Candidates: Mastering The Six Second Resume Quest

June 15th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Optimize your resume for applicant tracking systems and for readability with the help of Phoenix Partners

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 »

For Employers – Selecting the Right Recruiter

May 24th, 2018 by ifi-admin

In an article published by Australian NPA network member Scott Van Heurck of Wood Recruitment, he suggested that the three keys to the successful selection of a recruiter are diligence, trust, and value added. We thought this topic would be interesting to expand upon.

Types of Recruitment

Recruiting firms offer different types of search proposals, with different terms, so it’s important for employers to understand the distinctions in order to determine if a firm offers the type of recruitment desired.

The three types of recruiting searches usually performed are Contingency, Engaged, and Retained search. In a contingency search, the recruiter is only paid when successfully filling a job opening. In an engaged search which is almost always done on an exclusive basis, the recruiter is given a deposit to cover research and other upfront costs; the deposit is then deducted from the final placement fee on successful completion of the search. In a retained search, the recruiter, by contrast, is paid a retainer fee whether or not a candidate is hired.

Phoenix Partners performs both contingency and engaged searches for clients. In today’s competitive hiring climate, engaged searches usually warrant prioritized time and attention. Read the rest of this entry »

For Candidates: Phoenix Partners Offers You The World

May 7th, 2018 by ifi-admin

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Did you know that Phoenix Partners can help you find employment anywhere in the world?

Maybe you’ve always wanted to work abroad, but didn’t know where to start. Or maybe you’re ready to move closer to family, who live across the country or somewhere around the world. Maybe you’re just ready for an adventure. With Phoenix Partners, the world is your oyster!

While there are myriad benefits to working with an Independent Recruiter in general, and Phoenix Partners specifically, one advantage that jobseekers often overlook is global reach. Read the rest of this entry »

For Employers: Attracting Diverse Candidates Through Job Description Language

April 19th, 2018 by ifi-admin

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In the technical professions, it can be tough to recruit a gender-balanced and diverse field of applicants when a mere 26% of American women are programmers, and 11% are engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monoculture is bad for business, and not just in terms of meeting equal opportunity employment benchmarks. A study on the economic impact of diversity in the workplace by McKinsey & Co. reports that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Read the rest of this entry »

What Job Skills Will Be In Demand for the AI Era?

April 2nd, 2018 by ifi-admin

A group of tech employees filling trainer, explainer, and sustainer roles in the AI-Era workplace
We may not be working alongside robotic colleagues anytime soon, but as we noted earlier in our series of posts about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), AI is poised to disrupt the labor market dramatically in the next decade. While many fear the job losses that organizations such as Forrester Research or OECD are predicting, others are examining the ways in which today’s technology professionals will need to transfer or add to their skills. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Employer Tips: Preparing Your Workforce for AI

March 19th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo of a human hand projecting a computer-generated brain, illustrating harnessing and preparing employees for working with artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic in 2018, with pundits from both the positive and negative camps predicting a paradigm shift in employment and productivity rivaled only by the industrial revolution. From robotic task execution to predictive algorithms, various strains of AI are already disrupting the workplace. Rapid advances in Machine Learning (ML), such as facial recognition, natural language understanding and computer vision, are increasingly in use in fraud detection, market analysis and medical diagnosis.

According to Forrester forecasts, automation will eliminate 17 percent of US jobs by 2027, offset by the growth of 10 percent new jobs from the automation economy. A McKinsey & Co report released recently projects that as many as one-third of American workers may need to find new lines of work by 2030.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Paris-based world research institution, has hosted symposiums and published research in an effort to analyze the impact of AI on labor markets. It predicts that there will be a further polarization of low-skilled and high-skilled jobs. Contributing researcher, Stuart Elliot of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, notes that only 11% of adults are currently above the skill level that AI is close to replicating. Read the rest of this entry »

Sourcing Candidates: Is Your Company Overlooking Silver and Bronze “Medalists”?

February 26th, 2018 by ifi-admin

Photo of a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Olympic medal, illustrating ideal job candidates
Whether or not you’re a fan of the winter Olympics, you have to admire the dedication and craft that paves the path to the podium. Gold medal winners are usually just a fraction more skilled – or luckier – than those next to them on the podium.

You wouldn’t dream of scoffing at a silver or bronze medal in the Olympics. Would you overlook a candidate who was previously a close second – or third – for a position with your company?

The Wall Street Journal addressed the issue recently in an article titled “Tight Labor Market turns Silver Medalists Into Winners.” In the article, Vanessa Fuhrmans cites the struggle to fill jobs in the tight labor market as cause for companies to court and hire their so-called “silver, and even bronze, medalists.” Read the rest of this entry »

Candidate Tips: The Importance of Showcasing Your Soft Skills

February 19th, 2018 by ifi-admin

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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 »

How to Meet the Challenge of Global Recruiting

February 5th, 2018 by ifi-admin

In today’s global economy where many larger companies have facilities outside the United States, recruiting in a foreign culture to fill positions at these locations can be a challenge. Working with a company like Phoenix Partners which has international resources can facilitate the recruiting process.

What’s At Stake

According to the American Enterprise Institute, thinking globally is essential for survival in the current business climate. In an analysis of the World Investment Report, economic professor Mark Perry wrote that many of our largest US-based multi-national companies (MNCs) have close to two-thirds of their total sales outside the US. Almost all of these MNCs have more than half of their workforces outside the US, and some employ nearly 75% of their workers overseas. Many of the US MNCs above have more than half of their corporate assets (property, plant and equipment) located outside the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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