Deep Work

Today’s workplace is plagued by constantly updating email inboxes, intrusive messenger notifications, and a plethora of other alerts designed to pull your attention in a new direction. Add to that the assault from personal accounts and devices, and the cavalcade may seem never ending. While the commonplace nature of these interruptions make them seem like part of the daily grind, they can actually prevent you from engaging in “deep work,” or any activity that requires significant focus over a long period.

 

The constant bombardment means you aren’t able to concentrate on the task at hand, and that could ultimately cost you a promotion. Here’s why.

Shallow vs. Deep

The majority of the work people complete on a daily basis is shallow in nature. These are the routine activities that don’t require a lot of thought to complete properly, making the occasional (or frequent) distraction manageable. Typically, these are the duties we all must complete to ensure we don’t end up on a job hunt earlier than anticipated.

 

Deep work requires concentration and focus. It can be cognitively demanding, and often needs a significant time commitment to complete. To make the most of deep work, we need to remove these interruptions from our lives. Otherwise, our thought processes are interrupted, and we have to reset after every distraction.

How to Make Deep Work Possible

To participate in the kind of thinking required to complete deep work to your highest standard, you must set yourself up for success. This means taking a few proactive steps to limit interruptions and prevent unnecessary distractions before they occur.

 

One easy step is to schedule the time you need to dedicate to deep work tasks. Mark the time out on your calendar and consider it an active appointment with yourself. This prevents others from trying to schedule a meeting with you during that time, and can also show others you are busy.

 

Next, eliminate distractions that are under your control. This can include shutting down smartphones, closing out email and messaging applications, and setting your phone to “do not disturb.” Then, don’t check any of those items until your time for deep work has passed, or the task is complete.

 

In some cases, you may need to speak with your co-workers, managers or employees regarding protocols for deep work time. This ensures those around you support your need to concentrate and will only interrupt under circumstances that require your immediate attention. If your office supports an open floor plan, you may even need to secure a quiet space, such as a small conference room, to help get the heads-down time you need to succeed.

Why It Matters

In the end, deep work is often related to projects that will lead to the most advancement and organizational success. These are tasks that will get you noticed, and you need to make sure you have the chance to shine. That way, when the time is right, you can use those experiences to help you reach the next promotional opportunity along your career path.

 

If you are interested in exploring new promotional opportunities today, the experts at The Armada Group can help you on your journey. Contact us and see what options are available in your field today.

 

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The Unlikely Career Choice Hacking the Silicon Valley Elite

The majority of IT professionals work to build or improve technologies, making them safer, faster, and more advanced. And then there are some who put their best efforts into exploiting those technologies — finding holes in them and attempting to tear them down.

They’re not malicious cyber-criminals. The descriptions are similar, but the motivations are entirely separate. So-called “white hat” hackers put their coding skills to work searching for chinks in the armor of software programs and platforms, which in turn helps the tech companies who design them improve the performance and safety of their products.

And sometimes, white-hat hackers get paid for exploiting the best of the best.

Google wants you to hack their products

For several years, software giant Google has been offering cash bounties to hackers and researchers who could find exploitable bugs in their offerings. One of the best-known of these rewards is the Pwnium competition, held for the fourth time annually in March 2014. The one-day hacking contest has served as a challenge for good-guy hackers to find a way into the company’s Chrome browser — all in the interests of making the Chrome experience safer for users.

Last year’s Pwnium 4 contest offered the highest rewards yet, with a total of $2.71828 million (the equivalent of the mathematical constant e) up for grabs. Google broke down the prize into six-figure rewards for each successful instance of:

  • Browser or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user ($110,000 bounty)
  • Compromise with device persistence: guest to guest with interim reboot ($150,000 bounty)

For the 2014 event, thousands were awarded on-site, but there was only one confirmed big winner: $150,000 was awarded to a hacker known as Geohot. But the crucial takeaway from the competition was that Google Chrome is one of the safest browsers out there, hands down.

