Having Trouble Hiring and Retaining the best IT Professionals?

If so here is some insight into current market conditions and trends in the IT Staffing industry. As I am sure you are aware the current market for IT Professionals is very tight and there is a shortage of qualified candidates which makes this a Candidate driven market. In this type of market candidates have more opportunities than previously and Employers are competing for the best available resources.

So what can you do to attract and retain the best qualified candidates on the market?

Step 1: Speed up your hiring process. The best candidates are not available for long and when they are available they have many opportunities to choose from. In order for you to land the candidate you want you need have an aggressive process that lets...

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Posted on 19th June 2017 by Cass Fitzgerald in Articles

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Don’t Join a Winning Team…

Don't join a winning team.

Make your team win instead. Sure, people have flaws, they are human beings in the first place, and the human condition is hardly perfect. That is precisely why a good leader can transform an ordinary team, even a 'losing' one, into a winning team. If they are winning already... what difference can you make? What is your contribution?

Now, if you can understand the dynamics and the individuals on their needs, challenges, passions, even shortcomings, you have a golden opportunity to make a HUGE difference, not only on the Company but on the individual lives (and their families). Sure, it may prove impossible, but the attempt and effort for everyone involved, including yourself, is never wasted. All become...

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Posted on 27th April 2017 by Pablo Vitaver in Articles

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Embrace the Change!

Opposition. If you don't encounter some, you are probably doing it wrong. 'Going with the flow' means lack of innovation, risk-taking, initiative, etc. Staying 'safe' by avoiding challenge maybe the surest way to be at risk (of losing your job, or your Company to the competition). Every innovator (renamed 'disruptor' as of late) necessitates a degree of resistance (to change), of peers who want to remain 'safe' by doing the same things, the same way, over and over, etc.

Change is natural, everything in nature, at every level changes. A rock does not change you say? Give it a few million years... In nature (we are part of it) the only thing permanent is change. In nature there are two states: grow or decay. Is your choice... Resistance...

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Posted on 27th April 2017 by Pablo Vitaver in Articles

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Fear of change is… still fear.

Would you do it for free? In my experience we excel at what we enjoy, what we would do if no payment was involved. Obviously we all need to pay bills and need an income, so working 'for free' may not be feasible. Still, the question is relevant: if we are not passionate on what we do several things are likely to happen: 1) we won't be very good at it, 2) the days will be 'long', 3) we won't make much progress in such career.

While getting fired is (almost) never a good experience, it may be a blessing in disguise, an opportunity to start fresh in a different environment / company and even profession.

Firing someone is never fun either, telling the 'victim' 'this is for your own good' sounds hypocritical to say the least......

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Posted on 27th April 2017 by Pablo Vitaver in Articles

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Vitaver Staffing sponsored cricket tournament in Tallahassee, FL

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Posted on 18th April 2017 by Recruiter in Articles

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Using Mobile Devices to Become a More Effective Job Seeker

mobile job searchUsed to be job seekers seeking information were stuck until the Sunday paper came out, or there were a new batch of help wanted ads on just a few specialized websites such as Monster.com. But the smarter, more forward-thinking companies have realized that in order to get the pick of the litter, and reach the most talented and technologically sophisticated job seekers out there, they have to reach beyond the older forms of advertising. Employers are well aware that the most desirable of these job hunters know their workplace computer use is monitored, but not their personal mobile device. In order to reach these folks, they’ll need to be making it easier for them to apply for jobs. After all, according to the 2014 Jibe Talent...

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Posted on 3rd November 2016 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Thinking Beyond the Traditional Resume

death_traditional_resumeIt wasn’t long ago that job seekers would sink huge amounts of time and effort into polishing a resume. If they didn’t have the time or energy themselves, or if they didn’t have the verbal skills, they would spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on getting a consultant to write the resume for them.

Resumes were generally conservative, precise, staid, stuffed with carefully-selected keywords based on what they heard was working lately with the same obsessiveness and empirical rigor that fly-fishermen select lures based on what they heard the fish were biting last weekend.

They were unreliable: 58 percent of hiring managers reported catching a lie on an applicant’s resume. In the financial services and leisure and...

