Stop Losing Your Candidates to Counter Offers

men-1979261__340The biggest danger these days in Iot recruiting is having a good candidate turn into a good hire who then accepts a counter offer from their current employer. It’s fairly common that we see counter offers made and about 40% of the time, the employee accepts the offer.


Making the dangers of a counter offer clear to your candidate is the first and best way to prevent their acceptance. It is your task as the recruiter to fully engage the candidate and to make clear the dangers of the counter offer and how it can affect their future employment picture.

Forbes calls accepting a counter offer “career suicide.”

The reality is that very often when a candidate receives a counter offer, it is the employer scrambling to keep a position filled that is important to their bottom line. They pay whatever is necessary to keep the employee who does not realize that the employer no longer views them as an asset. They paid in order to prevent a costly vacancy but they consider it legal extortion according to most employers and companies.

It behooves you as the IoT recruiter to let them know precisely how someone who takes a counter offer is viewed.

In most cases, the employer will find any and all reasons to release the employee and according to Forbes more than 50% of those who accept a counter offer are released from the company within 18 months.Some do leave of their own volition, but most are released by the company.

Having already reneged on an offer from a recruiter, it is very typical that recruiters too want very little to do with a candidate who has treated them in this way. In most cases they will be blacklisted by recruiters in their field and offers do not come in even when they are not currently working.

If you’re not helping your candidates and prospects to understand the dangers of accepting a counter offer it is a big mistake on your part. Recruiters talk and companies talk. As Forbes says, accepting a counter offer is indeed career suicide and its something that will stay with them for years if not forever.

Here;s a tip for you as an IoT Recruiter.  Get your candidates engaged and keep them engaged. What’s more, while you need to thoroughly vet them. you also need to on board them more rapidly in order to prevent the counter offer scenario, but should it arise, help them to understand why it’s a bad idea..

IoT in 2016. What Did We Experience?

The internet of things has made incredible leaps and bounds in recent years. 2016 was no exception with most of the hype we’ve been hearing
coming to fruition. In fact, the general population actively discovered this amazing trend and while there were a few bumps in the road, 2016
proved we are still in a golden era.

A great example can be found in the homes of millions. Thanks to devices like the Amazon Echo, more people have embraced the IoT on a consumer
level. This has shown that while some concerns are out there among people, it is possible to win over the consumer and to create a
multifunctioning device that is successful. We now can control all aspects of our home from a single unit so lights can be switched on,
television systems recorded, and even thermostats adjusted even if we are on the other side of the world.

We also learned what we can expect when a cyberattack happens on a grand scale. Yes, the September 2016 cyber-attack that slammed Netflix,
Twitter, and other major players allowed us to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and put it at the forefront of the connected devices
that we use. Fortunately, nothing of serious consequence was experienced during this attack and the online world appears to have recovered.

In a sense, even the concerns with cyber-attacks are not enough to sway the investors who have helped IoT stocks to experience new highs. On the
NASDAQ alone, there was a major surge in Industry 4.0 stocks including the likes of Sierra Wireless and PTC who are often viewed as the
frontrunners when people talk about the internet of things.

Because 2017 is expected to be an even bigger year, we saw some legal changes to how the IoT can work. No data coming from devices that are
potentially used by children can be mined for data. If a security breach is experienced, it must be reported at once. Also, users must give
their consent to have data mined, and have the option to object to it if they desire to do so.
Even with all those restrictions in place, this should still be an incredible year for both the average consumer, and those producing connected

Is Medical IoT Actually Secure?

It’s a fair question to ask. Is my medical IoT device actually secure? Is it possible for someone to hack into it and kill me? While it is unlikely that a hacker will make it into a medical device, there are security measures constantly going into place to ensure that there isn’t even a remote possibility.


Because the medical industry has a considerable number of watchdog groups hovering over it, ABI Research conducted a study. They found that $390 million of the $5.5 billion spent on cyber security for medical devices in 2016. These funds were used to help create patches that could be released over the air, while analysis and penetration testing could be done specifically for installed medical IoT devices.

Additional options like authentication mechanisms and other resources have also been further developed for medical devices. This reduces the number of vulnerabilities that could be experienced by a devices that are connected. However, further responsible security measures that include hardcoded passwords and other tools should remain at the forefront of developer’s minds.

