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 »
April 1st, 2019 by ifi-admin
In LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Trends survey and report, more than half (57%) of the companies surveyed said they struggled to assess soft skills. At the same time, 80% said soft skills were increasingly important to company success, with 92% reporting that soft skills matter as much or more than hard skills. In the age of automation and AI, workers need to possess creativity, adaptability, and collaboration skills. And if they don’t, they may become the dreaded “bad hire” that not only wastes time and money, but also jeopardizes company productivity, quality and reputation. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
February 11th, 2019 by ifi-admin
In our last employer post, we discussed top reasons to offer telecommuting to help attract technically talented candidates. In this edition, we’ll examine some of the reasons telecommuters outperform office workers, review some of the pitfalls of telecommuting and evaluate best practices to counter those pitfalls. 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 »
January 4th, 2019 by ifi-admin
In recent articles, we’ve discussed the benefits of offering perks to attract highly talented technical professionals, as well as the importance placed by candidates on the availability of flex-time and telecommuting. Now we’ll delve into ways telecommuting might work for your company in 2019. 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 »