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Posted on 1st October 2015 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Job Hunting During the Holidays

Job hunting during the holidays is tough. First of all, if you’re out of work, you already know the pressure’s on. Christmas is a psychologically tough holiday to endure when you’re out of work. Meanwhile, once you get past the Thanksgiving holiday, it gets harder and harder to make contacts and gain headway in your job hunt. Key decision makers take time off work, it’s harder to get appointments and interviews, and companies are busy with holiday sales activities, year-end accounting, holiday parties, and the like.

It’s important to keep the initiative, and keep your plan moving forward – especially if you’re vulnerable to depression at this time of year. Having a positive, pro-active approach to your job hunt through...


Posted on 12th December 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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47% Of Employers Check Applicant Credit Reports – Here’s What You Can Do

Bad credit reportRightly or wrongly, your credit history is becoming an increasingly important factor in your life. It’s not just about applying for credit anymore; now even your car insurance company may be looking at your credit report when underwriting your application. The data shows that people with good credit tend to be better drivers with fewer accidents than those with poor credit. Insurers have taken notice.

And so have employers. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, some 47 percent of employers do conduct a credit check on at least some job applicants, and 13 percent conduct a background check on all of them.

That’s going to make it tough on people who have been out of the work force for an extended period of time:...


Posted on 11th November 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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6 Tips on How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s not good to live in the bubble. At some point, you have to step up the game and get out of there if you want to see a huge positive change in your life, such as land a much better job or open more doors for more wonderful opportunities.

Yet we also know going out of your comfort zone isn’t the easiest thing to do. That’s why we’ve prepared simple but highly effective tips so you can do it with greater confidence and commitment:

1. Be more interested in other fields. What does it feel to be a programmer? Am I creative enough to be a florist? What if I go back to school? You can begin with this type of questions.

2. Slowly pursue them. As much as possible, never allow any form of self-doubt to be your answer. Rather,...


Posted on 15th October 2014 by Michael Gabriel in Articles

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Studies Prove: Networking Increasingly Key to Job-Hunt Success

With reporting by Emily K. Fuller

networkingIn an increasingly competitive job-market, standing out amongst the masses is key. A stellar resume serves as a great example of your accomplishments and capabilities, of course. All things being equal, the resume can be an effective tie-breaker. But chances are that with the current average 6:1 ratio of applicants-per-job posting, there are others whose on-paper presence is just as appealing. An outstanding resume can help you to the interview, but a little networking on your part can go a long way, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a recent survey of Quebecois government employees found that 42.7 percent of workers found their job through a ‘personal network.’

What’s more, a...


Posted on 16th September 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Get Paid to Change the World

Wouldn’t it be nice to change the world for the better… and get paid to do it?

When looking for work, many folks often consider entering the non-profit sector. Whether it’s a particular mission you are already passionate about or just the thought of putting your talents and skills to meaningful use, the thought of serving a higher purpose has a lot of appeal.

Then the objections kick in: “Non-profits don’t pay enough, and I have a family to support.” “Non-profit work is for rookies, and would be a step down for me.” “Ugh, I can’t imagine working in an office where everyone is a left-wing do-gooder!”

These objections have varying degrees of truth, and deserve closer examination.

“Non-profits don’t pay...


Posted on 4th August 2014 by Lia Blanchard in Articles

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Hope for the Long-Term Unemployed

hope for the long term unemployedIf you’ve been out of work for 6 months or more, and you’ve gotten discouraged by the constant rejections, and have all but given up, take heart: The economy is showing signs of improvement.

First, the overall unemployment rate has been falling of late – from 6.7 to 6.1 percent over the past six months – powered in part by an economy that added some 235,000 jobs in July.

Sure, we’ve seen that before. But for so many years, the long-term unemployed – those who have been unemployed out of the job market for six months or longer – have been locked out of the party! Employers had been snatching up people who recently lost their jobs, rather than giving a shot at people who had been on the sidelines for half a year or...


Posted on 31st July 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Getting Health Insurance after Open Enrollment Period

health insuranceIf you were planning on using the federal exchanges (or your state’s equivalent) to get health insurance coverage, it’s now too late to get in under the open enrollment period.

That deadline came and went at the end of March, though the federal government extended the deadline a couple of weeks for those who started applications on time but ran into a snag.

Everyone else was either supposed to get qualifying coverage or face a fine of either $95 dollars or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater (for 2014. Penalties increase in future years).

