Candidate Resources

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!

4 Tips & the Importance of Goal Setting for Jobseekers

December 5th, 2017 by ifi-admin

December is an off month in the realm of Human Resources. On one hand, employers who are deep in the hiring process may be anxious to close out open positions before the calendar year-end. On the other hand, it can be slow in terms of new openings because the majority of employers don’t want to start the interviewing and hiring process so close to the holidays. What’s a jobseeker to do? Review!

Research shows a direct correlation between goal-setting and success, and this fact holds true for your job search. People who set goals tend to be 60 – 80% more productive. Goal-setting is an important process for identifying how to get from “here” to “there” in your career.


Part 1: How to Review in Order to Revise or Define Career Goals

  1. Be Specific: If you’re looking to make a job move in the New Year, take stock of your past accomplishments, and write down the specific scenarios or activities you’ve enjoyed the most in your current role. Rank the elements you find the most satisfying about your work in order of preference. Create a list of talents that you’ve not been able to use and that you would like to incorporate into your next position. Imagine the type of position where you could spend the majority of your time doing the things you enjoy most.
  2. Examine Your Motivation: Are you bored in your current job? Is there conflict in your work environment? Do you feel that your true value has been unacknowledged, or that you haven’t had the opportunity to develop new skills through strategic risk-taking? Be certain you understand exactly why you’re looking for a new position, and what type of environment would produce the opportunity for satisfaction. Notice the things that have not worked well for you in past roles, and try to identify the source of dissatisfaction.
  3. Assess the Obstacles: Write a list of the obstacles you think keep you from finding your ideal career role. Will you have trouble finding time to conduct a job search? Is there additional education or certification you would need in order to move your career to the next level? Do you have difficulty getting past initial screening? Identifying the obstacles to your career goals will help pave the way to create a specific, concrete plan to execute. You cannot overcome obstacles if you’re not sure what they are.
  4. Brainstorm: You now should have a good idea of precisely what you want in your next job, why you want a change, and what type of environment would support this vision. You have a clear sense of obstacles to your success. Now brainstorm all the ways you might overcome the obstacles so that you’re ready for the next step in the process, which is to create your 2018 Career Growth plan.

Stay tuned for Part II of Goal-Setting tips to power your job search in the New Year.




Jobseeker’s Market Continues to Improve in Delaware Valley

November 13th, 2017 by ifi-admin

Two colleagues walk through an office lobby, on their way to a Delaware Valley tech job

If you’re currently employed in IT and Technical Services in the Delaware Valley, your prospects of making a meaningful career move continue to improve as employers struggle to find talent to fill open positions. Now is a great time to consider finding your next challenge.

News from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) earlier this month showed that in the Delaware Valley, the jobless rate has decreased .5% from August to September (from 5.1 to 4.6%), for a .9% overall drop in the jobless rate year over year. Meanwhile, compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent for the 3-month period ending in September 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

For Candidates: 5 Tips to Help You Evaluate Opportunity

October 31st, 2017 by ifi-admin

Man in business office to depict evaluating job opportunityAt Phoenix Partners, we understand that candidates are motivated by more than compensation, provided they’re working for a company that offers reasonable salaries according to industry standards. Over the last 30 years, we’ve helped thousands of IT and technical professionals make their next career move. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the top reasons that talented professionals consider a move. If you’re considering applying for an open position, here are some considerations that extend well beyond compensation.

Growth Opportunity – Seeking New Challenges

One of the best reasons for leaving a job is to seek new challenges and to use the skills and experience you’ve acquired in present and past roles. We find this is often the single-most important factor among our candidates. When you’re considering an open position, be sure to talk to us about the types of challenges you seek and the ways in which your experience qualifies you to meet those challenges. Recruiters work closely with many companies and have a strong sense of what kinds of growth opportunities are available. We will be able to help you compare a specific opportunity with the challenges you seek and how this matches your skills and experience.

Embracing New Technology

In technology professions especially, a company’s attitude in embracing new technologies is often critical to job satisfaction. Be sure to explore the company’s status in terms of ERP and integrated software and also infrastructure environments. Find out if the company has training available to extend employees’ programming capabilities in order to stay on the leading edge of technology. If the company has languished with legacy software too long, find out if they’re seeking someone to upgrade their technology profile. It may be that they’re looking for someone to do just that.

Company’s Culture

Does the company culture demonstrate work-life balance, philanthropy, and a collegial environment dedicated to individual and collective success? Often, a company’s true culture is difficult to discern until you’ve had the opportunity to meet with top decision makers. This is another area where your Recruiter has valuable insight to share with you. Be sure to discuss what you’re looking for, and your Recruiter will help you find it.

Improving Your Commute

What is it worth to you to get back hours in your day to spend with family instead of with fellow commuters? While many professionals don’t mind commuting for the right role, commuting can take its toll on work-life balance. We’ve seen candidates accept a lower salary for a position they love closer to home. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your economic growth to gain back some valuable family time, but when you’re considering a move, do not underestimate the impact of the commute on your lifestyle.

Compensation Package

Provided that compensation is commensurate with the industry or better, salary is often the least important element on this list. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to ensure that the salary range for the open position meets your expectations before seriously pursuing the position. At Phoenix Partners, we ensure transparency of salary range so that no one, candidate or employer, wastes his or her valuable time.

Are you looking for a new opportunity? Talk to us so that we can help you find the right position for the next stage of your career.



How to Get the Best Results Working With a Recruiter

October 9th, 2017 by ifi-admin

Recruiter working with job applicantA good relationship with a great recruiter can be one of the most valuable arrows in your quiver when you’re looking to make a strategic career move. A few of the powerful benefits that working with a recruiter provides include access to hiring managers at the top companies within your field, objective knowledge of the corporate culture within multiple companies, and expedited connections to these companies. Like every strategic tool, there is a set of best practices that will influence your results.

The following tips will help you get the most out of working with an external recruiter……that is, a recruiter who works independently and not directly for a specific company. Read the rest of this entry »

Jobseeker Tips: Six Simple Steps to Smashing Your Next Interview

September 18th, 2017 by ifi-admin

One benefit of working with Phoenix Partners is our worldwide network of recruiting partners through NPAWorldwide. This network not only enables us to help candidates who seek to relocate to different states or countries, it also enables us to share excellent resources to support our candidates with career advice.

We think fellow recruiter Jason Elias from Elias Recruitment in Australia succinctly summarized our six top tidbits of interviewing advice. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips to Get Ready for Fall Job Search

August 30th, 2017 by ifi-admin

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Get Ready for Corporate Hiring Season

With the waning of the summer sun and a hint of autumn in the air, it’s a good time for professionals who want to make a career move to get ready for the changing season. In addition to football, fall leaves and apple cider, autumn signals “hiring season” for most of our corporate clients.

So while the Phoenix Partners team wants you to enjoy a safe and happy close to the summer season, we’re offering a few tips to get ready to make a move this fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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