Talent Strategy

Why You Need a Tech Workforce Strategy

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We’ve written before about the importance of creating flexible labor teams in an ever changing work environment – and the VocaWorks platform can be an important partner in developing those teams.  But that strategy is only one piece of an overall workforce strategy, one that allows you to not just keep pace with changes in […]

Talent Strategy

Business Fluency for Your Tech Hires

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Some of us may remember in school the passionate defense of a field of study by our teachers.  “English,” your English professor may have noted, “is something you are going to use every day for the rest of your lives.  Even if you never write another paper, you’ll be dealing with emails every day.  Shouldn’t […]

Career Advancement

Finding an Internship in Tech

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It’s true that internships at some of the top tech firms will require…previous internship experience.  They aren’t trying to be exclusive.  The truth is that they get a very high volume of resumes and this requirement allows them to winnow out a lot of applications.  But instead of focusing on that elite internship as a […]

Talent Strategy

Using Assessments to Find Better Tech Hires

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Many who attended universities in the United States were used to the familiar application process: submitting GPAs, test scores, and a “resume.”  Every now and then an interview could be used as well.  While GPA was an excellent predictor of how one would do in college (unsurprisingly, a sample of your grades across four years […]

Talent Strategy

Crafting Better Tech Job Postings

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“Good help is hard to find.”  There’s a reason this saying is still with us, even in a world in which people can submit their resumes to you with a few clicks, after finding your job posting a few clicks before.  While it may often not feel true, there are actually lots of great candidates […]

Talent Strategy

The War Over Open Offices

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For years we’ve gotten the occasional article forwarded to us or dropped into our social media feed: “Science now shows X (chocolate, red wine, coffee) does Y (makes you invincible, smarter, live longer)!”  Except that some months later, “science” manages to “prove” exactly the contrary.  The problem is the methodology.  Researchers often chase headlines and […]

VocaWorks

Negotiate Using the Briefcase Technique

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Some years ago Ramit Sethi popularized a concept which had been taught by him and others, naming it “the briefcase technique.”  While it can be used by freelancers, it’s also a technique that can be used at a job interview or in a negotiation – be it at your current place of work for new […]

Tech Trends

Are Unicorns Good for Business?

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Unicorns are all around us.  No longer just mythical creatures from fairy tales, these companies which have been valued at at least $1B at some point in their history and are a sizable number of the apps you use on a daily basis, like Uber, Airbnb, or Snapchat, just to name a few.  The United […]

Tools and Technology

The Alexa Skills Race: Early Results

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The speed of innovation on the internet seems to be keeping pace with Moore’s Law.  But unlike Moore’s Law, which only explains how our microchips get smaller and better, the innovation occurring on the internet is happening with the help of hard-won lessons of previous market game-changers.  Websites were challenged by apps, and now apps […]

Tools and Technology

Two Great SaaS Tools for Your Toolbox

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Many people use a number of great SaaS products to power their work.  Be it Dropbox or Google Drive for storage and backup, G Suite for email, Slack for messaging and communications, or Freshbooks for accounting, SaaS is here to stay.  But for every big name tool out there, there’s a smaller one that is […]