The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search

The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

By Jessica Hernandez

Do you ever wonder why other candidates are bombarded with calls for interviews and are fielding offers for jobs left and right … while you’re struggling to garner any attention at all from hiring managers? It could be as simple as the resources these candidates have available to them and how they utilize them. Read more »

2012 Startup Outlook Survey, by Silicon Valley Bank

Filed under: High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info

2012 Startup Outlook Survey, by Silicon Valley Bank

Every year the Silicon Valley Bank published its Startup Outlook Survey. Intimately acquainted with Silicon Valley startups in high technology, software, and clean technology, SVB has their finger on the industry pulse.

“The 2012 Startup Outlook Survey captures a U.S. economy in transition. The technology sector continues to lead the broader economy out of the downturn, posting strong returns even as the overall economy strains to rebound. Dynamic new sectors are growing rapidly, businesses are hiring and startup executives are bullish on the U.S. market. Optimism and confidence remain high.

 Yet warning signs exist — particularly for capital-intensive sectors and those that depend on the government to set market rules. Left unaddressed, these weak spots could grow and ultimately choke the United States’ ability to sustain its position as the leader in innovation based economic growth.”

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Plate Spinning, the Art of Successful Recruiting

Filed under: Best Practices, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

Plate Spinning, the Art of Successful Recruiting

Leah O'Flynn

Leah O’Flynn

By Leah O’Flynn

Plate spinning is an intense physical and psychological feat; it is both an art form and a methodology. Professionals focus on spinning numerous plates, simultaneously, while performing any number of acrobatic maneuvers, balancing goals, and bringing moving parts to a graceful crescendo. Sounds like recruiting, doesn’t it? Read more »

Recruiting Success Stories: Patricia O’Hear, Software Engineer – Web Applications

Filed under: Featured Placements, High Tech / IT / Software, Jobs/Employment

Recruiting Success Stories:

Featured Placement – Patricia O’Hear

Patty O’Hear
Patty O’Hear

Software Engineer Web Applications – Integrated Workplace Management System


This privately owned global enterprise real estate software company tasked Redfish with finding a Software Engineer to grow their global development team. The company is on the leading edge of advanced Web 2.0 development and has been recognized as the fastest growing Integrated Workplace Management System on the Software Magazine’s Software 500 List Read more »

IT Trends: Employment at an All-Time High

Filed under: Compensation, High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info, Jobs/Employment, Tech Trends

IT Trends:

Employment at an All-Time High

“IT employment has surpassed its previous all-time high—an encouraging sign not only for the IT services industry, but the economy at-large,” stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “Given strong demand for IT talent, high wages these professionals command and the benefits of IT to the broader economy, policymakers should do all they can to create an environment which encourages such work to be performed in the United States,” added Roberts.

TechServe Alliance reports that IT jobs reached the high at 4,107,700 adding 13,300 jobs in January, a monthly record that surpasses the previous all-time high set in September 2008 when IT employment reached 4,088,600. According to revised BLS numbers, IT employment grew by 3.4% in 2011 (compared to 1.5% in 2010). Read more »

6 Ways to Engage Passive Candidates

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Talent Acquisition

6 Ways to Engage Passive Candidates

As a small business owner, engaging passive candidates for positions you’re looking to fill can be an important strategy. There are many reasons for this, the main one being that passive candidates – those who are happy with their current jobs and aren’t actively looking for a new job – often possess more skills and experience than those who are actively looking for jobs.

This may be especially true when it comes to your small business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, small businesses have more employees (based on percentage) with a high school education or less, and larger firms have more employees with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Get in on that talent when they aren’t necessarily looking for a job with a small business like yours by learning how to engage passive candidates. Here are six options for doing so:

1. Use Social Media

It’s no surprise that social media like Twitter and Facebook is one of the top ways to engage passive candidates in today’s job environment. Everybody’s got an account, so why not use that to your advantage? This recruitment strategy has worked out particularly well for companies like Starbucks, which uses Facebook and Twitter to turn fans into partners (employees).

Social media can help you in several ways. Use social networks like LinkedIn to get information on potential employees, and use other social networks to brand not just your business but your employment. You can use social media to talk about the various challenges your employees are meeting, and you can even throw out job opportunities on your social media network to reach a larger pool of potential candidates for free.

2. Create a Company Blog

Have your employees write blog articles on what they’re currently working on. This can showcase your business and the benefits and challenges you bring to your employees. It can also help brand your business for potential employees as well as for customers. Showing your business as a great place to work can be one of the best ways to bring in passive candidates who are already relatively happy with their current jobs.

You may also want to provide industry news on your company’s blog. This can keep potential employees coming back for more information every day. Help them stay on top of the latest standards and news, and once you become their favorite source of information, they’ll view you more favorably and will be more likely to read any job postings you put on your company’s blog.

3. Write Enticing Job Descriptions

If you don’t know exactly what a potential job is going to entail, passive candidates are going to pick up on that. Remember, these aren’t people who are actively searching for jobs. That means they’re not going to jump on – or even consider! – a job with a poorly thought-out and poorly written job description.

If you’re not much of a writer, consider hiring a freelancer to write job descriptions for you. Just make sure that you spend plenty of time nailing down exactly what the job will entail and then talk over the details with your writer to make sure you get a job description that is both accurate and enticing.

