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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 found work-life balance of remote work. Before COVID, only 5% […]

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 productive relationship is important to every team member at Whitaker. […]

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 get it. I’m also guilty of trying to do everything […]

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 experiences record-breaking weather, we are reminded – especially after experiencing […]

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 on additional work because they are happy to have their […]

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 action for boards of directors.  On the other hand, we […]

The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal

    The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal Houston, TX – October 2020 – The Whitaker Companies has once again been selected as one of The Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Houston for a third consecutive year. Based solely on […]

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 since 2006. Recently moved to the Houston area. Specializes in […]

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 around here! As all companies navigate their current landscape and […]

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 is a combination of your skills and experience that defines […]

How to Ace Your Video Interview

How to Ace Your Video Interview Videoconference software is becoming more popular for business meetings and interviews. Even though you, the candidate, are in a comfortable environment at home, you should treat it the same as if you were having an in-person interview, being prepared and confident to make the […]

Questions to Ask Recruiters

  Questions to Ask Recruiters What questions you should ask when approached by a recruiter? These questions should move beyond the basic job responsibilities and location, and dig deeper into learning about the company, the potential for career growth, and the search/interview process. Knowing which questions to ask helps you […]

Finding the silver lining: How companies thrive during the pandemic

Finding the silver lining: How companies thrive during the pandemic   A quote from Warren Buffett: “Nothing can stop America when you get right down to it,” Warren Buffett told shareholders in April. “I will bet on America the rest of my life.” The good news, of course, is that […]

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 equipment used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, […]

Guidelines for a successful re-occupancy

    States are opening up and most leaders we are speaking with are targeting a return date by the end of July, while a few have already allowed key employees back in the office. Here’s what we are hearing from our hiring managers: Workforce Schedule shifts to isolate a […]

Benefits of Contract vs Direct Hire

Contract workforce: an efficient and flexible way to meet business demands Timing of reopening is a dilemma for businesses worldwide. This summer looks to be on the backside of the curve, so is now the time to start rebuilding and hiring? What happens if there’s a resurgence of COVID-19 in […]

Position Yourself For Success After COVID-19

  Position Yourself For Success After COVID-19 There are two main types of leaders: “Peacetime leaders and Wartime leaders”, Danny Cahill, staffing industry veteran and training guru, said recently in a professional development session. This concept got us thinking and we realized “Wartime leader” isn’t just a person, it’s a […]

Keep Business Moving Forward Amid COVID-19

    Whitaker realizes many of our clients are experiencing tremendous pressure to create a remote workforce solution to maintain employee health and minimize potential risk. We want to let you know that we’re here to support you in any way we can to get work done and keep your […]

Whitaker Companies Named Best Staffing Companies to Work For by Staffing Industry Analysts

    Houston, Texas, March 20, 2020 – The Whitaker Companies today announced it has been named as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For winner for 2020. Given annually by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), SIA’s Best Staffing Firms to Work For award recognizes companies for their top performance in […]

Workplace Safety Amid COVID-19

    “The show must go on” and so do our work responsibilities. While this shift to remote work may not be a major transition for some organizations, we recognize that for others, staying secure and productive during this critical time can be a challenge. Whitaker is still at 100% […]

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 the best of our temporary reality? “The show must go […]

Happy Employees are Productive Employees

  HOW TO CREATE A HAPPY AND PRODUCTIVE PROJECT TEAM Following January’s newsletter about revising your candidate experience to attract top talent, let’s take a look at improving workplace happiness to keep your top employees happy and engaged. According to an article on “Happy dev teams write better code, […]

Whitaker Annual Business Meeting & Awards

    Our leadership team recently held our annual State of the Business meeting in Houston to set 2020 goals and celebrate 2019 production and company award recipients. Congratulations to Alexandria Minetree, Linda Ranostaj, Patricia Simpson and Cassandra Fisher  as our 2019 business award recipients for their dedication, commitment and hard […]

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 experience”. “People who are satisfied with their candidate experiences are […]

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, and Facilitator of Learning to Organizations, DTP-Leadership Group, LLC Date: […]

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 with you soon.     Here are a few questions […]

Today We Give Thanks for a Strong Labor Market

  Economists say we are in the strongest labor market in decades (J. Bartash) which is great timing for Americans as we get ready for the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday season. The pace of layoffs and the unemployment rate remain near a 50-year low, giving Americans the […]

