February 26th, 2019 by ifi-admin
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 »
January 14th, 2019 by ifi-admin
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 »
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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December 13th, 2018 by ifi-admin
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 »
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 »
October 22nd, 2018 by ifi-admin
In our last candidate feature, we offered tips on how to hack your job search to “beat the ‘bots,” aka the Applicant Tracking System and its inherent keyword ranking. In this installment, we examine ways to inject some personalization into your job search.
Consider Your Target:
To be successful during a selection process, it helps to think like the hiring manager. Imagine the drain of reviewing hundreds of applicants who all utilize the same buzzwords of your trade. How can you set yourself apart? What does this particular company need and value most? What aspect of your candidacy will resonate with them, intrigue them?
Hiring managers like to be successful. Many fear making a bad hire. You need to break through the apparatus of the application process to come alive for them. Here are ways that can help: Read the rest of this entry »
September 18th, 2018 by ifi-admin
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 »
August 6th, 2018 by ifi-admin
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 »
July 9th, 2018 by ifi-admin
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 »
June 15th, 2018 by ifi-admin
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 »