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 »
October 2nd, 2018 by ifi-admin
As fourth quarter rolls out, the rate of unemployment continues to decline in the Delaware Valley, increasing the steady pressure on talent acquisition. Year over year, the unemployment rate has dropped from 4.8% in 2017 to 4.1%, as reported last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The year-end countdown has begun with the waning sunlight, leaving companies in a time crunch to find highly skilled technical candidates to fill open positions or risk losing the budgeted allocation. 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 28th, 2018 by ifi-admin
In a climate where technical talent is in high demand, no stone should go unturned in the search for ideal candidates. However, your company may be missing out on a third to half of the talent pool if your hiring process, like most, favors extroverts.
While unintentional in most cases, extrovert bias is a natural outflow from an emphasis on interview performance. It’s easier to want to give the job to a candidate who exudes confidence and charisma and responds adeptly to curveball questions.
“Extroverts are more accomplished at describing their value. With soft-skills being an important element for teamwork, it’s tempting for hiring managers to favor people who seem the most pro-social,” says Kay Durkin, founder of Phoenix Partners.
“However, in technical fields, introverts with a capacity for complex problem-solving are often better suited to many positions.” 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 »