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  • Workbridge Associates Opens Up Technical Recruiting Operations in Dallas-Fort Worth

    Thriving Texas tech industry and considerable local talent creates unique need for a recruitment agency in Dallas specializing in hard-to-fill IT positions

    DALLAS (November 11, 2015) – Workbridge Associates, a leading IT recruitment agency specializing in hard-to-fill technology positions, today announced the opening of its new office in downtown Dallas. The Dallas-Fort Worth metro area has experienced major growth and gained national attention as a booming technology hub, becoming a dynamic location for the agency to provide local clients with highly-qualified candidates for a range of tech positions.

    "With the opening of this office, we’re expanding into the heart of a thriving IT community with huge growth potential,” said Matt Milano, President of Workbridge Associates. “We are perfectly positioned to work with top talent who can drive our local clients’ development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

    Looking for a job or have an open role to fill? Contact the Dallas team here.

    In addition to helping local technology candidates streamline their job search, Workbridge Associates specializes in finding the best talent for hard-to-fill contract and full-time positions, including RUBY, PHP, PYTHON, UI/UXJavaScriptMobile, Java and .NET/Microsoft developers.

    This new Dallas office will be led by Division Manager Tom Parzych, and will hold up to 30 people, including recruiters, sourcers and marketing & events specialists. Workbridge Associates plans to start hiring immediately for all roles when the office opens on November 11th. Candidates can apply online at www.workbridgeassociates.com/work-for-us.

    Workbridge’s recruitment teams pride themselves on staying fully up-to-date and conversant in the latest IT trends and developments. With extensive access to local hiring managers and technical talent, Workbridge takes a relationship-first approach that emphasizes personal engagement and added search value as much as the nuts-and-bolts objective of filling or landing a job.

    For a sneak peek at the Dallas office, see below:

    Meet the leadership team and apply to jobs in the Dallas office here.

  • Increasing Your Brand Image in a Changing Marketplace

    Article by CJ Terral, Recruiter in Workbridge San Jose.

    What value do you provide to the marketplace? Think about it. It’s not a question most people answer for themselves, because it’s not easy to answer and certainly more difficult to properly manage.

    The value you add is a direct correlation to your “brand”, the nebulous concept that marketers around Silicon Valley seem to chatter about on a daily basis. It’s important to realize, though, that increasing your personal brand is much more than a task on a to-do-list. It should be a lifestyle choice.

    Why do I say this? It’s simple: increasing your personal brand enhances the way others think about you, your work, and your contribution to society. It’s more valuable than money, because it’s the reason why people choose to promote you, invest in you, or even want to work with you in the first place. Increasing your brand makes you a more valuable individual to those who you directly and indirectly associate yourself with.

    Increasing your brand image is simple, but not easy. The result you’ll receive out of doing it depends on the amount of time and effort you choose to invest in improving it. As I see it, these are the 3 pillars of branding that you may want to consider when working on increasing your value in the marketplace.

    1. Consistency

    First, establish a set of guiding principles which fit around your particular lifestyle. Lacking consistency may portray you as a flaky, non-committal person who can’t be relied upon. Working on being a dependable person will help you in most any place throughout your life. It starts with understanding where you want to go, while focusing on the present and staying mindful of how to accomplish your goal at a steady, daily pace.

    2. Execution

    Learning how to implement the goals and tasks you set-up for yourself will demonstrate to others that you stay true to your word. It is much more likely for people to request your assistance on critical projects and areas of improvement with your company. Learning how to execute your goals on any level takes discipline, yet will be the reason behind your largest personal and professional achievements.

    3. Leadership

    Achieving an image in other peoples’ minds is one thing. Teaching these same lessons to others is another. Leading people who need help in increasing their personal image in the marketplace helps you as much as it does for them. You can become a resource for many groups outside of your own business industry, and that is powerful.

    All in all, increasing your brand image can be easy when done correctly. Make sure to be consistent in your beliefs and actions. Secondly, make sure to put into practice what you say you will do. Lastly, keep focused on adding value to others by leading them in the ways that allow them to also add value in their respective marketplaces. Other than that, you should aim to add value to those around you.

