What 5G will Do to Designers

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No Network Limits.

Speeds go up 1000x, so this isn’t like the “New and Improved” laundry detergent that gets your clothes maybe 3% cleaner. This will change everything, but how will greater access to just about everything affect the way you work? It means that you will have to set your own limit in terms of what you take in and look at for inspiration.

That’s So Last Year Becomes That Was So Three Days Ago.

Trends have been moving much more quickly in our social media world. Without network constraints this will accelerate more quickly for designers and eras will turn more into seasons.

Devices Will Be More Intuitive.

The machines will need us less (to tell them what to do) and will control more of our environment. The bad news is our species could be overtaken by machines but the good news is we may no longer need to set our thermostats every morning and evening.

Designs Will Be More Holistic.

The devices that win are the ones that play with others the best. This will create a more seamless use from home to car to work for all our gadgetry.

Virtual Reality is Next?

Facebook started with writing your thoughts then quickly turned to pictures and now video. What’s next? Well Facebook is betting on Virtual Reality, but it could lead to actual human interaction. Just kidding,virtual reality is more likely.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

You’re Ready to Quit. Not so Fast. Answer these Questions First

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People, especially millennials are hopping jobs at an alarming rate. Maybe it’s just part of our new dynamic economy. More money and better titles often are easier to get with a job change than waiting on a promotion, but not so fast. Think about a few things first.

1. Is it really that bad?

Will it pass, this intolerable feeling about your job. Is it just a bad stretch or are you starting to connect a lot of stretches that could have long-term effects on your success? Don’t let roiled emotions make your decision, give it careful thought. Maybe a walk, a good night’s sleep. Go out to dinner and talk about it.

2. Is the Money that Bad?

College loans are no joke. How badly do you need money? It’s not everything, or so they say, but it’s pretty important.

3. Do You Have a Mentor?

This is maybe the most important intangible at your job. Is someone in management pulling for you? Is he or she getting good projects to you and teaching you things? This is a huge commodity. Do not undervalue it.

It’s a tough decision. Make it one you won’t regret later. This all becomes part of the story you tell about yourself that makes companies value you. You don’t want a story with all sorts of zig zags and blind alleys. You want a natural progression. Maybe it’s time you moved things forward, but don’t get impulsive. Jump when the time’s right.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

Hiring Managers Have this to Say to You

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While all hiring managers are different, we’ve found there’s a remarkable similarity in the simple, standard things that they look for, or don’t want to see. Get these things right or their take away will be that this candidate just doesn’t get it, and doesn’t know how to deliver what I want. That’s not a good impression. Here are some simple insights we’ve gathered.

Your résumé should answer one key question.

It shouldn’t simply be you rattling off your job descriptions. It should show how you did something others couldn’t and hopefully how it has led you to be sitting in the chair opposite this hiring manager.

You can gain an edge with your cover letter.

It shouldn’t be a form letter that you’ve cut and paste different names onto. Make this personal and make an impact.

You can leave the subjective descriptions off the résumé.

Maybe you were excited while you were writing. It doesn’t impress us. Get back to the hard facts.

We may check references beyond your list.

But start by letting everyone know on your list that they’ll likely be called.

The phone interview is not a casual chat.

Don’t get bounced in the phone interview by not taking it seriously enough.

You can be too early to the interview.

Don’t show up more than 15 minutes early. No one will know what to do with you and it’s annoying.

We think a lot about your personality.

Work environments have grown more and more collaborative. We need to know your personality will work for us. It’s very important.

We want you to talk in interviews, but be concise.

We need to know all about you, but mental organization is important too. Don’t veer too far from the path you should be on.

Be honest in interviews, but not negative.

It’s better to say nothing at all then something negative when talking about old bosses and co-workers.

We want you to ask questions.

You’ve reacted to the questions, now show some initiative and curiosity and lead the discussion with some good questions for us.

Don’t forget the thank-you note.

And be quick about it, like the next day. An email is OK.

We’re hoping for some enthusiasm — but not desperation.

Hone your tone. Don’t overdo it, but show some energy.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

The Video Resume in Five Steps

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People are starting to notice that a video resume can give a real edge. Of course it has to be done right. It doesn’t need to be a spotless production, but it has to convey your value. Here are some things to consider when making yours.

1.Choose the right format.

You can have someone interview you or speak directly into the camera, whichever you think will be more natural. Voiceovers are a clever approach as well.

2. Have a script but don’t read from it.

Imagine you’re having coffee with the person. Be natural but focused on conveying your message. So have a script, but don’t look like you have one.

3. Clear recording.

Make sure there’s no background noise you’re competing with and that you’re enunciating everything clearly.

