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The latest Ledgent Technology news, tips and information on technology trends that affect you.

Women’s Challenges in the Workforce Today (and how to overcome them)

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It may be 2022, but women are still facing challenges in the workforce. There is no doubt that women have progressed significantly, but there is still much work needed to improve things. Between discrimination, lack of childcare assistance, workplace harassment and other challenges, women are constantly faced with obstacles while navigating their careers today. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Workspace

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It’s the most organized time of the year – spring! As we kick into gear with a new season and plenty more daylight to enjoy our weeks, engaging in a little bit of spring cleaning might be the answer to boost productivity and fuel creativity – not to mention feel more organized at your workspace. Whether you’re working from home or at an office, you can always do with some spring cleaning tips for a fresh workspace.  Continue reading

How to Be Happy at Work – 10 Tips

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Some love the perks of free food or gym memberships, while others cherish their health care benefits and volunteer opportunities. There are different aspects of a job that make an employee happy. However, being happy with your job goes beyond the perks and benefits offered, it also stems from growth opportunities and motivation. As you focus on your career path, we know that ultimately, it’s your happiness that matters above all. Here are some easy ways you can be happier at work. Continue reading

Team-Building Tips in a Hybrid Work Environment

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We’re all starting to miss the occasional water-cooler talks and walking to lunch with our coworkers. As so many work in a remote or hybrid setting now, some might still prefer going into the office while others welcome the idea of working at home because they are able to better balance their priorities. The hybrid setting has become a popular working model, ideally bringing the “best of both worlds” of remote and in-office work, and offering flexibility, growth and productivity. Continue reading

Guide to Acing Your Next Tech Interview

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Your tech interview might not be the most relaxing but it’s one of the most crucial steps to land your next position. Between technical projects, cultural interviews, and hours of talking about yourself, it’s understandable to feel exhausted even before your interview begins. However, being prepared will be key to keeping you confident and ready to ace your next tech interview.

With this interview, you might be starting your first job or looking to advance to a senior position – whatever the case, there are a few steps you need to take to prepare and show up for the interview without feeling nervous about it.

7 Strategies to Ace Your Tech interview

Take charge of your interview and follow these helpful steps to get you ready for your big day.

1. Learn about the company and the role

If you haven’t already, the first thing you need to do before your interview is research the company, including topics like: what do they specialize in, what are their goals, what is their vision and anything else that will truly help you understand who they serve, who their clientele is and why they do what they do. Interviewers like to know that you are interested in the company and have taken steps to proactively understand more.

2. Practice makes perfect

Your interview might include a coding test, problem-solving questions and other projects related to your role. Be aware of this and do as much practice as you can beforehand. Taking the time to practice will help keep you refreshed for the test. Additionally, practice will help you feel more prepared and keep you confident as you approach the big day.

3. Clarify pre-interview questions beforehand

As you do your research and work on the projects or potential assessments, you may have questions. Reach out to your recruiter or the hiring manager to clarify your questions and help you understand what you need more information on.

4. The process is important

Don’t be in a hurry during the interview. Take your time to understand the questions, what is being asked and how you are going to go about answering it. Approach each question or problem slowly and make sure you think about the questions before immediately coming up with the answers. If the project requires you to collaborate, make sure you can work with the team and ask questions and stay engaged.

5. Understand the culture

Tech companies take pride in their company culture. The company you interview with will be trying to determine whether you are a culture fit and if you will understand and get along with other employees, working methods and anything else that defines the company. When you do your research, make sure you read about the company culture, what they value and how they conduct business internally.

6. Take note of the preferred working method

Some companies may have preferred software systems and other workflow processes that they want their employees to use. Your interviewer might want you to be proficient in JavaScript or Python, so it might be good to know their expectations and make sure you are up to speed on the technology they use.

7. Don’t burn the midnight oil

You’ve done the work and you’ve practiced as much as you can. Now, it’s time to relax and take it easy the night before your interview. Avoid staying up too late, overthinking and overstudying. It will only make you feel tired and uneasy in the morning.

Good Luck with Your Interview!

Congratulations on making it to the interview round! Show your interviewers you are as strong as your resume, and you have a lot to offer to the company. Be yourself and don’t worry if you get stuck or need some time to answer the questions. Take this opportunity to interview your employer as well with the necessary questions to understand if this company is the right fit for you, too!