The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal

  The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal Houston, TX – November 2019 – The Whitaker Companies has once again been selected as one of The Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Houston, Texas. Based solely on employee feedback collected by Quantum […]

Texas Louisiana OATUG Education & Networking Event

  Texas Louisiana OATUG annual Education & Networking Event Thursday, October 24th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Houston, TX Sponsored by Whitaker IT     Learn and network with other Oracle users from the Houston community and industry professionals from around the country. Register online  Location: Norris Conference Centers […]

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 look into what questions candidates should be asking recruiters. Clients: […]

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 are on a journey to discover successful Agile Scaling frameworks […]

Gain The Most Value From Networking

Being involved in associations and conferences is a great way to enhance your knowledge and skills while increasing your professional network. For some technical professionals the idea of networking can sound overwhelming, causing them to shy away from the potential to create mutually beneficial relationships. Understanding that networking is a […]

Whitaker IT and ASAP Talent Services Announce a Major Strategic Partnership

Whitaker IT and ASAP Talent Services Announce a Major Strategic Partnership Offering Expanded Capabilities For Clients Seeking IT Project Staffing ASAP Talent Services and Whitaker IT together, have unmatched expertise in delivering small to mid-sized IT Projects for clients seeking alternate solutions to Big 4 system implementation partners. HOUSTON (PRWEB) […]

Heat Safety Tips

  Temps are heating up just in time to celebrate our nation’s independence this week. It’s important to keep in mind these safety tips if you are tasked with working in the summer heat: ASSE offers the following tips for employees and employers to prevent heat stress: Take breaks in […]

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 not get the recognition that Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray […]

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, here is a list of Texas conferences that can help […]

STEM Graduates & Salaries Increase

  In honor of upcoming college graduations, it’s important to dive into the statistics of the incoming STEM workforce and why more students are now choosing STEM careers. The share of bachelor’s degree holders in the U.S. who majored in STEM related programs rose to 4.7 percent in 2017 from […]

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 to find. “Yes, there is a huge DevOps skillset gap/shortage. […]

Disconnect Between Baby Boomers and Millennials

  We often hear about the gaps between Baby Boomers and Millennials, the bad reputation Millennials have in the workforce, and frankly, the overabundance of information can be burdensome and tiring. However, a recent article caught our attention that demonstrates how to identify and accept differences in order to work […]

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? Hear real “war stories: as well as gain knowledge of […]

Benefits of Using Vacation Days

Spring Break is here for most of the country, and summer vacation is just around the corner! Did you know both employers and employees benefit when workers actually use their vacation days?   According to a recent Forbes article, there are three immediate benefits: 1. It’s a good way to […]

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:  281.870.1000 ext 2270 281.870.1000, ext. 2271 281.870.1000, ext. 2357      Your FREE pass includes: Entrance into Keynote Speaker Session Entrance into […]

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 personnel is doing more than putting companies at risk; it’s […]

2019 Oil, Gas, and Chemicals Outlook

The start of 2019 has been busy for us here at Whitaker! Both our IT and Engineering recruiting teams have seen upticks in direct-hire (permanent) search assignments and in long-term contract assignments, and most importantly, the interview to placement time has decreased as well. What we feel this signals is […]

Heart-Healthy Workplace

  How heart healthy is your work environment? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and 2 killers worldwide. Did you know that “company culture can play a huge factor in heart health…” (A. Kohll, So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here […]

2018 Annual Awards Results!

Congratulations to all employees on another successful year at Whitaker! We are proud to be named a Best Place to Work by the Houston Business Journal and it shows through our employees’ commitment, passion and focus. At the beginning of each year, all employees gather in Houston for our annual […]

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:  281.870.1000 ext 2270 281.870.1000, ext. 2271 281.870.1000, ext. 2357      Your FREE pass includes: Continental breakfast and full lunch Entrance into […]

The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal

Houston, TX – November 2018 – The Whitaker Companies has once again been selected as one of The Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Houston, Texas. The Houston Business Journal cited Whitaker’s flexible scheduling, virtual office options, latest technology, stock sharing, outstanding benefit program, awards and recognition programs […]

Support The Crystal Foundation Inaugural Golf Tournament

Houston, Texas – June, 28, 2018 Some years ago Bruce Whitaker experienced the generosity and pro bono work of his dear friend, Dr. Scott Yarish. Scott founded and developed The Crystal Foundation through which he leads a volunteer medical team that does life-altering plastic surgery for young children in rural […]

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, and with the abundant resources and information available to candidates […]

Salary History Ban…Coming Soon To A State Near You?