4. Edit and rework.

It doesn’t have to be super polished, but get it as close as you can. The more you rework the better it will be.

5. Watch your video.

It’s a little painful for most people, but watch your video and be able to comment smartly when people ask you about it or talk about it.

A lot of people are going beyond the traditional resume now that cameras are so ubiquitous. And many say it gives an edge, unless of course it’s a poorly executed one. So follow the basic tips above if you think you’re ready for the new chapter in job hunting, and don’t forget to smile.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

Stop Multitasking

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Our brains just aren’t wired for multitasking, at least not the things that require brainpower. Our short-term memories can only store so much simultaneously. Yes, it’s a flaw of humanity. We really can’t do more than one thing at a time very well, and it’s hard to be good at anything if you’re not doing it well.

When information doesn’t make it into short-term memory, it can’t be transferred into long-term memory for recall later. That means if a project has a learning curve, you’re going to hit it every time if you’re not concentrating. Multitasking is making you less efficient, as well as more annoying and even dangerous (yes, you if you text and drive).

Just try it. Stop bringing your laptop to meetings and listen to what’s being said. Stop chatting with co-workers and shopping for that brushed nickel kitchen faucet while combing through your spreadsheet. Do one thing at a time and build those concentration muscles. That’s how you get good at stuff.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

So You Wanna Work from Home?

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Lots of people are working from home. It just makes a lot of sense. A lot of companies care more about your work product than about having you sit in their office every day. But if you’re going to take the plunge, there are skills you need to be successful at it. Here are the top 5.

1. Get Organized.

You are now fully in charge of you getting stuff done on time. Maybe you’re working across different computers. This means you have to make sure you have quick access to your work and a good handle on the tools that will help you work remotely. It’s up to you to really understand how to use the project management tools like Trello and Wrike as well as the file sharing tools like Google Drive and Dropbox.

2. Communication and Diplomacy.

You can’t get mad at people if they, say, forget to put something in Dropbox for you or email you a file, especially if they’re at the office and you’re not. What they’re likely to say is that the real reason the problem occurred was because you were offsite, and you don’t want to be perceived as a problem. Communicate as much as you can, and be patient with people.

3. Time Zones.

Don’t screw up meetings by getting the time zone wrong. It’s an amatuer mistake that will cause people to quickly lose confidence in you.

4. Motivation.

You simply must be a self-starter. You can’t rely on a manager to keep you on track and in gear. It’s the price you pay for independence, and it’s totally worth it.

5. IT DIY.

As more of a lone eagle, you’ll need to solve problems on your workstation. So watch all the tutorials before you lose your internet connection.

Working from home can be great, but be honest with yourself. How much do you like chatting with people and having lunch with workmates? Maybe working in your pajamas isn’t all that great after the first week or so. But if you decide it’s for you just get the 5 aforementioned ducks in a row and you’ll do fine.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

Are our Underwater Internet Cables Vulnerable to Attack?

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Recently there was a report in the New York Times about “aggressive” Russian submarine activity around our underwater internet cables. What worries the Pentagon is that the Russians seem to be exploring vulnerabilities in the fiber optic cable network that controls the vast majority of the world’s voice and data. It is the heart of the internet. So should we worry about an attack on it? Well, the short answer is not too much. It’s built to take a lot.

There are 15 cables that make up this network, soon to be 16. They don’t work like a strand of xmas lights where when one bulb goes, the rest go with it. And, of course if you wipe out the Atlantic, there’s always the Pacific, and there’s satellites too. You would need a sustained and diverse attack on the cables using a lot of submarines, about 1 per cable to break the internet (Sorry, Ms. Kardashian). The people who build this infrastructure know that these cables will fail at times. Maybe from an anchor scrape or an earthquake, so they’ve built the network to withstand a lot. When one cable goes down the traffic is diverted onto a good one.

So, there’s probably better things to be afraid of. Most of the videos you’re downloading or streaming are probably hosted domestically anyway. So don’t lose any sleep over a submarine attack on our internets. We’re ready to handle those evil villains.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

Eight Tips for Conducting a Job Interview

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Leading an interview isn’t so hard if you’re well prepared. It’s your interviewee’s show, you just set it up, and observe. Try to gauge what your coworkers would think, and go beyond the resume to really understand the person. Really, most of the job is simply getting out of the way.

1. Think Fit.

Having the right skill set is important for your candidate, and having someone with experience is invaluable when things move quickly and you need someone ready on day 1. But don’t forget fit. Can you see this person enjoying the position and sticking around? Can you see others working well this person?

