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  • Workbridge Boston Works

    With so many different recruitment agencies out there, we want to show you how Workbridge Associates differentiates itself to help you find a job. How #workbridgeworks if you will.

    What makes us so different is that all of our recruiters are a part of a team. Here at Workbridge Boston, we have an Open Source team, a .NET team, and a Network Infrastructure team. These recruiters use their individual resources while working together to find you the perfect career.

    When you walk into our office we want you to feel like you can talk to us openly about what you want and don’t want out of a job opportunity. During your visit, you meet with each and every individual in that team so that they can get to know you, and at the same time you can get to know them. This way, we have a good sense as to who you are and what you are looking for in hopes that we can form a relationship and find you the perfect opportunity to continue your tech career. 

    We really are more than just a recruiting firm, we are tech enthusiasts who love to socialize with others like us and find perfect job opportunities for those who want and need them.

     

    So if you are in the market for a new job or just a fellow tech enthusiast, stop by or give us a call! We would love to meet you and help out with your job search.

    Join us at Tech in Motion for great presentations and networking events.

    Connect with us on Twitter for the latest tech news, job opportunities, and events. 

  • Workbridge Silicon Valley Has Some Tech Related Gift Ideas For You!

    Looking for the perfect gift for the techies in your life?

    Workbridge Silicon Valley has some unique gift ideas any techie can appreciate...

    (Workbridge is no way affiliated with the sites in this post)
     

    QR Necklace

    Jewelry is a classic gift for a close friend or significant other, but why buy another heart-shaped pendant when you can send a more personal message? This QR Code Necklace allows you to create your own unique message that can be read using a QR scanning app. 

     

    Ethernet Rings

    Not a necklace person? That’s cool. Check out these Ethernet Rings. This Cat5 and Ethernet jack set are a perfect match - just like you and your special someone.

     

    Gloves

    Do you have a fashionista in your life?  Get them an awesome accessory like these Touchscreen Gloves. They’ll be stylish and warm while texting on their phone, rocking out on their iPod, reading on their favorite e-reader or playing on their iPad.

     

    iPhone Opener

    For the ultimate party pal, there’s an iPhone Case with a Bottle Opener. The party can’t get started without one!

     

     

    Cord Keeper

    Nice Goldie, Nibbles, and Gulp Cable Keeper make great stocking stuffers.  Who doesn’t hate a tangled mess of cords?  These cable keepers will store your chargers neatly and will look great doing it!

     

    Charging Station

    Then there’s the AViiQ Charging Station. This is a great gift for the frequent traveler or anyone with too many electronic devices (so EVERYONE). Rather than scouring your home, hotel, or airport for an outlet, put everything in this charging station to charge at the same time. Convenient, right? 

     

    iPad Sound System

    Another great gift option is the ORA Ultimate Sound System. The ORA system is an 8 speaker sound system that attaches to your iPad to create a “surround sound” effect.  This is a great option for gamers and movie lovers, who want to immerse themselves in the experience. 

     

    Chef

    For the chef in the family, there are Chef Sleeves and Stands to protect your iPad during holiday cooking and baking. Attach your tablet to the cutting board to read and chop at the same time. Or get the sleeve and stand to prop you iPad up and protect it from flying projectiles, like flour and water droplets. 

    We hope you love these gift ideas, we thought they were pretty cool. Do you have any other awesome gift ideas for the techie's in your life? We would love to hear about them, comment below!

  • Recruiter Spotlight: Jaime Vizzuett

    Jaime has been with the Los Angeles office for over a year. He works on the open-source development team and loves placing job-seekers in their ideal job.

    He is from a small town, called Fallbrook, outside of San Diego and loves the Chargers. Jaime is now living the big city life and really enjoying it. 

    Here are three helpful tips from Jaime and the Open-Source team:

    1) Have three people look over your resume before you submit it.

    2) ALWAYS do some research on the companies you are interviewing with.  You never want to walk into an interview blind.

    3) As corny and repetitive as this sounds, NEVER take a counter offer.  They usually never work out for you in the long run.

