November 3, 2014

Soft Skills: Easy to Feel Out, Harder to Test

While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.

Soft-Skills-Definition

The soft skills are rather intangible: communication, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team collaboration, attitude, common sense, and relationships, amongst others.

Coding and problem-solving tests are fairly straightforward ways to gauge hard skill level, but how do you measure a candidate’s soft skills?

Evaluating Soft Skills

 

Social Media

Almost everyone in the United States has at least one social networking profile at this point, so researching a candidate’s online presence is fairly easy. Social media and websites provide an interesting window into a person’s soft skills. Of interest is everything from how thoroughly and professionally people present themselves, to the content and comments that they choose to post on online media.

Video Interviewing

Some companies solicit video responses as a filtering mechanism that quickly gives a sense of a person’s soft skills. A company may ask candidates to answer a few questions in a video format to be submitted along with a resume or as the next step in the pre-interview process. There are obviously a lot of efficiencies gained by getting a peek at talent, although some people are fairly shy of performing in front of a somewhat anonymous audience. (more…)

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July 28, 2014

What’s the Latest Emerging Code Your New Hire Better Know? By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

What’s the Latest Emerging Code Your New Hire Better Know?Meredith Dean, IT Recruiter

By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

 

Is Java the top code to know? C, C++, C# – ho hum. Python and Ruby are hot. What about R? Assembly, Scala or Shell? Picking a particular new “emerging” technology stack like Ruby on Rails, any of the MVC Javascript frameworks, Scala, or Solr, etc. means working with some cutting edge new coding.

 

But requiring the latest, emerging new code in terms of a hiring requirement definitely means that the talent pool available is going to be extremely small. And with quasi-fulltime employment, tech talent is already highly in-demand before you even start ‘stacking’ the technology deck against yourself. (more…)

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October 21, 2013

How to Survive as a New Manager, By Dave Clemens of the HR Cafe Blog

How to Survive as a New Manager

Dave Clemens

Dave Clemens

By Dave Clemens

 

You just got promoted. Now you’re a manager and finally on the career path you always dreamed about. But does it feel different to be in a leadership role? You still get up every day and take a shower, have breakfast and drive to work. Your spouse, your children, your friends – they all see you the same. So not much has really changed, right?

 

Wrong. At work, everything has changed. Why? Because your boss, the most important person in your professional life, needs you to play a completely different role. (more…)

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August 19, 2013

More Companies Are Hiring MBA Grads in 2013

More Companies Are Hiring MBA Grads in 2013Now Hiring

The fortunes of recent MBA graduates were rocked when the 2008 recession hit and employers froze hiring and significantly scaled back growth estimates. Fortunately, the economy has rebounded and jobs for MBA graduates have followed. In 2013, companies around the globe stated their intention to hire a new crop of business school graduates, reports the Graduate Management Council, indicating that tides have changed for employees considering earning an MBA.

Benefits of Getting an MBA

The Master of Business Administration degree is consistently the most popular graduate degree in the United States, according to CBS News. Although some programs, like a San Diego MBA at Alliant.edu, offer one-year programs if you have the correct prerequisites, many traditional MBA degrees take two to three years of full-time work to complete. Most MBA programs consist of academic coursework in accounting, operations, economics, finance, marketing, leadership, management, and ethics. (more…)

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January 14, 2013

Discover the Best Graduate Degrees for Emerging Careers, by Sharon Wiatt Jones, careerthoughtleaders.com

Discover the Best Graduate Degrees for Emerging Careers

Sharon Wiatt Jones, M.S., CPRW

by Sharon Wiatt Jones, careerthoughtleaders.com

 

Are you looking for a way to qualify for “hot jobs” in a poor economy?

Instead of aiming for a graduate or professional degree which personally interests you (folklore or film, anyone?) or impresses friends and family (M.D, MBA, J.D.), let’s consider more objective criteria:

  1. New and emerging occupations
  2. Positive job market outlook
  3. Good return on investment
  4. Breadth and depth; interdisciplinary with focus
  5. Experiential (internship, co-op, or capstone component)

The Occupational Information Network (U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration), has prepared a list of emerging occupations by industry. Some of the career fields generally requiring a master’s degree are listed here: (more…)

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