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Engaging your workforce may not always be easy, but it is most definitely possible. Keeping employees engaged is essential to being productive, but before companies are able to do so, they need to understand what employee engagement is. Employee engagement is how an employee feels towards the company he works for. Depending on the feelings, they can either increase or decrease productivity levels. If you want your employees to be engaged on a daily basis, which most companies do, it’s important to implement strategies to actively engage your employees. Our team at Atlas Consulting has designed this post to help your organization with keeping employees engaged and committed.

Define the company culture. What does the culture at your company look like? Are there programs around to boost morale? People feel good when they are helping others, so incorporate community volunteer events into the company culture. This shows your employees that you are interested in more than just what happens inside the office.

Stress the importance of communication. Not only should your employees feel comfortable to share with one another, there should be open communication between senior management and lower-level employees. Employees want to feel part of the bigger picture, and it’s up to managers to show that they are. Make sure you’re appreciating employees who are doing well and going above and beyond their job description. It’s a little feel good thing that boosts morale.

Offer professional development and training opportunities. Most employees don’t want to stay in the same job for the rest of their career with your company. They want to know there is opportunity for advancement. Suggest professional development courses and seminars, as it shows employees you want them to grow. You can pick out the best workers by their willingness to learn, so push them along when possible.

Getting employees engaged and committed is something that takes time and patience. Create a plan for employee engagement and stay committed to your plan, your hard work will pay off in time. For more strategies on keeping your workforce engaged and committed, contact one of our expert recruiters today.

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Everyone could use a little help when it comes to job searching, especially when it comes to resumes. In today’s workplace, there are hundreds of candidates applying to one open position. In order to land your dream job, you need a resume that will help you stand out from the crowd. Think of your resume as a way to get your foot in the door. It’s time to expand your resume and participate in open source projects. This post will discuss three projects to boost your IT resume.

Although there has been much debate in the IT world about whether or not open source projects matter to potential employers when it comes to candidates, we suggest participating. Open source projects are becoming more credible as they are now widely used both personally and professionally.

One popular open source project to work on is GitLab. GitLab is a free git repository management application based on Ruby on Rails. This open source software is free to use and is a great way to show potential employers your ability to collaborate with others. Working as part of a team is often important to employers.

Another great project to work on is jQuery, a multi-browser JavaScript library aimed at simplifying the client-side scripting of HTML. It’s easy-to-use API works across a multitude of browsers. If you’re looking to show potential employers your knowledge of CSS/JavaScript then this is the project for you.

The Apache Software Foundation is a great library of open source projects that allows you to find specific projects that meet your interests. If you aren’t sure what kind of project you want to work on, you’ll find one on ASF as it is made up of nearly 150 projects that cover a wide range of technology. Working on ASF will allow you to become part of a community of developers and users.

These projects are just a few of many that you have the ability to get involved with. If you are currently without a job, working on open source projects shows potential employers that you are interested in learning new skills and honing your current ones. For more strategies on how you can boost your IT resume, contact one of our expert recruiters today.

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Let’s face it, most of us in the technology field are more comfortable working with our computers than being out socializing and networking. Networking is a crucial part of finding a job and being well-connected in the tech industry, so it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and mingle with other technology professionals. Networking is the skill of building professional relationships with people in your industry and field of interest. You may be wondering how that’s even possible, but remember, it’s your common interests (in this case IT) that link you together. Here are some tips and tricks for networking in the IT field:

  • Attend an industry organization meeting. Those who are already immersed in the tech field will have a lot of knowledge and guidance to pass onto you. Be upfront and let them know you are looking to learn.
  • Create a business card for yourself. Sure, you might not have a job just yet, but all of your skills and expertise can be put on the card. It’s a great leave behind for when you meet new people. It should be a snapshot of what you have to offer, with contact information.
  • Consider volunteering at the networking event. Networking events can be awkward, especially because everyone is there to network and that’s all people are talking about. If you volunteer at the event, you are still able to meet everyone, but when the conversation stalls, you can go back to your duties of volunteering.
  • Attend networking events outside of the technology industry. All companies need IT professionals, so attend events in various industries to cover a wider range of job prospects.
  • Schedule an informational interview. Did you meet someone at a networking event that you think will be beneficial to your career? Follow-up with this person by asking to come in for an informational interview. They could talk more about what they do on a daily basis, and it gives you a second chance to meet and build a relationship.
  • Don’t forget to network online, too. The Internet is probably a more comfortable zone, so utilize professional networks like LinkedIn to “introduce” yourself to new people.

