A recent study by Matthew Bidwell, a professor at the Wharton School of Management, may cause concern among IT staffing companies. IT staffing companies and corporate recruiters often work together in the search for external IT talent. The study by Bidwell highlights the substantial costs associated with external hiring and the results might encourage certain…

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So, you are a busy (perhaps even overwhelmed) corporate recruiter and can’t seem to find enough time in the day to source and vet candidates. But decent IT staffing agencies worth their salt should have the time and the tools to come up with quality candidates, right? Well, in theory anyway. More often than not,…

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Advanced Boolean search strings targeting candidates with particular skill sets and locations are the standard no-cost way for IT recruiters to source candidates. This handy candidate sourcing technique fetches resumes and other sources of candidate information, but you have to be skilled in advanced Internet search and you have to do a lot of other…

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Do you know how long it takes you to fill a new or vacant IT position? What are your biggest IT recruiting challenges? How much does it cost you to post openings, find qualified IT candidates, screen resumes, interview applicants, and hire new employees? How much is it costing you every day to have your…

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If you think conducting background checks means calling a few former employers and cross-referencing a date of birth with an application and a driver’s license, you probably haven’t yet experienced an employee with criminal intent or a negligent hiring lawsuit. In recruiting and technology staffing, hiring the wrong person without the due diligence of proper…

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Challenges for corporate IT recruiters in 2013 include new technology such as applicant tracking systems and recruitment marketing platforms, bridging the skills gap, and creating a candidate experience. Recruiters and employers are recruiting in a rapidly evolving workforce and recruiting environment and staying on top of the latest trends, techniques, and tips can give an…

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In terms of modern IT staffing solutions, recruiting for a collaborative workplace is something that’s catching on with the fastest growing companies. As a company with a robust Information Technology team, you are keenly aware that the agile project management methodology is what sustains much of what your workforce can produce. Therefore, you need an…

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Finding the strongest passive candidates with the least time investment is the challenge for all candidate sourcing strategies. How do you find the best passive candidates for the niche skills that IT professionals such as Java developers or Ruby engineers have? There are a LOT of resumes out there on the web, along with social…

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Whatever happens to be your most favorite Sourcing Strategy for IT, don’t get too wrapped up in searching for technical skills and forget about Culture Fit. Culture fit plays an important part in successful hiring. Identifying and defining your company culture is the first step in using culture fit for recruiting. Integrating culture fit into…

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If some of the comments weren’t so politically incorrect, online forums that foster exchanges among information technology job seekers would be rife with more of the ugly truths about staffing agencies specialized in IT recruiting and the things that IT recruiters do that annoy candidates and employers. Let’s start with the way IT recruiters handle…

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Leadership IQ’s 2012 study shows that 46 percent of newly hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success. Most of the new hire fails in the study were due to attitude and only 11 percent of the new hire fails were because of technical competence. This closely relates to…

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Looking for some out-of-the box IT recruiting strategies? Competitive programming contests attract the IT superstar hungry for challenge. Programming competitions are also a way for companies to search, screen, and recruit IT talent. But, exactly how effective are these competitions, and what level of programming skill do these competitions actually uncover? Ask the programmers themselves,…

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