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 »
Recruiting Success Stories:
Featured Placement – Gary Patten
Regional Account Executive – Software as a Service
A top SaaS client enlisted Redfish Technology to find and enroll top software sales talent for an important regional market. The company is a dynamic, growing leader in their sector, providing Software as a Service solutions nationally and internationally. Identifying this senior level account executive position as a key hire, the company needed a hungry, seasoned sales executive with Read more »
Want a Job? 5 Steps to Personal Branding
Dr. Ira S. Wolfe
By Dr. Ira S. Wolfe
No matter what the season or economic stimulus, the unemployed and underemployed worker is struggling to find work. That’s grim news for many people looking for work or a change in careers, especially those jobseekers pitching themselves to employers the same way 15 million other jobseekers are doing it.
Despite these ominous odds, employers are hiring. They are just much more diligent and particular about whom they put on their payroll. That means jobseekers must be equally diligent and resourceful. Therefore it is critical that a candidate present him- or herself in the best light possible, in as many ways as possible, to as many prospective employers as possible. In other words, if you want that next job, it’s time to brand yourself.
Brand yourself? What, exactly, does that mean? Isn’t branding the responsibility of marketing and public relations departments and ad agencies? If that is what you think, it’s time to change your tune…and brand. Read more »
The Rock Stars of Silicon Valley
By Dominique Soenens, Vacature Magazine
© Griet Dekoninck
Is the talent war over?
Not in Silicon Valley. In the technological heart of the U.S., software engineers enjoy the status almost of a rock star: companies fight to land them, their wages rose last year and they are sometimes prone to the most amazing extras.
End of June. It’s smothering hot in Palo Alto, the university town in the heart of Silicon Valley. People are strolling lazily down University Avenue, the tree-lined street that cuts the center in half. On the covered patio of Starbucks, a good stone’s throw from the prestigious Stanford University, almost everybody is busy strumming on his laptop. Whether it’s a work meeting, a video meeting or a young start-upper working on the next big thing, a terrace with free Wi-Fi is a suitable area for many who work in the technology valley.
“I have a meeting soon, I just stopped in here with a friend,” said the 26-year-old technology consultant Jordan Buller, a laptop and coffee within reach. “I studied computer science at the University of Virginia and came here because of the nice job offers that I’ve received. That was three years ago when the economy is badly made. Now it is much better. A lot of people are being recruited, and the demand is high, not only for people that graduated at top universities like Berkeley and Stanford.” Many people come here. Did I dream of a business? Of course, everyone in Silicon Valley dreams of a business. I just have no concrete plans.”
Whether dreaming of their own project or not, engineers live (again) in a golden era in Silicon Valley. Figures published in the NY Times indicate that this year alone, nearly 150,000 new technology jobs will be created in the U.S.. Over the last year, wages of top engineers – especially software engineers – have gone up. While the salaries for IT engineers have barely increased since the outbreak of the recent economic crisis throughout the rest of the U.S., a Dice salary survey of American experts indicates that salaries in Silicon Valley grew in 2010 by an average of 3 percent. And this year, that percentage is much higher, by a whole lot.
“We’ve really seen the war for talent erupt over the last eight months,” said Andy Nacsin of Redfish Technology, a recruitment agency specializing in the high technology and clean technology sectors in Silicon Valley. “Wages have since gone up by about 10 percent. Companies are offering bonuses and shares, many companies are seriously pushing these to attract the talent they want.”
Translated with Google Translator.
Read the original article “De rocksterren van Silicon Valley” by Dominique Soenens
Prioritizing Human Capital
By James Kim
Despite the importance of the small business employee in a company and the American economy in general, the study and a strategic awareness of human capital has been neglected in many business services. However human capital management (HCM) should be a priority for companies.
- Build a presence: Create a website that communicates company goals and ideals and always update your website’s content. The first place a prospective employee is going to look when applying is your website. Read more »
The Anatomy of a Job Description, and Other Pointers
By Ryan Thomson,
Clean Tech Talent Division
What is the purpose of a job description? It is of course an administrative document. It does serve to establish a description of an employment work contract. But in terms of recruitment, it is a marketing tool that should attract the attention of the talent you are seeking. Read more »