The United States has already taken the initiative to ensure that all devices are being cared for. In recent years, they have put medical security to the front of importance. It is estimated that with the funding from there, and places like Sweden and Germany, the amount spent on medical devices will more than triple by 2021. That’s good news for future generations who will need medical devices.

Of course, according to the Federal Drug Administration and Underwriters Laboratories, we still have a long way to go with Medical IoT security. While the FDA still doesn’t require FDA approval for worn IoT medical devices at this time, it is possible that could change in the future. This would likely happen if there was a perceived need for stricter guidelines to go into place, due to a lack of security measures being taken into account.

Law enforcement has also recently expressed concern. The problem is that too often, no one is prepared for an event when it happens. Authorities are concerned that something could take place on a massive scale, if the information on how to alter these devices gets out. This is especially the case if a high profile individual, such as the president, were to need a medical device.

For now, don’t feel like it is all doom and gloom. Yes, there are areas of protection that need to be addressed with connected devices. That is all being done and before long, the security measures will be exceptional with them, so there is never a concern with the wrong people gaining access to the devices that help to keep us healthy.

How to Nail Your Internet of Things Interview

How to Nail Your Internet of Things Interview

The internet of things is the future of technology. If you plan on getting a position that relies heavily on it, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure success.

First, understand what the company does and their approach to the IoT. If the company makes connected thermostats, you’ll want to ensure you have some knowledge about that area of expertise. If they manage a series of connected devices on a production line, you need working knowledge of how to interact and program those elements. Not every device is the same, so make sure you understand what knowledge is required for the position you are interested in. After all, simply operating these devices is vastly different from programming them.

Next, remember that the tiny details matter. Have you had experience with a particular system or code? Make sure you mention it. While your resume is a good outline for who you are, your knowledge and level of comfort with the topic during your interview will actually have more of an impact.

This means also taking the time to understand the company. Do your research and find out what projects they are working on. If their focus is on new avenues of technology you can briefly talk about it. When you don’t show any genuine interest in the company or knowledge, you put yourself in a position where the interviewer doesn’t take you as seriously.

Your first impression is also key. While it is important to know your stuff, also prove you have the desire to be there. Make sure you show up no more than 5 minutes early to your interview. Make sure you are cordial to all staff, including the receptionist. Many companies watch how potential employees interact with what are deemed “lower” importance employees. If you are rude, condescending, or cold they will find out and it could cost you a job. Ultimately, all employees in a company have a valuable purpose and no one position can do their job without the others ensuring the office functions.

Finally, make sure you read up on the latest internet of technology news pieces that come out. Did a major company announce a new revolutionary advancement? Then you’ll want to mention it. This shows you stay current and if you discover something that manager doesn’t know, they might see you as an invaluable expert in the industry. That could help you to nail that interview and go on to make waves in the industry.

Who Will Rank Among the Top IoT Providers in 2017

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Who are Some of the Most Powerful IoT Companies Going into 2017?

IoT is no small thing any longer. With smart phones, smart tablets, smart refrigerators, smart buildings and smart cities, it’s a given that there is a lot of money to be made in the IoT industry. With IoT growing by leaps and bounds and predictions being that it will grow to a trillion and a half dollars by 2020, everyone wants a piece of that pie.

The IoT companies that have the most to offer and are taking away most of the consumers at this point in time—the heavy hitters in IoT are the companies that should all be watching. The question is—who are they?

The top IoT movers and shakers for 2017 –based on those who did the most with IoT in 2016 appear to be these: ( listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily by order of importance)

Amazon. With tools like Echo and Amazon AWS and Kinesis, Amazon scores big on the IoT scene by offering increasingly powerful services and tools for users.

AT&T with their broadband network is slated to be a key enabler of the IoT forces. The M2X will also play an important role in that along with Data Flow, the development portal for IoT.

Bosch—the German wizards of home appliances also make enterprise software. They say that their range of appliances and products will now be connected to IoT to make monitoring and maintenance easier. This will make them one of the key companies in IoT.

Cisco, which company terms the IoT the Internet of Everything is slated to be one of the main companies that will be enablers of Iot in every form. Cisco is creating a whole new niche for themselves by their provision of switching, routing, wireless access points and network hardware for connecting and communicating with IoT devices.

