Employers Prioritize Problem Solving Skills

Employers Prioritize Problem Solving Skills

Problem-solving skills are often cited an important qualification for position openings. This should come as no surprise, but what’s interesting is that was cited more often than technical skills. In this report from HackerRank, 94% of the IT employers surveyed consider problem solving skills a priority when hiring, while 55% mentioned programming proficiency. Debugging, system design and performance optimization ranked highly as well.

It should be noted that smaller companies do place more importance on program proficiency (or less importance on problem solving) than larger ones. One explanation is “the right knowledge of frameworks is more important for startups since they need to launch code quickly, and frameworks help developers push code faster.” See the report for the full analysis. 

Applying For Jobs Via Mobile

Email revolutionized the way people communicate. It was a massive innovation and, like all major shifts, it took a while for people and businesses to adapt. But adapt they did. Today email is now the most common form of communication.

Today there’s a new innovation changing the face of business: Applying for jobs via mobile device. While many employers have yet to embrace it fully, it’s still there, and we don’t have long until the concept of using your cell phone to apply for jobs becomes mainstream.   Mobile is easier, faster, and much more convenient, particularly for millennials. If you don’t provide the option to apply for positions via mobile, you’re missing out on a large demographic. 90% of job seekers are searching for jobs via mobile, and 78% say they will apply for jobs via mobile.

Simply put, more people will apply for a job opening if they can do so from their phone.  Continue reading “Applying For Jobs Via Mobile”

How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World

How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World

By Chris Douglas

It’s Cyber Monday, but before you dive into online shopping on company time ahem, let’s explore some information about data.


No…not THAT Data… You know, data – the information that’s gathered and reported whether you realize it or not. The amount of data being collected is out of this world! And it keeps growing. A study was done by Dun & Bradstreet and Forbes Insights regarding the current state of data analytics adoption from over 300 executives in North America, U.K. and Ireland. Several different industries were a part of it, and it seems the landscape has shifted pretty heavily over the past several years. Continue reading “How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World”

Job Interviews: How to Deal with Rejection

Job Interviews: How to Deal with Rejection

by Grace Clark

Getting rejected from a job never gets easy. No matter how long you’ve been in the work force, being passed over for a position always comes as a huge disappointment. The fact of the matter is that interviews are tough and the market is competitive. You may be extremely qualified, but more than likely there will always be a candidate more qualified than you. Continue reading “Job Interviews: How to Deal with Rejection”

Courting the Commitment-Phobic Millennial: How to get them to stay

Courting the Commitment-Phobic Millennial: How to get them to stay

Millennials are the most ethnically diverse generation in the workforce in U.S. history. They grew up with digital technology. They have an entrepreneurial spirit. They’ve been called many things: socially aware, tech-savvy, go-getters who don’t take no for an answer.

They’ve also been called narcissistic, social media-obsessed, selfie-taking, entitled children. They get labelled as ‘job-hoppers’, a generation always looking for the ‘next best thing’.

But are these really bad things? Or are Millennials just looking for the right thing and unlike the Boomers and Gen-Xers, they’re not satisfied to settle for anything less?

In 2017, Millennials make up 45% of the workforce. It is predicted by a Deloitte Millennial Survey that they are expected to make up 75% of the workforce in 2025.

Millennials are the future of business. While the Boomers and Gen X-ers still make up a good percentage of the workforce, Millennials are changing the dynamic of the workplace. Employers increasingly need to find ways to entice them to stay in a job, to help them grow and invest in the future of that company. Yet, with their search for the ‘next best thing’ always on the horizon, keeping and retaining this newer generation is a challenge and it is a challenge businesses are learning to embrace.

The difference between the attitudes of a Millennial vs. a Gen X-er was explained quite succinctly during a panel at the 2016 TechServe Alliance conference presented by Jim Lanzalotto, a Senior VP at Monster Worldwide. He stated that Millennials have no fear of retribution – they have something to say and they want you to hear it. Where older generations might censor how they speak to a manager and hold back what they really want to say for fear of consequences; Millennials just say it. The attitude being “Why wouldn’t I say it?” vs. “Why on earth would I say that?”.

Remote technology has made physical presence an option for many companies, and they allow employees to work from home at least once a week.

Herein lies the key to understanding Millennials. From the dawn of online instant messaging, to the many mobile messaging platforms of today, Millennials simply view communication differently. Their world moves faster because technology makes it so. The average Millennial spends 5.4 hours a day on social media and check their smartphones 43 times a day on average. This fact has lent itself to the rise of working remotely.

To the older generations, working remotely is a luxury and man still prefer to actually go into the office citing that they don’t feel as productive at home and get more done in the office. Millennials prefer a flexible work time, a flexible work place, the ability to choose what they’re working on. It is a generational difference in attitude that savvy employers are embracing in order to retain younger talent.

Millennials ultimately want to control their own destiny. They want both job satisfaction and satisfaction in their personal lives. The fact is that if they don’t see or feel that their employer is going to provide the right tools to get a head start on a successful life, they will leave their job in search of one that can. They want a company to help with their career while still being in charge of said career. In the current workplace, 91% of Millennials surveyed expect to stay at a job for less than 3 years, 30% expect to leave their job within the next year and 43% said they were open to new offers.

So, how can an employer retain Millennials, knowing that they are always looking for something better and brighter? Why would you want to if they’re always looking for something bigger and better?

The answer lies in embracing this attitude rather than fighting it. Empowering the Millennial generation and helping them grow is a key to their success. They are a generation that needs constant feedback, due in large part to the instant gratification of social media. Facebook posts are “liked”, Tweets are re-tweeted…Millennials need approval and positive affirmation. Thus, encouragement and regular feedback in the workplace goes a long way.

And, let’s face it; they are more tech-savvy than any other generation, which should be embraced and cultivated by any forward-thinking business.

Helping Millennial employees grow and develop will improve retention. Career paths must exist for them to stay interested and if one isn’t there, employers should consider creating one that will tap into this need to grow and develop. It may involve creating a new title, new steps…something that will make Millennials feel that their careers can go somewhere and not remain stagnant.

Of course, nothing is easy.  Currently, 55% of the workforce is composed of Gen X-ers and baby-boomers. The workforce cannot survive without these older, more seasoned employees and a balance with the Millennials is crucial. It’s not an easy road but it’s one that employers must learn to balance in order to have the best of both worlds. Their voices are not quiet…they may ask why they don’t get the advantages that the Millennials have. Why can’t they work from home? Why don’t they get a fancy title? The difference is…they never asked. Millennials do. They’re brazen and they’re confident. They’re unafraid. They’re the future.

What really grinds my gears at conferences

Duane OdumYes, it is that type of blog post.  I have been attending conferences for almost 20 years now in varying industries and for the most part, I truly enjoy the experience. However, there are a couple things that simply infuriate me that I keep noticing more and more frequently.

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