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  • 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

  • Contract-to-Hire: Is it right for you?

    Written by  James Vallone and Ben Sanborn

    Companies and professionals have three routes available when hiring: contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent. Contract is when an individual is engaged to work for an agreed amount of time with no intent for permanent employment. When the contract ends, the individual moves on to other jobs. Contract-to-hire is when a person begins work as a contractor with the intention that after a set amount of time, the role will become permanent. And lastly, permanent is when an employee is brought on immediately without any contract period.

    There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of work engagement; however, we’ve seen an increase in popularity for contract-to-hire positions. We thought we’d examine some of the reasons companies (and professionals) find this arrangement so attractive.

    • Fast hires: Many companies must fill vacancies so fast that they simply do not have time to wait for their ideal permanent hire candidate. In a contract-to-hire scenario, they request contractors who are already prescreened and qualified, conduct a phone interview, make a decision. The contractor can often start the next day. Given that a typical permanent hiring process takes two to four weeks, with an average of four to six weeks before the start date, contract to hire allows companies to hire with minimal interruption to productivity.
    • Ease of hiring: We have seen hiring managers run into situations where they don’t have a job officially approved, but they need the head count. It can be easier to get a contract-to-hire approach approved up front, fill the job, and have the contractor already working while you’re waiting for job approval. If it is approved, you transition the role to permanent. If it is not, the contract ends without hassle.
    • Cost efficient: Companies pay a staffing firm an agreed-upon rate for a contractor’s hours, this amount can be more cost efficient than immediately going with a permanent hire. (Particularly, in those rare instances when the hire does not work out.)
    • Immediate impact: Because contractors can typically start immediately, they get up to speed and productive much faster than the average permanent employee onboarding process.
    • Flexibility: Even with the most promising hires, companies and professionals both need time to figure out if an individual and the culture is right for them. While every job arrangement has a probation period during which a professional can be let go, contract-to-hire makes the whole situation far more comfortable for all involved. The contract period gives the company and the professional an opportunity to “see how it goes” and determine if it’s the right fit. While permanent employment is the goal, when the contract period is up, both the company and the professional have the opportunity to evaluate the situation and decide if permanent placement is indeed the best decision going forward.
    • Broader talent pool: Some companies express concern that if they go contract-to-hire they may miss out on the best permanent hires. What we typically point out is that some of the best professionals prefer contract-to-hire because of the ability to evaluate over a period of time if the company is a good fit. By going contract-to-hire, you open up your position to a much broader talent pool. Many professionals who typically only apply for permanent hires are willing to consider contract-to-hire. So, you do not lose anything by opening a role to this arrangement.

    Contract-to-hire isn’t for everyone. But companies who prefer to lower hiring risk, appreciate a “trial” period to ensure cultural fit, and want to expand the talent pool they draw from, often find that it can be a great way to find the right people for their roles.

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  • Jobspring Partners' Weekly Market Knowledge Report 3/26

    Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers!

    Here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:

    Boston

    Windows Blue Update Leaks Online With Tile Changes (Mashable.com)

    The newest  version of Windows Blue, said to make it even easier for users to multi-task, was leaked online earlier today.

    Submitted by: Adam Salk

    Smartphone app will now connect consumers to athenahealth’s network of doctors (Boston.com)

    In conjunction with a Colorado company, AthenaHealth has developed a mobile app that allows consumers to contact their doctors directly to solve medical problems.

    Submitted by: Lindsay Houle

    Chicago

    Who is Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]  (Tech Cocktail)

    Vote on Chicago’s top up and coming start-up!

    Submitted by:  Brad Marek

    Former NFLer’s Tech Startup Aims to Connect Pro Athletes With Gamers  (NBC Chicago)

    Ever wanted to play Words with Friends against a famous athlete? This could be your chance!

    Submitted by:  Kevin McNamara

    Los Angeles

    CSS3 Introduction  (CSS Matter)  

    This article shares the new features of CSS3, what it can do, and resources!

    Responsive Web Design With Physical Units  (Smashing Magazine)

    Discusses ways to design while knowing the physical characteristics of your device.  

    Both Submitted By: Paul Cutter

    New York

    NYC Subways to Get More Touchscreen Travel Kiosks (ABCnews.Com)

    Technology continues to merge itself with New York City, now expanding into more public transportation than ever.

    Submitted by: Neal Singh

     

    Luring Young Web Warriors Is a Priority. It’s Also a Game.  (NY Times)

    Department of Homeland Security is now starting to look for children who know how to hack.

    Submitted by: Ryan Kincaid

    Silicon Valley

    Three soaring Silicon Valley IPOs in nine days, so what's next? (SiliconValley.com)

    With the recent IPO successes from 3 companies in Silicon Valley, several companies are planning to go public since the “IPO window is still open.”

    Submitted by: Danny Cavero

    Yahoo Buys Summly, 17-Year-Old Nick D'Aloisio's News Summarization App  (Huffington Post)

    Yahoo acquired a London based start-up, Summly, for just under 30 million making Nick D’Aloisio, the 17 year old founder, Yahoo’s youngest employee in history.

