Frequently Asked Questions by Candidates
Below are answers to questions frequently asked by our professionals. If you have additional questions, contact Whitaker at 1.800.925.5110.
We’ve been in business since 1983 specializing in IT and Engineering / Technical professions. We’re experienced, knowledgeable, and we care about making the right match. Together these make a difference. Furthermore, our deep knowledge of the industry, the technology, the markets, the tools and the talent pool enable us to source and deliver the highest quality talent to meet time-sensitive staffing needs.
Do you specialize?
Yes. Our Staffing Consultants – experts both in search and placement as well as in the industries they serve – are specialized by division and individual markets. Our Staffing Consultants average 9 years of recruiting experience with our senior team members averaging 13 years of recruiting experience.
What are the advantages of working with a Certified Recruiter?
Certified Recruiters have taken the extra step to provide their candidates and clients with “leading edge” expertise, making their services even more valuable in an ever-changing market. The CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist) designation that follows an individual’s name is the industry’s badge of professionalism and seal of excellence. It is recognized as the staffing industry’s highest standard, and it is the public’s assurance of quality service. Certification assures the following:
- Knowledge of current employment laws and procedures
- Knowledge of business operations and ethics
- Service of the highest quality to meet the needs of both candidate and company Ethics, by adhering to NAPS (National Association of Personnel Services) Standards of Ethical Practices Commitment
- Credibility and dedication to the staffing industry
Does Whitaker work directly with the client?
Yes, our quality reputation is built on taking care of clients. In business since 1983, we have established a network and database of top professionals and have cultivated relationships with “key spheres of influence” within each marketplace. Our Staffing Consultants work directly with their clients on determining their needs and creating a profile of the ideal candidates to match.
What areas of the country do you serve?
Both divisions – Whitaker IT and Whitaker Technical – service clients all across the United States since the markets in which we specialize are in such high demand.
What increase in salary should I expect when making a job change?
This is a frequently asked but difficult question to answer because it depends greatly on your current salary and how fairly you are being compensated for your years of experience. In today’s market conditions, a typical candidate should expect an average of 10 – 12% over their current base salary. Variables include level of position, bonus potential, applicable experience and ability to hit the ground running in the new position.
How long will it take me to locate another position?
Candidates are in high demand and in short supply in today’s market. Consequently, a typical job search will span 2 – 4 months. In cases where no relocation is required, it may frequently be a shorter timeframe.
What is the right number of search firms to use when making a job change?
Our experience tells us that when a candidate uses too many search firms, it can do more harm than good. If the candidate is working with a search firm that has strong expertise in the marketplace, it is probable that they may not require more than that one search firm. Some of the benefits of using one firm with industry expertise are:
- Maintaining control of your job search and eliminating multiple presentations to the same client
- Avoiding communication of the same information repeatedly with several recruiters
- Eliminating too many distracting or risky calls during work hours
- Mutual loyalty between candidate and one search firm increases the recruiter’s dedication to that candidate’s job search
Should I be using online job boards?
While it is true that many companies are expanding their websites to drive people to their online job posting service, a candidate’s response via job board may fall into “the big black hole.” Contact through a recruiter that has a relationship with that client is frequently more effective as the presentation of your resume and experience is typically made to the hiring manager that has a vested interest in the outcome of the search. That said however, candidates should be encouraged to research information about companies and potential opportunities via the internet and then provide that information to their recruiter for presentation to the company.
Does your company work with independent contractors?
Yes, we work with both W-2’s and independent contractors provided the independent contractor meets insurance and Whitaker requirements.
What are Whitaker’s payment terms for contractors?
W-2 employees on assignment are paid weekly based on approved timesheets and independent contractors are paid monthly, regardless if our client has paid their invoice. We are committed to employing the most qualified professionals and believe professionals should be paid as such.
Does Whitaker offer sponsorships?
As requested by the client and with management approval, Whitaker does offer sponsorship opportunities for unique situations as applicable under Federal Law.
Does Whitaker offer benefits to contractors?
At this time, standard health, dental and vision benefits are not typically offered to contractors, however it has occurred under specific circumstances and Whitaker continually evaluates these as options for the near future. We currently do offer: weekly paychecks, direct deposit, standard holidays, career counseling and on-going communication to prevent gaps in contract assignments.