Archive for October 2015

What is a Purple Squirrel? Oct 29 , 2015

This is the closest thing to a purple squirrel we could find.
In recruiting and hiring circles, a purple squirrel is the term used for the almost-impossible ideal job candidate that has all of the qualifications for a particular job opening, lives in the exact right location to be hired, and is willing to work for a low salary considering the… Read More

6 Things to Do While Waiting for the Perfect Job Oct 29 , 2015

There are lots of things you can do while looking for your dream job.

So you find the perfect IT job (or several great possibilities) and waste no time applying for them. Once you've sent the application, resume, and cover letter, what do you do? You wait. And if you get an interview, what then? Usually, you wait. Unfortunately, w…

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6 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your IT Recruiter Oct 21 , 2015

Using phone calls judiciously will keep you on your recruiter's good side.

Communicating with your IT recruiter may not be as easy as it seems. Should you call in every day or every week? What kind and how much information should you give? When you have questions, should you contact the recruiter by email or pick up the phone? How…

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IT Hiring Managers: Get Help Now Oct 21 , 2015

Using a recruiter is a good idea even for companies with hiring managers.

As an IT hiring manager, you may feel that it's your job to find quality IT candidates with which your company can fill open positions. Using a recruiter may feel like cheating or shirking your duties; however, except for in large companies, most hiring mana…

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5 Benefits of Using an IT Recruiter Oct 14 , 2015

A recruiter can help you stand out from the crowd.

In the IT field, it can be difficult to find just the right job to use your mix of skills and experience. Chances are, the job is out there, but whether or not you can find it without some help is very much in question. Using a recruiter can be beneficial in finding just what you …

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The Rise of Mobile Recruiting Oct 14 , 2015

Job seekers are using every device possible to their advantage as they look for jobs.

Mobile recruiting isn't really all that new. It started in 2007 or so as more job candidates began to use their smartphones for almost everything. But the recession of 2008 and beyond put a damper on mobile recruiting because most e…

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7 Things IT Recruiters Can't Do Oct 7 , 2015

Recruiters are skilled at connecting people with jobs.

IT recruiters are professionals who help companies find the best possible candidates to fill their open positions and help candidates find the best possible job fitting their qualifications. Many IT recruiters are good at what they do, even though they juggle an almost imposs…

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Social Media Recruiting: The Boundaries Problem and How to Solve It Oct 7 , 2015

Social media recruiting relies on building relationships and contacts with job prospects through social media.

Social media has forever changed the way most recruiting is done, but its openness also poses problems for recruiters as the boundaries between work and personal can easily begin to blur. Since social media offers great o…

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Why IT Recruiting is Not a Panacea Oct 7 , 2015

Recruiters need specific information from companies to match talent with their open positions.

Successful recruiting requires certain things from the recruiter and certain things from the company seeking employees. Hiring a recruiter can be a great move for a company, but it doesn't work as well as it can without both sides doing …

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