Ongoing rewards for exploiting Google offerings

Currently, no plans have been announced for Google to host Pwnium 5. However, the company maintains an ongoing Vulnerability Reward Program that pays hackers various bounties according to which product they manage to hack, and at what level.

Included in the eligible products for the reward program are the Chrome browser, any Google-owned web service including the search engine itself, YouTube and Blogger, the Google Play Store, and all Google-developed apps and extensions regardless of platform.

Applying technical skills in order to break technology might seem like an unusual career choice, but these friendly hackers help companies like Google make software, programs, and platforms safer and more functional for everyone by finding vulnerabilities before they can be exploited with malicious intent.

Stop Making These 5 Job Search Blunders

Looking for that great new job is a complicated and time-consuming process. With so much involved, even the most savvy job seekers can make small mistakes — that may end up having huge consequences. But you can increase your chances of successfully landing your dream job by being aware of potential pitfalls in the job search process, and knowing how to avoid them as they come up.

Here are five of the most common job search mistakes, and what you can do to ensure you aren’t making them.

Sending unsolicited resumes

One common bit of advice that’s been thrown around to job seekers over the years is to apply widely, and send your resume out to as many companies as possible — even if they’re not hiring. Some have recommended using this strategy to get into your dream company. But the high volume of resumes that are sent to any given company, hiring or not, combined with widespread use of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) practically guarantees that unsolicited resumes are a waste of your time and efforts.

Instead of sending out resumes blindly, your time would be better spent identifying a handful of ideal job opportunities, and customizing your resume and cover letter to match each individual job’s requirements, company information, and job description.

Relying on job boards and online listings

Generally speaking, online job boards are not the best sources for leads. Even worse are online “classifieds” or “want ads,” which are often riddled with increasingly clever scams posing as opportunities. But even legitimate online job postings will often end up wasting your time — simply because of the high volume of applicants these listings receive.

While it’s okay to dedicate a small portion of your time applying through online job boards, the majority of your efforts should be spent on more productive and effective strategies for finding opportunities. Networking is absolutely the most effective, since a majority of today’s new hires are referral-based. The Jobvite 2014 Social Recruiting Survey reports that 60 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said their best hires were through referrals.

Working directly with a recruiter is another highly effective way to find great opportunities. Recruiters have access to job openings that aren’t posted to the public, which means you’ll apply with a referral from the recruiter and compete against a smaller pool of candidates for the position.

Networking ineffectively

While many job seekers understand the importance of networking, at least in theory, most aren’t using this powerful tool effectively. Networking is best when it’s made the focus of your job search, and when it’s approached in a structured and professional way that allows you to measure the results of your efforts.

For example, “being on LinkedIn” is not an effective networking strategy. Simply joining the social network doesn’t bring a flood of recruiters and potential employers to your virtual doorstep. You need to optimize your LinkedIn presence with a detailed, relevant profile that lets people know you’re in the job market, connect with industry professionals, influencers, and potential employers, and interact through groups and discussions in order to attract attention and grow your network.

Flying solo on your job search

This refers not only to networking, but also using career experts in general. Of course, when you’re actively looking a job, you should let family, friends, and colleagues know that you’re in the market to keep your network open — you never know where the next opportunity might come from.

In addition to asking for help from people you know, you can substantially increase your chances of getting hired by working with a professional. Career coaches, resume experts, staffing agencies, and recruiters have extensive resources for job seekers that can help you every step of the way, from identifying opportunities to making it through the interview.

Not asking for the job

It’s incredibly disappointing and frustrating to trip at the finish line — but that’s what can, and often does happen when you forget to ask for the job. You might make it all the way through the application process and a round of interviews, but if you don’t express your genuine interest in the position, you may be passed over anyway.

The very last step of every interview should be to thank hiring managers for their time, and state clearly that you want the job, in plain language. This makes your final impression as someone who’s both qualified and enthusiastic, which exponentially increases your chance at getting hired.

