Why You Should Job Hunt During the Holidays

As the holiday season quickly approaches (who keeps pushing the fast forward button on 2021?), it is perfectly reasonable you may want to take a break from your job search. It can be a hectic time of year juggling getting ready for the holidays and keeping your job search moving in the right direction. We don’t want to be a Scrooge over here, but our expert advice is to stick with it. 


Here’s why.  We’re still in the thick of the Great Resignation, which means great companies are looking for top talent. By getting your resume in front of recruiters now, could help give you an edge.


Keep reading to learn more about some of our fantastic opportunities that might be your dream role! 

Staff iOS Engineer – Remote

Be a part of one of the fastest-growing startups in the Bay Area but you can operate from anywhere in the USA. After securing its latest funding round of $300mm, this organization is going to catapult its growth, with its mission-driven values and services.

In need of a talented engineer whose strength in iOS development.

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Senior iOS Engineer – Remote

The apps you will build will bring joy to those that are in need…this is a life-changing platform! Looking for an expert iOS engineer, well-versed in best practices and architecture for iOS. Who understands the mobile product and design life cycles, and collaborates closely with designers and product managers. If you love solving problems and creating great experiences for users, this job is for you. Bonus points if you understand the performance limitations of battery life, CPU, and memory availability to implement robust and efficient solutions.

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Engineering Manager  Python – Portland, OR

Looking for an Engineering Manager to lead a product engineering team where you’ll lead a team of engineers working across the stack. You’ll be responsible for enabling the team to build and ship high-impact product features that deliver on our mission to transform home care.

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Principal Backend Engineer – Remote

We need engineering strength in Python and would love to speak to you about what we are doing. Looking for an expert in building backend services, designing data models, and connecting all the layers in between. You’ve built and operated production-grade applications in Python. You excel at engineering design and review, from building new systems to providing great code reviews

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Workforce Planning for 2022

As the final quarter of 2021 comes into focus, many organizations are in the process of assessing workforce needs for 2022.

Planning is challenging considering what the past two years have brought us: health and safety concerns from Covid-19, economic uncertainty, and an incredibly tight labor market. Strategic workforce planning that is flexible and resilient has never been more important for HR and talent acquisition teams.

Here are some factors leaders should be considering in their 2022 planning.

Assume the new normal

The “Great Resignation” doesn’t seem to be slowing down. For the second straight month, Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in September in many cases, for more money elsewhere as companies bump up pay and incentives to fill job openings that are close to an all-time high.

The Labor Department said that 4.4 million people quit their jobs in September or about 3% of the nation’s workforce.

Having a deep understanding of what workers value in a company and building a compelling brand that aligns with connection, progress, employee development, and provides appropriate incentive systems are most likely to retain and attract top talent.

If you need help in showcasing your company brand in your recruiting efforts, contact INNOVA People today.

Be flexible 

If anything in the past 20-months has taught us, it’s to be flexible. Technology and hybrid work models are changing what employees and workers expect from firms and future jobs. The companies that lean into those values will reap the benefits.

Focus on worker’s well-being

Burnout is real and is widespread. Employee well-being was the area CEOs said their brands struggled with most amid the pandemic.

Here are some recent findings:

  • 48% of employees report experiencing high to extreme stress over the past year—a 7% increase over the last two years.
  • 96% of CEOs believe they are doing enough for employee mental health, but only 69% of employees feel the same.
  • 80% of CEOs believe that poor employee mental health negatively impacts worker productivity.

Thus, it’s no surprise a focus on mental health and wellness — and being flexible to employees’ needs as it pertains to workers’ well-being — is now essential for all companies to thrive today.

Leaders need to guide their staff through what is — and could remain — a disruptive and uncertain climate in 2022.










Workers Quit at Record Rate – August Jobs Report

After some steady improvements, August proved to be a disappointing month for the economy. According to the latest data released by the Labor Department, workers’ left their jobs at record levels. In addition, job creation for August was significantly less than experts forecasted.

The quits rate — the measurement of workers who leave jobs voluntarily — reached a record high of 2.9% in August, with 4.3 million people departing their positions.

The number of job availabilities fell 5.9% in August compared to July — a month with a record level of openings — but remained up to 61.8% compared to August 2020.

Employment rose by 235,000; the Labor Department reported was well below what economists had expected and made August one of the weakest months for hiring since the recovery began more than a year ago.

The slower growth may reflect ongoing concerns about the Delta variant.

“Delta is reducing consumer demand and threatening the reopening,” said Glassdoor Senior Economist Daniel Zhao. “Ultimately, it’s just a harsh reminder that the pandemic has control of our destiny,” he told CNN Business.

Employment in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added an average of 350,000 jobs a month for the last six months, was level in August, as restaurants, bars, and other foodservice establishments shed 42,000 jobs, offsetting some gains made by arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities. Retail lost 29,000 jobs.

Job growth in August was driven by 74,000 positions added in professional and business services, 40,000 in private education, and 37,000 in manufacturing.

Data Among the Top Rising C-suite Roles

What C-suite roles are the most in-demand? The latest LinkedIn research analysis over 12 months (from September 2020 through August 2021) shows that while the traditional “big 3” chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer, several other C-suite titles have surged over the past year.

The most significant gains were seen in chief diversity & inclusion officers and saw the most intense hiring push in a 111% surge, which is even faster than the previous year. Other top titles are a chief underwriting officer and chief people officer, which grew by +71% and +61% in those 12 months.

Rounding out the top-10 — chief data officer (+29%) has gained popularity in the past decade. NewVantage Partners’ Big Data Executive Survey found that 57% of senior Fortune 1000 business and technology decision-makers said their organization had appointed a chief data officer.

