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4 Places to Find Job Candidates You Probably Never Considered

In IT, there are always seats to be filled, which means talent is always in demand. One way to find more job seekers is to look in unorthodox places. Andre Lavoie shares four examples in an article for Entrepreneur: Former employees: When people leave the business, keep tabs on how they are doing over time. There may eventually be a good opportunity to entice former employees to come back to the business. Website visitors: Include …

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Four Unique Ways Businesses Are Finding Job Candidates

If you are really willing to do anything to find the right people for the job, then you are willing to get a little zany. In an article for Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza shares four ways businesses have attracted the right candidates: Wine-and-cheese parties: If a job candidate gets the green light at interviews, then the final step in the process is having the candidate attend a wine-and-cheese party with current employees. The candidate only …

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You’re Looking in the Wrong Place for Job Candidates

In an article for Inc., Abigail Tracy acknowledges that, yes, job candidates are looking for jobs on LinkedIn. However, a lot of people are also looking for jobs on Facebook and Google+. Yes, honest-to-God Google+! Yet the same study that has revealed these findings has also found that less than one percent of businesses are using Google+ for recruiting (not surprising). Thus, you may want to reorient your recruiting efforts to keep the (otherwise completely …

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5 Steps to Giving Quality Interviews

Narrowing the field of job applicants to a worthwhile few is difficult. Narrowing those few down to just one through interviewing is even more difficult. But an article at CareerBuilder offers five steps to make it simpler: Do your homework. Study their resume and any other materials they provide. Likewise, see what dirt they might have hovering out there on Google and social media. Do not rush to judgement based on appearances. Bias will inevitably …

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The Best Way to Prepare to Conduct an Interview

The best laid plans of mice and men… sometimes work out pretty well! And if you want to conduct a really useful interview, planning factors heavily into it. In an article for Business News Daily, Jennifer Post describes what you must do. Begin by researching candidates thoroughly. Scan their social media to make sure they are not insane, and craft some questions that dig into the pertinent information they put on their resume. That being …

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Ace Tips to Conduct the Most Effective Job Interview

Often, the price of hiring the wrong person for a job is worse than hiring no one at all. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Rebecca Knight outlines the tips for conducting better interviews that hire the best person every time. First, compile a list of interview questions that address whether applicants fit the core criteria you have in mind for the job. If you need help forming criteria, think about the top-performers in …

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AI Is Starting to Look at Objects How Humans Do

To most AI, relationships are hard, and no we’re not referring to The Notebook kind. Figuring out a dog is chasing a cat through a picture is hard for a computer because it is simply analyzing the elements. But as Will Knight reveals in an article for MIT Technology Review, that could all change very soon. AI Gets New Eyes At DeepMind (that created the AlphaGo Go-playing robot), it’s all about the AI being able …

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Rebuilding Confidence after IT Failure

IT failure can be a fiasco and is a gut punch to any company. It can all go horribly wrong, terribly quickly. Using his own experience on the topic, Alistair Maughan writes for CIO UK how to manage IT failure. Tackling IT Failure Head-on CIOs and their teams are likely going to bear most of the strain caused by IT failure. This is regardless of their ability to effectively fix the problem with the tools …

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5 Client Red Flags on a Project and How to Deal with Them

More often than not, your client will not be well versed in IT terminology. To them, agile is what you say about a gymnast and plugin is what you do to a toaster to help make breakfast. Despite these differences though, you and your client are just people trying to make it in the world. Sometimes there are hiccups and problems that occur that can be easily solved. In a post for the Digital Project …

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How to Navigate the Big Perils of Small Projects

“Small project” is a very misleading title. It gives the illusion that it’s somehow simpler than normal projects. However, smaller projects fail at double the rate of their average counterparts, and that is in no small part due to poor management. In a post for Project Management Basics, Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy covers how to succeed when managing smaller projects: No Small Task Before delving too deeply into how to manage multiple small projects, some common misconceptions …

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5 Tips to Help CIOs Choose the Right Devices for IT

Gone are the days of laptops running the board rooms for on-the-go professionals. Tablets and device hybrids have jumped into the mix and now CIOs have a choice when it comes to their tech. But what drives the choice between a laptop and a tablet? Have no fear. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels helps explain how to choose which device is best for you: Focus on the service, not the device. Help define …

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7 Common Sense Tips for Approaching IoT

With the Internet of Things (IoT) being a relatively new concept, the focus has been mainly on simply making it work than it being a commercial win. IoT, like the technology that fuels it, is still finding its ways into businesses, but have now reached enough companies for some basic principles to arise. In an article for InformationWeek, Allen Proithis explores what some would consider “common sense” approaches to IoT: Define the business problem. Make …

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Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Having a large company with a wide variety of workers used to be the guaranteed path to success in business. But at least since the 60s, there’s been a demonstrable decline on the returns of assets on public companies in the US. Companies now need to reinvent themselves in order to put the best foot forward for the future. In an article for the Harvard Business Review, John Hagel III and John Seely Brown cover …

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SEO Strategy Is a Moving Target: Are You Missing It?

Where your corporate website falls in a search engine is crucial. The first result will get double the traffic of the second, and the second gets triple the traffic of the fifth. Much like baseball, it is a game of inches. In an article for Computerworld, Lamont Wood explores how to keep your SEO strategy up to speed in the modern world, particularly where Google is concerned. A Trip to Google’s Algorithm Zoo Google has …

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3 Tips to Hire a Top-Notch IT Service Desk Manager

IT service desk managers have become a pivotal part of IT. One bad customer experience can get any number of retweets or shares on social media and can send your company’s well-crafted image down the tubes. To ensure you have the best service possible, Sarah K. White gives some tips at CIO.com on how to find new employees that will deliver exceptional service: Consider the job description. Focus on what matters. Dig in during the …

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