Need more assistance in your job search, or have questions about any of the job search blunders above? Call The Armada Group today and talk to one of our career guidance experts!

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What You Need to Know Before Reorganizing Your IT Department

IT reorganization is one of the biggest projects you may ever undertake as an IT manager. No matter how you approach a reorg, it’s going to cost you time, resources, and productivity. This means it’s essential to have a sound, business-oriented strategy in place before the decision to reorganize is made.

Here are the most important considerations for launching and implementing an effective IT reorganization for your company:

Know why you’re considering a reorganization

The best way to avoid potentially complex and costly mistakes is to understand the actual problems that prompted you to consider an IT reorg, and decide whether there’s another way to address those problems.

Ask yourself what you hope to accomplish with a reorganization. If your goals can be met through alternative fixes, try implementing the less disruptive solutions first.

If alternatives fail, or if reorganization is the clear answer, then it’s time to talk strategy.

Decide where to start

IT reorganization is a measure that’s intended to solve problems with the organization’s tech department. This means you need a thorough understanding of not just the problems themselves, but the issues they’re causing throughout the organization.

The first step in building a reorg strategy is to communicate — with your IT team, with key stakeholders, and with C-level management. Your approach may vary depending on the parties involved, but the goal is to same: to open conversations and gather input on pain points affecting various parts of the company, and IT areas that could stand improvement.

Gauge your reasons for reorganizing

There are several legitimate reasons to undertake IT reorganization. Here are some of the most common:

  • Your technology is an island: In today’s highly connected business environment, insular IT departments simply won’t survive. Bryan Kirschner, director of the Apogee Institute, indicates three must-have qualities for successful IT: outside-in, cloud-first, and mobile-centric. If your organization lacks these qualities, a reorganization may be the right solution.
  • IT is failing to deliver results: This is one of the most obvious reasons to consider a reorganization, but it’s also one that requires the most caution. If your IT department regularly misses deadlines and exceeds budgets, a reorg may be called for — but only if there’s no other way to fix these problems.
  • You’re new at the helm: If you’re a newly appointed IT leader, whether you’ve been promoted or arrived from another company, you may be itching to make sweeping changes. Depending on the actual situation, this may be a good idea — just be sure it’s the right one. Reorganizing simply because “it’s been a while since the last one” is never a good strategy.
  • The company mission refocuses on new technology: Every business in every industry today needs technology to thrive. If your organization is facing major changes to the way technology impacts your daily operations — such as migrating from single-channel to omni-channel customer experiences — reorganization is almost certainly the right choice.

Obtain buy-in at the C-level and within your team

If you don’t have key personnel on board, your chances of successfully reorganizing will plummet. As with any business initiative, C-level buy-in can make or break an IT reorganization — so make sure to involve them from the start, and maintain transparency by sharing your objectives throughout the process.

You’ll also need to involve your IT team, in order to keep morale elevated and maintain productivity during the often difficult and lengthy reorganization. Keeping your team involved and informed not only helps to decrease the stress that always comes with change, but also helps them feel they have a stake in the success of the reorg.

With thorough planning and communication, you can roll out an IT reorganization smoothly and effectively, and enjoy the benefits of a streamlined IT department for the entire organization. If you need help with this, or any, IT procedure, contact the experts at The Armada Group.

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3 Career Tips for all IT Professionals

Information technology is a highly competitive industry. But rapid developments in tech and the steady global transition to digital mean that the demand for IT pros is high — so it’s a great field to work in, now and in the future. Still, those who work in IT can’t afford to rest on their laurels, especially since technology changes so quickly.

Perhaps more than any other industry, IT pros must work hard to stay in the game. And while there are many career paths and ways to succeed, some IT career strategies are universal. These three tips will help you stay on track and enjoy a long, fulfilling career, no matter where your IT trajectory takes you:

Be proactive in professional development

Keeping up with the pace of technology is vital to your success as an IT professional. If you’re not staying actively informed about changes in the industry, new platforms and applications, and other changes that could affect your role or career, you will fall behind — and other IT pros will be waiting to take your place.

