Your New Tech Hire Must Have These 5 Qualities

With unemployment at historic lows, the time it takes to find, hire, and onboard a new employee is taking longer and longer. Thus, an organization needs to get the maximum benefit possible out of each new hire.  With this in mind, what are the most important qualities to look for in a new tech hire?

Mentoring Abilities When bringing a new tech hire into an organization, their ability to serve as a mentor and educate those around them is crucial. For example, when senior tech professionals, mentor lower-level employees skills gaps are significantly reduced. For younger tech professionals, while they are not expected to mentor others, they should be able to work with peers and offer assistance in working through problems, educating their colleagues along the way on areas where they have expertise.

Problem Solving: Basic Program Management Knowledge  Program management is a necessary discipline in every industry. A […]

Where Are the H-1B Visa Holders Working?

The H-1B visa program (part of the Immigration and Nationality Act) has become the subject of much debate in Washington and across the nation. Over the last few months, several American business leaders in the tech community have spoken out regarding the importance of the H-1B visa program. These business leaders not only wanted to acknowledge the enormous contributions H-1B visa holders provide to the US economy but to warn the public about the tremendous negative impacts to US innovation should the program be altered significantly.

So, what is an H-1B visa and who is eligible to hold one?

H-1B Visa: The Basics An H1-B visa is a “temporary visa that employers use to hire foreigners in “specialty occupations” for which there are not enough skilled American workers to fill available jobs.” To qualify, a visa holder must have at least a bachelor’s degree. The H1-B visa grants a […]

DevOps Trends You Should Know Now

DevOps has gone from a ‘chaotic experiment’ once believed destined for failure to the industry standard in a short period of time. In the last year alone, DevOps has seen considerable change, as more businesses include the methodology into their operating environment. As DevOps becomes more and more prevalent, how do companies take advantage of this change in operations to speed delivery and innovation?

What is DevOps?  DevOps, also sometimes referred to as “Continuous Integration” (CI) or “Continuous Delivery” (CD) is an application development and management practice that aims to integrate software development with deployment and operations. The practice of DevOps is predicated on developing, testing, and deploying code in the shortest amount of time possible by removing all manual effort and ‘customizations.’ Read more about the top DevOps trends of 2018, below. 

Enterprise DevOps In 2017, the presence of DevOps grew stronger in both the IT world and business […]

How Mock Job Interviews Lead to Acing Your Real Interview

Interviews are nerve-racking experiences, but they are a crucial function for job seekers. In an interview, a job seeker must not only worry about their knowledge, but also how they present themselves in areas such as nonverbal communication. For example, 33% of interviewers know within 90 seconds if they would hire the applicant due to nonverbal cues. With such an emphasis put on the “performance” side of interviews, it’s imperative that job seekers practice interview techniques and presentation beforehand. The best way to get this essential practice is by participating in a mock job interview.

What is a Mock Job Interview? A mock job interview is a practice interview with a professional career counselor. Many of these mock job interviews can occur at career counseling centers, such as those found on college campuses. Also, many recruiters can conduct mock job interviews or refer candidates to professionals who specialize in […]

How to Get Your Hiring Managers and Recruiters on the Same Page

Recruiting and hiring is a complex process. At the heart of this process lies, an important relationship between the two primary stakeholders in this arrangement: the hiring manager, and the recruiter.

The relationship between a hiring manager and recruiter boils down to two parties who have a shared goal – staffing an open position with the best candidate possible. It’s this shared goal that must unite the two parties so that it can be achieved. So, what is the best way to get a hiring manager and recruiter on the same page?

Start With a Unified Strategy With Set Milestones When a hiring manager and recruiter start a new candidate search, the first step should be developing a unified recruitment strategy. In this strategy, the position should be clearly defined as well as the general requirements the hiring manager is looking for in potential candidates.

Furthermore, responsibilities and tasking […]

Should You Create Accountability Partners on Your Tech Team?

In the day-to-day operations of a business, much can get lost in the noise. Issues can take over allowing small things to be forgotten which causes goals and targets to be missed. These forgotten items and missed goals, almost always result in problems and headaches down the road. So, how do organizations prevent forgotten items, missed deadlines and unattained goals?

Creating Accountability Partners: The Key to Improving Efficiency The American Society of Training and Development found “that people are 65% [more] likely to meet a goal after committing to another person.” Furthermore, “their chances of success increase to 95% when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners.”

Creating accountability partners within your tech team will help in the task of meeting deadlines and reaching performance goals. However, accountability partnerships don’t occur organically; they take planning and effort.

Ways to Include Accountability on Your Tech Team Accountability partnerships […]

How to Get Noticed in a Competitive Tech Market

The tech industry has always been known to seek out the best and the brightest. Because of this, the competition for jobs with well-known tech companies can be tough. With this in mind, it’s imperative that tech professionals set themselves apart from their peers. So, how do tech professionals get noticed in this very competitive market?

Make Sure Your Resume is Top Notch “More than 250 resumes will be submitted for every corporate job opening. From this pile of over 250 resumes, 4 to 6 candidates will be interviewed, and 1 will be offered the job.” With statistics like these, it’s imperative your resume is in the best shape possible to stand out from the pack. Not only must your resume be “perfect,” it must also be unique in order to find its way to the top of the pile. Make sure all your skills are correctly and efficiently […]

5 IT Certifications You Need to Boost Your Career

Certifications can be a great way to enhance a resume, boost salary potential, and move your career forward. Per a Global Knowledge survey, it was found that 83 percent of IT professionals hold an IT certification. Moreover, they also found the average salary for certified IT professionals in the U.S. is on average $8,400 higher than their non-certified peers.

The Top 5 IT Certifications for 2018 1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) Average Salary: $127,507

2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Average Salary: $122,448

3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Average Salary: $119,085

4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Average Salary: $118,179

5. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Average Salary: $110,634

The IT Certification Trends: It’s All About Security and Risk  When looking at the top five IT certifications, it’s not hard to spot a trend: Security and risk management is in high demand, […]

How to Take on Tough Cybersecurity Challenges

Cybersecurity is on the mind of every CEO and corporate board today. Each year, corporations across the globe spend billions of dollars to secure corporate data and keep hackers out. When hackers are successful, it can cost a corporation greatly. The damage caused by hackers goes beyond financial burdens and extends to both an organization’s reputation and customer relationships. With this in mind, how does an organization successfully take on the cybersecurity challenges our connected world presents?

The Top 6 Cyber Challenges Challenge # 1 – Data, Data, Everywhere Solution: Separate Personal Employee Data from the Rest of Your Network

Businesses today are overflowing with all types of data. Where possible, use segregated networks for employee data and business operations. This segregation can prevent many headaches and can isolate damage in the event of a breach.

Challenge # 2 – Cyber Risk from Outside Parties Solution: Evaluate Third-Party Risk […]

The Most Important Things to Do While Attending Conferences

Conferences are an essential part of professional growth. Not only do they expose attendees to upcoming trends in their industry, they can also help with soft skills such as networking.

How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience Conferences can be overwhelming experiences stretched out over several days and jam-packed with events, activities, talks, and social gatherings. The best way to get the most out of your conference experience is to do a little pre-planning.

Do Your Research Before booking your hotel room and rental car, do a little research on the conference you are attending. Research the speakers and the topics to ensure the information provided will be of benefit to your current or future work projects. Also, think about whether there is any other business you can do in the host city, which is a nice bonus.

Create a Plan Once you have researched the conference […]

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