    If you are in the market for a tech job in the open-source technology field feel free to reach out to Jaime and the team!

    Email Jaime: [email protected]

    310-445-3300

     

  • Project Interview with WHW

    Last Friday, Workbridge Orange County hosted Project Interview with WHW here at their office. WHW (Women helping Women/Men2Work) is a non profit organization that provides comprehensive employment support service to empower disadvantage men, women, and teens in reaching economic self-sufficiency. WHW has a high quality, personalized Employment Success Program that Workbridge Associates was lucky enough to participate with by hosting a round of Project Interviews. 

    We at Workbridge thought it was a natural alliance to join forces with WHW to help share our knowledge of resumes, interviews, and job hunting with those who need help. It was a pleasure to be able to go through the full interviewing process with 12 job seekers. 

    The office with our WHW plaque

    Brateil Aghasi, Associate Director of WHW presenting Elizabeth Clark, Marketing Specialist with an appreciation plaque

    If you are currently looking for a new job, here are some of our tips:

    1) Research! Make sure to check out the website, blogs, and relevant recent publications about the company you're interviewing with.

    2) Use concise bullet points to highlight your previous work experience. 

    3) Be able to explain quickly and articulately your professional strengths with examples. 

     

    A huge thank you to WHW for partnering with us to host this round of Project Interview! 

  • "Be A Professional When You Resign"

    By: Matt Milano

    Resigning from a job is an important part of the job search process. Leaving a company can be uncomfortable for both you and the people at the company. In today's world it is so important that you resign in the most professional manner possible. Chances are you may cross paths with someone from this company again. Here are some tips to keep in mind that can help to eliminate some of the awkwardness of resigning as well as insure you don't burn a bridge down the road.

    Resignation

    Always write a resignation letter

    Even though a resgination letter may not be required it will be received as you being professional. It does not have to be detailed. All it really needs to be is confirmation that you are resigning and notification of your last day. You are much better off not going into details about why you are leaving or what you will be doing. The letter is a representation of your professionalism not an opportunity to trash talk anyone or anything as you are leaving the company.

    Don't ever resign over email or voicemail

    Unless it is physically impossible to sit down with your manager, you should always make this a face-to-face conversation. You should do this in person, having the courtesy of speaking with them directly. A phone call is fine if this person is not local to you, but make sure that this is a one-on-one conversation and not a message left on their voicemail.

    Be prepared to talk about your last day of employment

    Because giving notcie can be an uncomfortable conversation sometimes we are not clear about when our last day is going to be. Make sure you not only have this date in your resignation letter, but you also discuss this date with your manager when you give notice. Also, it's a good idea to know how many days accured paid time off that you have. If you know this up front you can use these days as your last days of employment if you choose.

    Leave on the best note possible

    Work diligently up thru your last day of work. These are the days that your manager and co-workers will remember you by. This will pay off big if you need a reference in the future. Also, don't bad mouth anyone on your way out. Stay as positive as possible and thank everyone for the opportunity you had to work there. Lastly, try and document as much of your work load as possible. Writing documentations on your work will help your replacement transition in much smoother.

  • Six Simple Tips To A Better Resume

    By Ryan Brittain: Division Manager of Workbridge Chicago

    It's no secret that many people in search of new and fulfilling jobs after being with one employer for years needs a little help sprucing up their resume and finding ways to make it more appealing to potential hiring managers. Here are six simple resume tips to clean up your resume and get you on the right path to an easy job search:

    Resume

    Keep your resume recent and relevant

    Ensure that your skills appear to be current. Limit your work history to the last 10 years or so, unless there is previous experience relevant to the position that you are applying for.

    Limit resume length to a page, maybe two

    "Consice, bullet-pointed resumes that highlight relevant skills and experience are all you need."

    Customize your resume to the job you are seeking

    Be sure to read through the job description for the position that you are interested in applying for. Take time to update your resume so that your relevant experience can easily be identified. This practice is reletively helpful when applying to companies that uses software to screen resumes. Do not embellish, you will be asked about these skills upon interviewing.