When it comes to professional development in your current career, don’t wait for your employer to offer opportunities. Stay informed about major updates or replacements for the tech you’re currently using, and when they roll out, get dates and costs for training programs and make a proposal to your supervisor to enroll you.

Many employers will appreciate the initiative and pay for part or all of the training. But if yours refuses, it’s a good idea to get the training on your own dime, if you can. Community college classes and online courses are often affordable. Why should you pay to benefit your stingy employer? Because you’ll need to stay up-to-date on your skills, so you can look for a better job.

Choose to be friendly — even when you “shouldn’t”

Nearly every IT professional has faced a situation like this. You get a request for something that is clearly impossible to accomplish with your current resources — and you find out that the person who made the request is a clueless executive who gets paid six figures to make ridiculous demands that can’t be met.

Should you:

  1. Calmly explain why the request can’t be met (in non-tech terms) and offer an alternative that will accomplish something similar, or a list of resources you’d need to get the task done as requested
  2. Rant and rave in private, and then send off a tech-term-laden email that basically says no, but in fancier words, and hope it confuses the exec enough to either think something will happen eventually, or drop the issue
  3. Quit on the spot and find employment in a company that isn’t run by clueless, overpaid non-technical people

You probably know that the answer should be A (and that C is hard to come by), but it’s not always easy to be nice in this type of situation — and you may not know why you should. The reason to always take the friendly and approachable path lies in the importance of soft skills to your career.

Early IT professionals could get away with being antisocial, perpetually late, and confusingly eccentric, because no one else could fix the mystical computer problems. But today’s professionals are more tech-savvy overall, and IT pros who have great soft skills — in other words, the ability to work with people just as well as machines — are highly valued and sought after. They earn more money, too.

Never stop networking

Networking is something you do when you’re looking for a job, not when you already have a healthy career with plenty of opportunities for advancement, right? Afraid not. If there’s one secret to long-term success as an IT pro, it’s continual networking.

The more people you’re connected with professionally, the easier it is to find opportunities, or take advantage of them as they arise. If nothing else, a thriving network will help you get that next promotion, or make a lateral move within your organization when you discover a better career choice. Worst case, maintaining an updated network is a safeguard against downsizing, business failure, or unexpected personal disruptions.

At the least, make sure you’re active on LinkedIn. Keep your profile current, and update your online presence and your working resume whenever you have something new to add. You can also network casually through other social networks, business events, or even informal online gatherings with your IT peers.

No matter what type of IT professional you are, follow these tips to keep your career healthy, thriving, and moving forward. If you want to learn more about how to boost your career, or be placed in an new position within a top IT company, contact The Armada Group today.

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Published in Staffing News

 

How to Better Measure Your Success in IT

Most IT departments are, by nature, results-driven. And because IT loves numbers and formulas, you’ll find myriad combinations of analytics and KPIs and data charts designed to measure success — usually in terms of output or dollars. But how good are these measurements in gauging the success of your career on a day-to-day basis?

If you’re an IT pro, and you want raises and promotions and accolades (and who doesn’t?), all those analytics won’t help you much in the way of personal advancement. There are better ways to track your progress that can alleviate the daily stresses of your job and help you become more satisfied, productive, and promotable.

Here are three of them, relating to the most common issues IT professionals face in the workplace: prioritizing, communicating, and building relationships.

Prioritize: Measuring where all your time really goes

For an IT pro, there are never enough hours in the day. Your workload always seems to exceed the amount of time you have to spend on it, and every week you feel further behind. But the good news is, you’re probably spending a lot of time on tasks you don’t need to worry about — and you can focus your efforts to increase productivity and decrease stress.

