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  • 6 Effects of Contract to Perm Roles, Applying or Hiring

    There seems to be a lack of candidates and hiring managers these days interested in contract-to-perm positions, but why? A contract-to-perm position, also called contract-to-hire, is when employers would like to bring on a full-time employee but don’t want to commit to a permanent hire right up front. In most cases, a contract-to-perm employee will work on a specific project for a few months in hopes that their role will be converted into full-time. 

    As an employee, before you turn down a potential job opportunity just because it isn't "full time," consider how working a contract-to-perm job benefits you. There are three immediate ways that you can use this role to your advantage: the resume impact, the compensation, and the job itself.

    1.  Resume-building

    Names like IBM, Microsoft, and Apple don’t look too bad on a resume, now do they? Enterprise companies are constantly looking for contractors to work on their various projects. Not only that, but because the contract phase of the job usually lasts three to six months, you have the option to leave and pursue opportunities to work for several big-name companies – without the stigma. You can beef up your resume with some impressive work experience without the negative "job hopping" connotation. Additionally, the connections that you make during your contract role can prove valuable should you choose to come back, stay, or pursue a permanent role later on.

    2.      Money Maker

    Another reason why recruiters and hiring managers might stress contract-to-perm is because you can actively look for another job while still making money. If for some reason, you don’t like the job, you don’t have to accept an offer at the end of the contract to be converted to a full-time employee. This role essentially can be summed up to “try before you buy.” It’s okay to keep your options open. Contract-to-perm jobs also generally have a higher hourly rate than salary positions when broken down, because you’re paid for every hour you work (including overtime!). It’s the best of both worlds.

    3. On the Job

    Contract-to-Permpositions have some of the fastest onboarding processes we see from any of our clients. These companies are looking to get the job done as fast as possible because they have a pressing requirement for more hands on deck. The interview process tends to be easier as well – “Can you do the job? Yes? Great!” - because there is less emphasis on culture fit since they're going to see how you mesh in person. In most cases, you also can be more flexible with your hours. If the work is getting done, and you’re committing the appropriate number of hours each week, your employer will be happy. Frequently, you’ll be exposed to additional technologies, building your skillset, while utilizing the tools you’re familiar with and the hiring manager needs. Remember, the bottom line of these positions is to complete a project.

    This ‘trial’ period is mutually beneficial for the employee and the employer. That's right, there are benefits for the employer, too. Wondering why a hiring manager would want to hire on a contract instead of permanently? With contract-to-perm positions, employers win in terms of the hiring process, the job itself, and the future.

    4. Hiring Process

    As we mentioned, the onboarding for contract-to perm-positions is typically quick and relatively painless, especially with recruiting agencies like Workbridge. When looking for contractors, hiring managers are looking to fill an urgent need and thus don’t want to sift through a multitude of resumes. Hiring managers can focus on who will get the job done right now, instead of focusing on the right ‘culture’ fit long term. Also, when hiring for contract-to-perm roles, many managers work with recruiting agencies that provide benefits like healthcare and PTO, while also streamlining the hiring process for the company. Thus, the hiring process will take less time and money.

    Want to learn more about how Workbridge can help your hiring process? Click here.

    5. The Trial Period

    Being that contract-to-perm positions are more like ‘trial’ periods, if you find the candidate isn’t a good fit, you are not committed to taking them on full-time. The arrangement lets you weigh their skills versus how they fit in as an employee, without having to commit right away. As recruiters, this trumps any argument about not hiring contract-to-perm. A hiring manager can see firsthand a potential employee’s skillset and capabilities for growth before bringing them on full-time.

    6. The Future

    There are two scenarios that can happen with a contract-to-perm employee that can affect the future, both for the better. Say the hire is great and gets the project done but for whatever reason, doesn’t take/get offered to be put on full-time. That candidate will always be someone you can add to your network. If ever there was a time in the future when you need a project done, you know that you can call that person to get it done. On the other hand, if you flip the employee into full-time, you already know what you’re getting. The employee has already proven themselves as an asset and is a great cultural fit.