In a recent effort to narrow the pay gap and fight gender discrimination, cities and states are passing new laws that make it illegal for hiring managers and even (third party) recruiters to ask a candidate’s salary history in interviews and on job applications. Analysts are predicting other states will […]

Engineering Networking Events & Tips

Networking is an important aspect of growing your career, no matter if you are looking for a new position, trying to expand your knowledge or contact base, or wanting to mentor less experienced professionals in your field. For some, networking can be a scary situation pushing them out of their […]

Make 2018 your best year ever (professionally)!

A recent article featured on “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 article and our take on how to achieve each one. […]

The biggest job growth in Houston this year? It’s temporary.

Spike signals weak recovery from energy bust By Lydia DePillis  Houston Chronicle                 September 16, 2017 “Temporary employment is surging in Houston even as it levels off in Texas and around the country, a sign that the region has yet to fully recover from the […]

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 more about what salaries to expect for today’s hot certifications. […]

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 that are currently in demand for our clients across the […]

May 2017: “Customer Service” becomes “Customer Success” in 2017!

In this era of technology, automated systems and information overload at a single touch, has true customer service been lost? How do we attach customer success to our company’s customer service model? As in most of the past year polls, Amazon once again tops the list closely followed by Apple, […]

Whitaker Companies Upgrades to Leading SaaS Recruiting & Talent Management Software

The Whitaker Companies is upgrading our applicant tracking system (ATS) to COMPAS CRM ATS Recruiting Software – leading SaaS recruiting & talent management software. Features & Benefits: Business Intelligence: reports enable Whitaker to predict trends, providing the power to set targets by client Customer Portals: provide clients with more visibility […]

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 are faced with a unique opportunity in the supply and […]

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 fix a difficult situation) Am I filling a career gap? […]

April 2017: Successful Telecommuting

“Virtual Office” “Remote Worker” “Satellite” “Off Site” “Telecommuting” “iworkers, eworkers or Web Workers” “Portable Professionals” “Digital Nomads” “Non-Cubical Dwellers”  There are many names  for the  increasing number of professionals working in a nontraditional office setting. According to a 2016 survey: 50% of the US workforce holds a job that […]

March 2017: Prepare For A Year With More Interviews

2017 rebound underway?  In our limited view of the overall refining and chemical marketplace, we’ve experienced a very sluggish 2016 that ended with a flurry of mid and high-level management hires. Although it’s not unusual for us to see last minute hires to meet year-end budget requirements, this past fourth […]

February 2017: Spring Clean Your Career

After a full weekend of near record temperature highs in Houston, “Spring Cleaning” is on my mind.  I know I’m probably a bit ahead of the curve on this, but having just put together:  2017 Goals, final tallies for 2016 and all my, not so “New” Year’s resolutions, Spring Cleaning […]

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 us that too much change even if it’s good change […]

December 2016: How to Have an Effective Performance Review

Pay and recognition are two of the most important factors that impact employee morale, performance and growth. From a company standpoint, if your business isn’t keeping up with market trends, you can run the risk of losing talented employees and turning away top prospects. From an employee standpoint, if you […]

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 analyzing data, and unfortunately the number of trained professionals isn’t […]

November 2016: Being Thankful in the Workplace

In the U.S., this is the month for giving thanks. We give thanks for the love of our family and friends and for the joy of life’s bounties. It is a wonderful holiday – one without the pressure of giving gifts. In so many ways, it is a time for […]

October 2016: Politics in the Workplace

From the Presidential debates to lawn signs and TV ads to the Voters’ Pamphlet in your mailbox, there’s no denying that election season is in full swing. During a presidential election season, political discussion and debate are prominent, often at family functions, social gatherings and even at work. According to […]

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 your organization and understand its unwritten rules. An underlying theme […]

September 2016: Refining & Chemical Salary Trends

A couple of months ago, Whitaker embarked on our first-ever salary survey for engineering and technical professionals in the refining and petrochemical industry.              See the Results  We decided to initiate this effort quite simply because nothing of its kind exists to our knowledge.  Of […]

