Know Where Candidates Are

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If only there was a way to get your job opening in front of only the really qualified people. Going through the slush pile of applicants leaves even the cheeriest hiring manager wary and maybe even a little jaded. A good recruiter not only eases this burden, but also taps into a better talent pipeline. Making a business case for a recruiter is pretty easy; most will be willing to draw one up for you.

A Pool Pass

Talented people who are not actively seeking opportunities make up the passive pool of candidates. This is where you’re likely to find high quality candidates, and it’s a pool that a good recruiter should have broad access to. Think about how many people want to hear about different opportunities in their field and would be willing to move if they found the right one? A whole lot of folks, right?

On the Cusp

While not completely passive, many promising candidates have only discussed with friends and certain colleagues their desire to make a move. Some estimates have this pool at 15% of the workforce. It’s a very promising group because they are motivated though not promoted all that heavily. Recruiters give you the best shot at getting exposure to this pool of talent.

Making Contact

A good recruiter establishes these relationships and contacts passive pool contacts in the way they want to be reached. Whatever your strategy is your recruiter can get the right people in the chair in front of you.

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 Best Way to Stand Out is to Get to the Essential Answer Most Quickly: What Can You Do for Me?

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About 20 seconds

That’s, on average, how long a hiring manager will spend looking at your resume. Don’t expect any sort of thorough examination of qualifications and character. Don’t expect them to connect any of the dots. That falls completely on you.

What’s the biggest mistakes people make?

Outside of egregious factual errors and glaring typos, many people don’t know how to use their past experience as a selling tool to express what they can do for the company they’re looking to work for. Often you just get a laundry list of responsibilities that really says nothing about achievements, abilities to meet goals or even general problem-solving and critical thinking. It shows you can check off a list, but employers don’t want to have to create that laundry list for you. They’re focused on letting you know what they expect to get out of you then letting you go out and get it.

Get Specific

The first thing you can do to improve your resume is make sure it does a few things very well: conveys your experience, your achievements and provides a few specific examples of how you’ve performed very well. The specific examples really make the resume stick out. These are the things that get remembered because they’re unique and entry points for further discussion (i.e., interview)

Think about a Video Resume

More and more hiring managers are looking at videos of prospective hires. This won’t work well with some larger corporations that mine your resume for certain qualifications, but it can work to supplement a traditional resume in this case.

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.

Work With A Recruiter Who Understands Your Business and Your Needs

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There is a right recruiter and a wrong recruiter, but the good news is it’s not too hard to figure out who’s who. We’re talking about someone who is going to help you find the right people to move your business forward. There’s still no reliable algorithm for this sort of thing (finding the right employee), but you could probably benefit from some help. You need someone with a deep understanding of your company, your industry as well as its current labor market trends.

Starting the Search Right

You know how people say “it’s a process” as sort of an excuse for not knowing what they’re doing? Well some of that is unavoidable, but not all of it. So many companies don’t really know how to ask for what they’re looking for, or even worse don’t really know what they’re looking for. A recruiter with a specialty in your industry will have a better idea of how far you can stretch roles and responsibilities, as well as a better sense for how to prioritize different attributes like, say experience over attitude for a certain position. This way you start the process out right from the gate.

Some companies have such high turnover rates because they don’t examine the roles they’re filling, so they keep trying to jam the square peg into a circle. And this is not good for morale, and this really costs your company. A good recruiter will let you know what’s working at other places like yours, as well as what’s not.

Getting the Fit Just Right

Your recruiter should have managed the interview process, so you’re left only with the data and insights from the prospective hires. Alleviating some of the administrative duties, let’s you focus on what sort of tradeoffs you’re going to make in deciding who you’re going to hire. This can only be done by a recruiter with a good understanding of your office and its policies. Your recruiter should understand the nuances and tacit rules of your workplace; this is what separates the right ones from the wrongs — expertise and curiosity. The right recruiter is out there, and ready to help.

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.

