September 8, 2017

Top Reasons To Choose Onshoring

In the wake of recent economic troubles, China has focused on turning their country into the leader for tech industries such as electric cars, robotics, and microchips with the Made in China 2025 initiative. This announcement will likely encourage U.S. companies to reconsider offshoring, but as you plan, remember to keep your long-term strategies and company objectives at the forefront of your discussions.   Your Top Consideration Should Always Be ROI Tech decisions in a company usually fall under the responsibility of the CFO because every tech decision these days is also a strategic decision. Or, at least, it should be. Companies focused on growth consider all investments in terms of how they benefit the long-term strategic goals of each part of the organization, from the reception desk to the boardroom and beyond. As you make your decision on whether to offshore important tech development or keep the work at home, make sure to focus on your outcomes instead of your outputs and remember to weigh the hard-to-calculate nuances you’ll find in each consideration below.   Agile Development Reduced contact with your development facilities combined with lengthier offshoring timelines can decrease your ability to deliver the right tech product at the right time. In technology especially, market disruption happens every day. The longer you wait before releasing your solution, the higher the likelihood is that someone else will have released a similar product before you.   Communication Your company understands what you’re looking for in your technology development, but no […]
September 8, 2017

10 Job Search Tips Just for Techies

Hey there, tech professionals, guess what? In the current market, you’re a hot item! Over the last few years, companies of all sizes, from start-ups to enterprises, have realized that the future lies in technology – and there’s a rush on to hire skilled designers, developers, and data engineers. However, just because there’s a job boom, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy for you to find the right job. The right job includes challenging, fulfilling work that satisfies you somewhere deep in your soul. Find that work with these 10 job search tips for techies.   Decide How Much You Want to Make The work you do is critical to businesses right now. In a few years, your work will be essential. Adequate pay for technology employees today helps set the stage for tomorrow’s pay rates, so determine your value carefully and honestly by balancing the amount of work you can do with a salary that seems fair. This balance will help you maintain the passion and excitement you’ll need to sustain a productive career in tech for the rest of your working life.   Determine What Type of Work Would Improve Your Life Once you’ve decided how much you’re worth on the market, figure out the activities you’d like to continue as well the activities you’d like to learn more about. Like the DevOps work you’ve been doing? Note that. Want to focus more on computer-based art forms like fractal art? Note that too. If you currently have a […]
August 14, 2017
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How HR Can Future-Proof the Hiring Process

Due to the pace of technological change, many people across a variety of industries continue to wonder about what skills will be needed in the future, which tech tools we’ll be using or how the addition of machines in the workplace will change the employment landscape down the road. With such unpredictability, is there a way to “future proof” the hiring process to inject more solid answers? Yes. Obviously we’ll always continue to monitor such developments for the rate of change, but here’s what we do know in the interim: Good IT talent will represent critical hires, because only they can train and manage the workplace machines of the future. Let’s talk about the best ways to find and hire technology professionals who can help with your transition to automation, now and in the years to come. Why It’s Important to Hire the Right Technology Professionals Technology isn’t simply an operational business tool these days. It’s a strategic tool. Companies that meet their customers’ expectations for a personalized, responsive experience will be best suited to pull ahead in the new economy — but to do that, you’ll need the right IT tools and staff. With well-chosen tech hires, your staff and board will be able to better meet strategic goals by overcoming current tech obstacles with creative solutions and your customers will benefit from a better experience with your company, powered by technology. Unfortunately, techies are especially hard to hire. Often focused on skills, these computer wizards can either be […]
July 10, 2017
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6 Modern Negotiation Tips for Hiring Managers

If you type “negotiation tips” into Google, you might expect to find information about used car purchases. Instead, the links you’ll see will contain salary negotiation advice for job seekers who feel they’re being strong-armed by hiring managers. If hiring managers are seen as worse opponents than used car salesmen, you know there’s a problem. Update your negotiation style—and your hiring success rate—with these six top tips smart hiring managers can use to improve their job offer discussions with candidates. 1. View the candidate as a partner Modern-day negotiations work best when they end in a “win-win” situation. The negotiation tactics of yesteryear pitted participants against each other as opponents, but these days it’s better to view the job candidate as a partner in your discussion. This outlook will help you both arrive at a mutually beneficial arrangement for your negotiations, which will set a positive stage for the many other negotiations you’ll engage in together throughout the years they work as your employee. 2. Let them do the talking Former FBI hostage negotiator Christopher Voss states that the most important time in your negotiation discussion occurs within the first 90 seconds because this is when your discussion partner tells you the most about himself or herself. Since successful negotiations require you to know as much as possible about the other person, make sure to spend the first part of the conversation listening to what’s being said. Consider having a second listener in the room if you worry you’ll be […]
July 8, 2017
It's time to nail the job interview for IT. ISG can help show you the way.

How to Nail a Job Interview for IT

You’ve spent hours crafting a great resume. You’ve submitted that resume to your dream workplaces. You’ve hoped and wished they’ll call you back – and now they’ve finally called! It’s time for your interview. Worried about what they’ll ask? Not sure what they’re looking for? That’s okay. These three tips will help you nail that IT job interview, so you can look forward to passing this stage and starting your new job.   Know Your Interviewer There’s a high probability someone else your dream employer has interviewed shares the same skillset you do, so before you prove that you’ve got the skills to do the job, you need to prove you’re the right person for the job. The number one, most important thing you must do at your interview is demonstrate that you know your interviewer. Show up at your interview ready to answer questions or comment on your potential employer’s: Industry What are the trends in this industry? What’s changed over time? Do you know what the future may look like? Share your opinions.   Company Who are their clients? Who are their competitors? How has your dream company positioned themselves and why does that matter? Even if you don’t get the job this time around, the interview will be a great opportunity for you to talk about your favorite company with an insider. That’s exciting.   Culture What type of worker do they value? What is the typical path to the top at this company? Show them that […]