August 2016: How to Manage Stress at Work

Early August puts us smack in the middle of the summer vacation season! Although it sometimes makes it more difficult to connect with candidates and clients who take vacation during this period, I’m always glad to see folks taking a break from work to enjoy time with friends and family […]

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 those employees that play at work and even download the […]

July 2016: Top Business Trends To Drive Success

The calendar page has turned to July which means that half of 2016 is now over. Hard to believe that time marches on so quickly! However it causes me to pause and reflect on how we have measured up to the personal and professional goals we set for ourselves and […]

June 2016: How NOT to Network

LinkedIn, Twitter,, Facebook, Google+. Pinterest… “networking” opportunities are everywhere.  Wikipedia lists OVER 200 current “major active social networking websites” excluding online dating sites. Ironically, with all this “interaction” I still believe that technology is actually making people LESS sociable and destroying our social skills.  Seems that particularly the younger […]

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 show senior executives and hiring mangers that their skills are […]

Body Language During Interview

On a recent rainy Sunday I had the opportunity to go see the movie “The Revenant” and it struck me that for all of the great screenplay and dialogue, the really gripping part of the movie was what wasn’t said – this great film was minimal in dialogue but conveyed […]

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,20.htm), while many of the jobs appearing on the most promising list for 2016 are focused on health care […]

April 2016: Effects of Accepting a Job Below Your Skill Level

With the downturn in the oil industry these last several months, many very qualified professionals have found themselves looking for other positions.  And not surprisingly, there are more people available than jobs for them readily available in the marketplace right now.  In speaking with many of these unfortunate folks, I […]

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 to a recent study from Fieldglass, the future of the […]

March 2016: A Good Mentor is a Gift From the Universe

I learned recently that someone who had been a long-time mentor to me in my many years in the business had recently retired.  It got me thinking that I probably never really shared with him how much I appreciated all that he had done to contribute to my success over […]

February 2016: How to Love Your Job

While February is famous for many holidays including Groundhog Day and Presidents Day, everything pales in comparison to Valentine’s Day.  What could be more worthy of celebration than love?  But “love” shouldn’t apply just to the important people in your life, it should apply to your work and career too!  […]

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 As the economy rebounds and the IT job market competes […]

January 2016: Boost Your Career in 2016

Welcome to 2016! The calendar is empty, our goals have yet to be accomplished and new opportunities wait to be discovered. There’s this feeling that we’ve been given another chance to get it right. With empty calendar in mind, we once again have an opportunity to make a fresh start, […]

Karen Walding-Zuntych Featured Presenter At The 29th Annual EHS Seminar

Karen Walding-Zuntych, Manager of Whitaker Technical and lead EHS Recruiter, will be a featured presenter at the 29thAnnual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar. Her topic will be “Getting the Best out of your Diverse Workforce”. Presentation: 2016 The State of Diversity in Today’s Workforce – Facts & Figures Age Diversity Unraveled Motivators/Drivers […]

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 these technologies to add value to teams and organization as […]

December 2015: Twelve Engineering Products of Christmas

It’s impossible to miss the signs of December – frosty mornings, traffic around the malls, calendars filling up with holiday celebrations, and hopefully for most of you a healthy dose of holiday spirit filling your homes and your hearts.  On the work front, we’re seeing sure signs of the year […]

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 IT leaders planning to grow your department in the new […]

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 a new role for 2016, take advantage of the many […]

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 being hired by the company of your choice? Below are […]

November 2015: Building a Culture Of Gratitude

I’m sure many of you and your families are in the throes of preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday celebration, with great anticipation of turkey and all the trimmings.  Around the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s natural to turn our thoughts to gratitude. Perhaps you are grateful for friends or family, but […]

October 2015: Boost Your Career and Save Your Life

We all know who they are – the people at work who always seem to know just the right thing to say at just the right time.  They are the “cheerleaders” of the organization, the go-to people at times of crisis, or the ones who always seem to come out […]

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 practices, but how can one ensure the best team is […]

September 2015: Lessons from the Happiest Places on Earth

About a year ago, a young man named Pharrell Williams released a song called “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album.  It became an instant sensation, winning the Grammy Award for Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance for 2015, and BET’s Award for Video of the Year […]

4 Reasons to Use a Retained Search

When you are trying to hire a person for an executive position, typically paying $150,000 or more, you don’t want to mess around. It’s important to hire the right person so you don’t experience a high rate of turnover. You want someone who is professional, capable, and who fits within […]