  • 10 Tips: How to Select IT Staffing Firms

    Companies generally like to work with other companies that know their industry and have a strong background with desirable contacts within their field. The staffing industry is no different, which is why working with a specialized staffing firms can give you a significant edge over generalized staffing firms.

    When it comes to IT staffing firms, things can often get pretty technical, as you would imagine – but that doesn’t mean hiring an IT staffing firm should be difficult. Our very own Director of IT Contracting James Vallone and Executive Leadership of Contracts Ben Sanborn provide guidance and tips on how to select an IT staffing firm, as seen in InformationWeek.


    InformationWeek: One question we are often asked is, "What are the advantages and disadvantages of partnering with a specialized IT staffing firm versus a generalized staffing firm?"

    Understanding the pros and cons can help you find a firm that most closely meets your specific staffing needs. Generalized staffing firms are often large, national firms with recruiters that typically work remotely. They staff all types of roles and positions and do not focus on a specific discipline. They have broad talent sources called staffing generalists. They can be experts at staffing large volumes of roles and, for companies that focus on quantity vs. quality of hires, they make routine, high-volume staffing convenient. If we compare them to the healthcare world, they would be general practitioners.

    James and Ben have identified a few of the differentiators between generalists and specialists in IT staffing, that help businesses determine if a firm is right for you:

    1. Are they local?
    2. Do they have people that specialize in current technologies or are they IT generalists?
    3. How long have they existed?
    4. Are they active in the community, do they hold meet ups, do they participate?
    5. Do they speak your language and can they hold a conversation with you on the technology?
    6. Do they listen and understand your needs?
    7. What is their reputation in the industry?
    8. Do they have a sourcing strategy or are they just fishing from the same pond?
    9. Do they make it easy for you to staff?
    10. Are they a full service provider?

     
    You can read James Vallone and Benjamin Sanborn’s full article here on InformationWeek: 10 Tips: How To Select IT Staffing Firms

  • Hybrid or Native Mobile Applications: Weighing in on the Great Debate

    Article written by Charles Chae, Practice Manager in Workbridge Silicon Valley

    Charles Chae, Practice ManagerWhat you see is what you get, right? Not necessarily when it comes to Mobile Applications.

    There has been an ongoing, fierce debate caused by the disruptive mobile / wireless explosion within the technology sector. With legitimate pros and cons on both sides, passionate evangelists defending their stance, and a vast existing amount of both Native and Hybrid applications available to consumers on all open app markets, it is becoming more and more difficult to know which app is the best to download for your device.  

    If you think about when Facebook and many others first approached the consumer mobile market and released Hybrid HTML5, Phonegap, or Titanium mobile applications that looked great and fit the need and wants of the consumer, there were really no mandatory needs or glaring negative issues. They worked just fine. However, entire organizations and A LOT of the market decided to change things to Native and even re-architected, designed, and developed their already existing apps. Most were receiving ridiculous adoption rates on both iOS and Android platforms anyway, and it just made sense to make the switch. The downside, of course, being that designing Native apps costs money, resources, and most importantly, time.  

    Hybrid applications are 100% proven to be much easier and quicker to prototype and deploy, right? Yes, but at what cost? Consumers desire a quality experience, which in my mind can be broken down between the UI and Performance. That is where the Achilles Heel resides in Hybrid applications. Proven weakness on the specific interactive UI aspect is a huge downside both to developers and consumers. As an avid mobile applications consumer myself, I’d much rather wait an extra day or a week for a superior performing and looking application than accept a poor design with a few bugs.

    Lastly, Hybrid apps just weren't built for your device. You wouldn't buy an Apple device to plug it into an Android accessory, right? Then why download an application to your device that wasn’t designed or developed for your particular device? In short, Native apps provide the superior user experience. They may take resources to build and cost some time and money, but the end result is worth it.

