Candidate Resources

For Candidates: Ways to Use the 70:20:10 Model of Learning to Advance Your Career

July 31st, 2019 by ifi-admin

Many candidates feel that midsummer is not the right time to find a new job. It’s true that many companies hold off on posting key positions until fall and that the hiring process can slow to a languid crawl during midsummer due to vacations. However, there are useful ways you can use summer “downtime” to pave the way to career advancement. One way is to put the “70:20:10” model to work to enhance your skill profile.

What is the “70:20:10” Model?

The 70:20:10 model is a proportional breakdown of how people learn effectively and was developed by Morgan McCall and the Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) in the 1980s. While it’s neither scientifically proven nor exact in its mix, the notion that informal learning carries the heaviest weight on the job has influenced approaches to training. Essentially, the CCL originally conducted a survey with 200 executives. The survey’s findings were that individuals obtain 70 percent of their knowledge from job-related experiences, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal educational events. Thus, the theory has been that 90% of your professional knowledge comes from “informal” learning. The 70:20:10 rule or model revolutionized approaches to corporate training. It has also led to new ways of looking at training, with the internet giving rise to increasing proportions of both social and formal learning opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to Use Humor to Stay Sane and Get Ahead in the Workplace

July 16th, 2019 by ifi-admin

With summer in full swing, your idea of fun might not have anything to do with the workplace. However, numerous studies show that humor in the workplace can relieve stress, increase productivity, build trust, and when done right, help promote employees to leadership roles. No kidding!

The Laughter Drought

Babies laugh 400 times a day. The average person over age 35 laughs an average of 15 times on each weekday, according to Gallup. Something tragic has happened on our way to the work world: we’ve lost our sense of humor. While humor might be tragedy plus time (according to Mark Twain), this tragedy is no laughing matter. Employee wellbeing, teamwork, productivity, and leadership hang in the balance. So, get your giggles on! Read the rest of this entry »

Big Data is Moneyball for Business Part III: Sample Certification & Training Paths

July 16th, 2019 by ifi-admin

In addition to strong programming skills, candidates for big data jobs need varying levels of experience with cloud infrastructure. The following are some sample certification resources, as well as a graduate program focused on mining data. Read the rest of this entry »

The Future in Big Data aka Moneyball for Business – Part II

May 17th, 2019 by ifi-admin

With data being produced at a rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes per day, the skills needed to utilize and manage this data are in high demand. Today, we’re discussing ways you can enhance your skill set, as well as sought-after roles for companies working in or adjacent to big data.

Enjoy Part 2 of our “Big Data is Moneyball for Business” piece below! Read the rest of this entry »

The Future in Big Data aka Moneyball for Business – Part I

April 8th, 2019 by ifi-admin

With the advent of digital, mobile and IoT technology, people are producing data at a rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes per day. By 2020, it’s estimated that 1.7MB of data will be created every second for every person on earth. Ninety percent of data in the world has been created in the last few years. What will we do with this data, and who will do it? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Strengthen and Showcase Your Soft Skills

February 26th, 2019 by ifi-admin

Learn how to showcase your soft skills and be more successful in your career move with Phoenix Partners

A popular trend among employers cited in Linked In’s annual report on Global Talent Trends is the quest to find employees with strong technical skills, but equally strong “soft” skills. What does that mean, exactly? Let’s break down the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ in order to understand the ‘how.’ Read the rest of this entry »

How to Be a Productive Telecommuter

January 14th, 2019 by ifi-admin

Man working effectively at home after successful job negotiation with the help of Phoenix Partners
In a tight talent market where top technical candidates are highly sought after, you may find yourself in a position to negotiate for more opportunities to telecommute with a prospective employer. According to Robert Half International, more than 55% of employees want the ability to telecommute, while fewer than 14% of respondent companies offer this perk.

Although telecommuting is not universally embraced, with research for and against, a case can be made for companies to expand opportunities for employees to telecommute. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Reasons to Really Enjoy Your Holidays

December 17th, 2018 by ifi-admin

On behalf of Phoenix Partners, I wish all our clients and candidates a joyful, re-energizing holiday season.

Since we’re always interested in the topics of work-life balance, employee engagement, and productivity, we thought we’d round up a list of fun facts about taking time off from work. Enjoy!

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The Benefits of Working with Recruiters

December 13th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Female technology job recruiter extending hand to close a deal, showing benefits of working with a recruiter in the Delaware Valley like Phoenix Partners

Getting ready for the holiday season may feel like a rush, but the imminent time off also offers the opportunity to reflect upon, review and renew your professional outlook. If you’re not looking forward to the start of a new year in your current position, there’s no time like the present to begin the search for a more fulfilling position in 2019.

The New Year promises to bring a continued candidates’ market in technology, making 2019 an ideal time to leverage your experience to take the next step on your professional journey. Searching for that perfect fit, however, can be very time consuming. Working with a recruiter can make better use of your time, and produce better results. Having someone in your court makes the process less daunting. Read the rest of this entry »

Perks in a Candidate-Driven Market

November 20th, 2018 by ifi-admin

In the current, record-breaking employment environment, it’s no secret that candidates are well-positioned to negotiate. The unemployment rate continues to hover around 4.1% in the Delaware Valley, and at 3.7 nationally, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nowhere is the talent gap felt more keenly than in the technical sector. How does this environment present an advantage in salary negotiations? Read the rest of this entry »

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