Author archives: Celerity


5 Steps to Increase IT/Marketing Alignment

By Celerity

The digital age has intertwined Marketing and IT like never before – and the tension is palpable. It may be difficult for these two powerhouses to work in tandem, but it's vital that they learn to play nicely to take advantage of digital opportunities, improve customer experiences, and drive growth.

As we learned from our recent CMO-CIO roundtable, Marketing and IT professionals DO agree on one thing: their largest sources of friction are cultural differences, poor communication, and difficulty managing data and KPIs. Our moderator and CMO author, Lisa Nirell, discussed key ways the two functions can build a bridge for better working relationships and stronger business results.

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What is Agile, Part II: Key Agile Terminology

By Celerity

Have you been asking yourself, "What is Agile?" You're in the right place. This is the second installment of a two-part series on the basics of Agile.  In the first post we defined how Agile works. Now we’re equipping you with the top 10 key terms you need to know to be conversant in Agile. 

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6 Ways IT Recruiting Needs to Evolve in 2015

By Celerity

I have been recruiting for about eight years. When I first started, the first generation iPhone was about to be introduced, the housing market had just crashed, and Britney Spears was still relevant.

Alot has changed since then. We live in a time where technology and trends evolve faster than you can blink. So why wouldn’t the art of digital/technical recruiting evolve with them? I’m not reinventing the wheel here and doubt very seriously that this blog will end up in any history books, but here are a few predictions to ponder for 2015.

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My Experience at LinkedIn's Talent Connect Conference

By Celerity

I’m fresh off the plane from LinkedIn's Talent Connect event in San Francisco, and am trying to put into words how I feel about the overall experience. Here are the highlights: San Francisco was beautiful, the Giants were going to the World Series, the weather was pleasant and the fog was minimal…what’s not to like?

But if you're looking for more specific details or are maybe interested in attending the event next year, here’s my report card for the event

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Rock the Social Media Mullet: Talent Sourcing Lessons from SourceCon '14

By Celerity

Rock the Social Media Mullet: Talent Sourcing Lessons from SourceCon '14

I’m sitting in the Denver airport, reflecting on the past 48 hours and my first experience of SourceCon. To summarize in one word: amazing. SourceCon is a community of practitioners passionate about talent sourcing. The spirit of the community is based on sharing information to help us all grow as recruiters/sourcers. The crowd at the event this year was the biggest ever and there is good reason behind it: 84% of companies grew their recruiting departments over the past year, and Celerity was one of them.

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Job Hunting? Here are Three Reasons to Meet Your IT Recruiter

By Celerity

Job Hunting? Here are Three Reasons to Meet Your IT Recruiter

IT candidates these days find themselves inundated with calls and emails from recruiters in a staffing market that is increasingly oversaturated. When a recruiter asks you to meet in person, it’s tempting to wince at the thought. But here are three reasons why meeting a recruiter live is worthwhile.

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The Top 5 Blog Posts of Summer 2014

By Celerity

The Top 5 Blog Posts of Summer 2014

Our blog has been a hot spot for all things digital this summer. Check out this recap of our most popular posts:

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Ask the Recruiter: How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

By Celerity

Ask the Recruiter: How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

I’ve reviewed tens of thousands of resumes over the course of my 15-year recruiting career. During my tenure as both a staffing recruiter and a hiring manager and now in my position as a Corporate Recruiter, I receive an average of 40 resumes per day.

To swiftly separate strong candidates from the pack and help Celerity source top talent for our consulting teams, I have to quickly determine which applicants meet the minimum level of qualifications for an open role. If you’re currently job searching and want a recruiter to pay special attention to your resume, here are some basic “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help your resume rise to the top of the pile.

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The Death of Job Loyalty in IT

By Celerity

Turnover is expensive and painful for businesses of any size, but especially so when it comes to losing IT employees. In some of our other posts about the trends affecting America’s IT climate, we’ve touched on how increasing IT spending across the board (which drives higher demand for IT talent)—coupled with a short supply of available, qualified people—has resulted in a candidate’s market for IT specialists. This is especially true for those with the rare combination of technical skills, collaborative spirit, and the drive to conquer the next big challenge.

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Revisiting "the Fold" in Today's Digital Landscape

By Celerity

“The fold” is one of the basic design concepts of web design that is widely known in the digital space by layman and specialist alike. It’s a concept that is often debated in design shops and boardrooms. But what place does the fold have in modern, responsive web design?