Take the time each day to write down your top three-to-five priorities. Then keep track of what you do all day, and how long you do it. Once you have these lists, figure out what percentage of time you’re spending on your priorities versus everything else, and prune out the clutter. If your workload is actually too heavy to accomplish your core tasks, you can show this data to your boss and ask to have non-essential activities reassigned.

Communicate: Measuring the effectiveness of what others are hearing

Good communication is essential in the workplace. As an IT pro, you need to communicate not only with the rest of your team, but also with your supervisors, management, people in other departments, or even customers. And the most common barrier to communication is that not everyone you need to convey information to speaks the same language.

When you’re communicating something, the tendency is to think only about what you have to say. But the key to effective communication is to understand how the other person needs to hear it. If you’re speaking to a non-tech person, you can’t use jargon or complex terms. If your style is straightforward and to the point, a less direct person may find you abrasive or intimidating — and therefore will only hear your tone, not the words you’re saying.

Consider the communication issues you’ve experienced in light of your audience. Is it possible they could have misunderstood you because of their listening style? To measure your effectiveness in communicating, pay attention to nonverbal cues that suggest they’re confused by the terms you’re using, or tuning out your words in favor of your tone. You can adjust the way you convey information to make sure everyone’s clear, resulting in smoother daily operations all around.

Relate: Measuring your workplace relationships

Relationships make the working world go ‘round. When you have strong relationships in the workplace, your career will flourish — but weak relationships can hamper or cripple your progress. You may get along great with like-minded people, but what about those from different generations, different cultures, or even different departments?

Improving your workplace relationships will help you get ahead, and make for a more harmonious environment for everyone. It only takes a few minutes at a time to build rapport — you can choose a day to sit with a different group at lunch, or invite a co-worker you don’t know well for a cup of coffee. Make it a point to offer authentic compliments on other people’s work, especially those in different departments, and send a quick thank-you when another person does something that positively affects your work.

Charts and analytics are great for measuring the technical ROI of your work, but these real-world measurements can help you achieve personal satisfaction and advancement. Speak to the experts at The Armada Group today to find out how to take a better measure of your IT success, and enjoy lowered stress and higher productivity.

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Published in IT Infrastructure

 

Will SmartWatches be the Breakout for Wearable Technology

Wearable technology has a lot of exciting potential, but so far gadgets ranging from GPS shoes to Google Glass have amounted to little more than interesting fads. Could smartwatches push wearable tech into the mainstream consumer markets? With the official announcement of the Apple Watch, set for release in early 2015, wearables may move out of the fad phase and into everyday life.

Smartwatches on the market now

The smartwatch is not a new tech category. In fact, Samsung, Sony, and Motorola are just a few of the brands currently offering the gadgets in an increasingly crowded space. So far, consumer demand for these devices has not been overwhelming, and the smartwatch is viewed more as a James Bond-esque accessory for diehard tech fans than a “must-have” piece of technology.

Most of the current crop of smartwatches emphasizes a single main functionality, whether it’s health and fitness, smartphone notifications, or mapping and communication. The same features can be accessed with fitness bands and smartphones, lending these devices a limited appeal.

Apple’s game-changing smartwatch gamble

While current smartwatches have limited uses, the Apple Watch is said to offer full functionality for fitness tracking, smartphone integration, and more. On the fitness side, the watch offers a tracking app along with a heart rate monitor and accelerometer. A wide range of apps work with the Apple Watch, and users will also be able to receive short calls through the watch when an iPhone is linked to the device, which contains a microphone and speaker.

Other features of the Apple Watch include an interactive GPS with different types of vibrations for turning left or right, haptic message notification that feels like a “tap on the wrist,” and the ability to run third-party apps — not just those from the iTunes store. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the watch “the most personal device we’ve ever created” at the public announcement for the device.

Apple: Redefining the market (again)?

In 2007, Apple transformed the mobile device industry with the release of the iPhone. Some analysts believe the Apple Watch will do the same for the wearable tech landscape, making smartwatches a “must-have” for consumers — and driving competitors to up the game and produce devices with similar features and functionality.

