About Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips is an interface designer with a strong focus on user-centered and interaction design, and a lover of great typography. When he's not designing or writing, he can be found playing guitar or capturing great moments on camera.

The Career Resolutions You Should Be Making This New Year

iStock_000004655588MediumThe New Year is almost upon us and many job seekers will soon be making resolutions and plans regarding their careers for the year to come. Whether you are currently unemployed and looking for work or seeking a new position, there is a myriad of resolutions you can make to launch your career or take it to the next level in 2015.

Today we will look at 5 resolutions. Depending on where you are with your job search or career, some of those resolutions may seem like big moves, or if not, they are at least good reminders of a few things you can do to advance your search.
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5 Hiring Tips for Warp-Speed Recruitment

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.33.41 PMRecruiting techniques and best practices are always changing, and with each new generation the workforce evolves and so should hiring techniques. Recent graduates and job seekers now expect more from their future employers than ever before.

Gone are the days of plain old job boards littered with simple and often deceptive job descriptions. Finding highly skilled candidates isn’t more difficult, if you know how.

Our latest infographic highlights 5 of the most technologically advanced hiring techniques to boost your recruitment strategy. Click here to view the infographic on our website.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Professional References

A manager giving his millennial worker feedback to better improve his overall performance on the job.Receiving a solid letter of recommendation or reference from a supervisor, teacher or one of your peers can go a long way when you eventually start looking for a new position or job.

References should always be from verifiable sources as well as convey a positive and favorable image of your personality, achievements, and skills.

Merely asking for a reference is not enough, yet it is a mistake many job seekers make. References and letters of recommendation should always be thoroughly documented and include the name of your contact and their preferred method of communication. Let’s have a look at some do’s and don’ts of professional references.
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Recruiting Strategy: 3 Things You Must Do in Q4

Man-working-seasonal-jobThis is part two of our “Seasonal Hiring” blog series. Part one discusses the benefits of using a staffing company to help meet seasonal staffing needs.

It’s no secret that recruiting should be a year-round effort. But carefully planning your recruiting and hiring efforts in Q4 can save you a tremendous amount time and money come January. The last quarter is likely the most complex of the year because of the holiday season; employers tend to receive fewer resumes and prefer to dedicate resources to departments that have an immediate impact on revenues.

For employers, recruiting in Q4 for Q1 hiring can help avoid hiring mistakes that often arise from making rushed decisions. For candidates, it means less competition as the New Year approaches, and a better chance of landing the desired position.

That last quarter is also when businesses review their goals and achievements, and plan their budget for the coming year. Recruiting should be part of your end-of-year review. In fact, according to CNN Money, December is actually a great time to hire!
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Hiring the Right Graphic Designer For Your Marketing Team

graphic-designer-working-on-a-computerDesign and aesthetics are critical to the success of your brand’s marketing materials, such as posters, flyers, brochures, business cards, and other forms of advertisements. The same goes for your website, too. In fact, according to a recent study, 42 percent of consumers base their overall opinion of a website on its appearance, and 52 percent choose not to return to a website if they don’t find the design appealing. Thus, having a talented graphic designer on your marketing team is paramount to creating compelling and effective marketing strategies.

Now that you know you need a graphic designer, how do you go about recruiting and hiring the right graphic designer for your marketing team? It involves more than just the right set of technical skills – you should ask yourself (and your team) several key questions before you begin seeking out candidates and interviewing them.

Defining your needs

Before you start recruiting, the unequivocal first step is to figure out whether you should hire someone to work as a permanent, full-time employee within your marketing team, or part time, either in-house or on a freelance basis. Does your marketing team have many large-scale deliverables with design needs? If so, hiring a design agency will probably fit your needs better.

There are pros and cons to each of the solutions above. Some marketing teams may require the help of a graphic designer for just a few projects every month, in which case hiring a freelancer makes sense. Bigger teams may benefit from having a full-time in-house designer or working with a design agency.

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Recruiting Staff for the Cloud

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessIn recent years, cloud computing has not only changed the IT landscape, it has literally transformed the way we work, play, communicate, and socialize on the web.

According to recent research by IDC Cloud Research , spending on cloud services is expected to reach an estimated $107 billion in 2017, with SaaS (Software as a Service) companies and businesses holding a little shy of 60 percent of the cloud computing market. It’s no wonder many organizations are actively recruiting team members with proficiencies in computer science, programming, server administration, security, web-development, network engineering, product management and many other related fields.

This article by Wanted Analytics notes that the most commonly advertised cloud computing positions are:

  • Software Engineers
  • Java Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Websphere Cloud Computing Engineer

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