An Intra-preneur, an Expert and a First-Timer walk into an interview…

Interview PictureSeeing the resume of a potential hire doesn’t tell you everything about who they are as employees.  You need to know what inspires and drives them. We’ve broken candidates down into three general personas that you will see while hiring to help you decide who will be best for your organization.

Who do you need?

Look at your current team. Focus on who would work best with the people you already have and consider if there are any areas that could be improved. Are there gaps that require an expert? Are you looking for someone to help the company grow from within? Or do you need to add young people to your team to start building your team of future rockstars. When you form the new position and write the job description, consider the traits you need the most.

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How Your Skills From Childhood Can Help You Succeed

You’re all grown up. But isn’t it important to bring out your inner child from time to time? We think it might be vitally important in showcasing your skills to a potential employer. Think back to the type of child you were and learn how you can use those skills to prove your abilities for on-the-job success.

“Why? Why? Why?”

Some kids never stop asking “why?”. These little ones have a desire to learn and to understand the world around them. They may have been the kids asking how the computer worked and finding out for themselves as they grew older. Or they may have grown up to be the adult who knows how to ask the right question that uncovers the path to a solution. If this is you, show it in the interview by asking the questions that show the interviewer you understand the position and are eager to keep learning. Show your knowledge of the technologies used and the company’s background or culture, by asking insightful questions to learn more. These knowledge-seeking questions will show your ability to fully understand a position and that you have a desire to constantly learn.

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What’s Stuck in Your Gears?

imagesLet’s face it; work can be a grind, especially as an IT professional.  However, there are some ways to grease those gears and bring some joy and productivity back into your work day.  The following five habits will not only boost productivity at work but will also add positively to your personal life as well.

1. Single-tasking

Be honest with yourself: are you actually good at multi-tasking?  Or, do you get more done when you tackle one task at a time?  Your brain is not physically capable of doing more than one task at a time; therefore, multi-tasking is just an exhausting game of two person tag and slows your progress.  More importantly, multi-tasking can even be harmful to your brain function.  Single-tasking can be difficult in our culture but the benefits are worth the effort.  If you take the advice below, to plan out your day, single tasking will be easy.  Resist the urge to work on more than one project and see the benefits of concentrated focus.

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