In general, this trend reflects a recognition that data is an important business asset worthy of management by a senior executive. It’s also an acknowledgment that data and technology — the latter usually managed by a CIO or Chief Technology Officer — are not the same and need different management approaches.

Thus, the CDO’s role has drastically evolved. The CDO is not only responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance and potentially increasing efficiencies – the CDO could be the essential member of the leadership team other than the CEO.

Harnessing the power of data in digital transformation will be imperative for most organizations going forward. AI, ML, and data analytics are no longer buzz words only for tech and finance, and every successful organization will pivot towards viewing data as an asset.

The CDO role has become notoriously hard to stay in. The average tenure of CDOs is just two to two-and-a-half years.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way. One successful CDO imparted two pieces of advice: 1) Start with a clear connection to business strategy with tangible examples of how data analytics can drive business outcomes (top line, bottom line, cash, stewardship), and 2) lead with 1-2 forward-thinking business partners to demonstrate what is possible. Those partners become the change agents across the organization.

Creating a consistent pipeline of candidates for practically any C-suite title that’s rising in demand becomes a challenge, especially for start-ups. Internal talent development can’t keep pace. Companies trying to find the right new leader in a hurry are wise to work with an experienced recruiter who has access to a nationwide talent pool like the team at Innova People.


Power Nap Your Way to Increased Productivity

Many of us experience that afternoon dip in energy; you know, the one that hits you sometime between one and three o clock. Luckily there’s an easy alternative to curb that crash that involves taking a catnap instead of reaching for another caffeinated beverage.

Research shows that naps improve our brain’s day-to-day performance. Naps reduce sleepiness, increase alertness, and improve reaction time, coordination, logical reasoning, memory consolidation, symbol recognition, mood, and emotion regulation. Healthy adults who take naps regularly enjoy brighter spirits, find it easier to learn and remember. And are less sensitive to negative emotions like fear and anger.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30 minutes or less of catnapping can “restore alertness, enhance performance and boost mood and cognitive performance.” A 20-minute nap appears to hit the sweet spot, giving you the right amount of time that allows your body to power down and reboot. Be careful with napping too long; longer naps aren’t recommended because you fall into a deeper sleep, making it difficult to awaken feeling refreshed.

Some businesses have caught on because of the benefits. NASA pilots take in-flight naps as short as 26 minutes to enhance performance and alertness by 34% and a 16% increase in reaction time. More companies encourage employees to take power naps during the workday, like Nike and Thrive Global, Inc. provide unique rooms with specially designed chairs to catch some ZZ’s.

Powernap like a pro

Here are ways to get the most out of your next power nap, whether you are back in an office or working from home.

Pick your time and duration.

Most experts recommend napping at the same time every day to train your body to fall asleep at that time. Aim to rest sometime between 1 and 3 pm when most of us experience a natural energy dip.

Set your Alarm

Don’t oversleep! Set your alarm for 15 to 20 minutes to enjoy increased alertness upon waking up.

Create a Nap Space

Creating a sleep-inducing environment will increase the odds that you catch some restorative ZZZs. Make sure the room is quiet, as dark as possible, and relatively cool if you’re able. Research shows that cool, dark, and noise-free environments are most conducive to sleep.

Try a ‘Coffee Nap’

Sounds counterintuitive, right? Experts say to drink a coffee, set your alarm for 20 minutes, and sneak in your nap; the coffee will have time to start working while you sleep and give you a double shot of energy when you wake up. It takes about 20 minutes for caffeine to absorb into the body and work.

Though generally beneficial, napping isn’t for everyone. Poor sleepers who have difficulty falling and staying asleep at night might want to avoid daytime snoozing. For everyone else, though, a 20-minute mid-afternoon nap could be the secret to feeling sharp, productive,  and happy throughout the day.


Hottest Job Market for Tech in Decades

The shortage of tech talent is not a new problem but has now reached a critical stage and it will be a significant challenge for businesses to find skilled talent.

Here are some impressive numbers from CompTIA:

  • In June, employers posted more than 365,000 job openings for IT workers, the highest monthly total since September 2019.
  • The positions highest in demand include software developers, IT support specialists, systems engineers, architects, and IT project managers.
  • Jobs in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, or those requiring rising tech skills accounted for 28 percent of all open positions.

Why the boom, you ask?

The Covid-19 pandemic caused an unparalleled wave of tech adoption for businesses across all industries – as companies learned to work remotely and connect with customers virtually, they essentially jammed a decade’s worth of tech adoption and digital transformation into a single whirlwind year. The same is true for consumer tech, with video game development, entertainment tech, and social platforms flourishing.

Simultaneously, remote work became the status quo in the tech industry. Suddenly, software talent could pick and choose from an extensive pool of job opportunities. All while existing talent is beginning to stray. Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trends Index found that 40 percent of workers are considering making a job change.

Companies need to step you their game to land a quality engineer beyond competitive salaries. Offering incentives like flexible hours, sign-on bonuses, and permanent remote work, the last of which has become a requirement for much of the workforce. A recent report found only 17 percent of technologists wanted to work in an office full time, while 59 percent wanted remote and hybrid approaches.

Across all industries, ‘remote work’ job listings have increased 457 percent, according to recent LinkedIn data, with the tech sector a leader in job listings. Companies that fail to figure out how to offer this flexibility won’t be able to attract the talent they need.

The pandemic transformed nearly every organization into a tech company. Although the competition will be fierce for qualified tech talent, companies can start laying the groundwork now to keep their pipeline full of viable candidates.