If the smartwatch goes mainstream, the device could impact a number of industries. While the impact may not be to the degree smartphones cut into the market for digital cameras and MP3 players, it’s projected that a successful smartwatch could disrupt the fitness band industry and impact traditional watchmakers.

The Apple Watch will be available in three versions: a standard model with a black or silver stainless steel body, a sports model in gray or silver aluminum, and a luxury model with a hardened, 18-carat gold body. Pricing for the device starts at $349, and 30 million units are expected to be sold in 2015.

Need help finding candidates who understand and utilize all the most current and up-to-date technologies on the market? Contact The Armada Group today!

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5 Apps that Make a Cohesive Work Team

Google Apps is a suite of full-featured business and productivity applications designed around the optimization of teamwork and collaboration in the workplace. This app suite offers endless possibilities for getting things done, both individually and as a team, with tools like professional email, collaborative calendars, video chat, online storage, document sharing, and much more.

Here’s a look at five different apps from Google, and how you can use them to bring your team together and work more productively and efficiently as a group.

Generate team documents with Google Docs

Google Docs is a collaborative office suite application that lets your team easily create documents, edit, add comments, and even chat within the application. There are four components to this app:

  • Drive: Google’s online storage and sharing platform
  • Docs: Word processing similar to MS Word
  • Sheets: Spreadsheets similar to MS Excel
  • Slides: Presentations similar to MS PowerPoint

Within Google Docs, when you set sharing permissions to allow anyone to edit a document, your team can have the same document open at once — and any changes or comments they make will appear in real-time for all users viewing the document. There’s also an in-app chat function that lets your team communicate while creating or editing documents.

Google Docs is also available for mobile platforms, so your team can collaborate on the go, no matter where they are.

Share documents with Gmail

Arguably the most popular business email platform, Gmail provides a wide range of easy-to-use tools for productivity and collaboration. One of the most useful features in Gmail for collaboration is the ability to insert Google documents directly into an email from Google Drive. With this feature, your team can share documents quickly and conveniently with anyone, even those who don’t have access to your shared storage — such as customers, clients, or co-workers in other departments.

Schedule meetings with Google Calendar

Google Apps’ interactive, multi-user Calendar is an excellent tool for helping your team keep track of meetings and events. With Calendar, you can schedule meetings and events including details like time and location, and they’re instantly available in real-time for the whole team to view. You can also invite people to meetings or events directly from the app, and your team can accept or decline invitations, leave comments, and more.

Gather input with Google Forms

The Google Forms app allows you to create a wide variety of forms, surveys, and questionnaires, so you can collect and view team input quickly and conveniently. Forms supports multiple question response types, including text, multiple choice, checkbox, scale, and date. The app also provides you with an automatic summary of responses in easy-to-read graph format — and real-time collaboration lets your whole team view and react to responses.

Connect conveniently with Google+

More than a social network, the Google+ app features some great collaboration tools for business. Google+ Community allows you to create a private team environment with interactive message boards, comment capabilities, and more.

You can also use Google+ Hangout, a fully featured video chat application, to conduct virtual team meetings. Create a group chat “backchannel” during wider company meetings to collaborate on your points, or hold a private video meeting for up to 15 people when in-person meetings aren’t feasible or convenient.

 

To learn more about cohesive team work, or to find candidates who have the necessary team-oriented skills to fulfill open positions within your company, contact the recruiting experts at The Armada Group.

 

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What You Need to Know Before Accepting an IT Job Offer

The job description looks great. You research the company, and the culture seems like you’ll fit right in. You send in your resume, nail the interview, and accept the job offer — only to find that the job itself is nothing like you thought, and you hate it. But you can’t leave now, or you’ll be branded as a job-hopper.

This scenario is all too common, but it can be prevented. Here’s how you can dig deeper and find out the truth about a company’s culture and actual working environment before you say “yes” to that tempting IT job offer.

