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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3 Stories to Tell at Your IT Interview

Storytelling ImageOnce upon a time…an IT pro wished above all else for a successful interview.

Fortunately, IT job seekers and contract professionals don’t need a fairy godmother to grant this wish. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the best interviews are conversations, not interrogations. And in order to keep your interviewer engaged in your conversation, you need to know how to tell a good story.  Fortunately, we have tips for telling three key stories in your next interview.

Think back to your childhood: to the stories you heard at bedtime, at school, around the campfire. In some ways, wasn’t the experience of being told a story just as enjoyable as hearing the story itself? Similarly, a successful interview requires good storytelling. A story told right is memorable and interesting, gives you substance, and will help hiring managers separate you from the pack of paper resumes and interviews they’ve conducted. Answer the following questions to help you prepare your stories in advance, and you’ll be sure to captivate your audience.

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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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“Don’t, Don’t You Want Me?” – Your Work History on LinkedIn

LinkedInExperienceHas a lack of activity on your LinkedIn profile page left you asking the question made famous by the 80’s hit song: “Don’t You Want Me?” Some wisdom from the ESP IT recruiting team in this second blog of our three-part LinkedIn Tips series will tell you how the middle of your LinkedIn page—the “experience” section—could be negatively impacting your professional image. While the opportunity to include as much IT work-history as desired can be an advantage for more seasoned IT pros, when used incorrectly the experience section may be holding you back. You won’t “be sorry” that you checked out our tips for cleaning up this tricky section.

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – LinkedIn First Impressions

LinkedIn pen resumeLinkedIn has revolutionized the way recruiters and hiring managers are able to interact with IT consultants. The Clash may have been talking about a relationship dilemma in their hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” but with so many profiles on LinkedIn and limited time to look through them, IT recruiters can’t help but ask themselves that question in the first few seconds of viewing a LinkedIn profile. While this has ultimately been a positive change for all parties, the expectations that come along with an online presence can lead recruiters to feeling that an otherwise qualified IT pro will be “double trouble”. The ESP IT recruiting team is here to “let you know” what you can do with your photo and summary to make them “stay” on your page and consider you a viable candidate for your dream IT gig.

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Managing Your Reputation: Online

baseball fieldIt isn’t just baseball players or other celebrities who need to be concerned about social media and what might show up when they get googled. More and more, your online reputation matters when it comes to making a career move or transitioning to your next IT contract gig. Don’t strike out when managing your online reputation. The World Wide Web has a surprising amount to say about you.  Just as your office reputation is important, so is your online reputation whether you’re looking for a new IT gig or not. Don’t get yourself caught in a pickle. Play offensively to make sure you’re presenting your stats accurately by following these tips for managing your online presence.

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Make A Big Bang In Your Interview

Big Bang Theory PictureHaving the right equation can make all the difference in your job search.  Take some of these lessons from the Big Bang crew to make positive and long lasting impression with your interviewer, from making a bold move to learning the right non-verbals. We have some insight from all your favorite characters for your next interview.

What we learn from Leonard:

Leonard may fit into the “nerd” or “geek” category, but he’s constantly open to trying new things, even encouraging his friend and roommate, Sheldon, to break out of his rigid routine. Break out of your normal routine for job searching.  Take a chance and go after a job that might be “out of your league”.  Interviewing for a job out of your league requires you to stretch yourself and prove you have what it takes.  In your interview, make a bold move by sharing how you can be a successful addition to the company.  It’s often bold moves that impress an interviewer.

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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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Introducing esp.com 12.0

Last week, ESP launched our new, completely redesigned website (and blog). We jumped on the website-bandwagon early, securing esp.com as our domain and joining the world wide web in 1993, just two years after it was launched for public use. To keep up with the ever-changing nature of web pages www.esp.com has constantly been tweaked and changed, including at least 12 major revisions since its first go-live.

Our new site answers some of the issues we’ve had with our most recent revision by making it easier for us to connect with, and in turn make connections between, our clients and our job seekers. Are you looking for IT professionals or are you looking for a job? Your unique needs drove a design and layout that would easily allow you to find what you’re looking for. Through the main navigation bar or the convenient links and toolbar on the home page, access what you need without needing to dig through pages.

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