For whatever reason, if you missed the deadline, or if you lost coverage, here are your options, post March 31:

1. Buy a policy in the open market. Obamacare isn’t the only game in...

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Posted on 24th June 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Half of States Don’t Offer “Work-Sharing” Benefit to Ease Underemployment and Prevent Layoffs

worksharingAccording to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, some 7.4 million people are stuck involuntarily working part-time for economic reasons. That is, they simply cannot find full-time employment.

Meanwhile, the federal government is trying to give away $100 million in grants to states who are willing to set up a safety net to help these workers by ‘topping off’ wages to a full-time equivalent, even during weeks where their hours are reduced by struggling employers. The federal government has expressed willingness to provide this assistance via so-called ‘work-sharing’ programs through 2015.

Even so, the federal government is having trouble giving away money!

The Department of Labor announced the grant program in the summer of...

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Posted on 8th May 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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IT Specific Resumes

IT resumeEvery job seeker knows that a resume is his passport to get into a country “JOB INTERVIEW.” That is why your resume should be well-organized, clearly written, and formatted using the industry standards. Note that often before they get to a Hiring Manager’s desk resumes for IT positions may be filtered by a “middle man” – an administrative professional who sorts them based on format and skills matrix requirements or a Managed Service Provider company whose account managers select top 3-7 resumes out of large submittal pools. If during this first brief look at your resume, this person sees many different fonts, no clear format, and incoherent lists of duties simply copied from previous job descriptions, they may discard it and...


Posted on 2nd April 2014 by Roxy Cane in Articles

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Battle Heats Up Once Again Over Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits expired at the end of 2013 for about 1.3 million workers, and thus far Congress hasn’t taken action to extend them. While normally unemployment benefits a function of state legislature appropriations, they became a Washington, D.C. issue when Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program to extend state unemployment benefits past the usual 26 weeks.

Beginning in 2008, in response to the deepening financial crisis and massive increases in unemployment at that time, Congress moved to try to stabilize the economy by picking up the entire cost of extended benefits beyond the 19 to 26 weeks authorized by the states. In some circumstances, the federal funding enabled unemployment benefits to last as...


Posted on 12th March 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Feds Probe Florida Over Troubled Unemployment Benefits Website

It seems pretty rich after the spectacular crash and burn of the HealthCare.gov rollout. But federal investigators recently announced they are looking into a problem with the Florida unemployment benefits website. Specifically, the feds would like to know why the portal is failing getting unemployment benefits to Floridians who have lost their jobs.

For its part, the Chief of Economic Development for the State of Florida admits that the website is having issues, and told lawmakers that the State may levy penalties against Deloitte Consulting, which is responsible for the site’s design.

And if anyone knows something about websites that don’t work, it’s the federal government.

For its part, Deloitte makes a point of touting its...


Posted on 22nd January 2014 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Geeks Dance to benefit American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Salvation Army.

Geeks Dance to benefit American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Salvation Army.


When Geeks Dance, Charity Wins - Vitaver Announces Second Annual “Dancing Geeks” Charity Competition for IT Professionals

logo_blgFt. Lauderdale, FL. – Vitaver, a Florida-based staffing firm announces their second annual “Dancing Geeks” contest designed to promote charitable giving and bring the IT/Technology community together in a fun and meaningful way. Vitaver has long supported local community organizations and now aims to spread their mission of community engagement through an entertaining and fun contest. DancingGeeks.com encourages IT and Tech professionals to submit dorky dance videos set to their favorite songs. The contest intends to...

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Posted on 25th November 2013 by admin in Articles


Social Media: a Tool or a Threat for Recruiting

social mediaNowadays everyone agrees that Social Media occupy a very special place in everyday life. Numerous platforms were created in order to simplify human’s existence. It is true that people communicate and share life moments through Social Media, but they also do business with the help of these Social networking profiles.

Modern recruiting and staffing is done through Social Media as well. But is it good or bad trend for recruiters? Here we will discuss both, positive and negative features of Social Media recruiting, have a closer look at some major websites and expand on the future of recruiting.

First of all, Social Media is a great tool for finding and recruiting qualified employees. You can personally reach out to the potential job...


Posted on 7th November 2013 by Abigail Cartwright in Articles

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HR: Friend or Foe of your Organization?

hr_friend_or_foeHR serves indispensable functions to provide redress to employees' grievances, compile and enforce the Company Code of Conduct, handle benefits, facilitate reviews, training, all sorts of compliance issues, keep the Company safe from legal liability, etc. etc.