Interviewing Tips for Government and Public Sector Companies

Interviewing Tips for Government and Public Sector Companies Presented at the Executive Women in Texas Government 2014 Annual Conference by Linda Ranostaj. Between the challenges that Corporate America are facing with attracting the best candidates, younger generations and the factor of the national “quit rate” at its highest level since 2009 […]

Attracting In-Demand IT Talent to the Public Sector

Attracting In-Demand IT Talent to the Public Sector Presented by Kristen Gaustad & Linda Ranostaj at the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications (TASSCC) 2013 Annual Conference. How to attract potential employees from various levels of experience to the public sector, eliminate recurring IT hiring mistakes and […]

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Professional Outlook in 2025

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Professional Outlook in 2025 As presented at the 28thAnnual TX/LA Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar, what’s the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Professional outlook in 2025? Retirement is coming for a large group of the EHS workforce. This session will discuss lackluster roles in […]

Refining Update, Feb 2016

Wanted to pass along a few updates and tidbits of information that may shed some light on our specific niche in the O&G market – refining. For some of you I am sure this is remedial so disregard but I believe it helps to be knowledgeable of the core commodity […]

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 are strongly tied to continuing education and professional development how […]

Cover Letter- Get It Done!

As the school year is coming to an end I have gotten several emails from new graduates asking for advice on how to present themselves to prospective employers.  Presenting yourself correctly as a recent grad with minimal experience to prospective employers is crucial to attaining that first job.  The big […]

Retention Ideas that Reach Across Generations

Retention Ideas that Reach Across Generations For many years, the popular belief was that base salary is the main motivator for employees to stay happily employed with their current company.  However, over the years companies have discovered that money is not the sole motivational factor and have shifted the thinking […]

How To Master The Typical Job Interview Sequence

The objective of an interview is to get a job offer. Once you have the offer, you then have the opportunity to accept or reject it. As you prepare for interviews and actually meet employers, remembering this objective is the single most important thing you can do. You are NOT […]

How To Ask For And Get The Job

From preparing for the interview to closing the interview, below you will find the eights steps that could help you land the position meant for you. Prepare for the interview Learn what your prospect employer needs. Research the company, formally and informally. Determine which of your skills, traits or experiences […]

Questions To Ask The Interviewer

If offered an opportunity during an interview to ask questions, be sure to prioritize what questions you ask to learn as much as you can about the position’s responsibilities, expectations, deliverables and requirements. Most interviewers initially set aside only a short amount of time for an interview, so you want […]

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 code, game rooms, etc). However, it’s becoming more evident that […]

August 2015: Rapid Growth Spurs Historic Demand for Midstream Infrastructure

The rapid growth of oil and gas production in North America between 2009 and 2014 spurred a cycle of historic demand for midstream infrastructure – the gathering, processing and pipelines that bring crude or natural gas liquids from the wellhead to distribution centers or refineries. According to The Bain Brief, […]

July 2015: Summer Health Hazards

Now that the July 4th holiday weekend has come and gone, summer is officially in full swing.  Many of us have vacation or “stay-cation” plans which may include getting together with family or for some parents, getting away from family!  Whatever you do during these “hazy, crazy, lazy days of […]

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  This coupled with other factors including more than half of consumers tracking their health online and recent FDA guidelines enabling more clarity that could drive annual growth of […]

June 2015: Vacations Positively Impact Work Performance

It’s that time of the year again…summer is rolling around and kids are wrapping up their school year.  It’s time to think about planning that summer vacation, or perhaps a “stay-cation.”   If you’re debating whether or not you can “afford” to take time off of work for vacation this year, […]

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 a purpose for their role. Managers should organize workers, not […]

May 2015: Avoid Hiring Mistakes

For many, May brings thoughts of impending summer vacations, beautiful “sleep with the windows open” nights, and for the unfortunate few, spring allergy season. However in the corporate world, May signals the imminent influx of new graduates into the workplace and an uptick in hiring. As recruiters we spend a […]

OPEC Response to Oil Prices

OPEC Response to Oil Prices and It’s Affects on Employment I am not sure if you all have seen the plummeting prices today but for the first time since 2003 (12 years) oil prices dropped below $30 and it has prompted OPEC to consider an emergency meeting next month. This […]

