Filling The Talent Pool: Industries & places that are hiring

Jobs, at long last, appear to be back.

The U.S. economy added 298,000 jobs in June and another 209,000 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past six months, the economy has added 1.5 million jobs, marking the strongest six-month stretch for hiring since 2006. Meanwhile, job openings in the U.S. recently rose to the highest level in five years.

“It feels to me like the job market is humming,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the Houston Chronicle.

This is very good news for sure. Yet, good news that comes with a unique challenge. As the demand for workers grows, filling the talent pool becomes increasingly difficult.
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One overlooked character trait you should interview for

Woman-researching-at-a-deskIt is all too easy to miss important information about a candidate in the brief time that an interview usually requires. More and more, employers are asking questions that discern critical thinking – but there’s still one area that most employers or hiring managers are forgetting: intellectual curiosity. Data shows that a level of curiosity for the field that you are in can carry you very far and impact the company you work for significantly. Here’s why you intellectually curious individuals are valuable hires – and how to know when you’re interviewing a candidate with intellectual curiosity:
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How businesses can help close the skills gap

The-skills-gap-is-realAddressing the ongoing skills gap in the job market is a complex challenge that requires buy-in from every party involved: educators, job seekers, educational institutions, and employers and businesses as well. Placing the burden of responsibility on educators isn’t a sustainable solution, though it is true that these institutions require reform and adjustment, especially earlier on in the educational system. To see positive change more rapidly, businesses would be wise to undertake some of the responsibility in closing the skills gap. Here are a few things that employers can start implementing to get job seekers up to speed in the short-term and contribute to closing the skills gap in the long-term:
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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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Millennials and the workplace culture revolution

Millennials are reinventing culture in the workplace. It might be time to give the much-maligned Millennials a break, considering the strengths and value they bring to workplace culture.

Whether we’re ready or not, Millennials are the future of business. With record numbers of college students graduating each year and the impending retirement of the Baby Boomers, it’s only a matter of time before the Millennials lead the workforce.

Yet the culture clash seems to be a bit hostile at the moment, since Millennials are often described — among other things — as needy, lacking focus, and unable to fully commit to the organizations looking to recruit, hire and train them.

Despite their bad rap among their predecessors, Millennials bring far more to the table than just a Twitter page and a Facebook account (however, those can prove helpful, too.) They’re bringing new skill-sets, innovative ideas and fresh approaches to thinking and working.

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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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