    Submitted by: Ouliana Trofimenko

     

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  • Jobspring Partners' Weekly Market Knowledge Report: 3/18/13

    Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers!

    So here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:

    Boston

    This robot chimp turns into a tank (CNN.com)

    With the recent influx of natural disasters, the DARPA Robotics Challenged, backed by the U.S. Department of Defense is encouraging scientists to develop robotic first-responders to enter situations that are too dangerous for human first-responders.

    Submitted by: Kieran Carr

    MA to Pay Half the Cost of Tech Company Interns (Xconomy.com)

    To encourage tech talent to stay in the area post-graduation the MA government is offering to reimburse tech companies ½ of their interns’ salaries to ensure tech interns no longer go unpaid.

    Submitted by: Shane Tomlinson

    Chicago

    This 9-Step Checklist Will Sell Your Brand  (Tech Cocktail)

    Figure out your unique selling point with these 9 steps.

    Submitted by:  Lindsey Jefferson

    Zynga jumps on Yahoo takeover speculation  (Chicago Tribune)

    Zynga’s stock priced jumped to the highest since July amidst Yahoo buyout rumors.

    Submitted by:  Kevin McNamara

    Los Angeles

    The Coming Merger of Google Chrome and Android  (TIME)

    Are Android and Chrome on the path to a merge?

    Submitted By: Joe Vassel

    Smaller Tablets Gain Ground; Android Stealing Share from iOS  (LA Times)

    iOS is losing share to Android, while the sales of small, affordable tablets increases.

    Submitted By: Charlotte Haun

    Orange County

    BlackBerry CEO says iPhone UI is old, lacking innovation (www.intomobile.com)

    Thorsten Heins was very outspoken about the Blackberry 10 and its place in the smartphone market. It hasn’t taken off just yet but has had some early adapters.

    Submitted by:  Jason Shotwell

    Computer science enrollments soared last year, rising 30% (www.computerworld.com)

    Computer Science major applications rise by 30%.

    Submitted by:  Simon Asraf

    Philadelphia

    Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments  (Mashable)

    A quick highlight and summary of the top 15 cities for tech startups.

    Submitted by:  Krissy Klignes

    Philly is the 9th Best City for Venture Capital Investment in Startups (Startup Roundup)  (Technically Philly)

    Highlights the startup ecosystem in Philadelphia community through the different types of startups and what they’ve added to the Philly startup community.

    Submitted by:  Kevin Maas

    Silicon Valley

    BlackBerry 10 OS review: Polished look, with plenty of kinks  (CNET)

    Blackberry 10 to be released in March to target the enterprise mobile market.

    Submitted by: Viet Nguyen

    Meet Feedly: The startup most likely to replace Google Reader  (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

    With Google shutting down its Reader services in July this year, Palo Alto based startup Feedly is already gaining usage and seems to be the front runner for Google Reader’s replacement among users.

    Submitted by: Caitlyn Williams

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  • Weekly Market Knowledge Report: 3/12

    Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers! So here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:

    Boston

    Senator Moran On Filibustering Drone Policy And How To Influence Congressmen (TechCrunch)                                                                                                    Everyone has that one client that’s always hard to get on the phone, learn how to influence a Congressman and your tough client will be a piece of cake!                                   Submitted by: Shane Tomlinson

    Mass. adds 16K jobs: Here are the top 10 local employers with the most openings (Boston Business Journal)  Whoever said this was a tough job market must not be living in Boston, check out these great employers that have hundreds of openings.                         Submitted by: Lindsay Houle

    Chicago

    Microsoft's Ballmer: Chicago has good start on being tech hub  (Chicago Tribune)Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer makes a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas.                                                                                                                   Submitted by: Brad Marek

    Robots: When will they take your job?  (Linked In)                                                        The title pretty much sums it up!                                                                           Submitted by: Kevin Donoho

    Los Angeles

    Why You Should Bootstrap Your Start-Up (SoCal Tech)  This article shares the benefits of starting a company without external financial help.                                                 Submitted By: Kamyar Rahrovi

    Los Angeles Invites Proposals for Major Ed-Tech Contract (Edweek.org)

    The Los Angeles Unified School District may spend $500 million over time to provide its students with a computer device.                                                                               Submitted By: Adrian Lopez-Obeso

    New York

    AmEx Backs The Netflix For Designer Clothes, Rent The Runway (Tech Crunch) Rent the Runway just received additional funding from American Express, totaling 54 million for the startup.                                                                                                                        Submitted By: Devon Ellis

    Orange County

    Bartendro robot mixologist crafts cocktails with Raspberry Pi (CNET)  Party Robotics has developed a robotic bartender named Bartendro that can make precision cocktails in less than 10 seconds.                                                                                                      Submitted by: Nicole Torretta

    Orange County is growing green jobs (OC Register)  With government incentives and legislative mandates, jobs in the green technology space are multiplying in Orange County.  There are 3.1 million green jobs in the United States and California is leading the way with over 300,000.                                                                                                              Submitted by: Nicole Torretta