Looking for your next technology hire? Contact one of our Ledgent Technology recruiters today!

How to Manage the Effects of Stress in the Workplace

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Stress. We all feel it at some point or the other. In fact, stress is so common in the US that 55% of Americans are stressed during the day, 20% higher than the world average of 35%! Whether it’s the pressure of completing a project within a tight deadline or dealing with a challenging manager, workplace stress is inevitable. Certain industries are more stressful than others, but the key to being able to keep up with your demanding career is to learn how to manage the stress that comes with it. The last thing you want is for stress to affect your physical and mental health.

Since stress in the workplace is inevitable, the best way to handle it is not to give up but to learn how to effectively manage it. Luckily, there are many coping strategies for you to help take on those hard days with confidence and keep the stress at bay.

7 Coping Strategies for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Take a deep breath before you feel antsy. Here are simple ways of managing the effects of stress in the workplace.

1. Find your stressors

Understanding what causes you stress is the first step to help you manage it. One of the best ways to do this is to journal or simply take note of what goes on in your day and how you reacted in that moment. When you look over your day and see your reactions, you will eventually be able to point out patterns and things that seem to be affecting you in a negative way. Once you identify those stressors, you can take control of how you manage the situation and reduce your stress.

2. Create and maintain boundaries

Boundaries are important to help you establish a balance between your work and personal life. You need to be able to switch off from your work day, especially if you are working from home. This could mean having a set schedule, unplugging from your email when you’re finished for the day, and even taking time to exercise and participate in social activities that bring joy to your life.

3. Stay organized

If you have important deadlines coming up, try to stay on top of your projects and organize your work ahead of time. Being organized will help you avoid rushing and feeling the pressure with deadlines looming. Try to keep a clean desk while you work to avoid clutter and other distractions. Being organized will help increase the efficiency with which you do your work, which further keeps you calm and positive as you work on completing important projects.

4. Take breaks when you can

No one expects you to be at your desk 24/7. In fact, sitting for long periods of time has proven to be unhealthy for your body. Allow yourself to take a walk during lunch or simply a little relaxing break from the screen every now and then. Additionally,  use your vacation days and do something enjoyable on your weekends or while you’re off work.

5. Build a support system

Having a good support system that you trust is extremely beneficial during stressful times. Reach out to coworkers, friends, and family members and let them in on how you’re feeling. Talking to a loved one can help make you feel better and come out with some advice that can help you manage your work stress. Additionally, take advantage of company programs that provide assistance regarding work stress. If things get really rough, it could also be a good idea to reach out to a professional who can guide you through tough times.

6. Reach out to your manager

If things are getting tough at work, try talking to your mentor or supervisor. Your supervisor is there to help and wants you to succeed and may have insight or be able to help you come up with ways to manage your workload and navigate the situation. Make sure the conversation is productive and void of too many complaints as you are there to understand how you can manage your stress at work.

7. Find a healthy release

Whether it’s yoga, cardio, meditation or boxing, finding a healthy way to release your stress will truly boost your mood and help you relax after a stressful day. Avoid running towards unhealthy responses like alcohol and junk food that can often be a temporary distraction. Instead, focus on healthy ways that will calm you down and help your mood in the long run.

It’s normal to feel pressured or stressed every once in a while. However, it’s important to be able to manage these stressors and focus on how you can relax and manage your stress so that it doesn’t start to impact your life in a negative way.

Looking for your next technology hire? Contact one of our Ledgent Technology recruiters today!

Introducing Soft Skills and Why They Are Important

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According to a LinkedIn study, 89% of bad hires typically lack soft skills such as creativity, persuasion, teamwork, collaboration, adaptability, and time management. Communication, empathy, teamwork, worth ethic and leadership are some of the necessary skills to advance in your career. These skills go beyond the technical skills needed for a job but enhance career success. Continue reading

What Makes a Good Mentor?

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One of the most valuable opportunities you can have in your career is mentorship. Having a mentor to help you navigate growth opportunities and support you at any stage of your career will truly help you learn and develop in your role, especially in today’s world where in-person interactions are more limited than before. Continue reading