    Your resume is no place for fancy fonts.

    "Stick to traditional fonts (Times Roman. Arial, etc.)", keep the formatting of your resume simple, avoid using tables, inserts, headers and footers etc. so your resume will display cleanly on a variety of machines and devices.

    Incorporate your online presence into your resume

    Always include hyperlinks to your work (use a service like bitly.com to shorten the link)

    Clean up your lines of communication

    "Ensure that your voicemail message is pleasant, clear and up beat". Be sure to list an appropriate email that a potential employer can contact you at ([email protected] would be considered inappropriate).

  • Job Search Advice: Be Prepared For Your Interview

    When you decide to work with Workbridge Associates, we want to help you achieve your goals with your job search.  Among prepping you on the background of the company and the job description, the recruiters will also ensure your resume is in tip top shape before sending it off to different companies. 

    In order to help you with that, we wanted to share some knowledge to help you put your best foot forward with all your interviews.

    Below you will find five great tips that you can use before you even step into our office- enjoy.

     

    Be Prepared For Your Interview

    BY RYAN BRITTAIN

    Going in for an interview with a company that you really want to work at? Make sure you are doing a few things beforehand to ensure success:

    Google the company

    Check their web site's About Us tab and make sure you know what they do and who their clients/partners are. Also, see if you can find any articles or news about the company to gather some good small talk material for the interview. For example, “I saw that you guys recently announced plans to do [project]. How will that affect this position, team, department, etc.?” Look into the management team and get a feel for who is leading the company and where they come from. Nine times out of ten, someone in the interview will ask, “What do you know about us?” Impress them with your answer and get the interview started on the right foot.

    Check out the interviewer’s LinkedIn connections

    Look up the people you are scheduled to interview with. Check to see if you share any work experience, connections, former colleagues, clubs, interests, etc. For example, “I looked up your profile on LinkedIn and saw that you used to work at [company]. Did you work on [person you know]’s team?” The goal is to make the interview more conversational.

    Check out their posts and followers on social media

    If you know who you’re meeting with, follow them on Twitter and/or scan their blog. Perhaps they tweeted about an event you recently attended, or commented on a band or sporting event that you like. Doing things like this shows that you are thorough, “plugged-in,” and can create the personality/culture connection that is very important in the interview process.

    Get there early…but not too early

    If you are unsure how long it will take to get to the interview, make sure you allot some extra time for traffic, getting lost, tie-straightening, etc. If you are more than 15 minutes early, grab some coffee or run through some practice questions and answers. If you show up too early, it can be an inconvenience to the manager.

    Have questions ready

    Show that you have put some thought into the company. I have interviewed hundreds of candidates for internal positions with my company and I will always wrap up the interview by asking: “What questions do you have for me?” If someone gives me a blank stare and has no questions, I assume they are either not interested or not able to synthesize the information in the interview to come up with a question.

  • "9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People"

    Check out this article we found on Inc.com, a great business resource for "useful information, advice, insights, and inspiration." While their content is geared towards business owners, these nine mantras can make a big difference for anyone in a leadership position, or not (plus, they're easy to remember)!

    Read longer explanations at the link above.

    1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time.

    Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.

    2. The people around me are the people I chose.

    Remarkable employees want to work for remarkable bosses.

    3. I have never paid my dues.

    4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

    You have "10 years in the Web design business." Whoopee. I don't care how long you've been doing what you do. Years of service indicate nothing; you could be the worst 10-year programmer in the world.

    I care about what you've done: how many sites you've created, how many back-end systems you've installed, how many customer-specific applications you've developed (and what kind)... all that matters is what you've done.

    5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn't just happen to me.

    6. Volunteers always win.

    7. As long as I'm paid well, it's all good.

    8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.

    9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

    Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do--especially if other people aren't doing that one thing. Sure, it's hard.

    But that's what will make you different.

    And over time, that's what will make you incredibly successful. 

    - Jeff Haden, Inc.com

    Also by Jeff Haden, "Best Way to Make Employees Better at Their Jobs"

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