HR is generally not well suited to attract, screen and hire (but they do). HR is the gatekeeper of the talent a Company incorporates, and overall we can say that your Company will perform as good as the people you hire. Keeping the best people out and selecting the mediocre ones hinders the Company competitiveness, innovation and risk-taking.

HR by nature and necessity is risk-adverse: who wants an HR Department that puts the Company at risk? 100% compliance is the measure of...


Posted on 16th September 2013 by Jene C Paz in Articles

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Vitaver is Proud to Announce the Winners of the 2013 Dancing Geeks Contest

Vitaver and Associates Inc., a dynamic and highly-qualified recruiting company, is proud to congratulate the winners of its first annual Dancing Geeks contest 2013 to benefit various charities. With $10,000.00 prize money donated by Vitaver, the top 3 winning dance teams allocated the donations to non-profit charitable organizations.

Florida July 17, 2013

Vitaver and Associates Inc., a dynamic and highly-qualified recruiting company, is proud to congratulate the winners of its first annual Dancing Geeks contest 2013. Dancing Geeks is a video dance contest that was created, sponsored and funded by Vitaver.

The Dancing Geeks contest began in January 2013 and will be held annually. It is open to the IT and Technology industry...

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Posted on 19th August 2013 by admin in Articles


Why Aren’t Corporations Investing and Expanding?

By a variety of measures, America’s corporations are experiencing record profits over the last couple of years. Indeed, profits to corporations amounted to 11 percent of the economy in the 3rd quarter of 2012, compared to 8 percent during the previous expansion.

Further, last year, corporations’ share of the national income was at its highest point since the 1950s, at 14.2 percent after the 3rd quarter of 2012, while the worker share of all income earned in the U.S. was at the lowest point since 1966.

But rather than invest that money at home in enterprises that create quality jobs for American workers, corporations are keeping the money on the sidelines. Last year, America’s 60 biggest companies sent massive amounts of money...


Posted on 11th July 2013 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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High among the list of causes that destroy morale we often find lack of empowerment. When employees are not given real authority over the tools and actions required to deliver on their responsibility, they feel powerless, distrusted, hopeless. Supervisors at all levels need to recognize that ownership includes both: responsibility and authority (empowerment). Without it, employees are caught on a situation where success is impossible, they recognize this, they lose interest, confidence, trust and give up.

Pablo Vitaver www.vitaver.com

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Posted on 19th June 2013 by Pablo Vitaver in Articles

Despite “End” to Recession, Hard Times Persist

recessionA recession, goes an old Wall Street proverb, is simply a period of time in which wealth and capital returns to its rightful owners. E.g., the Rockefellers.

Well, the recession – according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is, apparently, the arbiter of these things, is over. It ended in 2009, says the Bureau. But it’s hard to tell from the labor market. Meanwhile, The Great Recession of 2007 has created a veritable shockwave that continues to affect consumers both in the U.S. and around the world.

And when I say “consumers,” I mean, “people.”

According to the 2009 Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association, 78% of Americans reported money problems as a significant contributor to...


Posted on 18th April 2013 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Employment Scammers and How to Spot Them

job_scamTimes are tough out there. Which means a lot of workers are getting less picky about what they apply for – and many of them have let down their guard to trust someone – only to be disappointed. Increasingly desperate job seekers Stephen A. Cox of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) writes, “The dismal employment rate means that a lot of people are desperate for work and may be grasping for any job which creates a great opportunity for scammers.”

There are some well-established red flags, though, that can help tip you off to an employment scam. Here are some of the warning signs, according to the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau:

Orphan email addresses. Use caution when responding to any generic email...


Posted on 28th March 2013 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Regulatory Changes Mean It’s Time to Update Your Employee Handbook

employee handbookIt’s important for any employer to put together a detailed employee handbook. Putting your workplace policies on paper not only heads off problems before they occur – but they are also invaluable defenses in case of an employee lawsuit down the road.

But the employment law landscape is constantly changing, as is your work force. Federal and state laws change every year. Technology changes. Ten years ago you didn’t need a social media policy, for example. Even five years ago, you could get away without it. But now it’s a must.

Your policy manuals, including your employee handbook, shouldn’t be gathering dust in a binder on a shelf. You should put key people in charge of maintaining it and keeping it up to date.

For example:...


Posted on 14th March 2013 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Veterans Struggle to Enter Tight Job Market

veterans employmentWhile there has been some good news for job seekers in recent months as the economy sputters along in a halting “recovery,” one group has still been largely left behind: Younger veterans.

