Talent Strategy

Does Unlimited Vacation Actually Work?

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From “too good to be true” perk for Silicon Valley firms to trendy benefit for companies looking for the best talent, unlimited vacation has gained more and more prominence in recent years.  But headlines aside, does the policy actually work, not just for employees, but for employers as well?  In this article, we’ll examine that […]

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Why Social Media Should Be Part of Your Recruiting Strategy

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When asked why they do not use social media to recruit, many firms cite a lack of time or legal/privacy issues.  That’s fair.  Social media recruiting does take time and there are legal and privacy questions to deal with.  But those aren’t real obstacles.  They are excuses dressed as obstacles, and the sooner you address […]

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The GDPR: the Obstacle is the Way

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In a wash of emails that reminded many Americans that even the most forward-thinking of companies can be subject to procrastination, the GDPR finally went into effect some weeks ago, after a two-year grace period which the companies could have used (but most didn’t) to update their privacy policies and notify their customers.  Ironically, that […]

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The ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of Identifying Soft Skills

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The experts have spoken: 77% of employers think soft-skills are just as important as hard skills (source). Yet, even though it’s clear soft skills are important, they aren’t always simple to identify. In fact, more than 60% of hiring managers agree that screening for soft skills is tough (source).   The reason for this is […]

Leadership

9 Tips for Tech Project Success

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Managing tech projects to a successful conclusion takes the best contributions from all the members of the team creating the project, but it also takes an aware and thoughtful project manager to bring that best out of everyone.  In this article we will share some ideas for how to make your next (or current!) tech […]

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Why smart companies are hiring from boot camps

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  This year, more than 20,000 people will graduate from coding boot camps in North America alone.  These boot camps can cost anywhere between $10k-$20k and last from 8-14 weeks.  While there are part-time offerings, the overwhelming majority of graduates come from full-time programs, in which they spend 10-12 hours per day, at least 5 […]

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7 Ways to Screen Out Bad Attitudes

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  According to a 2015 study, while 46% of new hires failed with 18 months, a whopping 89% of those failures came as a result of poor attitudes.  Part of this is due to the fact that we can sometimes focus on technical competence and valid experience rather than attitude, which shows up in someone’s temperament, […]