    If you haven’t thought about hiring contract-to-perm or accepting that sort of position, give it a shot. It can open a whole new avenue of potential opportunities. Contact a Workbridge Associates in your city to kick start the process.

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  • 6 Qualities IT Hiring Managers Will Always Want

    The interview is widely considered to be the most important part of the job seeking process, but how do you get there? To be considered for a desirable position, you need to stand out among other qualified applicants. Are you bringing the right tools and skills to the table? Before you’re even looking for your next job, do the homework to make sure you’re a top-tier candidate by the time you apply.

    Sam King, Division Manager of Workbridge Associates New York, has some valuable market insight on the best practices for positioning yourself as a desirable candidate in the competitive IT job market of today.

    Looking to hire tech talent or find a job in New York City? Contact Sam's team here.

    Know Where You Stand

    Whether you are entry level or an expert in your field, knowing what’s expected in your industry should be the first step in any career, and especially your job search. In any given role, your scope of work and responsibilities will vary drastically depending on your experience level, tech stack, and ability to manage others. Soft skills and hard skills both play a role in determining your experience level.

    • Soft skills usually involve user interaction, or business side interaction with product, marketing, sales etc. and are most necessary for IT managers.
    • A junior engineer is traditionally less involved in these areas. Soft skills like excellent communication and understanding tech’s role in driving business are gained over time as opposed to hard skills, which are usually more relevant to design, architecture, development and implementation of specific technologies.
    • Junior candidates spend the majority of their time focusing on building and integrating systems but aren’t ultimately driving the decisions behind the scenes.
    • Decision making is reserved for the senior staff, who have the ideal perspective to make well-informed business decisions.

    Get Familiar with Your Audience

    Research the companies you’re interested in. Talk to people in your network and check out recent press about them. What type of company culture do they have? Is there room for growth? Is it a team environment? Which technologies are they using? What are people saying about them online? Who’s on the leadership team and what makes them successful? What types of products or services do they offer? Would you use their product or service? This research will give you the best indication if you’re a good fit, not to mention your knowledge of the organization is sure to impress the hiring manager conducting the interview!

    Level the Playing Field

    What do other professionals in your field have certifications in?

    Are they publishing their work on popular code repositories like GitHub, HackerRank & BitBucket? Candidates who show initiative in acquiring certifications for new technologies will find themselves at the front of the line when compared with candidates who stick to the status quo. You’ll be able to better position yourself for success by modeling your efforts after the best practices of others who have come before you. A study conducted by IT Business Edge claims that “Forty percent of tech consultants said obtaining a certification helped them land a new gig.”

    Tailor Your Resume

    Your resume should be adjusted for each job you apply to. Emphasize the most relevant skills required for the job in your summary, skills section and in your work experience. The ideal resume length is one to two pages, so avoid cluttering it with irrelevant experience. It should be easy to navigate and reflect your ability to provide a solution for a current business need, as well as showcase any subject matter expert contributions you've made as a thought leader.

    Make Your Web Presence Shine

    Your online profiles (LinkedIn, About.Me, etc.) are the first things potential employers will see when evaluating you for a position. Check LinkedIn and About.Me to make sure your message is clear and accurately describes your ability to contribute to the organization. What type of language are people with similar jobs using to describe their experience? Let others know what technologies you work with, what certifications you have and the level of experience you can bring to the table. Sam King, Division Manager of Workbridge Associates New York, has this to say about what helps candidates stand out:

    Interested in attending networking events in your area? Check out Tech in Motion today!

    Practice Makes Perfect

    Consider every interaction an interview, whether with a potential hiring manager or a connection that could be a reference for you in the future. Practicing interview Q&A’s before the job search will help you seem intelligent, personable and prepared in any interview or conversation, as well as help you conceptualize what your best qualities and career desires are. In an actual interview, the line of questioning tends to follow a common theme. Research typical questions asked in technical interviews and prep answers for each. You shouldn’t be surprised by questions like “What role do you think you’re a perfect match for?” or “What’s a personal challenge you’ve been able to overcome?” in a job interview, and you shouldn't be surprised by them outside an interview.

