IT Newsletter

The Whitaker IT newsletter, distributed monthly, offers insight on industry trends, career planning and the job market (as we have since 1983) as well as a highlight of featured job opportunities and industry events. If you’re interested in receiving our monthly newsletter, please complete the sign up form below.


 

May 2017: Time to Consider Contract Roles Instead of Perm?

Another great market for contract opportunities?  How to know if now really is a good time to consider contract roles instead of perm? Given the uncertainty surrounding H-1B legislation, IT professionals and departments across the US and here in Houston…
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Time to consider a contract job?

Ask yourself: Do I want to learn a new technology? Do I want to try a different role or work in a different Industry? Do I want to maximize my earning potential? Am I a fixer? (these folks like to…
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January 2017: Overcoming Changes in the Workplace

2017, an economy on the uptick (maybe), a new administration with a stated commitment to support American businesses and lots of changes coming for the New Year. Good changes? Bad changes? Truth is we really don't know, but psychologists tell…
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November 2016: Competition Increases for Big Data Talent, but Are They Replacing Other Jobs?

Data, when done right, increases efficiency which inevitably could translate into "somebody will lose their job." But as it turns out, demand is increasing for Big Data expertise as more companies become aware of the benefits associated with collecting and…
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September 2016: Emotional Intelligence to Advance Your Career

At a recent WEN association presentation, the guest speaker (VP Human Resources from a major energy company) presented on the challenges and tips and tools you can readily access to improve your ability to communicate, navigate the political hierarchy of…
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July 2016: Protecting Your Security & Privacy for Mobile Apps

Pokémon Go has become an overnight sensation with people of all ages and backgrounds spending more time on the app than on social media networks. As popularity continues to climb, companies are faced with new privacy and security concerns for…
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May 2016: How to Bulletproof Your IT Career

Is it possible to bulletproof your IT career? Nothing in this life is ever 100% certain, however staying on top of new technologies and software programs, not to mention earning multiple certifications, is a way for an IT professional to…
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April 2016: Promising IT Jobs Of 2016, Not all in Healthcare

Talent shortages and headlines of cyber attacks becoming more frequent have driven IT security and healthcare IT professionals into high demand. However, according to a recent Glassdoor survey (read full article at https://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm), while many of the jobs appearing on the…
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March 2016: Changes in IT Recruiting and Hiring

As one million security positions go unfilled worldwide, according to Cisco research, companies across all industries are gearing up to increase recruiting efforts focused not only on top IT talent but also on gender diversity within their IT workforce.  According…
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February 2016: Best Ways to Keep Employees Happy and Productive

“If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won’t require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could have ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without.” Stephen Covey…
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January 2016: Teambuilding Strategies For 2016

It’s a challenging time for IT Managers and Executives to build teams given the shortage of IT talent and increasing attrition rates.  As we become more familiar with new technologies there is an opportunity to embrace the challenge and leverage…
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December 2015: Recruit & Hire the Best in 2016

Recent polls of IT leaders forecasting for 2016 show that 24% list "attracting new talent" as a top priority. Complicating this business objective is the shortage of IT talent and increasing attrition rates. So if you are one of the…
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November 2015: Tips For Holiday Networking & Job Search

Holiday season is fast approaching, meaning the job market will decline, right? Maybe not! Many industries see an increase in recruiting and onboarding during the busy holiday season in preparation for the first quarter. So if you find yourself seeking…
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October 2015: Stand Out in Today’s IT Job Market

Your resume has only 20 seconds to make a first impression. Given today’s job market conditions, how can you market yourself to stand out, gain an edge over the increasingly competitive field of job seekers and improve your chances of…
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September 2015: Best IT Hiring Practices

The average hiring mistake costs 15 times an employee’s base salary in hard costs and productivity loss according to the book "Who" by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. To avoid hiring mistakes, managers have their own philosophies and IT hiring…
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August 2015: Salary Trends for IT Professionals

With recent industry surveys and articles headlining popular websites, it should come as no surprise that IT skills are in high demand and employers are following suit with increases in compensation and benefits. Since IT career progression and higher salaries…
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July 2015: Building a Better Project Team

As competition strengthens for quality IT professionals, clients frequently ask our advice on differentiating strategies to attract employees over their competitors. Often, our answer revolves around communicating standard benefits, company culture, exciting new technologies, and fun extra perks (think dress…
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June 2015: Healthcare’s Growing Impact on IT and Security…Are You Ready?

U.S. consumer use of wearable fitness devices will double in the next five years according to a recent study featured on HealthcareITnews.com.  This coupled with other factors including more than half of consumers tracking their health online and recent FDA…
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May 2015: IT Leadership & Management Tips for Success

A combination of initiative, strong work ethic and integrity can help you get past many of the obstacles that may stand between you and achieving your goals. People look to their managers, not only to set expectations, but to define…
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September 2014: IT Staffing Trends

As we gear up for a new school year, we are noticing new trends for IT staffing and in fact, Staffing in general has experienced changes shifting the demand from contract to direct-hire employees. Leaders are predicting new paths for…
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October 2014: Cyber Security

With recent headlines of security breaches it’s no wonder that cyber security is such a high-priority issue to which private and public sector companies have been called upon by the White House to work together to help secure the country’s…
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November 2014: IT Workforce Management

As the holiday season approaches, event invitations will start pouring in offering a chance for networking with industry leaders and a prime opportunity for exploring possible career changes. How can managers ensure their best people will be happy enough with…
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December 2014: IT Career Development

According to Statisticbrain.com, 47% of Americans’ New Year’s resolutions involve some type of self improvement or are education related, however only 8% of Americans are successful in achieving their resolution(s). In honor of the pending New Year, I thought it…
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January 2015: IT Industry Trends & Technology for 2015

Welcome to 2015! This year looks to be off to a prosperous start for the IT industry as unemployment rate declines, salaries are seeing slight increases and hiring is on the rise. From hiring trends and most in-demand skill-sets to…
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February 2015: IT Networking Tips for Building Business Relationships

In a recent CIO Panel discussion hosted by Women in Technology International (WITI) Houston Chapter, a hot topic was centered around how to stay relevant at any level in your technology career. Each CIO panelist made the recommendation to maintain…
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March 2015: Mobile Device Management & BYOD

One of the most talked about areas of BYOD is the debate of MDM, Mobile Device Management. Below is our featured expert discussing his experience in MDM, challenges faced and solutions for this evolving workplace issue.   With 29 years…
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April 2015: IT Retention Strategies for all Generations

Money is not the secret to employee happiness or retention! Over the years, companies have evolved their thinking and are now coming up with creative solutions in targeting and retaining employees from all generations within the workforce. Below is our…
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