The term was born from the newspaper industry to describe the part of a newspaper that is immediately visible after it has been folded for distribution. Time and time again, newspapers featuring catchy headlines and compelling imagery above the fold had significantly higher sales. The area above the fold became extremely valuable real estate and the design implications were widely accepted by the industry. Designing for the fold quickly became commonplace.

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IT Spending: Can You Keep Up with the Joneses?

By Celerity

Never have there been as many IT-enabled initiatives capable of actually increasing revenue as there are now. So it makes sense that IT spending overall is skyrocketing, as companies compete to keep up with this wave of innovation and opportunity. Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2013, a 4.2 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. And according to CIO Research's recent Tech Priorities survey, 48 percent of top IT executives indicated they expect to increase spending this year.

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America's IT Talent Crisis: A Supply and Demand Problem

By Celerity

Now that baby boomers are retiring, it’s up to a new pool of young talent to break into the workforce and fill in the gaps. And the gaps are the widest in the IT industry.

The problem is, as the demand for IT talent accelerates, the supply is decreasing. A recent IDC report sponsored by Microsoft Corp. showed 1.7 million cloud-related IT jobs went unfilled last year—and the number of available cloud positions will swell 26% per year to about seven million by 2015.

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A Jack of One Trade: The Age of Hyperspecialization

By Celerity

In the past, the widespread subcontracting of IT Talent was driven by cost reductions—but today, it’s more and more driven by what Harvard Business Review calls the impending “Age of Hyperspecialization.” As we learned in 1776 from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, hyperspecialization is the division of labor into ever smaller tasks, performed by ever more specialized workers. Hyperspecialization is exploding, driving companies to partner with outside talent and staffing companies as a way to access critical skills they don’t have internally.

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Five Things Your IT Talent Vendor Should Be Doing

By Celerity

With IT employment at a new all-time high, many companies are turning to talent vendors to help them find the best IT talent in this highly competitive space.

If you're currently using a talent vendor to fill your requirements, it's a good idea to assess their performance from time to time to ensure they are keeping up with industry and competitor trends. (If you're not using a talent vendor you might want to check out 5 Signs that IT Talent Outsourcing is on the Rise).

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5 Signs that IT Talent Outsourcing is on the Rise

By Celerity

No one can deny that IT departments are growing across the board as organizations seek to leverage the power of technology to achieve competitive advantage. But the question that this leaves us with is: how can you ensure your growing IT department contains the best talent for your new initiatives? Where will these new employees with niche skillsets come from, and will they be hired full-time or as contract workers?

There are many telltale signs in the marketplace that point to the rise of IT outsourcing. Here are just a few:

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Google+: A Job Seeker’s Secret Weapon #AskTheIntern

By Celerity

I will (shamefully) admit that I’m a stereotypical millennial. I grew up with a phone glued to my hand, incessantly updating statuses, hash-tagging, and posting comments on various networks. This has made me feel quite confident in regards to giving advice on social media, even though I am merely a summer intern.

So, please let me give you this one piece of advice: if you’re currently searching for a job, sign up for Google+. Google+ connects you to family and friends via posted notes, photographs, and group video calls (think Facebook) while also providing access to peers, potential employers and experts (think LinkedIn).

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Should You Have Both a Personal and a Professional Account on Facebook? And Twitter? And LinkedIn?

By Celerity

For the millions of professionals that are active social networkers, the first question that comes to mind when managing digital profiles is often, “Should I have two separate accounts for my private and professional lives?”

As a recruiter, I vote…no! Not only does having two profiles for each social media channel create extra work for you, it can make engaging and connecting meaningfully with others, including potential employers and staffing firms, harder. According to the Jobvite 2012 Social Recruitment Survey, 92% of U.S. companies used social media as part of their recruitment efforts. With that in mind, you can’t afford not to use online networking to your advantage.

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The New Age of #Recruiting: Five Tips for Leveraging Social Media to Find the Right Fit

By Celerity

I read recently that one in every five romantic relationships begins online. Why should professional relationships be any different? Social networking tools like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs provide a fast and efficient way to engage with a broader pool of active and passive applicants until you’ve found “the one” best-suited for both the position and your company.

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