ESP IT and Salesforce: Connecting Salesforce Experts to Twin Cities Companies

Founded in 1999, Salesforce is the first capable cloud-based CRM platform. Through its full suite of apps (covering sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more), Salesforce provides its clients with state-of-the-art analytics to optimize client relationship management. The cloud-based applications of Salesforce also afford clients the possibility of running their businesses from mobile devices.

Salesforce benefits companies by helping to simultaneously manage existing clients and finding new potential customers. A Salesforce expert is a benefit not only to the Tech and Sales Ops departments of a company, but to everyone involved in customer relations. Having a system that places all customers in one easily accessible place makes it possible to treat each as though they are the top priority.

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Are We a Good Fit? How to Establish Culture Fit During a Tech Interview

Culture fit became a huge buzzword around 2012, and has since ingrained itself as a requirement for job seekers, consultants, and employers alike. But what do we mean when we say we are looking for a person—or opportunity—that is the right “fit” culturally? And has this concept become so commonplace that we’re losing sight of why it’s really important?

Whether in the tech industry or not, full-time employees spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. This should incentivize companies to promote great cultures and compel professionals to work with businesses that align with individual values, practices, attitudes, and norms, creating a more positive workplace, better social interactions, and higher productivity. Ultimately, having a compatible tech team helps to create a thriving career for technology professionals and a flourishing company.

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Overcoming Unconscious Biases: Support Women in Technology

Overcoming Unconscious Biases: Support Women in TechnologyAs we approach Mother’s Day, we’re once again reflecting on the reasons why women and technology are a perfect match. In 2013, we proclaimed that working moms love IT—and the statement remains true today. Studies detail the measurable impact women can have on tech teams and the desirable benefits tech careers offer women, but there remains a deficit of female techies in the workplace. How can such a disparity exist? Despite the innovative nature of the tech industry and technology careers in general, women in tech positions—as in other fields—still face gender biases.

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4 Ways You Absolutely KNOW You Found the Right IT Consultant

How to Get the Best IT ConsultantsChoosing an IT consultant can be a daunting task, especially for smaller businesses and hiring managers who don’t have experience working with consultants. Though consultants boast unique expertise, adaptability, and proficiency, their time often comes at a higher hourly cost than permanent, full-time IT pros. But for many tech teams—especially those looking to reduce turnover costs and/or increase efficiency—hiring an IT consultant can be game changing. In order to make sure your investment pays off, consider the statements below. Mentally checking off all four before extending a contract will help you find the best fit.

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How to Find, Attract, and Retain Top Tech Talent in the Minneapolis Market

Finding and Attracting the Best IT Talent in Minneapolis

The Minnesota High Tech Association’s monthly workforce reports show between 7,000 and 10,000 tech job openings in Minnesota, with the top 5 skills in demand being Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and Linux. Chances are, you’re looking for IT professionals in Minneapolis with those same skills, which means you have competition. Project Managers, Java Developers, Software Engineers, and .NET developers are “most wanted” by you and everyone else in the Twin Cities. They’re hard to find and they aren’t cheap to come by, so you have to be strategic when looking to fill these top tech roles. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips that have helped many of the Minnesota companies we’re fortunate to call our clients fill their IT talent needs.

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Use Your Best Interview Questions to Drive Better Business Practices

Questions You Should Ask as an InterviewerWhen interviewing candidates, you are looking for more than just a person to occupy a seat; you want to find the right applicant who will help your business flourish. Failing to ask probing interview questions can leave you ill-equipped to identify which candidate will help truly support your best business practices.

Before you meet with your next interviewee, consider asking questions that dig deeper into these topics to help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your business.

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An Empty Tech Seat: The High Cost to You

Are IT consultants your best solution to the talent shortage?

The High Cost of An Empty Tech SeatDemand for tech talent is fierce. The Twin Cities alone boast 164,500 opportunities for tech pros, and that number is projected to keep growing. Unfortunately, high competition also means that employers face high tech talent turnover. Though many have implemented retention-driven strategies and launched specific perks designed to hold onto these fleeting IT pros, reports still reveal a turnover rate of between 9.1% and 10.6% for employees in the tech industry.

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Is Contract-To-Hire A Win-Win For Both Parties? What To Consider:

Is Contract To Hire A Win Win For Both Parties Pros And Cons To ConsiderWorking with or in IT, you’ve undoubtedly encountered contract-to-hire. Since gaining popularity around 2010, these opportunities have been purported as “win-win” solutions for employers and employees alike, allowing individuals to contract with a company for a defined period under the mutual intention of considering a more permanent arrangement when the contract is over. But while many find this middle-ground arrangement to be the best of both worlds, others have concluded that perm-only or contract-only arrangements are their best fit. That’s why it’s important for both parties to consider the positives and negatives before pursuing a contract-to-hire arrangement. Who knows – after considering all the facts, you may find yourself making an unexpected choice.

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ESP IT’s 2016 Salary Survey

As the Minneapolis IT staffing experts, ESP continues to monitor and analyze Minnesota tech hiring trends, compensation, and benefits information in order to better serve you. Our 2016 Salary Survey data comes from a variety of sources – ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, to smaller emerging companies. We compared our numbers, using actual salaries from our recent placements and market observations from our recruitment team, with those on Dice and other national resources. If you have any questions or comments about our 2016 Salary Survey, please feel free to contact us.

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Three Negative Qualities You’ll Want In Your Next IT Hire

Upon first establishing a need for tech talent, most IT hiring managers will begin by makingThree negative Qualities You'll Want In Your Next IT Hire a list of specific skills, traits, or experience levels that are most desirable. They may also make a list of skills and traits to be avoided. However, both lists can prove detrimental to their talent search, particularly in light of the tech talent shortage. Instead of blindly following traditional guidelines to filling a role or contract opening, we challenge you to consider why the following three qualities have made your “no” list. You may find that these often-considered “negative” qualities will lead you to your next great hire.

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