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  • 3 Negotiation Tips That Boost an Entry-Level Salary

    One of the biggest contributing factors of salary growth is experience, and the way that engineers can leverage their experience to get the best possible pay will make the upmost difference. After analyzing thousands of job placements across the United States and Canada, we have built a graph that demonstrates the growth of annual salaries by experience level in the tech industry.

    You're probably wondering why the above graph illustrates that having "0 years" or no years of experience in the tech industry can get you a higher paying salary than someone who has one or two years. Surprisingly, an entry-level university or college graduate with little to no experience can actually negotiate at 4% higher salary than their peers who already have some experience in the industry.

    4 Obstacles that Young Professionals Face in the Tech Industry

    Some reasons behind this are:

    1. With a shortage of tech talent, there is fierce competition amongst big companies to attract engineers and tech graduates right out of school.

    2. If the candidate has little experience, but is already searching for a new job, it's a big indicator that something went wrong, such as termination of employment. It could also indicate that a person is looking for some type of career change (industry, company, technology, location, etc.) and would be willing to settle for a lower salary.

    3. Once graduated, many young people try to find success as entrepreneurs. If that fails, a lot of them will then resort back to the job market, where their experience as entrepreneurs partially counts but their earnings at the time were little to none. Therefore, there is more leverage for an employer to offer less.

    Start your job search in tech by checking out our job listings in a city near you!

    Read the entire report on Tech in Motion Events website, and get further insight into how your experience level can influence how much you make.

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  • 4 Simple Rules for Recruiting the One

    Companies (much like singles these days) are always looking for great candidates to join their team, similar to how people are always in search of "the right one." This is especially true when it comes to hiring a permanent candidate or even a short-term contractor.

    Whether it's on a perm or contract basis, companies can't afford to waste their time with potential candidates who are not serious about their search. The truth is 40% of employees who quit their job last year did so within six months of starting the position (via INC). So how can you avoid this? Perhaps taking your search for exceptional talent to a recruiting agency, a hiring matchmaker if you will, could be your best option for finding "the right one" to join your team.

    Why hire a professional matchmaker? Here are a few ways they can effect your hiring process so you be more efficient with your time and energy:

    1. Provide a pre-screening step to make sure applicants are what you see.

    Recruiters go through a process when verifiying candidates: they talk to them, meet with them in person, check their references, and run a background check. At Workbridge, our contractors are on a W2 and are treated as our own employees, so candidates need to be able to pass our inspection. Companies can rest easy when it comes to the quality of the candidates good matchmakers are providing.

    2. Cater to compatibility so you don't waste time qualifying candidates.

    Every recruiter also should screen each candidate to ensure they are a fit for the role. Ideally, they would talk to the candidates about their experience and the position to ensure a match. Recruiting agencies that know what they're doing don't waste a hiring manager's time with candidates who are not a fit, and with an outside perspective can sometimes find the diamond in the rough a hiring manager might have missed.

    3. Save you time, energy, and effort by doing the hard work.

    Recruiters are responsible for helping the candidate through the process, which includes pay rate conversations. They take on the responsibility of providing benefits information, and even supplying benefits for contractors, as well as explaining workplace insurance and background checks. They are trained and experienced to make the process of finding and bringing on the right candidate as fast as possible.

    4. Find great candidates you might not find on your own.

    Top recruiters have a large network and diverse methods that make finding these hard-to-reach candidates possible. At Workbridge Associates, we even sponsor networking meetups through our event series, Tech in Motion, in all of our active cities. Why waste time companies combing through resumes to find "the one" (or the few)? The goal of skipping this step in the process is to give you more time to talk to qualified candidates, instead of spending that time trying to track them down.