  • The Importance of Usability

    By: Andy Dalton, Recruiter at Workbridge San Francisco

    Anyone who has ever struggled with watching their grandmother try out her new iPhone or spent an hour helping one of their friends set up a new social media account knows that usability is everything.  An easy-to-use, negotiable interface can be the difference between a product that is wildly successful and one that never makes it off the ground.  People don’t want to have to fumble through their applications.  They want an experience that is both intuitive and fluid.

    It seems that some startup founders have forgotten the importance of usability, and, in doing so, will lose touch with their user base.  Sure, they need the “rock star” engineers who will create the bare bones of the product and make it functional, but that’s just the beginning.  Who will make it usable?  How can they mold it in a way that will be attractive to tech-savy teenagers, your grandmother, and everyone in between? 

    I connected with Kai Brunner, a talented UX Designer we recently represented, and he gave me a lot of insight into the importance of usability and his own views on design.  He believes, “the best UX design takes root in architecture, to where form following function can become inspired design credo.”  He went on to say, “too often startup founders bring the practice of UX design late into the development process and use it as a blunt tool to fix usability issues that were long introduced by non-designers.”  Like Kai, I too see the problem in waiting until after your product has launched to focus on user experience design.   Usability should be emphasized from an application’s conception, and should be a top priority of management.

    Even the most useful application will not succeed if it is not designed in a way that makes sense to its users.  People use technology because of its efficiency and its ability to save them time.  For companies this provides an interesting challenge.  How do you make a complex application simple to use?  In order to do this, you will need to hire a design team that places on emphasis on usability and understands the importance of simplicity.  Kai weighed in on this issue stating, “simplifying a process that is inherently complex means to clarify and organize multiple steps into the perception of them being easy and simple to complete.”  Here, he touches on the essence of strong UX design and what it takes to truly engage with your users.

    Usability boils down to simplicity.  How can an application be stripped down to its essence and designed in a way that is most logical and intuitive for its users?  This requires careful analysis of what it is about the product that needs to be showcased and an evaluation of how to guide users through the process so they can get the most out of the application.  If you wait until it’s too late to hire a strong UX team, you’ll be stuck with a product that works, but is inaccessible.  One good designer can mean the difference between a good idea and a great idea. 

  • Workbridge Boston visits Cradles to Crayons

    This week Workbridge Boston spent a couple of hours at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play. These items are supplied free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. During our time at the Giving Factory, we sorted through winter coats ensuring that they were in good condition and that any kid would be happy to receive them. 

    In Massachusetts alone there are 305,000 children under age 12 that are living in poor or low-income households and more than 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience homelessness in any given year. Helping Cradles to Crayons provide for these children was an amazing experience. Our entire volunteer group was able to impact almost 400 children during the two hours we were there, providing them with winter coats, baby clothes, toys, and kid packs containing school supplies, outfits, books, and toys. 

    It felt great contributing to such a wonderful cause and we had a ton of fun in the process. If you want to help out and contribute to Cradles to Crayons' mission there are many different ways you can get involved. The organization is always welcoming new volunteers at the Giving Factory  as well as any donations of children's items, monetary donations, or you could even host a collection drive of your own. Click here to learn more about how to get involved. Keep up with them on twitter and learn more about what they are doing by following @C2CBoston.

    @HeadstandAbby and the rest of Workbridge Boston

  • The Path to Linux System Engineering

    By: Matt Rogers, Lead Recruiter at Workbridge Boston

    The tech world is moving towards Open Source, it’s a fact of life.  Many new and exciting companies and applications are appearing every single day because of this- just take a look at what Google is doing….it’s crazy!  It is very clear as to what this means for programmers, CEOs, CTOs and VC firms, but what does it mean to the System Administrator?  As a technical recruiter here at Workbridge Associates Boston, this is a topic that is brought to my attention pretty often so I thought I would share some of my opinions in a more public forum.