According to this NPR report, the unemployment rate among former warriors between ages 18 and 24 was over 20 percent last year, and was also over 10 percent for older veterans between 25 and 34. This cohort would include junior NCOs and junior officers who finished their initial service obligations with management and leadership experience – some of it extremely intense – who are also struggling to be accepted in the civilian workplace.

It’s a strange set of circumstances, because many employers value the maturity, discipline and ability to...


Posted on 26th February 2013 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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When Geeks Dance, Charity Wins – Vitaver Announces First Ever “Dancing Geeks” Charity Competition for IT Professionals

Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – Vitaver, a Florida-based staffing firm announces their first ever “Dancing Geeks” contest designed to promote charitable giving and bring the IT/Technology community together in a fun and meaningful way. Vitaver has long supported local community organizations and now aims to spread their mission of community engagement through an entertaining and fun contest. DancingGeeks.com encourages IT and Tech professionals to submit dorky dance videos set to their favorite songs. The contest intends to raise awareness while also promoting local IT/Tech businesses and encourages viewers to vote on the dorkiest and funniest dance routines, with Vitaver donating $10,000 to charity in the name of the winners: $5,000 to...

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Posted on 31st January 2013 by Pablo Vitaver in Articles

Will Temp-Worker Surge Translate to Lasting Employment Gains?

The good news is there’s been a surge in hiring. The bad news is that they’re temp jobs.

Recent employment surveys indicate that America’s retailers went into the holiday season expecting Santa to bring some brisk business. Analysts estimated about a three to five percent increase in holiday retail spending four our large retailers – which was enough for them to boost holiday staffing by 10 percent over previous years.

In the short run, this is no doubt a positive sign. We welcome any expression of strength and confidence among the consumer – especially if the spending is fueled by savings rather than debt.

The question, though, is this: Will the holiday hiring surge translate into an increase in permanent employment?...


Posted on 25th January 2013 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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The Union Assault on Freedom of Association

The State of Michigan – the Ground Zero of America’s union-strangled zombie legacy car manufacturing industry and the modern-day Mordor of union orcs – turned against its oppressors this month. The lame-duck legislature passed a “right-to-work” law. In a nutshell, the law disallows unions from taking an automatic cut from workers’ salaries against their will.

Until now, workers in a variety of Michigan industries – or what’s left of Michigan industry, anyway – were forced to disgorge union dues every month in order to keep their jobs. The Unions, in turn, used the money to donate to pro-Union Democrat candidates who in turn would support policies that many rank-and-file union members opposed. The union member had no...


Posted on 21st December 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Sustaining Job Growth: How the Fiscal Cliff Could Affect Employment

2012 has put many Americans back on the employment path. As of this past November, the unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent. Job growth as a whole has increased as has spending on recruitment and training. But negotiations between policy makers in Washington threaten to undo all the progress the job market has made this year. Unfortunately, most small startups may be blindsided by a change in tax laws. The consequences could affect hiring and job growth in 2013. Here's a look at how the "fiscal cliff" could affect IT:

Higher Taxes Threaten Job Market The phrase "fiscal cliff" has been used to define a set of changes in tax laws for federal agencies and privately owned companies. If imposed, such tax cuts would limit the tax...

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Posted on 13th December 2012 by James Mulvey in Articles

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Flex-Time: Why Your Company Should Offer It

A couple of generations ago, you could have a “Father-Knows-Best,” 9 to 5 schedule at an office or factory job, complete with a two-martini happy hour and still attract the best talent.

Those days are no more – due to a combination of factors: • Women are now graduating from college and attaining masters’ degrees at higher rates than men. • A higher percentage of women is now either working or seeking to reenter the workforce than past generations. • Women are now engaged in demanding professions outside of traditional female-dominated professions like teaching and nursing. • Women are increasingly entrepreneurial. • The price of a desirable 3-bedroom home in the suburbs in a school district has now been bid so...

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Posted on 29th November 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow

The tech industry moves too fast sometimes During the next five years IT department budgets aretop 5 IT trends 2013 expected to shrink. As companies grow, so do their needs for more storage, faster hardware and up-to-date software systems. Another area of concern is the fact that many seasoned IT professionals will be retiring. That being said there may be a shortage of qualified professionals. The solution? Keep an open mind and more importantly, keep up with these forthcoming trends:

Embrace In-House IT Rapid growth in IT also means increased network complexity. With a number of New employees should be encouraged to step in and learn new skills. Workers not yet skilled in a specific area of IT may develop a firm grasp on mobile IT tools. As we move...

