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About FlexStaf-IT

FlexStaf-IT is a Canadian-based organization that connects qualified I.T. personnel with companies offering short- or long-term contract assignments, permanent placement positions, and fully managed end-to-end I.T. project solutions.

Canadian IT Employers Use Contract Work to Circumvent Skill Shortage

In a recent Hays Canada survey, 67% of IT employers reported moderate-to-extreme skill shortages, a problem tempering many corporate hiring strategies in 2015. Although permanent staffing will likely rise this year—half of respondents intend to expand their workforces—a lack of specialized … Continue reading

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New Year, New Career: Job-Seeker Resolutions

Four Goals for IT Professionals in 2015 People tend to focus on health and wellness in the New Year, committing to new diets and exercise regimes. Doing so is commendable, but what about career-oriented goals? January marks the perfect time … Continue reading

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Market Watch: Hot IT Jobs in 2015

Results from the 2015 ComputerWorld Forecast Survey are in. Of the 194 IT executives questioned, a quarter intends to increase IT staff in the New Year, particularly in areas associated with infrastructure expansion. The chart below summarizes the results, ranking … Continue reading

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How to Enhance the Visibility of Your Resume

Most resumes look the same. Conventional formats tell applicants to order information in certain ways, without regard for what they wish to convey. For this reason, conventions work best when tailored to a particular situation. Job seekers should combine what … Continue reading

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Is There an Opportune Time to Job Hunt?

Seasonal employment trends often correlate with fiscal quarters—a reason why November and December are usually slowest. Leading up to the New Year, businesses exhaust the last of their budgets on long-term initiatives, leaving few resources for hiring new employees. However, once … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for a Competency-Based Interview

Psychologists often design competency-based interviews for employers, structuring the questions in a way that unearth a candidate’s behavioural, technical and analytical skills and tendencies. Typically, such interviews are situational: they ask candidates to reflect on past decisions and report the … Continue reading

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Big Data Talent Gap Survey 2014

New data reveal a shortage of 150,000 IT professionals with deep analytical skills in the U.S., a large enough number to inspire Ryerson University’s Big Data Consortium—a national private-public sector consortium involved in the examination of Big Data and Advanced … Continue reading

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