    But before you enter into the recruiting process, or the matchmaking world, consider the following:

    • Don't go in with unrealistic expectations.
      • Even the best recruiters still aren't miracle workers. Recruiters and hiring managers have the same goal: get your open roles filled with the best possible candidate that you can afford. It helps to have an open mind and hire the person who fits.
    • Go into the process with a positive attitude.
      • Looking for the candidate that fits the role, matches the company culture, and can get the job done is priority. Finding all the reasons why the person isn't perfect is not.
    • It takes money to make money.
      • Using an agency has its costs, even though options like contracting make it more affordable. The tech talent market is competitive, and you get what you pay for in terms of quality - whether it's a candidate or the recruiting agency you're working with. However, being up front about costs and willing to compromise could help a good recruiter find a way to work within your budget.

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  • Tech Salary Predictions for 2017

     

    With 19 offices across North America, Workbridge Associates has a few thousand records of recent job openings and placements in the tech industry. A big part of being in the recruitment industry is monitoring the trends in job openings and salaries. As we begin 2017, we wanted to take the opportunity and build our own predictions about salaries in the tech sector for the year.

    Our research is not only based on job openings, but on actual placements after all the negotiations and final compensations for candidates. This report contains information about full-time permanent salaries and does not include contract or freelance jobs. We took four years of data, ranging from 2013 to 2016, and divided it by experience and the cities in which we had enough data for. Here's what to expect in 2017: 

    A 3% or more increase in salary

    Based on our research, the average salary for a software engineer should increase to $107,745 or slightly over 3% compared to 2016.

    The Biggest Tech Salary Increases Happen In Tech Hubs

    Based on the forecast for 2017 by cities, New York will have the biggest salary increase by 4.5% with San Francisco not far behind with a 4% increase.

          Forecast on Tech Salaries Changes by the City

         

    City

    2013 - 2016 Change

    2017 Forecast

    Boston

    12.4%

    2.1%

    Chicago

    16.6%

    3.1%

    Los Angeles

    12.6%

    3.2%

    New York

    22.2%

    4.5%

    Orange County

    8.9%

    2.2%

    Philadelphia

    6.6%

    1.7%

    San Francisco

    20.1%

    4.0%

    San Jose

    14.0%

    3.0%

    Washington DC

    11.3%

    2.8%


    Expect a 3-3.5% increase regardless of experience

    On average, we can expect a 3-3.5% salary growth each year. If you're looking for a new opportunity in tech, contact a Workbridge office in a city near you!

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  • Tech Salary Report: Where You Need to Live to Earn $200K+

    Over the past 27 years, Workbridge Associates has worked with hundreds of thousands of engineers across North America to help find these tech professionals their dream jobs. While the vast majority end up in positions that pay between $50,000 and $140,000, we have also placed many engineers at the $200K-$300K+ range. Based on placements done over the last three years, Workbridge pulled together a guide to tell you what you need to do to get there, with data about the highest paid salaries by location, experience, skill set, and more.

    Based on experience, Workbridge has found that you can be the greatest developer with a Ph.D. in Engineering, but a $200K position may not exist in the geographic region you live in. As the report signifies, most of the job openings in the $200K range are located in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

    Apply to a job in one of our cities and get one step closer to the salary you're looking for.

    While it's still possible to reach the $200K level elsewhere, if you’re not open to relocating to a place where the pay is higher, you may be limiting yourself. For the full report and more details on how you can earn the highest salary, such as skills and experience level, read the full article by clicking below. 

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  • 5 Reasons to Hire a Veteran

    Military veterans are a great talent pool to dip into, and companies are noticing. In fact, this blog by the U.S. Department of Labor points out that the unemployment rate for veterans is constantly below the unemployment rate of non-veterans. Are you thinking about hiring a veteran at your company? Having worked with quite a few veterans to place them at tech jobs, Jennifer Talwar, Practice Manager at Workbridge Silicon Valley, gives you five great reasons below why your next employee should be a veteran.

    1. Ability to work on a team

    Being able to work well on a team is one of the first things that can get someone hired. You can have an amazing resume with all the "hot skills listed," but as soon as you are on an onsite interview and not able to demonstrate that you are a team player, the interview is over. "From my experience, all the veterans that I have worked with have those key teamwork skills that hiring managers are looking for," says Jennifer.