4. Contact them Personally

When you find some passive candidates in whom you are interested, try contacting them personally, either through email or on the phone. Often times, they’ll be willing to speak with you, even if they aren’t currently looking for a new job. The key here is to be personal and to be genuinely interested in the person you’re speaking with. You may not get them to come to your company right way, but you could end up having a good conversation that will lead to a hire-on later down the road.

5. Targeted Email or Mobile Updates

Provide potential candidates with job updates through email or on their mobile devices. The key here is not to annoy every passive candidate by showering them with updates about jobs that aren’t relevant to their skill set or interests. Instead, target job updates so that they only go to individuals who may be truly interested in the jobs that have come up at your company.

6. Offer Presentations

Finally, you can continue to make yourself valuable to employees in your industry by offering free certification, training, or presentations on industry-related topics. This can be a good way to get passive candidates in your door, where you can have face-to-face conversations with them about the benefits your company has to offer them in exchange for their work. Your business can seek to run federal or state certification courses, or you can just host experts to present on industry topics in an informal environment.

7. Use a Recruiter

Does this sound like too much to do and run your business? Recruiting is a specialized field and the talent management experts specializing in your business sector can take the weight off of your shoulders. From actively recruiting talent to maintaining an ongoing relationship with thousands of passive candidates, recruiters can find and bring on-board the valuable human assets that your business needs, when you need them.

About the Author

Daniela Baker is a small business blogger and social media advocate at CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison website.

Happy Holidays from our team to yours!

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Work-Life Balance

Happy Holidays from our team to yours!

Whether you will get merry at Christmas, illuminated at Hanukkah, or dec’d out for Kwanzaa, we hope you have a great yearend!


Redfish is celebrating a great 2011.


Rob Reeves

Rob Reeves, President, CEO – Redfish Technology

Amid the Noise and Haste of 2011, we’ve managed to stay the course we set and solidify our partnerships in both the Tech Sector and the Clean Tech Sector. Read more »

Tech Trends: Technology Investment Creates Jobs, Prosperity

Filed under: High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info, Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Technology Investment Creates Jobs, Prosperity

Technology investment nurtures innovation and creates economic prosperity. This statement has been proved time and time again. In competition with the Soviet Union’s space program, the U.S. invested heavily in science, engineering, aerospace, and technology, and they pay off was strong innovation, huge job creation, and the birth of new industries in which the U.S. was the clear leader for decades. Today high tech products are the U.S.’s largest overseas export, making up 17.8 percent of all U.S. exports and supporting more than 900,000 U.S. jobs. Most nations are doubling down on their technology and innovation strategies and investment in an effort to win in the telecommunications, energy, and IT industries; securing dominance in key industries of tomorrow will grow jobs and prosperity for the winners.

Investment means allocating funds but it also means creating and acquiring talent. The U.S. has fallen behind in domestic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education – while 33% of the workforce requires these talents, Americans obtaining degrees in these fields falls below the mark. Foreign-born innovators and entrepreneurs have been instrumental in many of the cutting edge firms and technologies that have brought prosperity throughout the history of the U.S. A  Kauffman Foundation study found that 25% of science and technology start-ups founded between 1995 and 2005 had either a foreign-born chief executive or lead technologist. In 2005, these firms produced $52 billion in revenue with 450,000 employees. Opening immigration to highly skilled and educated will feed and grow innovation and jobs here in the U.S.

Technology innovation leads to national economic prosperity. According to a study by Christine Qiang of 120 nations between 1980 and 2006 estimated that for each 10 percentage point increase in broadband penetration, a high income country’s gross domestic product goes up by 1.3 percent. According to TechAmerica’s Phillip J. Bond, president and CEO, on the average each tech job supports three jobs in other sectors of the economy and the multiplier effect is 5-to-1 for information technology jobs. Information technology accounts for more than a third of U.S. gross domestic product growth and nearly two-thirds of corporate capital investment. Currently there are 375,000 information technology businesses in the U.S. employing over 5.9 million people; by 2018 IT jobs are projected to grow by 22 percent.


Recommended reading from Redfish Technology:

Competition for Talent, Immigrants Have Historically been Innovators, Job Creators.

Tech Provides Map for Nation’s Future

Technology and the Innovation Economy by Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies at the The Brookings Institution


Winning the Tech Talent War, by Andy Nacsin, Executive Recruiter at Redfish Technology

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

Winning the Tech Talent War

Andy Nacsin

Andy Nacsin

by Andy Nacsin, Executive Recruiter 

In today’s economic situation, companies are facing multiple new challenges when it comes to staffing.  According to Forrester Research, today’s recruiting growth rate prediction is at 8%.  Many theorists believe that this is because of the looming talent shortage and disconnect between positions open and skills of candidates applying.  Another factor is that companies, while emerging from recession, are still remaining cautious on spending and are very selective when acquiring talent, regardless of their growing need to add headcount.  Our nationwide overall unemployment rate has been hovering around 10%, and yet when we take a closer look within technology these numbers are closer to 4%.  Other considerations that are affecting this climate are employee turnover, Baby Boomers retiring, more restrictive policies on foreign workers, companies resistant to relocation costs, and overall reluctance from employees to change jobs.  So our challenge is how to cope with a growing talent shortage within the high tech and green tech industries.

The battle for top sales people and engineers is extraordinary in Silicon Valley and New York – These are our Talent War battle zones.  The majority of technology growth occurs in these two large geographic regions and they also typically house the greatest number of top tier talent.   Read more »