Why Should Employers Bother with Social Media?
By now your company probably has 3 or more social media accounts, and it has for some time. It is not always apparent why besides the fact that all your consultants and marketers said you should, and all your competitors do.
Knowing what the right metrics are and how to measure success is another challenge. If Coca Cola has 91 million likes/followers on their Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter page, and your competitor has 486: Which should be the benchmark for your company? And are views more important than click-throughs? According to AdAge, the correlation between that click and a conversion is virtually nonexistent. Ug, that’s no help! Read more »
Crowdfunding to Double
The industry is booming, creating jobs, leveraging sales
The crowdfunding industry is booming. More than 1,250 online platforms worldwide raising $16.2 billion last year, up 167% from 2013, according to crowdfunding research firm Massolution. And global crowdfunding is projected to reach $33-34 billion in 2015, with $6 billion of that in the US, double that of last year.
The benefits to companies go beyond the actual funds raised through the revenues that are crowd funded; there is a marketing benefit that translates into sales. Crowdfunded companies (via rewards, equity or debt) increased quarterly revenues by Read more »
Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing
What a Recruiter Looks For When Reading Your Resume
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
While I do not look through all of the 3M resumes that Google receives every year, my day often starts with resume review. I search our company database, various job boards, LinkedIn, etc; and just one search may bring back hundreds of resumes. For example, this morning 293 new or updated resumes came up, and out of those I only downloaded three.
Pundits say that your resume gets between 6 and 15 seconds of attention. So what I am and other recruiters looking for in those precious seconds? Read more »
Recruiting Success Stories
Featured Placement – Usman Shafique
Automation Engineer – Encryption/Security
As a leader in secure mail and data solutions, this company has proven data-centric encryption and tokenization technology that protects the most sensitive information wherever it is: in the cloud, across mobile platforms, in big data environments, or within legacy computer systems. The Director of Engineering at Read more »
The Proper Care and Feeding of Millennials in the Workplace
Recruiting and retaining Millennials depends on understanding who they are and what they want and having a Millennial Talent Management Strategy.
Who are they?
Millennials are those born in the 80s and 90s more or less, basically the 20-40 year old work force. Millennials now make up just over one-third of the workforce (more than the Bookers or Generation X) and by 2020 Millennials will form 50% of the global workforce.
Described in many ways: ‘hopeful’, ‘narcissistic’, ‘nomads’. These digital natives certainly are tech-savvy, connected, mobile, and social. As opposed to previous generations, the millennials are much more attracted to on-demand work, and flexibility of all flavors. As compared to Gen X, this cohort is considered by hiring managers to be much more open to change (72% Millennials vs 28% Gen X), much more creative, money-driven, and adaptable, with a bit more of an entrepreneurial attitude. Millennials are a bit less confident (46%) than Gen X (54%), and much less team players (27%) as compared to Gen X (73%), according to KPCB’s Internet Trends 2015.
Millennials in the Workforce
It’s a candidate’s market with low-tech unemployment and companies battling it out over the same employee pool in many areas. The Millennials have come of age and Read more »
Beating the Tech Talent Crunch
Ways to Shore Up the Talent Gap
The tech talent shortage has been compounding for some years, to the point we are hearing about the return of the candidate king. Sectors across various technology industries, engineering, and finance are experiencing difficulty acquiring and retaining much needed talent. Big talent gaps exist in software development and data science/analytics, and all across the science, engineering fields as well.
So what can you do to find the skilled talent you need? Read more »
Recruiting Success Stories:
Featured Placement – Tim Kissane
Customer Support Specialist – Internet Hosting Service
This company is on fire! The customer base growth and expanding business solutions are creating a demand for top notch Linux technical support professionals. Linode is an early leader in the cloud hosting industry and they continue to lead in virtualization hosting while providing the best service and technology. Read more »
The Best of BPTW …
If Best Places to Work is on your radar, you probably see it all the time. And BPTW comes in many flavors: the best in a State, the best in an industry, the best in the country, etc.
The latest flavor I noticed was the BPTW for Millennials. Congratulations to the top picks in each category: Ergodyne, Capitol Chevrolet Cadillac, Navy Federal Credit Union as well as all the companies recently selected from among 4,000 US companies for the best places to work for Millennial employees in America recognition. Given that Millennials are now the largest workforce in America, this is an important recognition.
The BPTW in the Bay Area celebrates companies that have exceptional workplaces that their employees value highly. Kudos to InfoObjects, ZenPayroll, SOAProjects Inc, PureStorage, and Workday for prioritizing practices, culture and values that drive engagement. When employees are happy to go to work and proud of their employer, they are more productive and Read more »
The Tech Market in a Nut Shell
Tech Sector Employment Trends & Numbers
The U.S. tech industry totaled 6.5 million employees at the end of 2014 according to CompTIA’s Cyberstates report. The top five states by tech industry employment are: California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Payroll / GDP
The tech industry’s impact on the U.S. GDP is 7.1%. Tech salaries tend to be double Read more »
The Top 5 Secrets to Landing your Dream Job
By Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
I work with job seekers on a daily basis as a recruiter in the tech industry. Often times, candidates are unaware of a few tactics that can give them competitive edge in this market.
This difference between an active job seeker versus and passive job seeker is their work status. An active job seeker is unemployed, unsatisfied in their current role or a reduction in force is imminent whereas a passive job seeker isn’t necessarily looking for a new job. Read more »