivation, assessing the obstacles to achieving these goals and brainstorming ways to overcome the obstacles.

As we approach the end of the year, many people will be making New Year’s resolutions. Forbes Magazine reports that while 40% of the American population make New Year’s Resolutions each year, only 8% achieve their goals.

Why do so few succeed? According to the article, which surveyed the research on how the brain looks for answers, the trick is to keep it simple and make it tangible.

We’ll look at how this might apply to your career goals in 2018.

1. Create the Master Plan but Keep It Simple: If you want to succeed with your career goals, do not load yourself up with a bucket list of disparate goals for the year. Devote your focus and your intent to your job search, and map out what you think it will take to succeed. Create a master plan that builds logically on the elements that formulate success. In this plan, outline the discoveries you made in your review, and the action steps required to overcome obstacles. Put this plan in writing.

2. Create the Room, and Routine, to Succeed: If from your 2017 career review you’ve determined you’d like to begin a job search targeted at specific companies, now is the time to schedule blocks of time each week to make progress. For example, you may set aside a set number of hours each week and if possible, specific times of the day to review new job postings, research employers, chat with your recruiter, brush up your resume or work toward any certifications that will enhance your candidacy. Be realistic and give yourself time to make incremental progress toward finding exactly the right fit for your next career move.

3. Set Concrete Milestones: Setting vague or unrealistic goals is the cause of many failed New Year’s resolutions. Just like in business, personal goals need measurable elements to map the path to success. In this case, once you’ve mapped out your master action plan, formulate a way to measure your progress each week or month. Assign yourself a number of companies to research and a number of resume submissions to make. Trust that with dedicated effort, you will ultimately succeed in your career goals. Hold yourself accountable to your milestones.

4. Physically Track Your Progress: Whether it’s milestones written into your planner or on a dedicated cork board, being able to visually see the progress you’re making can move you forward. Posting visible reminders of your goals and the practice of telling others your plans creates a sense of accountability that will help you stay on track.

5. Be Flexible…and Unstoppable: Perfect plans are subject to the real world and sometimes it seems like “life” keeps moving the goal posts. On one hand, expect the unexpected and be prepared to be flexible with yourself. Revise your goals when new conditions or opportunities arise. On the other hand, be unstoppable in moving toward your goals. Setbacks are only failures if you stop trying.

If you need some help setting goals, or you are motivated to make a career move in 2018, please feel free to Contact Us today and get started!


 
 
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