Lessons From The Top IT Employers

By ATR International |   Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

As we have talked about many times on this blog, finding and retaining IT talent has been, and for the foreseeable future will be, one of the most pressing business challenges for employers. The challenge has become so great that offering perks such as free gourmet lunches, five figure referral bonuses, and time to work on pet projects have become common place. So it is only natural that Computerworld would rank the top IT places to work.

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3 Hiring Lessons From The Tech Giants

By ATR International |   Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

There is little disagreement that hiring the right people is the most important part of building a successful company. Finding the best employees to fill the proper roles is what makes a company hum. There are many steps to accomplishing this, the most important of which is often the interview. This is why it was so surprising to hear recent stories of how some tech giants are going about hiring.

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Still Using a "Rank and Yank" Employee Performance Model? Well Don't.

By ATR International |   Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Is your performance review process stifling creativity and collaboration while driving away some of your best people?  If you employ a forced ranking scale, what’s often referred to as a “rank and yank” model, you may very well be doing just that.  

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How To Effectively Engage The Technical Introvert

By ATR International |   Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

We all know the common stereotype of an IT professional – socially awkward loners who enjoy spending most of their time in front of a computer screen. Behind this stereotype though are the very real differences between introverts and extroverts. We live in a world that overly rewards the socially outgoing extrovert, misunderstands introverts, and therefore undervalues and underappreciates their contributions to the workplace.

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The 3 Keys To Recruit And Hire The Best IT Talent

By ATR International |   Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

By far the question I am asked most often is “how can I find the best IT workers,” and recently, with the job market for many areas statistically at 0%, “how can I find any IT workers!” I also field questions about how to retain those workers – whether it is ensuring that a consultant stays on through the duration of a finite project or retaining key permanent employees. People are unpredictable and motivated by numerous different things and not all of them are in your control. But there are things you can pay attention to that can make a difference. In our new eBook, The 3 Critical Things You Must Do To Attract The Very best IT Talent, ATR provides our advice on what you can do to find, attract and retain the best performers in the industry.

Perhaps control is the wrong word, too definitive – influence is a better choice. While there is great diversity and range in what matters to an employee, there is also some consensus about the things that most people care about. Based on these factors, there are concrete actions that you can take to make your company more attractive to the top professionals that you want to hire.

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What Happens When An IT Contractor Walks Out?

By ATR International |   Tue, Apr 08, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

It’s one of our worst nightmares: an IT contractor walks out on an assignment in the middle of the day.  My heart sank when I read the story of a UI/UX Designer placed at Apple who did just that. Contract Worker Walks Out on His Dream Job at Apple – Literally. Thanks to Staffing Talk for covering Jordan Price’s self-published piece. The story in short is that Price, placed on a temporary assignment at Apple through a subcontract, thought he had landed his dream job.  Instead, he reports numerous problems including a bumpy onboarding process, too many meetings that he felt were disruptive to productivity, long hours, and, most concerning, a boss who was insulting, bordering on harassing. As to why he didn’t talk to someone and just quit, he says, “I didn’t feel there was anyone to turn to. It was unclear who exactly I even worked for or who I should share my grievances with.”   

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"Need-to-Know" LinkedIn Tips For Corporate Supplier Diversity Professionals

By ATR International |   Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

They sometimes say that in the business world “your network is your net worth.” There’s a lot of truth in that idea and it’s been that way since, well, probably since commerce was invented centuries ago. What is different now is how we network and the countless ways that we connect. Technology has changed everything: access to your network isn’t a stack of business cards or in a rolodex. (Remember them?) It’s on line. Connecting with the right people is a business imperative for every professional but for those of us in the diversity business community it’s especially so. Companies are always interested in promoting their Supplier Diversity Programs and finding qualified MBEs to work with, and MBE owners are always trying to raise their profile and find opportunities to serve new clients. Social media has expanded the choices for how we network. It’s made it both easier, and occasionally more difficult, to connect with people.

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The Difficult Part of Making a Great Hire

By ATR International |   Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 08:34 AM

Making your next hire a perfect one is everyone’s goal. The ideal candidate, the perfect fit, the purple squirrel – it’s what we all search for, whatever your role in the recruiting and hiring process.  Evaluating candidates and trying to predict future success during the interview process can be a daunting prospect.  Everyone has a story (maybe more than one) about the candidate that didn’t work out, even though they sure looked like they would be perfect.  When a candidate has the requisite skills, education and experience, why don’t they work out?  Usually this is when the phrases, “cultural fit,” “soft skills,” or “intangibles,” come up.  People sometimes know them when they see them, they know when they are missing once things get underway, but don't have a good idea of how to identify or interview for them.

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The Most Important Type of Networking

By ATR International |   Wed, Oct 02, 2013 @ 08:52 AM

Networking is often viewed as something that is done at conferences, trade shows, banquets, and even happy hours - in other words outside of work and the office. You strike up conversations, ask people what they do, get them to talk about themselves, and if all goes well, connect with them on LinkedIn to expand your network. This is the essence of networking. But there’s another form of networking that is often overlooked - networking within your current company.

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How To Connect On LinkedIn

By ATR International |   Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 09:19 AM

LinkedIn is a great tool for professional networking. In fact, it’s probably the only professional networking tool you need. As of June, 2013, LinkedIn reported 225 million users in over 200 countries with 178 million unique visitors a month. That’s a lot of professionals to connect with!

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