Talent Strategy

The Post-Interview Thank You Note Still Matters

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It’s widely agreed among hiring managers that a thank-you note alone will not get you a job.  But very often, it can be that little bit of weight that tips the scales in your favor, particularly if it’s between you and a few other candidates.  The reality is that the note is often less about […]

Talent Strategy

What’s the Point of Background Checks?

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Background Check.  Just the phrase itself sounds ominous and unfriendly.  But it shouldn’t be.  Figures vary, but it appears that at least 50% of companies in the United States alone regularly perform background checks on potential employees.  It’s simply a smart business practice grounded in an attitude of “trust, but verify.”  After your hiring process […]

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 […]