Been a busy year thus far with new clients and new openings. One means I gauge the market activity is by how many calls I receive from third party vendors needing to place 'their' consultants with my clients and how many other recruiters need additional candidates for their openings. These deals are difficult, typically require the same amount, if not more work, and also end up being expensive. We continue to monitor these situations and evaluate carefully the people we work with and the reasons why. For our clients' sake we place top priority on direct client business and have thus far only needed to place 1099 and W-2 consultants. It does make a difference.
Windows 8 and WP8
As I wrote previously I switched to an iPhone from over a decade on the Blackberry platform. It was hard to give up the qwerty keyboard and I still struggle to type some days with the iPhone's. I've also bought two Windows Phones to try - The Nokia Lumia 900 and newer 920. The phones are large, have beautiful screens, excellent cameras, and their new tile system is wonderful. Typing is a bit easier as their intuitive word suggestions make it a cleaner entry system than iPhones. But the advantages end there. You've all read/heard about how the applications are endless for iPhone and limited elsewhere. I suppose it is true but my use of thousands of apps is limited. I use the phone to communicate and stay organized. My base is my work pc with Microsoft Office and Outlook as my center. You'd think a Windows Phone would accomodate this better than the cross platform iPhone. It doesn't. I've researched the best methods and means to sync my calendar/contacts/tasks etc to the WP8 device to the native WP8 applications. Doesn't work without creating a live.com or Microsoft account, copying over individually your calendar appointments and dragging/dropping your contact folder into this system on the cloud. Then you sync with Outlook which then automatically syncs your WP8 device. Tasks don't so you need to change how you schedule ToDo's into calendar meetings or appointments. The sync is buggy and you no longer have a local USB option to sync. Proponents and Microsoft claim that local syncing is so 1990's. Get with the times get on the cloud, man! Well, do you trust your personal and business information on a free live.com system? There is an application, DejaOffice, which is outstanding. I use it on my iPhone and tried it on the WP8. Limited views on the calendar and the contact views are difficult to get used to as well. It took me an hour to setup the WP8 and sync over my information. It took me five minutes to find the device unacceptable. My iPhone works, is intuitive, and simply flat out performs. In a day when the younger generation wants app driven systems I'm not quite understanding the push to WP8 and Android devices when the iPhone is simply the simplest, easiest, and best system out there to use for personal and business use.
Have a great Spring 2013!