Attracting Top Talent

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There are a lot of very talented, slightly bored people plugging away out there. They’re working in stodgy corporate cultures that aren’t really doing anything for them, except making them feel like they’re in the wrong spot. And most of these talented people aren’t just looking for more money to move on. According to many surveys, for millennials it’s more important to be a part of a culture they care about; one that nurtures growth and is fun and energizing. So how do you communicate your culture?

At Every Touchpoint

Talk and talk and talk some more about your philosophy around your office culture. Give examples of some of the things you do to keep things lively. Like anything else, this shouldn’t seem forced or fungineered, but it has to be conveyed. It’s not a small detail. Prospective hires are going to envision their lives in your culture. Help them get a better perspective by talking about the advantages of your culture over other places.

Ambassadors on Social Media

Let people hear not just from hiring managers and HR reps but from actual employees, at as many levels as possible. This makes the message more real, more trustworthy.

You Never Know Where You’ll Find Your Next Office Rockstar

To get back to those bored people plugging away: these are most likely passive candidates who may not be actively seeking out your company. These are people who would likely have a relationship with a recruiter but aren’t out there pounding the pavement. So start partnering with recruiters that work in your industry.

Talk About Your Data

There are a lot of needless barriers to communication, especially for people who work in telecom. Many talented people that come from safe corporate jobs struggle with this daily. This lording over the data rather than seeking out collaboration. Share some data that informs how you operate with prospective hires. It’s amazing how liberating it can be. Let them know they’ll be part of the big effort. You’ll excite them and show your confidence.

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.

Prepare for the Job Fair

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There are tons of pitfalls and wild geese routinely chased when trying to find a job. The idea alone that you could be heading down a blind alley is enough to paralyze your efforts. All of your hard work for nothing! Like anything else, you need to have some faith that you’re going to get there eventually. When people tell you to be confident, they’re not always talking about a winning smile and handshake, they’re talking about something more broad; a confidence in the idea that your skills will eventually find the place they’re needed. That it’ll happen, be patient.

And that’s good, true advice, but you also have to be smart. A job fair is one of the tools in your arsenal; maybe not the best, but worth a shot. So here’s how to do it the right way.

Pre-register.

Get a jump on people with a speedpass. If you can pre-register, be sure to do so. There’ll be more important paperwork to shuffle on game day.

Research Companies You Like.

Companies represented at job fair have to process a slew of candidates. Set yourself apart by letting them know they weren’t just a well-placed booth with a giveaway. Show em you were targeting them by demonstrating your knowledge of them.

Know thy Elevator Pitch:

An elevator pitch is you convincing someone face-to-face why your the best person for the job in the time it takes to ride an elevator. The key here is brevity and presenting a very targeted explanation of why you should be chosen for an opening. The best pitches are the ones that focus on the audience and best understand what the audience wants to hear.

Don’t Overdo It.

Visit the booths of companies you really like and really want to work for. You can only appear fresh and eager for so long. If there are some maybe companies, do them last. Set your priorities and map out your game plan.

Call Them Back.

Within 48 hours you should make contact and thank the people you met for their time. Briefly re-state your intentions and qualifications. And be positive.

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.

Open Heart Magic

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There’s always some magic happening around the offices of NextGen, so it made sense to share our space with some truly dedicated magicians in training. Open Heart Magic is one of the charitable organizations that inspire us through their creative approach to healing those who need it most in our community. Open Heart performs magic for sick children at their hospital bedside conjuring up excitement, wonder and smiles to these kids who could really use it.

It’s really great having them around the office, they help us keep positive and remind us how it’s more than noble and fulfilling to serve those in need, but it’s also kind of fun. A few of us were lucky enough to attend their annual benefit “Tricks are for Kids” which really celebrated their work and spread their magic and creativity across a large room. It felt great being a part of it. Over the next few months we’re going to celebrate and support more organizations like Open Heart because they bring out the best in everyone around them, and we feel so great being a part of their effort.

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.

Google to offer Wireless Subscription Service

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Just when you thought the competition for your wireless dollar couldn’t get any more heated, in walks Google. Honing in on frustrations around 2-year contracts, dropped calls, and unused data, Google has made its offer very … well Googly. It promises a fast and easy wireless experience by partnering with carriers, hardware makers and users.

