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  • Technology is Changing Sports

    Article by Matt Sottile, Recruiter in Jobspring Boston

    Regardless of what sports you follow, odds are you’re using your smartphone or tablet to track scores, stats, news, or your fantasy teams. With the football season in full swing, many people spend their Sundays watching the games and taking in all that there is about football. It’s no surprise tech becomes an important factor while watching games. From checking your fantasy player real-time stats, posting a status about an incredible upset on Facebook, or live tweeting about your favorite team, it seems like technology has helped create a new way to experience the game. And in this age, sports apps can do a lot more to help fans, from watching live video streams to managing their fantasy teams. There even is an emergence of mobile apps that focus on the social aspect of sports. Fancred, a Boston based mobile app, allows fans to create forums around their favorite teams and allows those who are far away from the stadium to still feel connected to the team. Spogo, another Boston-based app, changes how people watch games with each other at the bar, allowing people to compete for prizes and cash while watching games with friends.

    For those who prefer to watch games on a slightly bigger screen, the way that games are presented on television has even evolved! One of those ways is through the NFL Red Zone, which is produced by NFL Network. The basic idea is that the channel follows every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments as they happen, all in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, NFL RedZone takes fans there. The channel’s focus is to keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights, and a chance to see the key plays. While this innovation came around in 2009, the idea of having information delivered in real-time is still relevant to today’s sport watchers. With the ability to access information instantly through our smartphones and tablets, it only makes sense that the way games are shown is instant too. It is pretty exciting to watch your favorite team on one screen and quickly glance over to watch your fantasy running back score a touchdown on Red Zone.

    The question, however, is with all these new ways of watching the games, do we still get the same satisfaction and enjoyment as if we were at the stadium watching the game live? Better yet, does this new way of receiving information about football make watching a full game more exciting? Of course this all depends on what kind of fan you are. For some, there is nothing that can truly beat the roar of a full football stadium on a Monday night. While it doesn’t seem like the pastime of watching games with friends and family is going to end anytime soon, it is an interesting concept to think about how technology truly has changed how we watch and enjoy games, and how much we rely on it to get the most out of our game day experience. 

  • Volunteering at New York's Charity:Water

    Recently, five volunteers from Jobspring Partners went on an adventure to Charity:Water to help give back to NYC's local community. Everyone had a blast!

    When our recruiters arrived at Charity:Water's headquarters, the Volunteer Manager gave everyone a tour of the office and described their mission and current reach. We learned a lot. For example, did you know over 800 million people across the world don't have the luxury of clean water? In order to get water, women and children carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. They dig in sand for dirty water, or line up at a well and wait eight hours for a turn. 

    This need gave way to this amazing organization. Charity:Water is a non profit organization bringing clean water and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. In the past 7 years, they've funded 9,015 water projects in over 20 countries.

    Our team of recruiters spent a few hours helping the Charity:Water team stuff newsletters for their thousands of donators across the country. 

    Although we only made a small impact, we hope to have helped make a big difference in many lives!

    If you would like to learn more about Charity:water and their mission, visit their website at http://www.charitywater.org/

     

  • How to Successfully Switch Career Paths

    Article by Scott Purcell, Division Manager of Jobspring Silicon Valley

    The question of how to start working in a new field (or in this case a technology) if you don’t have the necessary experience is one that plagues many job seekers. We all remember what it was like looking for that first job out of college. Everyone was interested, but you were missing the necessary experience for the role.  

    When technologists want to move into a new field, they run into the exact same problem. You have a great skill-set in one area, but you’re tired of that, and have decided you want to break into another area of expertise. Now companies won’t even give you the time of day. Your resume isn’t even considered! So what do you do? Here are a couple pointers that can help you transition into your desired career path.

    One of the best ways to move into a new field is to get industry experience at your current job. If there’s a team specializing in that technology, offer to help outside of your normal work assignments. You can jump in and provide an additional resource to colleagues on these different teams. Because you’re a known entity and have relationships with these colleagues, they’ll be much more likely to feel comfortable having you help out on a project. Think of it like that entry-level internship you did during college to get your foot in the door with a company in hopes of being hired on after graduation. Once you've worked with this team, you might be able to pivot into joining them, but at the very least, you'll have that experience to add to your resume.

    Unfortunately not all of us have the opportunity to help out a different team at our current jobs. So what’s the next best answer? Often, people are excited to show me their shiny new Certification. This alone is not the answer. Employers just don’t seem to care about them. Rather than spend your time and energy getting a certification, put it into actually learning the technology on your own or through a class. And most importantly, do something with what you learn. What do I mean? Well, jump on Github and put up some of your code, or develop your own website that displays your work, and put those things at the top of your resume. Potential employers love that! From this, they can actually see your work and see that you’re passionate about what you do. If you're a writer, just telling the publisher what you want to write is probably not going to get you very far. But if you show up with a polished short story, they're likely to take you much more seriously. Think of this as the side job you did in college that relates to the career you’re going after!

