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 »
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 »
How Do You Source Talent?
Companies source talent online, offline, internally, externally, and different methods work better for some than others.
A great source of sourcing info:
The SilkRoad Top Sources of Hire annual report looks at client data from the SilkRoad Recruiting ATS, which is used by companies ranging in size from small-to-medium businesses up to vary large companies across industries like IBM, eBay, and L’Oréal.
Interview or Hire as metric?
This is always a fun report to read and compare and contrast with the sources of hire of veteran growth-mode recruiting firm, Redfish Technology. Redfish primarily serves start-up to mid-stage growth mode companies very focused Read more »
Building Your Team from the Net Out
By Mike Curry, Executive Recruiter, IT Division
As a former professional hockey player turned recruiter, I often find hockey terms and analogies relevant to technology recruitment. I left home at 17 to play hockey, played four years in the NCAA at Minnesota-Duluth, and then in the East Coast Hockey League. Fast forward, I am now a tech recruiter. I currently play for the Sun Valley Suns hockey team, with an occasional stint for the Idaho Steelheads, well okay only once so far, but I am available for more!
Build Your Team from the Net Out
In hockey the coaches talk of building the team from the net out. This means starting with a rock-solid goalie, then building the defense, then the forwards, and on. The theory is that by preventing goals with solid defense and goal tending, you minimize scoring. You then build the middle with good centers to drive your offense. You want centers who are reliable and multifaceted, to bridge the gap between the defensemen and forwards. Next build the wings, then the offense. Read more »
For the Third Year in a Row, Redfish Leads the Pack in the Micro Business category.
Third Year in a Row!
On April 16, 2015 Redfish Technology was named the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho. The award ceremony took place at the Boise State Campus Double R Ranch Club overlooking the city of trees. In its eight year, the Best Places to Work award program had a record number of entries.
The Best Places to Work in Idaho is a data-driven program – created by POPULUS, a marketing and research firm – that confidentially surveys employees in order to measure and compare employers across five dimensions of the work place. Winners are selected based on their employee ratings Read more »
Calibrating for Success
By Noah Hendricks, Executive Recruiter, Sales & Marketing Division
“Kaizen, Japanese for “good change”. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain. It has been applied in healthcare, psychotherapy, life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries.” – This concise definition and context courtesy of Wikipedia.
This tried and tested work philosophy of continual calibration to business processes in order to improve upon them led to many management strategies and workplace revolutions. It is a mindset that all great businesses share, whether they call it as such or not.
In recruiting, things are always changing: technologies, ATMs, job boards, social networking fads. And each and every hire is unique. Read more »
Decoding the Software Engineer
Code Testing in the Hiring Process
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Division
Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter
Tech recruiting is all about matching culture and skill sets. We are not engineers or coders, we are business solution drivers. And let’s face it, even in a small startup tech company, not everyone is a techie. So how do we find the best technical & engineering talent out there for growth-mode tech companies?
We network with development talent, vet prospective candidates often before we ever reach out to them, and we onboard prospects from the get-go – which is easy to do as we only work with companies that we believe in and are excited about, a luxury we are proud and grateful to have.
When it comes time to verify the technical skills of the candidates we work with, there are a variety of methods. Read more »
How to Find Top Talent
without Being Inundated with Resumes
Most corporate jobs receive 250 resumes per opening.
Everyone wants to cast their net wide and access all the best talent out there, but no one wants a tsunami of resumes flooding their desk and email inbox.
How can you access a wide array of talent but refrain from being accessed yourself non-stop by respondents?
There’s a lot of folks out there, actively and passively looking for their next job.
There are 25 million resumes on Indeed.
There are 332 million LinkedIn users, 107 million of them in the US.
The average number of daily LinkedIn mobile job applications is 44,000. (ExpandedRamblings.com)
There are 140 Million unique visitors on Indeed.com monthly. (Indeed.com)
There are a lot of folks sending resumes.
Google gets over a million job applications each year and the company only hires about 0.5% of applicants. (About.com)
Procter & Gamble Inc. got nearly a million applications last year for 2,000 open positions. (WSJ.com)
Most corporate jobs receive 250 resumes per opening. (Recruiterbox.com) Read more »
While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.
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
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.
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. Read more »