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No. You should not ask candidates for tech jobs about their salary history. In fact, doing so could be against the law. Several states and cities have recently passed laws that prohibit asking candidates about past salaries. These laws were passed largely to combat pay equity issues that many consider systemic. Furthermore, these questions often… Read more »

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Not hearing back after applying to jobs online after five or six attempts is normal. Not hearing back after 10 or 12 should raise a red flag. When you’re not getting any responses at all, you’re probably doing something wrong, especially in a labor market that massively favors the job seeker. If you’re mystified as… Read more »

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Everyone wants to help out a friend and referring one of your friends to your employer has the potential added bonus of working alongside someone you like personally. However, you should know that referring a friend can go one of two ways. Your friend could do a great job and fit perfectly into your company… Read more »

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SSI welcomes Staci Brooks to our team.  Staci is an Account Manager based in Atlanta, GA.  She comes to us from the healthcare staffing industry where she was a proven winner and three time President’s Club recipient. Staci is excited about making the transition to IT, Engineering, and Professional staffing and growing the Atlanta market.

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Certifications have become popular in the tech industry throughout the past 10 to 15 years as a way for IT professionals to verify their knowledge. In particular instances, certifications may even function as an alternative to a conventional four-year degree. The cost of certification can differ by specialty, but a standard price range for training… Read more »

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Downtime for today’s big, multi-layered companies is more than a basic inconvenience. The cost of interruptions, particularly when employees are kept from doing their jobs, can be tremendous. A recent Gartner study indicated that a large business may lose $540,000 per hour or more from an avoidable technical failure. Service businesses that quickly perform equipment… Read more »

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As cybercriminals become more advanced and attacks more common, it’s no longer a question of whether your business will become a target, but when it will be. That simple fact has pressured many companies to reflect on how they confront security concern, and how best to devote limited resources in an effort to mitigate the… Read more »

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Companies are increasingly embracing virtual teams, geographically dispersed workers who use online communication to collaborate. Remote working is increasing across all industries, not just the tech industry. A recent government report said 47 percent of U.S. workers could do their job remotely and developing technology will likely increase this number. Remote work is also a… Read more »

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If your business is having problems with workforce diversity, new technology tools can help you add diversity and address any problems with your talent pipeline. Many new tech tools aim to help companies get rid of bias from their hiring methods so they can identify and retain more diverse talent. Perhaps not coincidentally, many of… Read more »

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Although the idea of maintaining a work-life balance is often associated with Silicon Valley work culture, the reality is that tech culture is very demanding and often not the holistic, New Wave work environment that it purports to be. The expectation to work long hours is part of Silicon Valley’s DNA. The drive, exhilaration, and… Read more »