 

These tips are just the beginning of the tips we have to offer in regards to networking. For more ways to make the most of networking in the IT field, contact one of our recruiters today!

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To land a job in today’s workplace takes a lot more than just having the right qualifications. Companies are looking for candidates who not only meet the criteria in the job description, but they also want someone who fits in with the company culture. During an interview it’s an important to show your ability to fit in with the company culture, and that you will directly contribute to the organization’s success.

 

Before you can successfully show how you will fit into an organization’s culture, you need to understand what their culture is actually like. Prior to the interview, do some research on the organization. You will need to learn more than just the product and services offered, so chances are you’ll have to search past the company website. See if the company is on any social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. Posts on these sites should give you a better idea of the overall feel of the company. Other places to do cultural research include reading the company blog and talking to current employees.

 

Learn to identify questions about cultural fit and have answers prepared. Many employers will ask you questions outside of your qualifications and the job duties. Most of these questions will be to determine if you are going to fit in well with the organization. Here are some top questions you should be aware of:

 

  • What are your favorite things about your current job?
  • Describe the work environment in which you are most productive and happy.
  • When you are working with a team, what role do you usually take?
  • What is your preferred work style? Do you prefer to work on tasks alone or with your coworkers?

 

Make sure you have solid answers ready for when these questions are asked. It will show that you took the time to think about the culture before coming to the interview, and that it’s an important aspect of where you work.

 

Another way to show the organization you are interested in being part of their culture and contributing to success is by asking the interviewer questions related to the culture. Some sample questions you should ask:

  • What’s the best part about working for this company that I wouldn’t see in a tour of the office?
  • If you could describe the corporate culture in just three words, what would they be?
  • What are the most common complaints employees make about the company culture?

 

These questions are good ways to discover what work life is truly like at the company. Make sure to watch the interviewer’s body language as they respond to your questions, as it’s a good indicator of how they really feel. For more strategies and information about showing how you will impact culture and drive success, contact one of our recruiters today.

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Interviewees tend to be more nervous than usual during an interview, so it’s important to evaluate some nonverbal communication during the interview. Nonverbal communication is your tone of voice, facial expression, or body movements; basically things you are showing but not saying. Body language isn’t something we tend to think about, rather it just happens naturally. To help you better understand nonverbal communication, our team has compiled this post on evaluating nonverbal communication during an interview.

At the beginning of the interview, ask simple questions that the candidate can answer easily. These questions could be about the weather or if they were able to find the office okay. This will help establish a norm, so you know what the candidate is like while answering the questions. To figure out what their particular norm is, look for amount of eye contact, hand gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice, and body position.

After getting through the initial questions, you should be able to gather a good idea about how the candidate will respond and what is the norm. As the questions become more related to the position, and get harder, look for these nonverbal cues that are cause for warning:

  • Looking away from you or at the floor
  • Turning away from you or crossing their arms
  • Stalling when it’s their turn to answer a question
  • Trying to change the subject or nature of the question asked

On the other hand, there are positive cues you should look for including:

  • Confidence – you’ll see this when the candidate is making direct eye contact
  • Poise – showing they are comfortable while still being professional and tactful
  • Interest – they will be listening to you and are genuinely excited about a potential opportunity with your organization

Interpreting nonverbal communication can be tricky, but take the time to learn what you should look for as it will put you at an advantage when hiring. Just remember, evaluating nonverbal communication is a skill that takes some time and practice. For more information on learning about nonverbal communication and perfecting your skills, contact one of our expert recruiters today.