Ask questions — and listen to the answers

During an interview, most job candidates are so focused on answering the questions in a coherent and hopefully impressive way that they fail to ask enough questions of their own. Employment experts consistently recommend that you have at least one inquiry prepared for what’s usually the final interview question, some form of “Do you have any questions for me?” But you should be ready to ask more than just one.

Ask the interviewer scenario-based questions about the company’s culture and available career paths. Find out how the IT department interacts with other departments in the company. Ask about top performers in the organization, what it takes to be considered a top performer, and what kinds of qualities are rewarded.

In addition to asking lots of questions, really listen to the answers. Trust your instincts on whether the answers sound genuine, if the interview offers natural-sounding stories to back up their claims, and whether the responses align with what you want or expect from the position.

Learn what you can from current and former employees

There are few better sources to learn about company culture than the people who work there, or have worked there in the past. Use LinkedIn or other online resources to check out the company pages, and particularly the profiles of current employees. Look for indications of a clear career path, frequent promotions, and other signs of career satisfaction. This type of research can also help you prepare the right questions to ask an interviewer.

In addition to research, try to connect with the company’s employees. Talk with current employees and ask for an honest assessment of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ask questions that are related to what’s important to you in a new job.

With former employees, you can learn more about company culture by asking why they left, and if they would ever consider going back. Just keep in mind that organizations change, and an issue that drove an employee away may no longer exist at that company.

Read company reviews and engage them on social media

In the age of transparent and abundantly available information, job seekers can find plenty of resources to help them learn more about the companies that interest them. Career websites like Glassdoor and Indeed offer company reviews, usually written by current or former employees, that can help you make your decision. However, remember to take these reviews with a grain of salt — the anonymous nature of online reviews allows for shills and disgruntled people alike to express biased views.

Another way to get a good picture of a company’s culture is to follow them on social media, and pay attention to how they respond. Many companies share information about their culture through social networks, and those who don’t can give you insight by looking at the way they treat customers and job candidates online.

Accepting a new job is a big decision, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Make sure you’re diligent in learning the true nature of a company’s culture before you say yes to that seemingly great job offer, and you can avoid the high cost of accepting a job you hate. If you need more assistance in your job search, contact the career experts at The Armada Group today!

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Published in Staffing News

 4 Things to IOS

Between the release of Swift, Apple’s new programming language, “Yosemite,” and iOS 8, Apple has been a busy company as of late. (Not that they’ve ever been exactly “idle,” either.) In part because of their recent trends, companies are searching for more iOS developers. Here are 4 things to look for when hiring an iOS developer in Silicon Valley.

1. Intuition.
A strong developer will have an intuitive understanding of what can and cannot be done, what will and will not work. Additionally, small things that make big differences on the programming side – as well as what the end user will enjoy or find productive – is something that will set apart a strong developer from a mediocre one.

2. Innovation.
The tendency to continue doing what’s already been done, refining what’s already invented, and using template style approaches simply won’t bring forth anything fresh. Innovators bring something new to the table, and are often the growth engine for a company who relies on a strong developer.

3. Experience.
Apple doesn’t offer an official certification the way that CompTIA, Cisco or Microsoft does, so experience is the best way to verify past performance. When ascertaining experience, ask for specific examples, scenarios, and if possible, check out their past developments or apps. If this isn’t possible (and frequently, it’s not) try a test run or a small project to have them develop first.

4. Culture.
Having the skill level and experience to develop an app or program is fantastic, but unless the candidate is a good fit, it will likely be a fruitless project. Having the right business culture mindset in lockstep with the company is absolutely crucial for long-term success. Both developer and company (or any employee, for that matter) must be a mutual consensus about the vision for the employee and company.

When it comes to iOS developers, we can help. At The Armada Group, we pair elite IT talent with companies who value their expertise. We work with some of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in the world, and want to help you find the talent you need to optimize your team’s performance. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

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