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 featured expert, Kristen Gaustad, highlighting various motivation techniques companies of […]

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 in IT and a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management I […]

April 2015:  Communicating effectively via email

Having just returned from a bit of an extended holiday weekend in which I was blissfully oblivious of anything work-related, I invariably came back to a mountain of emails in my inbox.  This is not really an atypical occurrence for me as email seems to have become the preferred mode […]

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 your networking calendar, with one  recommending at least two association […]

March 2015: Open Communication in the Workplace

If you’re in the Baby Boomer generation like me you remember the Billy Joel song where he sang “Honesty Is Such a Lonely Word… ” In the dictionary, honesty is defined as truthfulness and fairness, not cheating and stealing, yet in the workplace honesty does not just concern lying, stealing […]

Whitaker Companies President, Bruce Whitaker, Named President of Texas Association of Personnel Consultants

HOUSTON – Bruce Whitaker, President of Whitaker Companies, was named 2008-2009 Texas Association of Personnel Consultants’ (TAPC) new board President TAPC is a professional trade association dedicated to promoting the highest standards of business practices as well as offering state of the art educational programs for members within the staffing […]

Whitaker Companies Vice President of Training Named Chairman of NAPS

HOUSTON – The Vice President of Training for Whitaker Companies, Carol Wenom, was recently named Chairman of the National Association for Personnel Services (NAPS). NAPS has been the staffing industry educator since 1961 and is considered the oldest and most established industry association. NAPS has certified more than 10,000 recruiting […]

The Houston Business Journal Appoints Carol Wenom to Who’s who in Energy 2012

Houston, TX – November 2012 – Carol Wenom, Vice President of The Whitaker Companies, has been selected as one of the top 100 most influential Houston business leaders in the energy industry. The Houston Business Journal editorial staff carefully selected the top energy leaders to comprise the 2012 list of Who’s […]

The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal

Houston, TX – November 2013 – The Whitaker Companies has been selected as one of The Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Houston, Texas. The Houston Business Journal cited Whitaker’s outstanding benefit program, flexible scheduling, awards and recognition programs and its family environment all as selection criteria that […]

The Houston Business Journal Appoints Carol Wenom to Who’s who in Energy 2013

Houston, TX – November 2013 – Carol Wenom, Vice President of The Whitaker Companies, has been selected as one of the top 100 most influential Houston business leaders in the energy industry. The Houston Business Journal editorial staff carefully selected the 2013 list of Who’s Who in Energy in Houston […]

The Whitaker Companies Named Top Workplaces by The Houston Chronicle

Houston, TX – November 2013 – The Whitaker Companies has been selected as one of The Houston Chronicle’s Top Workplaces in Houston, Texas. The Chronicle cited Whitaker’s outstanding benefit program, flexible scheduling, awards and recognition programs and its family environment all as selection criteria that pushed Whitaker to the top. […]

The National Association of Personnel Services Inducts Carol Wenom into the 2013 Hall of Fame

The National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) has announced the 2013 inductees into its Hall of Fame. The staffing industry educator since 1961, NAPS annually recognizes individuals who are making a significant, positive and lasting impact on the staffing industry. In 1994, NAPS created the Hall of Fame award in […]

The Houston Business Journal Appoints Carol Wenom to Who’s who in Energy 2014

Houston, TX – October 2014 – Carol Wenom, Vice President of The Whitaker Companies, has been selected as one of the most influential Houston business leaders in the energy industry for three consecutive years. The Houston Business Journal editorial staff carefully selected the 2014 list of Who’s Who in Energy […]

The Whitaker Companies Named Best Places to Work by The Houston Business Journal for Second Consecutive Year

Houston, TX – October 2014 – For the second consecutive year, The Whitaker Companies has been selected as one of The Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Houston, Texas. The Houston Business Journal cited Whitaker’s outstanding benefit program, flexible scheduling, awards and recognition programs and its family environment […]

Linda Ranostaj Featured Presenter at Executive Women in Texas Government Annual Conference

Linda Ranostaj, Business Development Manager of Whitaker IT, will be a featured presenter at the Executive Women in Texas Government Annual Conference to be held in San Marcos November 24, 2014. Her topic will be “Take a deep dive into interviewing-covering both sides of the desk for the interviewee and […]