    Remember when Linux systems were pretty much a joke? This was true especially here in Boston.  No respectable company would set up such a thing. There was almost no documentation, security was a nightmare, and forget about setting up a large scale, high availability environment.  It was Windows or bust!  Then, the Open Source movement really took off and the top minds in software started working “together” in online forums to build not only really cool applications but developing some very powerful, object oriented languages.  These languages continued to be improved upon and used to build ground breaking applications; not just the website of your friend’s band anymore.  Fast forward a few years later and top companies such as Fidelity have a team that exclusively works with PHP while everyone and their brother is looking for that “Ruby on Rails Astronaut” or some such nonsense that pays them $130k salaries.  Open Source is not only a legit player in the tech world but has now become the dominant force. 

    Currently, there are large and small tech companies as well as major corporations that are running mission critical applications on 3000 server environment that are all RedHat, Apache and MySQL.  System Engineers that have this type of skill set are in high demand; the majority of the jobs that my team and I are recruiting for currently are Linux System Admin and Engineer positions.  Too many folks have been pigeon-holed down the Windows path and did not hop on the bandwagon early enough.  The good news for the savvy, interested System Engineers out there is that you do not need to be left at the station of this gravy train!  Linux is Free as are most of the tools that are hot and high in demand right now, and Linux hiring managers LOVE tinkerers!  I advise anyone who is interested in getting into this technology to download Ubuntu or CentOS to your home machine (these are GUI based Linux systems that are easier to cut your teeth on).  Many other resources are at your fingertips as well and here are a few that I thought were worth mentioning:

    Finally, set yourself up with a github account to document everything that you have worked on so far.  You can collaborate with other people, review your work, and have something to point to for potential new employers to check out, since again, they love tinkerers.   

  • The Importance of Structuring Initial Contact with a "Purple Unicorn"

    By: Stephen Vaughan, Lead Recruiter of Workbridge Boston

     

    This is the most difficult market to hire quality technical talent since the dot com boom. And unless you have been living underneath a rock in an obscurely deep, dark cave on the South Shore or are new to the hiring scene, you are probably already aware of this.

    Highly talented technical engineers are so few and far between, that holding out for that perfect person to help grow your team with is akin to a Buffalo sports fan holding their breath in hopes for a championship.

    To properly introduce myself, I specialize only in Java and open source languages (PHP, Python, Ruby) specifically within the 495 loop of Boston.  The location and languages I recruit for are among the most difficult positions to fill nationwide across any industry – it certainly is no walk in the park.  After about a year of feeling the pressures in the front line, the Boston Globe reported on the hardships of tech hiring (and again, here).

    So what do you do when you are actually introduced to somebody who does have the skills or the potential to fit the role of that perfect person?  (From here on out I will be referring to this perfect person as: the "Purple Unicorn.")  The knee jerk reaction is to speak with that individual on the phone and to make sure that their personality/ cultural aspects are as great as their technical skills, right?

    WRONG!!!!

    I can’t stress how many times I consult and then witness my new clients miss out on that “Purple Unicorn” by sticking to their "typical" hiring process.  The hiring market is constantly moving no matter what the demand cycle is and unfortunately, the current market is moving at a pace at which many people may deem uncomfortable. 

    The number one thing to do, and what we do here at Workbridge Associates, is to set up a time to meet with that “Purple Unicorn” face to face.  70% of communication is non-verbal and by taking the exact same amount of time out of your day to meet with that candidate rather than putting a phone up to your ear allows you to cover 70% more. This puts your company well ahead of the other 500 opportunities he/she is checking out.

    By meeting with candidates every single day and understanding their ongoing job search activity, we make such a stronger connection meeting face to face. The proof is in the pudding. Workbridge physically meets with and sits down with any and every candidate who might be qualified for our clients.  By doing this we truly understand what these Purple Unicorns are looking for in their next adventure and where the companies they have been interviewing with are falling short.

    Remember that information is power and the more knowledgeable you are about those Unicorns, the higher your chances are to land one. HAPPY HUNTING! Don’t hesitate to give me a call at my office if you have any questions. The advice is free.

    Want to hear more from Stephen Vaughan? 

    Follow him on Twitter @SteVaughan15

    Connect with him on LinkedIn

    Shoot him an email or give him a call at (617) 622-2600

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