Weekend Accelerator – July 28, 2013


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Building Your Internet Reputation for IT Hiring

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When you apply for a job in the IT field, it’s important to practice what you preach in terms of your web savvy. While not all prospective employers will put a significant amount of research into finding their applicants online, many of them do – so it’s key for you to establish a positive internet presence before you start the application process. Here are a few tips for making the most of your web presence as you apply for IT jobs…

Keep A Handle on Social Media

Hopefully, you’re already practicing good internet security but, just in case, make sure you batten down the hatches on your social media profiles if you don’t want a potential employer to see them. If you just must have your party photos on Facebook, consider making two accounts: one under your legal name for professional use and another under a nickname or using your first and middle name for personal use. This will ensure that those photos of your beach vacation don’t come under consideration when HR is making their selections.

Use LinkedIn Well

When a potential employer wants to find professional information about you, your LinkedIn profile is the first place that they’re going to turn. Make sure that your profile is up to date, contains a professional photo, and is tailored to the field in which you are currently searching for jobs. Having a significantly sized network can help too, as this allows you to gather recommendations and endorsements of your skills.

Have a Personal Website and Maintain It

You don’t need to purchase your own personal domain name, but having a basic personal website with your resume, experience, contact information, and perhaps even a short blog can show off your web development and programming skills. Just make sure that it doesn’t fall into disuse – it’s better to not have a personal website than to have one that say’s you’re still a sophomore in college, taking your first web design class.

Google Yourself Often

Google your name often to make sure that you’re getting the results that you want from your web presence. This will also allow you to find out important information, like whether or not someone with the same name as you has an internet presence that might be confused with yours, for better or for worse.

 

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Weekend Accelerator – July 21, 2013

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Why Employers Should Use Recruiters

Why Employers Should Use Recruiters

When you are hiring a new employee for your company, you may think that you have all the resources you need to draw in the best candidates. Especially in today’s world, the internet can make it feel as though you have access to all of the major networking sites and that a recruiter has nothing to offer you. However, recruiters can actually offer a number of resources to your company when it comes to the search and hiring process. Here are some of the things and services using a recruiter can offer your company:

Save Time and Money

Using a recruiter can save your company time and money. In order to execute a thorough job search that will reach all of the best candidates, someone in your company, likely in human resources will have to take time out of their usual job to devote time to this job search. This can significantly slow down in house operation and can cost you money as it takes longer to finish in house projects. Recruiters can perform these same jobs with a higher level of expertise with much less associated cost.

Take Advantage of Specialization

Depending on the size and area of your company, you may only go through the hiring process a few times a year. This means that the majority of the time, your staff members are not honing their skills for onboarding new staff. Specialization in recruiting and hiring talent is another thing that recruiters can provide to your company. Recruiters know the practice areas and scope of your industry and can help assess potential candidates for you with more expertise than is available to you in house.

Recruitment Scope

Another good reason to use a recruiter is the sheer scope of their recruitment pool. Many of the people recruiters work with are known as passive candidates. These are people who aren’t actively looking for a job, but who are in contact with recruiters who can alert them if a great opportunity comes along. These are people who otherwise won’t be looking at your job advertisement. Great people who are already employed in the industry are likely to be passed over if you don’t use a recruiter in your job search.

Long Term Involvement

Finally, one overlooked aspect of recruiters is simply how involved in the hiring process they are. Recruiters don’t just gather up some candidates and drop them at your door. Instead, they work with both you and the job candidates to present you both in your best light, help with negotiations, and generally smooth the introduction of a new party into your office. Recruiters are committed to both you and the candidates and can help you communicate with each other better.

Make a Recruiter Part of Your Search Process

Rather than running your next job search entirely in house, think about contacting a recruiter and bringing them on board. The time and money you will save alone should make this decision for you. Furthermore, recruiters can offer a lot of expertise and insight into your job search and have access to potential candidates who would otherwise never turn your way. If you want to find the best candidate for a position at your company, using a recruiter gives you the best chance of succeeding.

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Weekend Accelerator – July 14, 2013

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Why Employees Should Use a Recruiter

Why Employees Should Use a Recruiter

If you are looking for a new job, you may feel like you can go it alone. After all, you know all of the best places to look for jobs in your industry, right? For many people, using a recruiter to find a new job is not even a consideration. This is a tactical mistake. A recruiter can be an excellent ally in your search and can help you to find the best possible position for you. Recruiters pair excellent candidates with top companies in many fields and they can help you.

Expertise

One reason to work with a recruiter in your job search is because they have particular expertise in scouring the job market. They not only look in all of the usual places, but they know all of the lesser known and hidden places where jobs might be listed. They are also skilled in helping you communicate with companies, get interviews, and negotiate with companies to get you a great position.

Shrink the Candidate Pool

Working with a recruiter makes you part of a much smaller pool of applicants for many jobs. You will get more attention than someone who just walked in off the street if you are backed by a recruiter. Being in that small pool simply increases the statistical likelihood that you’ll get picked up for a job.

Find a Secret Job

Another reason to work with recruiters is that there are many jobs that simply aren’t listed anywhere. Recruiters work independently with companies who may be searching for a great employee to fill a position on their staff, but that company may not be advertising anywhere. Instead, the company trusts the recruiter to bring them the best the industry has to offer. If you want to have a chance at these jobs, you have to work with a recruiter who knows their way around the industry.

Find an Ally

Recruiters are great allies to have no matter what your field is. When they see that you match up with a job they are currently trying to fill, they will actively promote you to the employer. Having someone with connections who can talk you up will significantly increase your chances of getting the job. And recruiters will work with you all the way to the end of the process, managing expectations around interviews and helping you communicate with the company.

Become a Passive Candidate

One thing to note is that you don’t actually have to be actively looking for a job to work with a recruiter. If you are currently happily employed, but looking to move up the career ladder, consider joining with a recruiter who can let you know if something great opens up. This is called being a passive candidate. Using a recruiter in this case allows the job search to go on around you while you stay focused on your current job.

Join with a Recruiter

Consider joining with a recruiter to fire up your job search and improve the odds of getting a great opportunity. Recruiters can help match you up with jobs that other candidates don’t even know about. Boost your job search prospects with a recruiter by your side.

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