Carol Wenom Elected President of The Pinnacle Society

Houston, TX – January 2015 – Carol Wenom, Vice President of The Whitaker Companies, has been elected President of The Pinnacle Society, the nation’s premier consortium of top recruiters within the direct-hire placement and search industry. The Pinnacle Society is an influential group of top recruiters (fewer than 1% of producers […]

Karen Walding-Zuntych Featured Presenter at the 28th Annual Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Seminar

Karen Walding-Zuntych, Manager of Whitaker Technical, will be a featured presenter at the 28th Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar. Her topic will be “The Environmental, Health and Safety Professional Outlook in 2025”. Presentation: What’s the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Professional outlook in 2025? Retirement is coming for a […]

February 2015: Overcome a Toxic Boss

Valentine’s Day (or the Feast of St. Valentine) has been traced back to Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished in 18th century England and is still celebrated today in various ways all around the world.  So with all the love floating around […]

January 2015: Biggest Challenges Facing Employment in the Downstream Energy Industry for 2015

I was recently interviewed by one of the nation’s leading energy magazines and asked my thoughts about the biggest challenges facing the downstream industry in terms of employment for 2015.  My answer was echoed in this article by Dorothy Davis Ballard Entitled “Your New Year’s Resolution: Bring Millennials into the […]

December 2014: Holiday Etiquette for the Workplace

In keeping with our annual tradition of our December newsletter addition being more “in the holiday spirit”, I thought I’d share some excerpts from a poll that was taken for “” by Susan Heathfield, a management and organizational development consultant who specializes in HR issues.  She surveyed people about “Top […]

November 2014: Workplace Happiness, Engagement, and Performance

It’s that time of the year where there’s a definite nip in the air, orange and red leaves cover the ground, and the smell of pumpkin pie and turkey are imminently around the corner.  So it’s appropriate that our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and all that we have to be […]

October 2014: Improve Refinery Safety Performance

An article entitled “Can Oil Refineries Fix Stupid? – Improve refinery safety performance by establishing the proper leadership culture” by Steve Pagani that appeared in the e-newsletter “RefinerLink” on 9/7/14 ( really struck a chord with me.  And of course what Pagani talks about applies to any chemical plant as […]

September 2014: The Importance of Punctuality and Keeping Appointments

I’m sure that your lives, like mine, revolve around “keeping an eye on the time.”  Whether for personal or professional obligations, we can’t get away from our time obligations and the need to stay on schedule for fear of turning our whole day upside down.  And yet it continuously amazes […]

August 2014: Time Management Tips to Achieve Your Full Potential

If you are good at what you do on the job … if you are a conscientious, committed professional … two things will be true: (1) you’ll get more to do, and (2) you’ll want to do it all well. That’s when the vicious cycle kicks into action.   A few […]

July 2014: How to Play it Safe, Heat Hazards at Work

Hearing the announcers at the World Cup in Brazil comment on the heat and humidity, “much like Houston, Texas” it reminded me that not everyone is prepared to deal with 90+ degree temps and 80+% humidity.  For Houstonians like me, this is the summer norm.  We laugh when others talk […]

June 2014: Creating a Healthy, Comfortable Workspace

In the last two or three weeks, I’ve had conversations with three different people who have opted for stand-up desks or other rearrangements of their work environment, and it occurred to me that this is becoming quite the rage. So it came as no surprise to have just seen this […]

Interview Mistakes To Avoid

You’ve landed an interview at your dream company, now what? You’re nervous, excited, anxious – all these emotions spinning around in your stomach. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you and cause you to make common and avoidable interview mistakes. If prepared, you can relax and focus on […]

Reasons For Job Changes

Certain industries are seeing a rebound and good career options are becoming more available for top talent. Is a job change really right for you? There are four basic reasons a person changes jobs: 1. Situation Situation, has nothing to do with the job itself. Some people change jobs because […]

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 operational spending and employee retention, changes are coming for IT […]

December 2014: IT Career Development

According to, 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 was fitting to look at how to develop a stronger […]

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 their current situation to not be enticed away to another […]

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 cyber network. Articles are published daily addressing new concerns and […]

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 IT professionals, new roles emerging from recent industry changes, and […]

How To Successfully Use Videoconferencing For Interviews

In a tight job market, we experience an increase in project demands and competition for quality professionals.  Good talent does not stay on the market for long, so it’s a “no-brainer” that our clients are using Skype and other software for videoconferencing allowing them to save time, travel expenses and  […]