Irish Titan Case Study

Our history with Darin Lynch goes way back. He was once a group manager at ESP Software Services, a division of ESP IT sold to Cotelligent in 1996. Darin started Irish Titan, a company specializing in designing and developing e-commerce platforms, websites, and digital strategy in 2004. Darin and Bob Hildreth (CEO of ESP IT) reconnected several years ago and now talk often to discuss ideas and challenges  they face as leaders of fast-growing entrepreneurial technology companies.

ESP believes that a great culture fit is as paramount to a successful team as a skill fit. We know the Titan team well. We have invested the time on the front end to understand their organizational needs with each hire, and we find the best technical talent to meet those needs. We understand Irish Titan’s unique culture, Darin’s leadership and brand philosophy, and what it means to be a part of the Titan family. That’s why Irish Titan has partnered with ESP IT to help grow their technical team in development and engineering.

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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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Job Wars: Choosing Between Full-Time IT Offers 

downloadThough your IT adventure isn’t taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it’s filled with some of the same exciting twists and turns that the on-screen story brings to life. Like your favorite Star Wars characters, faced with choosing between good and evil, your choice to become an IT pro set the course for your future. It also meant that you’ll have to make many more difficult decisions in the years to come. For some, these decisions may not only have included considering one offer, but choosing between two or more opportunities. Due to the tech talent shortage, IT pros may frequently find themselves in such a position during their careers when planning to move into a new full time role. Knowing how to professionally navigate the process, from communicating with IT hiring managers to making a sound decision, will be key to helping you land the best opportunities. Before entering the “battlefield,” consider these tips from the Star Wars big leagues:

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Coming Soon…4 Tips for “Telling About Yourself” in Your Next Interview

Film ReelMake a lasting impression at your interview by skillfully navigating the inevitable opener: “so… tell me about yourself.” No matter how many key interviewing stories you have in your back-pocket, many IT consultants still feel uncertain about how to approach this open-ended start to an interview. However, this opener is nothing to shy from: It is a terrific opportunity to take charge of the interview and talk about your strengths, qualifications, and why you’d be good at the job, while also expressing who you are personally and professionally to your interviewer. You want to interest and impress your prospective employer without running the risk of talking too long and becoming boring, or giving a negative impression. Make the most of the opportunity to “tell about yourself” by having a three-minute (or so) answer prepared. Turn to the examples of movie trailers – which similarly aim to deliver a strong message in a tight time frame— to help you navigate your story with personality, engage your interviewers, and leave them wanting more.

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Don’t Rely on Luck: What to Consider Before Accepting That Job Offer

When it comes to finding the perfect job, do you feel like you’ve got better luck finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Don’t rely on luck when it comes to happiness in your next job.  If the position seems perfect in almost every way, take the time to carefully consider these questions before accepting the offer:

How do you feel about the commute?

Location should be more than an afterthought when it comes to your next job.  Decide what elements of a commute are important to you when you’re applying for a job, such as time commitment, the density of traffic, or the ability to travel by public transit.  Some aspects of your job can change, but the location is fairly permanent. Pay attention to the commute when you travel to your interview to see how it fits into your criteria.  Avoid burnout from your commute by figuring out what is most important to you before accepting a new position.

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Which Zany Relative is Interviewing You?

Family-DinnerThe holidays are at their end and you’re settling back into the way things were pre-festivities. If you’re getting back into the job search, you may begin to notice similarities between the family members you’ve recently been spending so much time with and the interviewers you will begin to meet. Before you sit down at the interview desk, remember how you handled those crazy family members around your holiday table.

The Nosy Aunt

During the holidays she pressed you about your personal relationships and gave constant updates on her own health. Think of this in the same way you would an interviewer who is focusing on all of your work habits, down to the miniscule ones. They want to see if you’re a great culture fit in order to see how you would best fit in to the company. Make sure you’ve done your research before your interview and ask questions about their culture and work environment to show that this matters to you too.

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Stand Out From the IT Crowd

Stand out from the IT CrowdIf you’re looking for a new role, don’t let the speed of the holiday season get in the way of showing a potential employer how you differ from the pack. There are plenty of assumptions out there about the traditional IT worker. And whether you fit the mold or break it, it’s important to know where you stand and how to stand out.

Assumption 1: IT workers are men.

Stand Out: In reality 25% of network and computer systems administrators are women, and 72.9% of computer support specialists are men. While the gender gap is real, there are a growing number of women in the field. If you are a female IT job seeker, remember why women and working moms love working in IT. And if you are male, knowing about the gender gap shows you’re knowledgeable about the market.

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Take Your Job Search Out of This World

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The uncertainty of a job search can feel like diving into outer space. New things are constantly discovered and you don’t know what you are going to learn next. Every company and position you are interested in has their own unique qualities, much like every planet has its own atmosphere and gravitational force, but you can take some lessons from the final frontier by looking at how NASA scientists and others around the world are approaching their unknown.

Know What You’re Looking For – How to Live on Mars
When we first started exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover no one knew exactly what to expect. But scientists set goals for the Rover to make the most of the mission. When you are heading in for an interview you might be distracted by the excitement of the new company and potential of a new position, but it is important to stay goal-focused. While the Curiosity is looking for signs of water and elements to the atmosphere, you can look for things that you know are important to you. Make a list of important elements like cultural fit, technology tools or languages, or the in-office perks that are becoming increasingly more important to job seekers and explore the possibilities through the questions you ask in the interview.

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Know Your Competition

As an IT professional you are luckier than you may think.  Four information technology careers were listed in U.S. News Money’s list of the best jobs of 2012, with software developer ranking as the second best because of its role in the evolving IT world.  Lucky you to be in the IT industry.  There is always room to grow but things are definitely looking up, whether you’re looking for a new position or looking to fill an open one at your company.Compteition

Here in Minneapolis, 47% of open positions require post-high school education according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED,) and it’s safe to say that the majority of IT professionals have received this kind of education.

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