    2. Pride in their work

    More than the average candidate, veterans always have a strong sense of pride in their work and their personal brand. They want to be known as experts in their field and want to be highly respected in their skillset, so they put in the time and hard work to accomplish that.

    3. Reliable

    Compared to the average candidate, veterans are some of the most reliable candidates to work with. They are always prepared and are very efficient with time management and respect other people's time because they know it is important.

     Are you a veteran looking for a job? Apply to a job in Silicon Valley or a city near you!

    4. Versatile

    Working with many different types of people in a fast paced environment, especially in the tech industry, is normal. Veterans have the experience and skills to be cross-functional when it comes to situations. They work well under high pressure and can make quick decisions when needed.

    5. Perspective on the bigger picture

    Having a perspective on the bigger picture is important in an employee because it shows maturity. Veterans tend to have a higher-level outlook because they understand what is in their control and what isn't. They also know how to control their own environment and how to let go of the things that are outside of their control. This type of mentality is very important for the workplace and results in a calm and confident attitude.

    According to Joseph Kernan, NS2 Serves Chairman and Vice Admiral (Ret.), U.S. Navy, in an article from the Business Journal, "Hiring a veteran not only provides your company with a devoted employee who has the potential to become a highly productive member of the team, but you're also giving a deserving veteran a fresh start in post-military life and a chance at a fulfillinig career." Looking to hire a veteran? Contact Workbridge here so we can help find you the right talent for the job.

    Ready to start your tech job search? Here are some resources to help guide you to a job you'll love:

  • 7 Underestimated Perks To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Game rooms. Unlimited vacation time. Free yoga classes. One year of maternity OR paternity leave. Tech companies these days are offering some phenomenal employee benefits, but not every company can afford to offer such lavish options. Sometimes it’s the simple things at a job we love that we need to appreciate. It’s easy to get swept away in the daily grind of a work day, so here is a list of little perks around the office that are worth being thankful for as you enter 2016.

    Location

    Location, Location, Location. Chances are you probably don’t live right next door to your work, so instead of sitting in traffic right at closing time or riding the rush hour train, why not go for a walk and see what’s around? You’d be surprised how many people work in an area they never take the time to explore. Maybe you’ll find a new happy hour or a restaurant you would have never found otherwise.

    Social Coworkers

    Speaking of happy hour, they say that an office that drinks together, succeeds together. They don’t actually say that, but a Gallup study shows that employees with a best friend at work are 21% more likely to report that at work, they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day. So if you have coworkers who enjoy being social after a long, hard week, it could make you much happier and productive in the long run.

    Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

    Nothing gets you through the end of the day 2:45 like a good afternoon snack. According to USA Today, a study by PeaPod shows that while “56%,of full-time employees are "extremely" or "very" happy with their current job, that number jumps to 67% among those who have access to free food.” If your office provides healthy snacks like green tea, fruit, or vegetables it can make you feel better as well. 

    Parking

    Nothing like a nice secure place to put your car every day. No need to worry about meters, street cleaning, or struggling with a tight parallel parking job! Sometimes, depending on the area, you can even park your car there on the weekend and see a show or eat at your favorite restaurants.

    Mail Access

    Who has time to wander the streets looking for a blue box? Even with apps and maps, it can be so confusing! Not to mention, who can keep track of all those pick-up times. The fact that you can get mail delivered to work is great, even better when they pick up in your building…It’s especially nice this season, because you’ll need someone to sign for all of those packages you’ll be getting after Cyber Monday!

    Birthdays

    Depending on the size of the office, you’re probably going to eat cake every couple of months. Cookies may get delivered every few weeks. Maybe you’ll get to prank someone by taping balloons all over their workspace, or wrapping everything in gift wrap. It’s all fun and games…until it’s your birthday.

    That View

    Even if your personal workspace doesn’t have a window, there’s probably one a couple floors up. It’s always a good for the mind and body to watch the sunset. Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the little things in life.

    At Workbridge Associates, we sincerely hope that you have many things to be thankful for this holiday season and wish you well into the new year. If your job isn't one of the things you're appreciative of this season, let us help you find one to put on your list to be thankful for next year.

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