Google—Always in the lead in nearly anything they undertake, Google has made it a point to take hold of the IoT reins and put themselves at least in the top ten companies by the purchase of smart thermostat maker NEST, that could expand to bring in all manner of smart home systems.

IBM—The Watson smart products will be what lands IBM as a mover and shaker in the IOT space if they have anything to say about it. A combination of cloud development and production arenas for apps, IBM has a little of everything to offer the cloud development community.
These powerhouses, joined by Huawei, Hitachi, Samsung, and yes, even Microsoft, are the companies to watch—and to beat if you’re looking at it as a competition. The question is not whether they will give us great products and services—we already know the answer to that one–most of them will. The bigger question is and one that is and will continue to be a sticking point for the consumer is– with the race to market we’ve been seeing from a lot of these companies, in their haste, can we depend on them to secure their IoT space as well?

Medical IoT that is Up and Coming

While the internet of things has quickly become a popular term, the medical industry has been using it for quite some time. However, in the medical industry it has been called telemetry for many years. But with the IoT becoming an important buzz word, more professionals are acknowledging the term used for gathering data and improving the health of others.On the forefront of the most advanced technology are three areas. The first is elder care. New technology allows better tracking of patients in nursing homes so they cannot get lost, and if they experience any sudden change in stats or experience a fall, a nurse is immediately given information of where the patient is.


Patient data is the next area. Considered the most mature element, thanks to telemetry, this gives instant access to vital signs of patients, and other essential information at the push of the button. This allows patients to remain in constant supervision, without them having to be physically assessed by a member of a medical team every few minutes. More importantly, the technology reduces the risk of error. That means readings are far more dependable than they would otherwise be.

Protecting the data that is mined is also of importance. Because of that, devices are using stricter encoding to transmit information. Even information that has been collected through special devices that are the only tools that can harvest information, are then protected in a secured location.

Newer devices have also found secure ways to transmit information, aside from WiFi. Additionally, less power intrusive devices are also available. That will allow devices to run for a longer period of time, without having to have elements switched out.

Finally, medical apps are now in use that are helping to further advance the internet of things. They include the Future Path Urosense, Philips Medication Dispensing Service, and Air Finder. Of course, additional powerful apps are being released all the time and each is proving to play an important role in the future of medical IoT.

While there is no way to predict which will be the new and best item, there is no doubt that the medical industry is headed in the right direction. Take the time to explore each of the options as they are released to gain a deeper understanding of the direction things are headed. That way, you continue to keep ahead of the trends and remain innovative in your facility.

DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

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DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

There are some in the IoT industry who see certain technologies as prohibitive, especially for the average user. There are a number of areas that are currently unserved by IoT technologies, sometimes due to a lack of innovation, and at other times due to there being a lack of network support in a particular geographic location.

With the increased penetration of 4G cellular coverage around the world, there is huge potential for DIY IoT services that are independent of any major branch of technology. Learning about the companies that are preparing niche devices can help you to expand your vision of what IoT is, and who it can benefit.

Here are three exciting areas that have already been embraced by the DIY IoT community.

Environmental Tracking for Agriculture

Agricultural operators could gain a lot from IoT sensors, and independent developer Mesur would like to provide the technology. This startup company creates simple sensor devices that can track atmospheric and environmental conditions to help with seeding and harvesting, allowing operators to minimize waste and increase crop yields. They also provide tailored analytical sensor software to benefit turf management, vineyard management, and even mining operations.

Private Car Telemetry Tracking

Telemetry tracking can be hugely beneficial when used for legal defense or during insurance claims. One driver who wanted to put the power of data in his own hands, went as far as creating a device that tracked his vehicle behavior, detecting speed, location, and acceleration/braking patterns. Using simple components like gyros, a GPS module, and a transmitter, individuals could create their own vehicle tracker with telemetry, and connect it to a cellular network for extensive urban and suburban coverage.

