Finding IT Staff With Confidence

If you are running a business right now you are probably in need, or soon to be in need of some IT assistance. Whether it be software engineering, data management, administration, or security needs you will have to do some hunting to find the right IT Staff.

If you have the time, money and energy, one of the best ways to find such IT Staff as programmers, coders, or software engineers is to host a Hackathon. In order to host a hackathon, arrange a big party full of junk food, pizza, and heavily caffeinated beverages, then make sure your wifi and LAN networks are working. Now send out the invites and promote it through Social Networking Sites and pages. Make sure you announce what the goal of the Hackathon is, some can be targeted development while others are less focused. For more tips on how to put on a Hackathon click here

3 things to watch out for when hiring new IT Staff :

1. Bad Business Sense – Techies with a lot of in-depth knowledge sometimes lack the critical thinking/research skills necessary to make good choices and investments. As we all know, investing in the wrong technology or buying from the wrong vendor can cause significant losses in terms of money and opportunity.

2. Poor Social Skills
– IT people without soft skills can alienate their colleagues, souring them on everything to do with technology. Or they may get along with colleagues on a day-to-day basis, but lack the ability to communicate new ideas and build consensus around them.

3. No End User Sympathy
– Some tech geniuses out there don’t understand that the rest of us have limitations. These folks sometimes want to invest in complicated, powerful technology that their colleagues won’t understand. Or they’ll customize a piece of software to the point that no one else in the organization can use it or maintain it.

If you are hiring in Tokyo, it may be best to use a Recruiting Service to do this work for you. As long as your willing to pay a minimal fee, you can have someone else sift through all the applicants and find you somebody that is both a techy, but can also be a good fit for your office. Such companies as Vision Consulting provide this service for IT Staff in Tokyo.
Tips for Hiring IT Staff: Balancing Skills and Communication
Hackathon Hiring: How to Scout for Coders with Confidence

7 Things You’re Doing Wrong on LinkedIn

Linkedin is now rwoven into every professional`s working life, and it is becoming more important to understand exactly how to utilize it to further your career and/or help your business grow.

Such things as belonging to the right groups and providing your expertise and insight on Linkedin Answer could bring in clients, partners, and new job opportunities. Read the full article to see what Tom Searcy says are the seven things you are doing wrong on Linkedin.

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SAP’s CIO: You’re Putting Your Executive Career at Risk if You’re Not Social

Having a social and transparent presence both on the web and in real life are becoming increasingly important for executive careers. As SAP`s CIO has demonstrated, being social through Social Media Sites and allowing yourself to be more transparent to clients and partners is becoming an important key to success.

For becoming more social on the web, SAP`s CIO Oliver Bussman recommends that you start by opening Twitter and Google+ accounts, since this is were most business oriented people are found.

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Pay Yourself Enough?


Are you paying yourself enough? Andy Meadows, founder and CEO of custom software company Live Oak found that by paying himself more he actually found himself to be more aware of how his business was doing.

“Raising my salary to a market level forced me to look at my company from an investor’s perspective,” Meadows says. “It helped me better understand the value of my own time.”


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Entrepreneurs Roundtable – “Risk Aversion During Crisis”

We have an exciting announcement!

The place, time and theme for our next event has been officially set. We will be doing our Entrepreneurs Roundtable at Celi in Ebisu on Thursday, May 24th. The theme will be “Risk Aversion During Crisis”. We plan to focus mainly on the Lehman Shock and the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami to use as examples for how businesses in Tokyo stayed in business and what they are doing now to avert risk for future crisis`s.

Cafe Celi is a new style French Cafe/Restaurant inspired by and produced on behalf of Madam Celine. The atmosphere is warm and friendly giving one the feeling of homely comfort, with hints of leather designs dating back to the classic masterpieces crafted by Madam Celine while yet modern enough to provide a space for creative expression and making use of Eco friendly materials. The interior highlights a touch of fashion quality making one feel stylish and yet not overly extravagant, therefore easy enough for anybody to drop in for a quick and delicious meal without having to be formal.

The event will be held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, during this time you will be able to help yourself to the food that is out and any non-alcoholic beverage. The menu is shown below.
Cafe Celi Drink Menu
We hope to see you there, we plan for this to be an informative and enjoyable experience for all attending.