Stafflink Toronto IT Staffing and Recruiting Blog

Stafflink Blog for IT Recruiters and Tech Careerists

Welcome to the Stafflink blog!

Stafflink is an IT staffing and recruiting company in Toronto, Canada. We post recruiting tips for IT recruiters and career advice for technology pros.

8 interview questions that will help you hire strong team players

Posted on July 21, 2014 in Recruiting Tips | 2 comments

8 interview questions that will help you hire strong team players

Every time you interview a job candidate you’re looking for way more than a checklist of skills. You’re looking for strong team players who will fit right in with your best people and strengthen your company culture. In this post I’ll give you eight job interview questions that will help you identify a job candidate’s approach team work. I’ll suggest how to interpret the answers to predict how the person will handle challenging situations. Plus I’ll give you some red flags to look for to avoid hiring people...

read more

Best programming languages to learn to get a job

Posted on June 24, 2014 in Job Search Tips, Recruiting Tips, Technology Trends | 0 comments

Best programming languages to learn to get a job

Today I want to answer a question from a reader that’s top of mind for programmers, developers and software engineers: Hi, I am trying to choose a computer programming course and I was wondering if you could steer me in the right direction by giving me some idea of which computer programming languages employers look for most often. I didn’t want to end up learning languages that are rarely asked for. Thanks for any help you can give me. Karl (name changed for privacy) First of all, THANK YOU for choosing programming as a career....

read more

Stafflink’s Boolean Search Cheat Sheet, Revised and Updated

Posted on May 31, 2014 in Boolean Search Secrets, Recruiting Tips | 0 comments

Stafflink’s Boolean Search Cheat Sheet, Revised and Updated

It’s not easy remembering all of those Boolean search commands. So here’s Stafflink’s new and improved Boolean Search Cheat Sheet to jog your memory. Practice a few searches in Google and pretty soon you’ll be stringing together those search strings like a pro! Stafflink’s New and Improved Boolean Search Cheat Sheet Operator How It Works Example Search for more than one keyword AND (or a space) To search for two or more words list each word followed by a space. Putting AND between the words is optional. “engineer...

read more

Superstar hiring checklist: How to speed up your hiring cycle for a “must-hire”

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Recruiting Tips | 0 comments

Superstar hiring checklist: How to speed up your hiring cycle for a “must-hire”

When we present an exceptional candidate for a job, it’s always a race to see if the client can react fast enough before the candidate moves on. Sadly, we lose at least 85% of our very best candidates if we schedule their interviews over 7 days away. With a few tweaks to speed up the hiring cycle whenever you identify a superstar candidate, you don’t have to risk losing the best ones. We created the Superstar Hiring Checklist because we really really hate having to tell a client that the candidate they want to hire just accepted another...

read more

15 ways to grow your online network without being obnoxious

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Job Search Tips, Recruiting Tips | 0 comments

15 ways to grow your online network without being obnoxious

Do you ever wake up feeling lucky. Then you bump into an old friend on the train. Or someone calls you with an opportunity. Or you stumble across a tweet with a solution to a problem you’ve been wrestling with. Is it luck? Maybe. But have you ever noticed that some people are extra lucky. My theory is that lucky people go around all day planting little seeds of success. It’s no coincidence that happy coincidences keep popping up for them. Same thing happens with social media sharing. Keep reading because I ‘m going to give you 15...

read more

Use the DuckDuckGo “Bang” command for super easy site searches

Posted on May 17, 2014 in Boolean Search Secrets, Job Search Tips, Recruiting Tips | 0 comments

Use the DuckDuckGo “Bang” command for super easy site searches

Today I want to tell you about a very cool little search engine called DuckDuckGo. Here are three big advantages of searching with DuckDuckGo versus Google: DuckDuckGo is famous for protecting their user’s privacy. They don’t track you. Unlike Google where they serve up results based on your past searches. Which means DuckDuckGo may show you results that you won’t see on Google. No ads to clutter up your search results. They invented the !Bang search so you can easily x-ray search other search engines. Using the !Bang x-ray...

read more

Introduce Yourself with a Personal Tagline

Posted on April 4, 2014 in Job Search Tips | 0 comments

Introduce Yourself with a Personal Tagline

You’re at a meet-up and someone asks, “So, what do you do?” It’s time to introduce yourself with a personal tagline — a short and sweet sound bite that tells them what you do, and why. The “why” part is really important because this is where it gets interesting. It’s the purpose behind why you do what you do. Here’s the most important thing to keep in mind when writing your personal tagline: It’s NOT about you. It’s about the people and organizations you help. Your tagline isn’t about impressing people and getting them to...

read more