Plant Health Monitor for Home Gardeners

By combining a GSM connected microcontroller module from Particle, along with a temperature and moisture sensor, home DIY enthusiasts could create a simple device that tracks soil quality in home planters or gardens, letting them know when it’s time to get out and water the plants. With the Particle microcontroller, alerts can be sent via SMS, email, or to a mobile app. An electron 3G kit from Particle costs less than $70 USD, and as demand for DIY devices increases, these costs are likely to come down even further.

Using a Particle Microcontroller for Almost Any Application

Particle is one of the leading companies when it comes to home and small scale IoT development. Their electron IoT microcontroller kit can provide cellular service in virtually any country that has coverage, and the microcontroller can be used with multiple sensors for virtually any application. Whether a user wanted to create a GPS tracker for their vehicle, or a door sensor for their home, the Particle would be perfect for the job.

As other companies develop DIY-friendly kit sets and technologies, it is likely that the number of home-based IoT enthusiasts will increase, and devices like the Particle could even find their way into schools and tertiary education facilities, where they will inspire the next generation of IoT designers and innovators.

Best New Uses of IoT

What are the Best New Uses of the IoT

With more than 25 billion internet connected devices expected to hit the world by 2020, it comes as little surprise that  there are multiple new uses of IoT and that more companies are embracing the evolving technology. There are quite a few companies that have created an incredible world of possibility with the IoT.

Johnnie Walker is an example of a company that one wouldn’t expect to find new uses of IoT. When a bottle of their Blue Label is open, it will send messages and information to the cellphone of the individual drinking. This is a full interactive experience that will ensure that the individual is reminded to be responsible while drinking, at the same time enhancing the experience they have.

John Deere has also created a unique experience with the IoT. With the data that their tractors and other farm equipment pulls, they can tell farmers what the nutrient and irrigation needs are of the area they are working on. This will help to produce better, richer crops for farmers, and ensure they have the best yield possible during the season.

Even the Magic Kingdom has begun to utilize the IoT. Disney World now uses RFID tags that allows users to have a better experience in the park. With their wrist bands, users can connect a payment method and purchase items just by tapping the wristband at a register. They can also check into rides and give Disney a better understanding of how people are moving in the park, and what their most popular attractions are at any given time.

Perhaps the most bizarre use of the IoT is with cattle. Farmers are now working with companies who can help them to monitor where their cattle are at any given time. This allows them to monitor herds and if someone attempts to steal a cow, the rancher is provided with detailed location in a manner of seconds to help them begin legal action if needed.

As the IoT continues to evolve, so are the new uses of IoT and the  ways that the world will use this powerful technology. It is important to take the time to consider all the possibilities out there and to expand on the potential that we have with it.

DDoS Attacks Using IoT Devices

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Top IoT News From 2016

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2016 will go down as being part of the golden era for the Internet o things. This last year has experienced incredible advancements like cars that drive themselves, and cities that actually smarter. It has also been a learning experience where major security breaches threatened us, but we worked past them, and ultimately built stronger systems. So what were some of the top stories of the year?

The first was the Mirari code. This historic attack utilized the internet of things to take down massive websites, through unsecure devices. Amazon, BBC, and other websites felt the crushing blow of this DDoS attack. When things settled down, there was still the concern of what could happen if another attack were to happen.

Our vehicles also experienced an upgrade in 2016. Several fleets of autonomous cars (or those that drive themselves) were unveiled. These cabs would provide the most effective driving experience for passengers and could cut down on accidents, and avoid delays in traffic. This means the future of getting to and from work will be incredible.  That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t gone off without a hitch the Tesla that was running on autopilot did already claim the life of one man who was in the vehicle as it drove in July.

Reactions were mixed this year in August when a pair of hackers revealed more security concerns for Jeep. While these individuals brought the information to the attention of the industry to help prevent a deadly encounter, it was still sobering for most to see just how dangerous these vehicles could be when connected to the internet of things. Fortunately, this information can be used to help establish a stronger set of code that makes it incredibly difficult for people to hack and to cause havoc on the roads.

But not everything has grey clouds over it this year. In Columbus, Ohio the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the city would receive federal funding to become a smart city. This technology would allow transportation to be more effective in the area and to ensure that the experience both residents and visitors is incredible.

This has been a year that has seen some definite improvement with the internet of things and what it can do. While the year is coming to an end, we still have 2017 to look forward to with the entire world of possibilities that it holds for us.