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Do you find that when deadlines are approaching you are worried about not getting your work completed on time? Are you always scrambling until the last minute to submit your work? If either of these statements applies to you, maybe it’s time to improve your time management skills. Our expert recruiters at Atlas Consulting have compiled six strategies to improve time management on the job.

Tip #1 – Prepare in Advance

Before you leave work, create your to-do list for the following day. If you plan the night before, you know what’s ahead and you have adequate time to prepare. How many nights have you spent worrying that you forgot something? When you create a list ahead of time, it clears your mind and allows for a better night of sleep.

Tip #2 – Schedule Your Time

Now that you know what you need to do, schedule how much time each task will take. Knowing that you have a certain amount of time will increase productivity throughout the day.

Tip #3 – Set Deadlines

Yes, you may have deadlines from your supervisor, but set your own deadlines. If you know that something needs to be complete by a certain date, try setting a deadline a day early so you won’t be scrambling to finish the project. Try your best to stick to these deadlines, as you never know what other projects may arise.

Tip #4 – Organize

It’s difficult to stay on top of projects when you can’t find your files and you aren’t organized. Create an orderly filing system so you know where your past, current, and future projects are. This will eliminate the time and frustration spent looking for something.

Tip #5 – Delegate When Possible

Sometimes it’s easier to do thing ourselves than give it to others to do, but often the truth is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything yourself. It’s easy to take on more than you can handle, so delegate task to competent people to lighten your workload.

Tip #6 – Stop Multitasking

People who multitask tend to think they are getting more done, but it’s not always the case. It’s easier to focus when we are working on one task rather than dedicating partial attention to many tasks.

 

These strategies should have you on your way to improving time management at work. For more tips and tricks, reach out to our experienced IT recruiting team at Atlas Consulting today!

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During a job interview, you may be asked several questions, including ones that aren’t so comfortable. Interviews are nerve-wracking as it is, so it’s important to be on top of your game. One common interview question that always arises relates directly to your previous employment history. Don’t fret, these questions are standard, and it’s important to address them as positively as possible. This post is designed to help you when discussing employment history in an interview.

Know that you are going to be asked your employment history, so start by planning ahead what you want to say about your previous employer. Think back about your work history and jot down a few notes about your duties and responsibilities. Include any awards you may have gotten while you were there, or any type of recognition you received.

Stay positive when asked about employment history, and refrain from any negative comments about your boss or prior employer at all. You don’t want to show potential employers your unhappiness or dissatisfaction with a previous employer, as they may take it as a sign for how you’ll act if you join their company. Even if you weren’t thrilled about your previous job, do not indicate your unhappiness in the interview. Remain objective and tactful.

Also, be truthful when talking about your prior work experience. Admit if something didn’t go as planned or a project you worked on was not as successful as intended, because the potential employer will most likely call your references to confirm your job history and you don’t want them to be surprised by something you decided to omit.

Think of positive things you can say about your prior employer. Even if you weren’t crazy about your job, there had to be some aspects of it you liked. What was the office environment like? Did you have the opportunity to attend training seminars? Think of the things you did like and work them into the conversation. You can build upon these positive experiences to share what you are looking for in the potential job opportunity, in terms of culture, responsibilities and teamwork.

Throughout the interview, it’s important to be enthusiastic of the opportunity that may be available to you. For more interview tips and tricks, or for more information on discussing employment history, contact one of our expert recruiters today.

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Finding a job in today’s economy can be difficult, so it’s important to be at the top of the game when it comes to your job search process. If you’ve been on plenty of interviews, and haven’t even had a call back, something might be wrong. It may be hard to pinpoint what’s off, so this post will discuss four mistakes costing you the job offer.

