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Use LinkedIn to visualize your resume on Facebook

Want a new way to find top talent or attract hiring managers using social media? Last week, Toronto-based company visualize.me  launched its resume visualization service.  Perhaps you’ve already seen a visualize.me resume link on a friend’s Facebook status?

This web service is cool and…

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Added by Jon Prete on September 23, 2011 at 8:46am — 4 Comments

Atlanta is top telework city

Last week, we blogged about the increasing importance that telecommuting plays in the decision-making process of job selection for top IT talent. We know telecommuting is becoming a requirement for many IT job seekers here in Atlanta. This is evident based not only on our experience working with IT job seekers, but in…

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Added by Jon Prete on August 19, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Telecommuting attracts top talent

With the shortage of top IT talent with high demand skills such as Java, .Net, PM, BA/QA, and PHP, companies are beginning to offer generous incentives and creative benefits to attract potential candidates.  While money is always a major motivator, we’re finding that telecommuting for many talented techies (in the ATL) ranks high on the list.   Here are the three common responses we hear from candidates who are considering a career move:

  1. I want more money.
  2. I want the…
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Added by Jon Prete on August 11, 2011 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Strong growth of IT contract jobs and other staffing trends in Q2

Seems like all we hear about in the news is gloom and doom when it comes to the job market, but Agile’s 2Q 2011 Market Pulse has some positive findings!  Metro Atlanta IT employment is gaining momentum, and it appears IT employers are more confident about the future as an increase in IT hiring (perm and contract) continued during the second quarter of 2011.

In our latest issue of…

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Added by Jon Prete on August 5, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

IT Jobs, top IT talent and IT org charts - is there a connection?

Since the July 4th weekend is upon us, we realize this is an opportune time to relax, catch up with family and friends, enjoy life and be thankful for everything our wonderful country offers.

This holiday weekend is also a good time to reflect about your professional career – where you are, where you want to go, and how you’re going to get there. If you’re an…

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Added by Jon Prete on July 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Compel IT candidates to accept your offer by making a personal connection

Here’s a news flash – finding top IT talent is becoming increasingly difficult as budgets loosen up and employers are desperate to fill positions requiring high demand skills.  The problem seems to be that there are more jobs (believe it or not) than qualified candidates (who are actively looking for a career change).

Finding top talent can be a bit challenging in today’s market, but that’s what IT recruitment agencies like…

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Added by Jon Prete on June 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Who would you hire: Charlie or Ashton? It's all about attitude!

This week, a UK survey “Employers hire on attitude over skills” found that 96% of employers would hire someone who did not have a complete set of skills but displayed the right attitude over an applicant with the perfect skills but who lacked the right mindset. The survey also claims that two-thirds of employers in the UK said that if they had to reduce workforce, they would fire…

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Added by Jon Prete on June 3, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Contract or Perm - which job will your candidate choose?

Here’s the scenario:

You’re a Project Manager in the midst of finding a new job. For the past several years, you’ve worked as a contractor at a number of companies. During this time, you’ve had the chance to work on some high-profile projects using the latest emerging technologies. These projects have allowed you to learn new skills and work with teams consisting of…

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Added by Jon Prete on May 27, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Successful job search requires effective use of social media and interpersonal skills

This week a few staff members at Agile attended WIT’s monthly forum: “OMG, Can U Succeed with a Social Network Vocabularly? The Impact of Social Media on our…

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Added by Jon Prete on May 20, 2011 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

Will your next job be a good fit? Consider the company's culture

In a recent blog, we wrote about salary and benefits requirements for IT job seekers – and why candidates need to know everything they want (compensation) before starting the interview process with potential employers. Salary and benefits are key factors when determining whether a job is the right one for you. But there’s one other component in the decision-making process that is very…

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Added by Jon Prete on May 14, 2011 at 8:02am — No Comments

Do you trust the resume more than your staffing partner?

Do you trust a resume more than your IT staffing partner? If you do, you’re most likely losing out on top IT talent.

So often, hiring managers get too focused on the resume – what information is included, the style and tone it is written, the number of keywords (per the job description), etc. They want the resume to tell them everything they’re looking for; they want…

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Added by Jon Prete on May 6, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Job seekers - how much $$$ do you really want?

This blog, the second of a two part series, focuses on candidate salary requirements and how job seekers should handle salary issues before and after an employer makes an offer.

Last week we blogged about candidate salary requirements, and things employers need to consider before extending an offer. We gave an example of a highly qualified candidate who provided her salary requirements to the recruiter…

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Added by Jon Prete on April 29, 2011 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Hiring Managers - pay attention to salary requirements

This blog, the first of a two part series, focuses on candidate salary requirements and what employers need to consider before they make an (attractive) offer. Part two will concentrate on job seekers and handling salary issues once an employer makes an offer.…

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Added by Jon Prete on April 22, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Recruiters - make sure your applicants read this

Maybe you’re looking for a new IT career. Maybe you’re content with the IT job you currently have. But in light of the recent economic recovery – as slow as it may be – the technology sector has weathered the storm quite well (compared to other industries) and exciting, new opportunities within large and small IT organizations will continue to grow in the Southeast and across the nation.

Whether you’re actively searching for an IT job, or if you’re ready but just not quite sure if now…

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Added by Jon Prete on April 15, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments

Top talent defined by culture

We talk a lot about top talent – how these workers make up just 20% of the IT talent pool, how they are more productive they are (200% more than average workers) and innovative, and how difficult they can be to find – especially those professionals with high-demand skills.…

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Added by Jon Prete on April 8, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Women (in IT) listen up - you have not, because you ask not

A recent blog by Tony Kontzer really got our attention here at Agile. And although the women who work at Agile were not pleased about the news, none…

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Added by Jon Prete on March 18, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Does your hiring process speed time to top talent?

"How can we speed our hiring process so that we don’t lose out to top talent?"  This is a question Agile is asked about quite a lot – especially in the last few months.  We blog about this subject frequently and we even wrote a white paper…

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Added by Jon Prete on March 11, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The redo

Each week, we blog about things that will help job seekers land the perfect job. We blog about these things because we’re the experts when it comes to recruitment. We’re the experts, but sometimes we find ourselves in sticky situations – like not finding out what a candidate’s real motivators are until after a job offer is on the table. …

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Added by Jon Prete on March 4, 2011 at 8:01am — No Comments

Top talent isn't enough

We write a lot about top talent. That’s because everyone wants top talent. Who wants to hire average talent, right?  It’s not that top talent is elusive – it’s always out there. You just have to know where to find it – and with our extensive network of IT professionals – Agile does. The need to hire and retain top talent is nothing new; it’s not a result of the Great Recession.  But changes within IT organizations – due in part to the weakened economy…

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Added by Jon Prete on February 24, 2011 at 9:07am — No Comments

Ingredient for a great job offer: COCA

True story. A recruiter at Agile was working with a candidate for a position at a client company. It was a terrific opportunity, and the candidate – let’s call him Chuck (not his real name) – wanted the job. Chuck had been unemployed for several months, so it’s only normal that he was anxious about closing the deal. The process was taking longer than he had anticipated, partly because the hiring manager was on the fence about Chuck.…

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Added by Jon Prete on February 18, 2011 at 8:26am — 2 Comments

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