Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Taking Advantage of Fall


        With October right around the corner, fall is kicking up in full gear and now is the time for hiring managers and job seekers alike to start looking for the perfect fit. Come November, hiring will slow down everywhere and applicants will be scarce. This is a phenomenon experienced in nearly every industry, which means that if you have hiring needs on the horizon or if you have been miserable in your current job - you want to get the word out today. Otherwise, you may find yourselves stuck with what you've got until the New Year.
What is it about fall that makes it a prime time for hiring and job seeking? Well, it isn't so much about what fall has to offer, as what winter is lacking:
        Employees are Holding On: Towards the end of the year, even the most disgruntled of employees will typically choose to stick around at their current job in the hopes of receiving a holiday bonus. This just isn't the time of year job seekers are actively looking. Which means that if hiring managers have a posting they have to fill come November, they may find themselves faced with a pile of only mediocre applicants to consider.
        Budgetary Constraints are Holding Companies Back: Similarly, by November and December, most companies find themselves in the position of needing to pull back a bit in order to meet their annual budgets. As a result, new positions are put off until at least the start of January, when those budgets roll over and reset. For companies relying on government contract work, as many of those within the unmanned industry are, it can be even later than that - as they may not know what their budgets will be until fiscal budgets are finalized between January and March. Luckily, companies don't have to worry much about filling current positions during this time period because of the point made above - there is no mass exodus of employees this time of year. Everyone is just in a holding pattern, waiting these final months out together.
        There are Holidays to Enjoy: Let's face it; productivity tends to go down everywhere during the holidays. There are company parties, gift exchanges, family affairs to travel for and plenty of distractions from the day-to-day work. Hiring is low on the priority list for everyone. After all, who wants that extra paperwork to deal with right before Thanksgiving?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Why Top Engineers Should Have an Agent on Their Side



In case you didn’t already know it, skilled and trained engineers in the field of unmanned robotics are a rare commodity these days. These workers are so highly coveted that companies commit a large portion of their recruitment budgets to seeking out the top talent and vying to bring those employees on board.
Because of this, if you fall into that category of engineers who have specialized in unmanned robotics, you are in a prime position to put your experience to work for you in the quest for your dream job. But that isn’t always an easy task to take on alone. Sometimes, having a recruiter on your side can make all the difference.
·         Insider Information: Recruiters have taken networking to the next level. They know who is on the verge of hiring, typically before those public postings are ever made. So if you are working with a recruiter, they already have their finger on the pulse of what is coming up and can keep an eye on the opportunities for you, often long before you would have known about those same opportunities on your own.
·         Focused Job Search: When working with a recruiter, you can lay out exactly what you are looking for in the perfect job. You can discuss corporate culture, leave policies and even the ability to grow within a company. By assessing not only your skills but also your personality and goals for the future, a recruiter can help to match you up with the best organization for what you hope to accomplish.
·         Skilled Negotiations: In many ways, a good recruiter can act on your behalf as an agent when it comes to negotiations. They know and understand what your value is and also what various companies are able to offer. This helps to ensure the best job offer for you, while having the added benefit of providing the best fit in talent  for the organization. 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stop the Madness: How a Recruiter Can Save You Time, Stress, & Money



Hiring within the unmanned robotics field can be a varied and challenging beast, particularly depending on the roles you are hiring for. We all know that there seems to be a never-ending supply of workers interested in deploying abroad, but finding quality engineers within the states who have experience in this industry can be a different experience entirely. Often the resumes are few and far between and locating the perfect fit can feel impossible.
That’s where outsourcing your hiring needs to a recruiter can come in handy. Not only does it decrease the number of headaches you have to deal with, but it also increases your chances of finding that rare engineer who is trained and skilled at providing exactly the expertise you need.
·         Strength Utilization: Running a successful business is all about utilizing your strengths. As a company in this industry, your strengths lie in advancing the field of unmanned robotics. Those skills are diminished when you are putting your top team members on the task of searching for the hires that can take you to the next level. A recruiters' skills are already focused on doing just that though – seeking the top talent for you and your organization.
·         Casting a Wider Net: The beauty of a recruiter is that they know exactly where to look for that top talent. Where you may have struggled to reach the engineers you are looking for in the past, a recruiter is skilled at casting that wide net and getting word out about your opening, reaching potential hires you may not otherwise have ever been able to find.
·         Advanced Vetting: When looking at those resumes and trying to decipher who will be the best fit for your organization, it is easy to forget that a person is more than a list of bullet points.  A good recruiter will work with you to define both the tangible and the intangible skills you need and will screen potential applicants through interviews and reference checks to ensure that the resumes that hit your desk are the best available candidates for your position.  Your interview will be focused on picking the best of the top tier talent, not on trying to decipher if a person has the basic skills to do the job.


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