  1. Not Googling yourself prior to the interview. Most employers are using the Internet as part of their hiring process, especially to look up information on potential candidates. Job seekers are used to researching the company, but one important step they miss is researching themselves. Typing your name into a search engine and seeing what comes up prevents you from being surprised or unprepared when an interviewer asks you about something they found online. If you’re actively job seeking, make sure you are monitoring your online presence.
  2. Not asking enough questions during an interview. You want to show the employer that you are interested in the position and interested in the organization, so prepare questions to ask during the interview. If you don’t have anything to ask the employer, you could come off as uninterested. Prepare a list of potential questions and review them prior to the interview.
  3. Not admitting to any weaknesses. One of the most common interview questions is, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Everyone has areas they can improve in, and it’s important to be honest and touch on it when you’re asked. Make sure you not only state what your weakness is, but an action plan to actively overcome that weakness.
  4. Not sending a handwritten thank you note. In the age where everything is digital, it’s really easy for an email to get lost in someone’s inbox. A well-written thank you note will make you stand out among other candidates. Being memorable is important, and thank you notes are a great way to do so.

These common mistakes can be costing you the job offer. For more information on overcoming these mistakes, or for help with your job search, contact one of our recruiters today.

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Do you notice an employee taking longer lunch breaks than usual? Or calling in sick when that’s completely out of character? You may be thinking this person is searching for a new job, but in reality these may be signs of employee burnout. It’s important to understand employee burnout; it’s the attitudinal and emotional response an employee feels to its workplace situations. Some signs of employee burnout include emotional exhaustion, headaches, lack of energy, and physical fatigue. Our expert recruiters at Atlas Consulting have compiled five strategies to help your employees avoid burnout.

1. Communicate – Make sure employees feel comfortable communication with their managers. Have managers ask simple questions such as, “How are you?” Clues of employee burnout are answers such as “I’m exhausted” or “I am feeling drained today.”

2. Offer professional development – Most employees don’t want to stay at the same position they entered in for the duration of their employment. Employees want to be able to move up within the organization, and it’s important for managers to recognize that. Offer further education and training for employees to help them hone their skills and learn new techniques to make them better at their job.

3. Publicly appreciate your employees – Employees want to be acknowledged for their hard work. Recognize employees when they do a good job. It’s important for employees to feel appreciated. Even little perks, like a “free” half day, are good for employee morale.

4. Try flexible scheduling – Some employees work better in the morning, while others work great in the afternoon. Or, there are times when an employee may need to leave a bit early to attend his child’s soccer game. Offer flexible scheduling when possible to accommodate employees’ needs and show that you care about work-life balance.

5. Provide resources for success – It’s crucial for employees to have the right tools to perform their job. Do what you can to provide employees with resources that are crucial to their success.

Employee burnout isn’t just bad for your employees, it’s bad for your organization. Employee burnout can negatively impact your bottom line since employees aren’t as productive as they could be. Contact us today to talk with our staffing experts and to learn more on helping your employees avoid burnout.

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If you’re looking for a full-time job with not much luck, consider trying a contract position. Although contract positions are temporary, they are very common in the IT field. Our expert team at Atlas Consulting has prepared some tips to help you turn your contract IT position into a permanent position.

Be reliable. This is simple: be on time, do great work, and work as part of a team with your colleagues.

Act like it’s a permanent position. When you come to work and act like your job is nothing but a contract job, then that’s how the employer will think of you. On the other hand, if you show up each day like this is where you want to be, and put your best food forward, the employer will see your commitment to the position. It’s important to go above and beyond with your assignment to show your enthusiasm.

Take your job seriously. It’s crucial to take your job seriously and show that you are genuinely interested in what you are doing. You need to prove to the employer that they can’t function without you. This means you need to be constantly of service to those you work for.

Learn about the company. Too often contract workers don’t take the time to know the company and who they are working for. Taking an interest in the history and other aspects of the company show that you are invested in the position. When you show an interest in the future of the company, the employer knows you are there for the long run.

Network within the company. Build relationships with the people you are working for, and who you are working with. Talk with your coworkers during lunch breaks, and offer to help them with projects. If coworkers (who are ideally permanent employees) are invested in you, it’s more likely they will fight for you when a permanent position opens up.

These tips are just some of many that will help you turn your contract position into a permanent job. Talk to one of our recruiters today for other ideas to put you top of mind with your employer.