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Posted on 13th November 2012 by James Mulvey in Articles

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Big Data: We’re Looking for a Few Good Nerds (And When We Say “Few,” We Mean 4.4 Million of Them)

10 or 15 years ago, it was all about bandwidth. big data hiring‘Rich, golden fields of bandwidth, waving in the wind,’ went one well-known technology company. Back then, the major difficulty for the IT industry was preparing an infrastructure that would support what we now think of as Web 2.0 – particular streaming video in vast quantities. Maximizing throughput and minimizing data chokepoints was the order of the day – and fiber-optic installers were working overtime.

Now that that fiber and T-1 backbone has been largely built-out, data producers are looking for efficient ways to store it, secure it from corruption or compromise, and preserve it against loss.

Call it the clouds of data moving over those waving fields of bandwidth – though...


Posted on 9th November 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Florida Workers to Lose Substantial Unemployment Benefits

The good news is the unemployment rate has finallyunemployment benefits florida fallen in Florida. The bad news is that while it hasn’t fallen all that much, even that modest improvement in unemployment rates will result in a massive decrease in unemployment insurance benefits for Florida workers as of the beginning of the year.

This is because a lot of Florida’s unemployment insurance benefits were actually funded from Washington, under a large unemployment extension provision that Democrats pushed for in exchange for extending the so-called “Bush tax cuts” for another year, back in 2010.

Those tax cuts are slated to expire in January, as well, unless Congress acts to change the law.

Currently, Florida allows for 23 weeks of unemployment benefits. But...


Posted on 30th October 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Can You Make Money Programming Mobile Apps?

A century ago, some idiot said “everything that can be invented has been invented. That was before the Airplane and the atom bomb.

Well, now the slogan goes “there’s an app for that.” But apparently that’s not true either, because there are new smartphone apps being created every day. And if you’re a smart, unemployed or underemployed, tech-savvy individual, you can do it, too.

And yes, you can make money.

This is an overview of the thriving cottage industry of smartphone app development. I am not going to try to tackle the technical issues here: There are dozens of platforms, and technical requirements vary for each.

A Jobs Powerhouse

Pun intended. If you have a job, thank Steve Jobs. Because according to a recent...

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Posted on 25th October 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Reality-Checking the Jobs Report

The October jobs report was a doozy: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy actually added some 114,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. Which actually isn’t much. But somehow, it was enough to cause the official unemployment number – the number we usually think of as the unemployment number – to fall from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent.

Why? Because while nonfarm payrolls came in right at forecast – boding no change in the unemployment rate at all, the household survey, a telephonic poll, indicated that employment increased some 873,000.

This was extremely welcome news for the Obama campaign, which needed something – anything – to distract attention from the President’s disastrous debate appearance against GOP...


Posted on 18th October 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Obesity Discrimination Becoming a Fact of Life

Someone once wrote a joke news story headlined “Unemployment Rating Among Young, Hot Women Holding at Zero Percent.”

It’s funny because there’s a ring of truth to it. Attractive people are far more likely to get hired in positions that interact with the public than unattractive people.

But obesity also correlates strongly with higher health care costs – and employers are coming under increasing pressure to rein in these costs. Why? Because actual claims experiences still largely determine health insurance premiums in the workplace. A healthier workforce means fewer health insurance claims, which means lower premiums.

How big is the effect? Huge: Health care spending was 56 percent higher for obese individuals than for...


Posted on 26th September 2012 by Jason Van Steenwyk in Articles

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Hurricane Isaac Hits the Unemployment Rate

When Hurricane Isaac grazed the Gulf Coast states and hit Louisiana, unemployment also took a hit; unemployment numbers were at the highest point in two months. Nine states were affected by Isaac, and 15,000 more people than the previous week joined the rolls of the unemployed. U. S. Labor department numbers record 367,000 newly unemployed the week before the hurricane, and 382,000 afterwards.

But the unemployment rate itself dropped, how can this be? Because many people’s benefits expired, and they are no longer on the books. Add to that the number of people who have had no benefits for a while and those that have given up looking for jobs, said to be at an all time low of just over 60-percent, and you have a true unemployment rate...

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Posted on 19th September 2012 by Sally Davidson Parker in Articles

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