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Recruiting and Hiring Top-Quality Employees From AllStaff

According To Entrepreneur, the way to recruit and hire top-quality employees is to develop a well-structured recruiting and selection program. The key to successfully developing such a program is to follow a proven recruiting process for the positions you need to fill. Following AllStaff IT & Engineering’s well-thought-out, structured process will help you best match the right people to the right jobs in your company.

1) Develop accurate job descriptions. Make sure you have an effective job description for each position in your company. Your job descriptions should reflect careful thought as to the roles the individual will fill, the skill sets they’ll need, the personality attributes that are important to completing their tasks, and any relevant experience that would differentiate one applicant from another.

2) Compile a “success profile.” It’s important to develop a “success profile” of the ideal employee for key positions in your company that are critical to the execution of your business plan. These might include such positions as team leaders, district managers and salespeople. To accomplish that goal, you need to identify any skills and attributes that are common to the top group but missing from the other groups. Using this information, you’ll be able to develop a profile to help you select the candidates most likely to succeed in that position.

3) Determine who else should be involved in the process. Who else, if anyone, do you involve in the interviews to help make this selection and judge the candidate? Your goal is to have a plan that will help you determine whether you have a qualified applicant who will fit into your company’s culture.

4) Contact a Recruitment Agency you have worked with before or you have heard about through word of mouth. Recruitment agencies have more time than you do to contact potential candidates and screen their qualifications. They can also conduct pre-screening interviews and narrow down the pool to the best candidates available.

5) Schedule and conduct candidate interviews. Once you’ve received a list of potential candidates, select candidates by matching the best applicant to the profiled job description. The success profile you created for each position will help you determine which behavioral traits are important for that position. Use a consistent set of 10 or 12 questions to maintain a structured interview and offer a sound basis for comparing applicants.

6) Select the candidate. Conduct at least two interviews with your top candidate(s). Sometimes issues don’t surface on the first interview. Plus, you want to make sure you have the right chemistry with the right candidate.

7) Run a background check on the individual to uncover any potential problems not revealed by previous testing and interviews.

8) Make your offer to the candidate. The information you collected during the interview process will provide you with important insights as to starting compensation levels and training needs.

The Top 20 Marketable IT Skills In 2014

The Business Insider ranked the top 20 Marketable IT Skills.

The results are outlined below, ranked from highest to lowest.

  1. Salesforce Architect
  1. Security Architect
  1. DevOps
  1. Android Developer
  1. Front-End Developers with Javascript Libraries
  1. iOS Developer
  1. Project Manager
  1. Data Architect
  1. Big Data Engineer – Hadoop, Netezza, and Cloudera are the most requested platforms.
  1. Data Scientist – Specifically, data scientists with “big data” platform and/or Machine Learning experience.
  1. UX/UI Developers – Those with mobile device experience are in the greatest demand.
  1. Drupal Developer
  1. Augmented Reality Developers – The most popular tools in augmented reality are ARToolKit, Unity3D, Vuforia and Metaio.
  1. Network or Systems Security Engineer
  1. Systems Engineer – Those with stronger scripting and coding experience are in greater demand.
  1. PHP Developer
  1. C#/.Net Developer – Developers with WCF or WPF experience are valued more.
  1. Quality Assurance Engineer – The most requested testing tool experience has been either Selenium, QuickTest Pro or Cucumber.
  1. Middleware Engineer – Middleware engineers with Java-specific application servers including JBoss, Websphere or Weblogic are specifically in demand.
  1. Interactive Designer

 

Top Perks For IT Jobs

Dice.com looked through its database of job postings to elicit these listings of the top perks being offered for a selection of IT job categories. See where you stack up!

Software Engineering

  1. Tuition reimbursement
  2. Gym membership
  3. Lunch
  4. Referral bonus
  5. Working with latest technologies

Cloud Computing

  1. Gym membership
  2. Lunch
  3. Casual environment
  4. Tuition reimbursement
  5. Working with latest technologies

Big Data

  1. Lunch
  2. Casual environment
  3. Referral bonus
  4. Tuition reimbursement
  5. Gym membership

Mobile Development

  1. Lunch
  2. Gym membership
  3. Tuition reimbursement
  4. Working with latest technologies
  5. Referral bonus

 

Cover Letter Writing Tips

Perfection matters when writing cover letters. Every cover letter you write should be clear and concise, grammatically correct, error-free and customized for the job you are applying for. Here are some suggestions for writing cover letters which will help you stand out from the crowd.

  • Send a customized cover letter with each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored. Even if an employer doesn’t request a cover letter, it’s helpful to send one.
  • Target your cover letter. Take the job posting and list the criteria the employer is looking for. Then list the skills and experience you have. Either address how your skills match the job in paragraph form or list the criteria and your qualifications.
  • Don’t rehash your resume. Your cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume. Expand on your resume and highlight your background as it relates to the job.
  • Write simply and clearly. Get right to the point and write short, targeted letters. Each letter should be one page, or less. Each paragraph should contain, at most, three or four sentences.
  • Personalize your letter. Do not use “To whom it may concern.” If at all possible, address it to the individual responsible for hiring. Research online or make a phone call to find out who the hiring manager is.
  • Spell check and proofread. Then ask someone else to read your correspondence before you send it. It’s often easy not to notice mistakes in our own writing.
  • Review online cover letter samples to get ideas for format and content for your letters. Use examples as a starting point for creating your own library of job search correspondence.
  • Keep copies of all your cover letters, so you know what you sent and to whom.

 

Most In-Demand Certifications For Tech Jobs

Tech hiring continues to grow. With competition among employers continuing and recruiting becoming more difficult, here is a list of the 15 licenses and certifications that are most commonly specified in IT job ads.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
  • DoD 8570 Certification
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • ITIL Foundation certification (v3)
  • Certified Scrum Coach
  • IBM Rational Unified Process Certification (RUP)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)

Various Microsoft certifications appear most often on this list – 4 of the above 15 are Microsoft-related. Cisco certifications appear 3 times.

It is interesting to note that HIPPA certifications made this list. However, when looking at the job ads, the positions are all at healthcare companies and involve regulated health tech systems or networks. As health technology grows, IT professionals are being required to build, maintain, and ensure their systems are secure and meet federal guidelines.