Thoughts on The Role of Pay Transparency in Recruiting Diverse Candidates

September 26th, 2019 by ifi-admin

In the current labor market where technical talent is hard to find, your company may feel even less inclined to introduce more transparency in your pay scales. However, recent research from LinkedIn and a similar Canadian study suggest that pay transparency can instill trust, help level the playing field, and ultimately, help create the kind of company culture talented candidates seek. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Ways Conferences Can Help With Career Advancement

September 4th, 2019 by ifi-admin

Welcome to fall, the official opening of “Conference Season.” While you might dread the chicken dinners, delayed flights, and travel malaise that can accompany association conferences, don’t overlook the many ways that conferences can help advance your career, directly or indirectly.

Networking Opportunities

Many of the hiring managers who seek the assistance of Phoenix Partners to fill open positions place almost as much emphasis on soft skills as hard skills. While soft skills won’t help write the complex code the company may need, soft skills do help maintain collaboration across departments, facilitate clear communications, and allow technical professionals to engage in leadership roles, which is critical in the information age. And guess what? There’s no better place to practice your “soft skills” than networking at a conference. Read the rest of this entry »

For Employers: Leveraging the 70/20/10 Model To Build and Sustain A World Class Work Force

August 20th, 2019 by ifi-admin

It’s no secret that hiring managers face many challenges in the current tight labor market. Job openings are hovering at 7.3 million according to the August Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) JOLT report, and national unemployment remains at a low of 3.7%. Year-over-year wages for information workers increased by an average of 4.2% nationally to $41.65/hr., according to ADP’s July report.

So in times like these, how do you build, and sustain, a world-class work force? Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

For Employers: Woo Workers With Humor

July 18th, 2019 by ifi-admin

Humor in the workplace is not a lightweight topic during a tight employment market. With the unemployment rate at a low point of about 3.6% nationally last month, employers need to examine their corporate culture to attract top talent. Factors like a “high fun-quotient” carry serious weight in winning over recruits. Humor in the workplace can also improve employee wellbeing, foster team-building, and increase productivity while reducing healthcare costs.

Why So Serious?

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. Fostering the use of humor in the workplace may feel like walking a tightrope in
terms of good taste, but the payoff is substantial. 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 Big Data Challenge – Knowing What You’re Hiring For

June 25th, 2019 by ifi-admin

Data science, data engineering and data analytics are broad, ambiguous terms that describe a long list of skills and job titles in the realm of data analytics.

“From the 30,000 foot view, a data scientist needs a mastery of the tools and techniques to access, transform, analyze and leverage the data collected by their organization,” said Kay Durkin, founder of Phoenix Partners.

“When hiring data scientists or analysts, it’s important to know the roles that these people will fill and their purpose.”

A good data strategy requires a number of qualified individuals dedicated to each stage of the process from collecting, to warehousing, to analyzing and to using that data to transform the business. This means building a team of people who can write algorithms, manage and collate data, interpret the data and communicate it to key stakeholders. 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 Need for Speed in the Talent War

April 16th, 2019 by ifi-admin

Photo of technology business people from all over the globe having a discussionScott Wintrip presented the keynote speech recently at the NPAWorldwide’s* annual conference on the topic of “Just-in-Time Talent.” This topic inspired us to round up top tips to help improve your company’s speed in talent acquisition.

Is Your Hiring Process Up To Speed?

Hiring technically talented individuals in today’s incredibly tight market is difficult, labor-intensive, and stressful. Worse, quite often all that hard work goes to waste because by the time you’re ready to make an offer to a candidate, he or she is already off the market, scooped up by your competitor.

“It’s extremely competitive out there. If your company’s employment process can’t adapt to agile hiring practices, there’s a good chance you could lose out on the best candidates,” says Kay Durkin, founder of Phoenix Partners.

“Time invested in creating a well-designed, fast, efficient hiring process pays great dividends in team building. It also communicates the kind of corporate culture candidates seek,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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