    In recap, breaking into a new field is possible. What you should do is everything and anything to get experience in the area you want to pursue. Draw attention to yourself while you’re in the interview process, from the initial interaction with your resume, all the way to the in-person interviews and beyond.

     

    Scott was recently quoted in Business Insider and Wired articles about the engineer salary increase in Silicon Valley, read what he had to say!

  • The Importance of Selling Points for Your Open Position

    Article by Steve Vaughan, Practice Manager in Jobspring Philadelphia

    Steve Vaughan

    Welcome to Q4 of 2013. Analysts and market trends predict a hiring frenzy in specific technology markets with a staggering seven out of ten CIO’s citing major difficulty in recruiting for technical talent. And so the story continues as our economy grows…

    I’ve been in the recruiting game for long enough now to sniff out major selling points of a company versus the scripted corporate lines. As a very niche-focused recruiter who understands that the best candidates take a little convincing before accepting an interview, I want the meat and the potatoes when it comes to selling points.

    Typical answers I get when I ask why someone would want to work at your company versus your main competitor:

    “We have a great group of people and a strong company culture”

    “People work here because our company is growing”

    “Our environment is challenging and fast-paced”

    While these things might all be true and solid selling points, it is not easy to envision what a “fast paced” and “strong company culture” is without the details. That stuff could mean anything! Not to mention, every other company says the same thing (trust me, I talk to a lot of them). The meat and potatoes are simply lacking in one line answers like these.

    Whether you’re trying to impress a candidate or motivate a recruiting agency, the question of selling points begs for a story. I want to hear why YOU decided to take that job and what has kept YOU there for so long. How has the company changed since you’ve been hired?

    Painting a picture of possible internal growth or culture defined through success are the meat and potatoes I’m talking about. As a company with a drive and initiative, there are core values at the foundation of your company that has carved a culture. Let’s hear them.

    For example, did you know that Airbnb (travel industry: room renting site) gives $2,000 to every new employee as a traveling stipend per year? How cool is that? To me, this shows that Airbnb instills in their new hires an ethos of what their company product and overall goal is. Check out what some of the other tech giants offer to new hires as a way of hammering the company’s core values into a new employee.

    If you find yourself in a situation where you’re hiring (which looks like most people will be this quarter), take a step back and think about why you work there. Then think about your audience when conveying this message. Do your potential candidates care more about your technical environment, evolving technologies and Mensa inducted teammates, or about the personalities on your HR team and information they can get off your website?

    Instead of using the old corporate line, re-vamp what ammo you’ll be using to attract the best and the brightest to your team. These are the meat and potatoes that will separate your opportunity from the rest and in this current hiring market, it’s important to use all the advantages you can!

  • 5 Tips for Building a Lasting Relationship with Your Recruiter

    Article by Melissa Tobia, Recruiter in Jobspring San Francisco

    It can be easy to get caught up in routine voice messages and emails when trying to develop a professional relationship with someone. Although this is an easy trend to get sucked in to, we have to remember that business is first and foremost about people, and human interactions are everything. 

    A face-to-face interaction is far more powerful than any other type of connection. This is especially true when you are working with someone who is looking to find you a new job. By meeting your recruiter in person, this ultimately puts you in the best possible position to be successfully placed in a new position. If you are looking for a new job opportunity and are wondering why it’s important to meet your recruiter in person, keep these 5 tips in mind.

    1. Building rapport: For the next few weeks during your job search, your recruiter is going to have a significant impact on where you interview, so why not start off the relationship by meeting face to face? You want to trust the person who is helping you with your job search and feel comfortable talking to them when in need of some advice. 
    2. Commitment to your job search: When you meet your recruiter, this shows that you are 100% on board and are dedicated to your job search. This only makes the recruiter want to work even harder to find you your new job.
    3. Better articulate how to sell your background: Meeting in person can help clear up details that were not so clear over a phone call or an email. A face-to-face interaction can really help your recruiter understand and then articulate why you're looking for a new opportunity. In turn, this makes them able to better sell your background to a potential employer.
    4. Salary negotiation: At the end of the day, the recruiter is going to be negotiating your salary. Meeting that person is going to give them a better understanding of what you're looking for, why you're looking for it, and why you deserve it. For most people, salary is a huge part of the job search. Would you really feel comfortable leaving that in the hands of someone you've never met?
    5. Make a lasting impression: Everyone wants to be remembered. You never know when you might be looking for another job again, and how great would it be to come back to the person who helped you in the past?

    Whatever your situation, give your recruiter a chance to sell you to your dream employer. Build that relationship and you won’t be disappointed.

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