2. Be consistent with your questions across candidates.

Questions can lead in all sorts of directions, but keep a baseline for everyone. This way you can better compare them.

3. Practice.

It’s amazing how much a little practice improves your game.

4. Don’t talk too much.

Don’t fill in the awkward silences. Let the interviewee step up and audition for the spot; it’s on them to present their value and create a compelling case. It’s human nature to want to talk and help them along, but it’s better to keep this impulse in check.

5. No Trick Questions.

Be as honest as you can, avoid tricks. You need to focus on what sort of value this person is going to bring and whether or not he or she is a good fit. You can ask about industry trends or their hobbies, but trick questions are annoying.

6. Know what you can legally ask.

You can’t ask someone questions about their age, marital status, religion, ancestry, whether or not they’re planning on having children or how many children they have. Learn more here.

7. Pre-screen candidates by phone.

This will save a lot of time and headache and you avoid meeting face to face with a complete stranger.

8. Get Help from a Recruiter.

Recruiters help not only with talent but manage all the aspects of the process.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

Seven Tips for a Networking Event

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First of all congratulations. Deciding to go to what could be a lame or awkward event is likely going to pay off in some way. It’s better than just going home and getting absorbed by your couch. Since you’ve decided to go, here are seven quick tips to help you make the most out of it.

1. The bar is usually the place to be.

Not to slam drinks but to ease into natural interactions. As soon as someone turns from the bar, you can strike up a conversation on the sidelines of the “playing field”.

2. Set some goals.

Maybe you won’t achieve them because other opportunities presented themself. But when you set goals it keeps you focused on your objectives. You can change the gameplan, just be sure to have one.

3. Don’t be overly aggressive.

Avoid being rude when inserting yourself into conversations. No one wants to be around that person.

4. Share.

Be willing to share your contacts and information with people even if it seems like there may be no reciprocation. Call it good karma if that helps.

5. Make your story compelling.

When you talk about what you do you can lead with your title, but show some spark when you talk about things that really interest you. Be human.

6. Graceful exit.

Politely excuse yourself from conversations. No running! And leave while the place is still at least half full.

7. Thank the organizer.

The writer Malcolm Gladwell uses the term Maven for someone who is really good at connecting different people. Your organizer is likely to be one, and could be a pivotal person to know. And it’s just good form to thank them.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

Case Study: Letting Your Contractors Know Their Importance

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Who really wants to be just another candidate, just another grind, just another job placement?
Nobody.

But it’s understandable that contractors and the professionals who work with them to find job placements can all easily fall into a monotonous rut that undervalues everyone’s role in the process.

The Challenge
The staffing world can too often seem indifferent to candidates. At NextGen, we care about our contractors as much as our clients, and our goal is always to match the right contractor with the right job. So what could NextGen do to let contractors we successfully place know that the NextGen team is still vested in their professional success? How could we reinforce our continued commitment to our clients?

The NextGen Solution
Make it personal—that is the NextGen solution. It’s what the company is founded on—a personal interest in our contractors and a personal investment in finding the best situation for every contractor.
NextGen packages and sends every contractor we place a unique, personalized Contractor Care Kit that the recruiter assembles for maximum presentation impact. Consider it a “welcome to your new job” swag package.

Each kit includes:
• a tote bag
• NextGen cup
• pen
• box of mints
• koozie
• mouse pad
• name plate engraved with the candidate’s name
• welcome note from NextGen’s President

But the actual swag isn’t the most important thing about the NextGen Contractor Care Kits: it’s extending and reinforcing the personal relationship forged between NextGen and all our contractors. When a candidate starts a new job, it doesn’t end NextGen’s interest in that person—it’s simply the beginning of a new relationship. And who doesn’t need a nice pen or a tote bag?

Outcome
NextGen contractors appreciate the Care Kits. The thought and effort alone impresses; it doesn’t hurt that the swag is extremely functional and can be used on a daily basis. In fact, NextGen was singled out at a recent industry convention for this unique and thoughtful effort.
But maybe it’s best said by a happily placed NextGen contractor who received a Care Kit: “Thank you for taking the time to show your appreciation to me. The package alone is enough to make someone recommend NextGen!”

About NextGen
We are not your typical placement company. Conceived by a group of veterans with decades of telecom experience, NextGen was created to provide a better means of recruiting and consulting in the telecom industry. The true differentiating factor is the comprehensive analysis we perform for all of our clients. We make time to invest in our clients’ expertise and our candidates’ unique needs. Our novel structure is focused on one core issue: placing the most talented people in the field at the best companies. We have helped find jobs and employees in all 50 US states, Canada, plus several other global markets. We operate from multiple locations across the US and Canada.

Click here to download our case study.