    Silicon Valley

    Here are 11 S.F, Silicon Valley startups pitching at SXSW (Silicon Valley Business Journal) 20% of SXSW 50 finalists are Bay Area companies, which seems lower than it has been in the past.                                                                                                       Submitted by: Jason Cooper

    Forget Google Glass, Google Debuts ‘Talking Shoe’ Concept At SXSWi, Wants More Social, Motivational Everyday Objects (TechCrunch)                                                           Google’s new “Talking Shoe” a product from the Art, Copy, & Code project featured at SXSW13.                                                                                                        Submitted by: Sana Khan

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  • Weekly Market Knowledge Rundown

    At the beginning of every week our Jobspring offices around the country participate in “Market Knowledge” meetings. These meetings give our staff a chance to share articles and inform their offices about what’s going on in their local tech market.

    Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we would share some of these articles with our readers!

    Here are the articles our offices found the most interesting this week:

    Boston

    Why The Loss of Online Privacy Will Kill Free Speech  (BostInno.com)

    Many worry that with the growing lack of privacy when it comes to our online accounts we will be forced to limit our self-expression.

    Submitted by: Kieran Carr

    Kids Code the Darndest Things: 10 Amazing Youth Innovators  (Mashable.com)

    Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates just released a YouTube video explaining the extremes they go to, to attract the best coding talent—it looks like they’re just looking in the wrong age group.

    Submitted by: Adam Salk

    Chicago

    14 Startup & Technology Trends To Look For in 2013  (Tech Cocktail)

    Here are the trends that to look for from various entrepreneurs in diverse industries.

    Submitted by: Brad Marek

    In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever  (Chicago Sun Times)

    Interesting article about the controversial topic of what to do with Facebook profiles after death.

    Submitted by: Carol Park

    Los Angeles

    Smartphone Apps Put Parking Spots At Your Finger Tips (USA Today)

    Cities across the country are using mobile apps to ease the search for finding a parking place.

    Submitted By: Peter Lipp

    Why Happy Job Seekers Get More Attention From Their Network  (LinkedIn)

    Happy job seekers get better networking results than sad, depressed jobs seekers.  

    Submitted By: Jenna Passin

    Orange County

    Samsung's Galaxy S IV Smartphone Could Have Eye Scrolling – (Mashable)

    Samsung's next generation smartphone — the Galaxy S IV — could include an eye scrolling feature, making it easier for users to read text, hands free.

    Submitted by – Henri Floris

    Team plugs in with slim phone charger – (OC Register)

    OC start-up makes credit card sized phone charger.

    Submitted by – Alex Harrington

    Silicon Valley

    iWatch could make more than Apple TV (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

    Apple hasn’t had a truly revolutionary product since the iPad…will the iWatch be the next big thing?

    Submitted by: Scott Purcell

    We will download 70 billion mobile apps in 2013 (Venture Beat)

    In 2013, we will download 10 apps for every man women and child on planet earth (over 70 billion in total). Even more interesting, with new wearable products coming out in Q4 2013(Google Glass, iWatch etc), we can expect a new generation of apps designed specifically to work with them or on them to emerge.

    Submitted by: Robbie Roesser

    Anything that we've missed that you think should be included? Leave us a comment!

  • Weekly Market Knowledge Rundown

    At the beginning of every week our Jobspring offices around the country participate in “Market Knowledge” meetings. These meetings give our staff a chance to share articles and inform their offices about what’s going on in their local tech market.

    Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we would share some of these articles with our readers!

    Here are the articles our offices found the most interesting last week:

    Boston

    Twitter Will Decide the Value of Your Tweets (Mashable.com)

    Twitter is making a big change in how your tweets find their way to the top your followers’ feeds.  Submitted by: Cristina Mata

    RI works to build innovation economy seen in Mass. and Calif. (Boston Business Journal)

    Rhode Island is looking to rebuild its economy on a foundation of tech innovation coming from the students at Rhode Island University.  Submitted by: Chris Walek

    Orange County

    Apple Doesn't Care, That's Why It's Winning (TechCrunch)

    Apple is not worried about making its products cheaper because of the “culture” they have created around their products (as luxury).  Submitted by: Jason Shotwell

    iPourIt Snags Series A Funding for Bartender-in-a-Box (SoCalTech)

    A Newport Beach company, iPourIt, just raised $800,000 in funding.  It’s a Self-service beer serving technology that lets consumers pour their own drinks

    Silicon Valley

    Tumblr Is Not What You Think (TechCrunch)

    Tumblr, the “anti-blog” social networking site, receives the more regular visits from American youth than Facebook.  Submitted by: Robb Silverstein

    San Jose's living wage rate: $15.78 (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

    The city of San Jose announced the 2013 living wage rate to be $15.78 per hour, determining it costs 68% more to live in San Jose than the national average.  This shows that as new technologies are emerging, salaries are rising!  Submitted by: Anthony Laden

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