There will be no 2-year contract, the service will use T-Mobile and Sprint’s lines and will find the best signal at all times for you, and any unused data will rollover. On top of this the pricing is simple and straightforward.

The microsite for Project Fi (aka, their plan) looks like any other Google offering with a simple, friendly design and its trademark copy which keeps its engineering/tech acumen pitched to a very human voice. And this approach is part of why people like the Google brand and many will give Project Fi a try. They have a knack for simplifying and humanizing their technologies.

So what’s the catch?

You have to get a Nexus 6 if you want in early.
That’s a pretty big catch. In order to use their network of networks, the Nexus 6 is the only phone equipped with the hardware. Google wants to expand this, but if you want to be an early adopter, you’ll need their phone which isn’t cheap ($649 and $699). There will be an option to lease the phone.

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.

Nokia Moves toward 5G

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Nokia started as a paper mill, and its move toward telecom and tech is considered one of the greatest business pivots of all time, alongside Wrigley and Avon which began as door-to-door soap and booksellers respectively.

Some say Nokia could use another pivot to keep up with the action, and maybe they have with 5G, a service that would allow users to download a full-length movie in the blink of an eye. Here are some of the highlights of what Nokia is cooking up. It’s looking to be a gamechanger:

·Nokia Networks teamed up with National Instruments to create the fastest cellular technology.
·It sends the data over a frequency of 73,000 MHz, also known as 73GHz.
·Nokia Networks demonstrated in Boston that its system can deliver speeds of up to 10Gbps (This is 40 times faster than the current maximum speeds achievable on 4G)
·Such speeds could also pave the way for next-generation video and pictures including 8K which is twice as clear as 4K and 16 times as clear as HD.

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.

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

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What do you call people willing to race in the rain and cold when it’d be just as easy to enjoy some of the great brunch options available in the city of Chicago, which always has a warm skillet ready for the wary? Either crazy, inspired or maybe committed to a cause greater than their comfort on one Saturday morning? The Susan G. Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure was a success yet again. Despite Mother Nature’s unwillingness to make it easy. While not as cold as the Shamrock Shuffle that NextGen sent an eager contingent of runners and fans, the Mother’s Day race was pretty cold and wet. It turns out the Shamrock was the perfect prep race for NextGenners ready to run.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the world’s largest and most successful fundraiser and educational opportunity for Breast Cancer Awareness. It began in 1983 with one race in Dallas with 800 people and has grown into a global event with over a million participants. It’s one of the charitable events/orgs that we really admire and support.

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.

Telecom Trends 2015

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Will 2015 be the year of the phablet?

Smartphones are just not big enough, and you can’t slip most tablets into a pocket. It could be a phab year, as engineers really focus on creating devices that seamlessly integrate with people on the move.

The wearable predictions have turned out mixed at best.

The jury’s still out on the Apple Watch, which is as much of a branded luxury item for those conspicuous consumers (e.g., Rolex) as it is a breakthrough in the way people use tech. Google Glass simply didn’t make it; once the term “glassholes” entered the nerd lexicon, it was toast for the advanced eyewear. Still the fitbit and other exercise optimizers seem to be doing well and these wearables could connect more with home devices, changing the settings of rooms as the person wearing the device walks into them.

“We are no longer living in a mobile-first world, we are in a mobile-only world.”

So says Google CEO Larry Page, and he has a good record for predicting these things. Still many ecommerce sites lack the right platform to take advantage. With Google’s new mobile ranking, if companies haven’t been serious enough about their mobile strategies, they’ll begin to. Or had better.

WiFi calling on the rise.

Cord cutting is catching on, and companies are responding. Last year was the year streaming was on the rise. People like the efficiency and cost savings.

Big Mergers.

If you’re a telecom company it’s good to get along with others. No one will be able to go it alone. Given the need for nonstop R&D and cut-throat competition, 2015 telecom will be a year of consolidation.

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.