03 May 2016
Last week, members of The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division attended a HackerX event at Yahoo’s New York City headquarters. At the invite-only event, UX and UI designers as well as other front-end developers had the opportunity to meet hiring decision makers from various companies in the area. During the session, each attendee was given five minutes to meet with each employer to discuss their background and portfolio of work, their career goals, and any potential opportunities they’d be a fit for. “The fast-paced environment generated an exciting buzz across the room,” says Ashley Santangelo, a Staffing Manager within the Creative & Digital division. “It also allowed us to connect with some phenomenal talent. Whether they are actively looking for a new job, or simply want to learn more about the current market, we’re excited to help these designers in any way we can.” HackerX is focused on helping companies find the best technical talent. They host exclusive hiring events for developers and designers across the US and internationally. Learn more: http://www.hackerx.org/
03 May 2016
Here at The Execu|Search Group, we often touch upon the importance of soft skills. While it’s difficult to rank them in order, there are a couple of key qualities that stand out to employers: self-motivation, accountability, and time management. These skills are not only indicative of someone who is hardworking, but more importantly, of someone who is willing to take the initiative to push business forward in times of change. In other words, your level of productivity isn’t necessarily measured by your ability to get more done in less time. Instead, it is ultimately defined by your propensity for looking at the big picture. Since it takes time to develop this type of strategic thinking, here are 5 small steps you can take to get there: Create daily to-do lists Since getting started is the hardest part, being able to visualize what you need to accomplish each day can be especially helpful in meeting a long term goal. To do this, set aside five to ten minutes every morning to map out what you should be working on throughout the day. If something takes longer than anticipated or you unexpectedly receive an urgent request, this list, at the very least, can help you prioritize your responsibilities. Turn off notifications Reacting to all your incoming text and email messages can make it difficult to keep your focus on certain projects. To minimize these distractions, make an effort to turn off your email and/or phone notifications for an allotted amount of time each day. Set personal deadlines Many professionals are guilty of procrastinating when it comes to open-ended projects without pressing deadlines. To help keep these tasks top-of-mind, try setting self-imposed deadlines and sticking to them. Being proactive not only shows your manager that you take ownership of your work, but also allows you to make a greater impact on the organization. Take strategic breaks Though it may seem counterintuitive, taking small, scheduled breaks can actually boost your productivity. Whether you do this by taking a short walk, grabbing some coffee, or reading an interesting article, this break should leave you feeling recharged and ready to see your work from a new perspective. Establish weekly/monthly goals Although your daily responsibilities are absolutely important, reminding yourself of your long term objectives can be an excellent motivator as well. After ensuring your goal is specific, measurable, and realistic, break it down into weekly or monthly stepping stones. Being able to track your progress can make your long term objective feel more attainable.