Virtual Reality – It’s a hot topic; How can it help in hiring?

By Andrea Brenholz, CEO / President |   Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

Virtual Reality (VR) is still in its infancy, but it’s a breakthrough that is set to usher in major changes to the world of business and hiring in general. As the newest medium for human-computer interaction, VR has proven to be wildly entertaining, with the gaming industry being an early adopter, while also bringing benefits for many different industries. As a relatively new technology, it is already making an impact on the recruiting and hiring process.

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Personnel Costs vs. Saving Money: Make Sure Your Company’s Goals Are Aligned

By Jerry Brenholz |   Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

We’ve probably all heard the phrase “our #1 asset is our people.” Hiring and retaining good employees is often cited as a primary goal or concern for management at all levels, including a recent survey of CEOs where it was listed as their top concern. At the same time, all CEOs want to spend money smartly and save where they can. Keeping expenses down is a constant goal, and always a top concern.

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Managing IT Worker Burnout

By Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting |   Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Job burnout. It happens. You notice that former star employees are now struggling just to get the bare minimum of work done. Your team doesn’t seem to be getting along, people are snapping at each other. Or they seem to just be going through the motions without their usual enthusiasm. Sick days are up, productivity is down. Burnout is a frustrating situation for employers and employees alike. If it’s not addressed, someone usually quits, and losing a good worker is something no team can afford to do!

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As The NBA Kicks Off: 4 Things Businesses Can Learn From a Championship Sports Team

By Andrea Brenholz, CEO / President |   Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

ATR International is headquartered in Silicon Valley, which means those who work here have been fortunate to experience first-hand the amazing success the Golden State Warriors have had the last few years, including winning back-to-back NBA Championships. Full disclosure, I am a huge Warriors fan and ATR has also partnered with the Warriors Foundation on charitable endeavors.

That said, What I’m writing about here isn’t the result of bias or being a fan. Championship teams make people ask – how did they do it? And, can we do it too? I think that’s true of any champion.

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Stop Wasting Time and Make Better Hiring Decisions

By Jerry Brenholz |   Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 09:46 AM

Time. There never seems to be enough of it, personally or professionally. The amount of time it takes to do things can literally be the difference between being successful or not. People have been looking for ways to get things done faster forever. Efficiency was probably a goal when Neanderthals went out hunting wooly mammoths!

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Stop hiring IT consultants like you’re buying a stapler!

By Jerry Brenholz |   Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Buy one stapler at one price, buy 20 and get a better price. Buy 200 and get an even better deal. Promise to buy in bulk exclusively from one supplier, save the most. This is how you purchase a commodity. Getting the best price is one way that companies reduce expenses and save money.

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Unconscious Bias in Hiring – Ways to Avoid It

By Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting |   Wed, Jun 27, 2018 @ 02:18 PM

Unconscious bias is a fact of human existence. That doesn’t mean we should accept it, far from it. In all areas of life, we should work to recognize and combat it.

Unconscious bias in hiring means overlooking a candidate because of something like race or age. It means elevating or dismissing someone because of something irrelevant to job performance. It makes hiring a diverse workforce harder, which hurts innovation and profitability since studies show a diverse workforce is a more profitable workforce. Simply put, in the hiring process, bias means that companies lose out on great workers and suffer for it. It’s so important then for companies to recognize where in the process it occurs and take steps to avoid it.

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Three New Tools That Make The Interview Process Better

By Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting |   Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 09:28 AM

Interviewing – a process that no one looks forward to.

Whether you’re trying to get hired or looking for a great employee, the interview process has problems; the worst may be that it just doesn’t work that well. Studies have shown that up to 50% of new hires don’t work out. That’s a big number. But what’s a good number? Employee turnover is estimated to cost anywhere from $5-10,000 to 2x the annual compensation per lost employee. At those rates, even half that number is costly.

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Why are so many firms abandoning MSPs and taking things in house?

By Jerry Brenholz |   Mon, Jun 04, 2018 @ 01:16 PM

I’ve been in the staffing industry for most of my career, first having a successful technical career followed by a career as a technical consultant looking for project work, and for the past 30 years as the owner of ATR International a staffing firm headquartered in the Silicon Valley. ATR was in business when MSPs first arose, we’ve been and still are an MSP for some of our clients, and we currently work successfully with our clients’ MSPs. I’m not one for bold pronouncements but it seems to me that lately MSPs are increasingly under pressure.

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The Importance of a Healthy IT Hiring Budget

By Andrea Brenholz, CEO / President |   Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

It’s no secret that the tech industry is extremely competitive when it comes to landing talent. Because of the state of IT and the field’s skills shortage, budgets have become one of the most talked about topics when looking at hiring for the next quarter or year. That means hiring managers are often in desperate need of tech pros regardless of cost, while HR or Talent Acquisition is tasked with keeping the company’s spend from ballooning out of control. It’s a fine balance, but the execution of your business’ tech goals depend on a healthy IT hiring budget

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