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Are You Mistreating your Talent?

Mistreatment is the #1 reason people leave tech jobs according to the Tech Leavers Study a one-of-a-kind national study that looked into why people in the tech industry voluntarily left their jobs. What the study found was that workplace culture drove turnover which...

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We Don’t Use Algorithms, We Build Relationships

Are you hiring candidates your recruiter only considered for 6 seconds? “On average, recruiters look at a resume for about six seconds before they make a judgement,” said Chris Dardis, Vice President of Human Resources at Versique, a Twin Cities job search and...

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The Talent War is Over, and You Lost

You may be able to attract some of the best talent, but odds are you aren’t able to retain it. Up to 75% of workers are dissatisfied with their current job. They are passive job seekers – always on the lookout for something better. In fact, they are so dissatisfied...

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How are you Handling Resume Fraud?

We talk a lot about the challenges IT hiring managers face – finding skilled IT talent and retaining talent.  However, we haven’t talked about resume fraud, a growing concern for hiring managers. According to Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics and an...

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Top 10 Hardest to Fill IT Jobs

The talent war has been raging for decades with nary an end in sight. The shortage of talent can be felt by everyone and most have agreed that it negatively impacts business. While many IT positions are hard to fill, for some it seems nearly impossible to find talent...

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Challenges IT Hiring Managers will Face in 2017

IT is one of the fastest growing professions in the world. More and more companies need qualified IT professionals to remain relevant. With the high demand for talent, it’s no surprise that the challenges facing IT hiring managers in 2017 will be the same challenges...

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Top 5 Ways to Bridge the Talent Gap

The current economy is driven by science and technology, and because of this more and more businesses need IT professionals to help keep their organization adaptive to the newest innovations. Unfortunately, building a workforce with skilled IT professionals is easier...

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The Trouble with Automating Recruiting

So many things in life have become automated, – shopping, banking, eating, etc. – and most of these automated processes help to make life simpler. Recruiting is no exception to the automated revolution. There are dozens of online job boards, job applications, and...

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IT Salaries on the Rise – How Far Will They Go?

In 2015 the average IT salary rose 7.7 percent, the largest leap ever. But that large leap begs the question; is this growth sustainable? In the last five years the average IT salary in the U.S. has risen dramatically. Since 2011 the average has gone up by 19.9%, with...

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The Rise of Big Data and its Business Applications

Due to the rapid emergence of digital devices and services, more and more data is being collected, stored and analyzed than ever before. Everything we do leaves a trail. Texts, location data, web searches, etc. Information is being extracted from nearly everywhere;...

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How are You Managing the IT Talent Shortage?

The IT Shortage is real and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. How are you managing the IT Talent Shortage in your company? We tend to address this issue regularly because it isn’t getting better. The big tech companies likes Uber, Netflix, Google,...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year! From your team at Horizon Technology Partners,...

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Target and Nike Make Bold Move with Reshoring Shift

It may just be a blip or it may be a larger indicator of the trend but whatever it is, the reshoring of IT jobs by both Nike and Target is a welcome sign to our economy. Last month Target Corp. laid off nearly 300 IT staffers. Some wondered if that meant they would be...

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Have We Bumped Off the Bottom of the Shanghai Slide?

Whew…So far today it appears the equities market is recovering from a rough week, still when IT projects need to be completed and you need more staff to complete them, in uncertain times perhaps it is best to hire a contractor instead of a fulltime employee. A...

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How Will You Attract Top Tech Talent to Your Team?

Netflix recently announced they will be offering unlimited family leave time to its employees. This is in addition to their unlimited vacation time that they announced in 2012. Other companies have followed suit like Virgin America, Best Buy, Groupon and Eventbrite,...

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Top 7 Reasons Your IT Professionals Are Quitting

Managers I work with are always talking about their talent. Empirically they understand that the team they put together is the reason they have success. Failure might fall in their lap due to poor management but success is directly related to the caliber of team...

