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.


 

The Right Number of Interviews

    How many interviews does it take to get to the hiring decision? It all started with a LinkedIn post. Frustrated with a lengthy (9 rounds) interview process, a software engineer  removed his name from consideration at his dream…
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Remote, In Office or Hybrid? Why Some Employees Are Not Happy About Returning To The Office

  Why Some Employees Are Not Happy About Returning To The Office     You can’t make everyone happy. As leaders plan to open offices and prepare for employees to return, employees are anxious about returning and losing the newly…
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We Win When You Do, Since 1983

    We Win When You Do, Since 1983     We know that building and maintaining trust is just as important as performance to our clients and our reputation.  This is why working together to build a lasting and…
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Why It’s Ok to Not Do Everything Yourself

  STOP THINKING THAT SUCCESS IS SOMETHING YOU ACHIEVE "ALL BY YOURSELF"     We are all professionals - highly educated and trained in our specialty - sometimes it’s easier to do it ourselves instead of asking for help. I…
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Do You Love Your Job? Happy employees are up to 20% more productive…find out why

    ENSURE YOUR TEAM IS HAPPY, ENGAGED AND STAYS PRODUCTIVE     “Houston… we have a problem”. Well, this time it’s not the astronauts and it’s not in space, it’s right here on terra (not so) firma. As Texas…
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Should you be prepared for turnover?

    The workplace experienced cost-cutting measures as the first wave of COVID-19 impact and is now potentially facing turnover as the second wave. Are employees feeling the pain of taking on additional responsibilities after layoffs? People will happily take…
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Innovating During a Pandemic without Going Broke – Yes, even if Your Team is Slammed

  Guest contributor: Jeff Roberts, founder of Innovation Vista, an IT strategy consultancy Download white paper “Companies must innovate or die”.  “Record-setting innovation investments poised to disrupt many industries”.  Headlines like these proliferate business journals and have become calls to…
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Jenni Glatz Joins Whitaker Technical

  Jenni has a passion for supporting hiring managers in building high functioning teams. She excited every day to assist candidates and employees in their job search and career advancement. More About Jenni: Recruiting and supporting companies with their hiring…
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Remote Leadership Tips from Industry Leaders

    “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” — Henry Ford     Remote Leadership Tips from Industry Leaders Cooler temperatures have finally arrived in Texas, but seasons aren’t the only thing changing…
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Boost Your Personal Brand

  Boost Your Personal Brand While professionals can showcase their technical skills on sites like GitHub or Stack Overflow, going a step further to maintain a comprehensive personal brand can strengthen their reputation and increase their network.   Personal branding…
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Gregory Chin Joins Whitaker Technical

    Greg describes himself as a “positive-minded" gentleman that always identifies the good in the bad and is highly motivated by doing what is morally correct.” He joins Whitaker Technical after gaining valuable experience with a worldwide provider of…
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How to Maximize Remote Workforce to Maintain Productivity

    This is not another COVID-19 email message that we are all getting these days…. This is our standard monthly newsletter about moving business forward and maintaining productivity. Enough with doom and gloom, how about we focus on making…
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Ready to Make a Great Hire

Ready to make a great hire? Competition for top talent is fierce, and with the abundant resources and information available to candidates online (think Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc), companies must carefully craft their talent acquisition strategies to involve an overall “candidate…
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SIM Houston January Meeting Understanding Emotional Connections

SIM Houston Women  January Meeting Please join us on Thursday, January 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for our 2020 kickoff meeting with speaker Jackalyn Rainosek! Topic: Understanding Emotional Connections: Yours and Others Presenter: Jackalyn Rainosek, Ph.D., Management Consultant, Coach,…
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Setting Career Goals for 2020

  HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE TEAMS AT WHITAKER IT AND WHITAKER TECHNICAL! The teams at Whitaker Companies wish you a holiday season filled with joy and laughter. We wish you prosperity in the coming year and look forward to working…
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Questions to Ask Recruiters

  Q4 is already upon us and it’s officially Fall…although in Texas our temperatures haven’t fully gotten on board yet! As we dive into the season for football, fall carnivals, and all things pumpkin spice, let’s also take a deeper…
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WITI Houston partnering with Agile Leadership Network Houston

Scaling Organizations with a Coaching Army Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm Summary: In today's complex development world where we are shifting to Agile development or have already transitioned, our organizations are taking the next step to finding Scaling solutions. Organizations…
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Influential IT leader and veteran “Amazing” Grace Hopper

  As we celebrate our nation’s independence, let’s take a look at one of the most influential IT leaders that served our country in the US Navy, Rear Admiral "Amazing" Grace Hopper. “In the world of technology, most women do…
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IT Summer Conferences

Memorial weekend is a time to remember and honor those that have made sacrifices for our country, it’s also the unofficial start of summer marking the end of the school year for all our favorite students. With summer fast approaching,…
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The Rise of DevOps

  DevOps is coming up on its 10-year anniversary, and more industries across sectors are working to weave in the methodology. As the DevOps movement is increasing in popularity and demand across the country, these practitioners are becoming increasingly harder…
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March SIM Women Meeting “The ERP Journey: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”

You are invited to attend: SIM Women's Event March 26th, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM The ERP Journey: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Enterprise Resource Planning: Are you maintaining the status quo? Are you planning to move to the Cloud?…
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Data Connectors Cybersecurity Conference – Dallas 2019

Be our special guest at the Data Connectors Cybersecurity Conference in Dallas on April 4, 2019! Contact our leadership team today for your free VIP pass:  [caption id="attachment_3422" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Paul Choudhuri[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3423" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Linda Ranostaj[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4815" align="aligncenter"…
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How to Manage the Security Talent Gap

  As the disconnect of supply and demand continues to grow, how can companies get the security resources they need despite the skills shortage? It’s time for a significant change in approach to safeguard business. “The lack of skilled cybersecurity…
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Data Connectors Cybersecurity Conference – Austin 2019

Be our special guest at the Data Connectors Cybersecurity Conference in Austin on August 15, 2019! Contact our leadership team today for your free VIP pass:  [caption id="attachment_3422" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Paul Choudhuri[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3423" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Linda Ranostaj[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4815" align="aligncenter"…
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Your Candidate Experience is Costing You Great Hires

Competition for top talent is fierce, and with the abundant resources and information available to candidates online (think Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc), companies must carefully craft their talent acquisition strategies to involve an overall "candidate experience". Competition for top talent is fierce,…
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Make 2018 your best year ever (professionally)!

A recent article featured on Thebalance.com "Top 10 Ways to Be Happy at Work" provides ideas that may help you find happiness at work and make this year your best year ever. Below are a few highlighted ideas from the…
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Looking to be selected for the next new project?- GET CERTIFIED!

  Which certifications are in top demand? Which certifications earn the most? If you are considering another certification to enhance your IT career, or seeking in-demand talent to add to your team, take a look at these articles to learn…
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IT Certifications – 2017

Looking to take the next step in your career?  With technology changing constantly certifications give you the edge to that next step in your career, expertise to a new or current technology, or help you get started. Our top picks…
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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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