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Thought Leader Series: How to Create an Online Footprint That Will Attract Employers Aug 26

Graham Jones is a Thought Leader on Internet Psychology and has extensive experience in helping businesses understand the behavior of their customers. To learn more about Graham, visit his website at When you apply for a job, one of the first things employers will do is look you up online. They'll Google you and see what they can find. A potential employer could be impressed by what they discover; on the other hand, they may get an instant negative impression of you, even if it isn't deserved. You Will Be Googled One of the first problems with someone Googling you is that they might find nothing. After all, if you don't have a website, you don't blog, and you...…

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Mobile Recruiting: Reaching IT Talent Where It's At Aug 20

Most job seekers now use mobile devices to find and apply for jobs. A recent survey showed that 90 percent of respondents checked their mobile device in the first hour they are awake and 50 percent checked their phones 25 times a day. Among 18 to 24 year olds, a prime age group for IT recruiting, 50 percent checked their phones within 5 minutes of waking up. Given these statistics, it's should not be a surprise that 86 percent of active candidates use their smartphones to start a job search. Furthermore, 70 percent of candidates want to apply on their mobile devices. Which brings us to the question: is your job or recruiting site mobile-friendly? For far too many IT companies and...…

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Beyond the Online IT Job Search - Unique Ways to Find Your Next Job Aug 20

Using offline job search methods can help you stand out from the crowd. Most IT job candidates now search for jobs online, but unless your resume sets you apart from the crowd, you may see little result from hours and hours of hard work. is jokingly referred to as the "resume black hole," and the average recruiter spends just six seconds reading a resume submitted online. There are ways to get noticed outside the online application process and boost your chances of landing an interview. Moving beyond the online job search often takes more time and work, but if it increases the odds of success, it can be worthwhile. How to Conduct an Offline IT Job Search The main technique...…

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8 IT Job Search Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Aug 12

The job search process has definite do's and don'ts to be aware of. The job search is the first step to getting the IT job you want, but many people make basic mistakes that prevent them from taking advantage of opportunities that might otherwise be open to them. Here are some of the biggest mistakes IT job seekers make and what seekers can do instead to find success. 1. Making your search too broad. When you really need a job, it can be tempting to apply for every IT position that even remotely ties into your skills and experience, but this practice has several drawbacks. Not only will you spend lots of time pursuing IT jobs that aren't right for you, but you may also hurt your chances...…

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What Top Quality IT Employees Have in Common Aug 12

Personal characteristics can be as important in an IT employee as technical expertise. IT job descriptions are often very specific about the skills needed for the position. It may be a specific programming language, technical support ability, or project management skills, but it's not likely an applicant will get the job without the required skills. Hiring managers for IT positions should consider more than just whether the applicant has the technical skills required, however. Technical knowledge can be taught in many cases, but there are qualities that top employees have in common, many of which can't be taught or seem to be more basic to who a person is. Using Inner Resources Top IT...…

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6 Recruiting Tips for IT Staffers Aug 05

Recruiting top quality IT staff can be a challenge. Despite the number of resumes received on many job listings, it can still be difficult to find qualified candidates for many IT jobs requiring a specialized skill set or a certain level of experience. Recruiters want to attract the best candidates possible for open positions, and in most IT departments, they need the position filled yesterday. It's easy for recruiters and hiring managers to get stuck between the demands of IT management and those of the candidates they recruit. Here are some tips for finding the candidates that will make their bosses and colleagues happy and avoiding the ones that won't. 1. Build a Profile A profile...…

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The Second Interview: How to Stand Out Aug 05

The second interview gets you one step closer to a job offer. Getting a second interview is an accomplishment, but the process of landing that IT job is far from over. It's important to handle the second interview as well or even better than the first in order to distinguish yourself from the remaining candidates. Here are some ways you can stand out from the (diminishing) crowd. --Offer more: new information, new insights, new examples. Show definitively that you can do the job and give evidence of your skills in the form of anecdotes about projects you've done, problems you've resolved, and how your particular skills meet the specific needs of the position. --Show that you've done...…

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