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How To Avoid Hiring A Toxic Employee

Employees are what make the company. Finding the right employee for the job is difficult enough but making sure the candidate properly fits in with the current company environment can be a little more challenging. No matter the industry if you have a top-notch...

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The Benefits of Partnering with a Local Agency

When looking for a recruiter to help you in your search for qualified candidates it can be difficult to decide which firm to choose. The larger firms can sound appealing, as they have a greater access to potential candidates. But more doesn’t mean better. By choosing...

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Is the Trend in Outsourcing Seeing a Reversal?

Since the financial crash of 2008 many companies have been inclined to outsource much of their talent. Due to the illusion of cost savings many companies cut ties with the local entry level job seeker and instead looked overseas to fill many of their positions. Of...

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Top 5 Challenges Facing IT Hiring Managers in 2015

Despite the remarkable growth seen in computer science occupations, there are still numerous challenges IT hiring managers face that could limit productivity. The recession is said to have ended five years ago, but IT employers have yet to see much difference. The...

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Stress-Free Productivity

“You can do anything – but not everything.” – David Allen Stress hinders success and keeps you from maintaining a productive life. The stress not only effects you, it also effects how you behave and can impact the relationships with your team. A major factor in the...

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Ten Tips for Retaining Your Top Talent

After months of searching, recruiting, interviewing and interviewing some more you’ve found just the right people for your team. You’ve got the brightest talent and you’re looking forward to tackling some killer projects. You might even get to leave the office before...

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Recruiting Passive Candidates: Pros and Cons

Recruitment and hiring is a challenging, and time consuming process. Due to the competitiveness of the current job market, a single listing can attract hundreds of interested job seekers. However, sometimes the best candidate for the position is already employed. In...

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The Importance of Stretching at Work

It’s no secret that sitting for extended periods of time can have a negative effect on our bodies. If you’re like most people you sit at your desk all day long resisting the urge to get up and walk around because you feel you need to stay focused on your work.  You’ve...

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Can Schools Solve the Tech Industries Diversity Problem?

A few months ago, Google and Yahoo released the diversity numbers in their workforces. Since the release of the information, there have been many wondering why these tech companies’ diversity numbers don’t reflect the American population’s diversity.   Yahoo’s...

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Are You An Effective Manager?

With such a competitive job market, it’s important to find incentives at work that will keep your employees happy. One of the top reasons an employee will stay at their current place of employment, is that they like the people they work with. As someone who will,...

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Effective Communication in the Workplace

In business, as in life, communication is key. If you are direct, open, and collaborative with people, it should bring out the same in them. Here are some tips on becoming a more effective communicator. Be Clear and Direct – Be aware of the information you’d like to...

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The Causes of Rising IT Budgets

It’s no secret that when a commodity is in high demand the price will go up. The IT world is no different. Progressively more methods of conducting business are becoming outdated. It’s out with the paper and in with electronic marketing. With the rising popularity of...

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Email Productivity Tips

The average person gets over 100 emails a day. Hard to believe – and that’s not counting spam or junk mail. That’s real interoffice, bff sending you wedding swatches, what time is the game? kind of emails each day. It’s the way we communicate. While you might argue...

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Websites to Motivate and Inspire

If you’re like me, you wake up ready to face the day with certainty. You’re ready and excited to confront all of the day’s obstacles head on. Or maybe not. While I like to charge into each day with certainty and focus, some days (usually Mondays) I have a difficult...

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Pay Gap in the IT Community: Myth or Reality

The difference in the number of men verses the number of women in the tech industry is irrefutable. Some may consider this gap to be directly linked with the supposed pay gap between genders, but that may not be the case. While President Obama strives to ensure pay...

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Benefits of Using a Recruiter

When you have an IT position to fill your first response might be to hand it off to someone in HR or the in house hiring manager. Now even if your hiring manager had access to all the top talent he still might not be skilled enough to attract that talent. Does the...

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