JS: Why You Should Continue the Job Search During the Holidays
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually a period of chaos, within companies and families, as everyone strives to get things completed and prepare for a break. This probably doesn’t seem like a good time to begin searching for a job. However, the ‘holidays hiring freeze’ is a bit of a myth.read more
The ITAC Approach
What sets ITAC apart? Why choose ITAC? These are valid questions that we think you should ask any company before embarking on a venture with them.read more
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Bethany Pappas to the Birmingham Office
Meet Bethany Pappas, Associate Recruiter in the Birmingham office. Having recently graduated from the University of Alabama, Bethany is eager to grow as a recruiter and as a person in her new role. Learn more about Bethany in our Q&A!read more
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Trey Townsley to the Birmingham Office
Meet Trey Townsley, Recruiting Manager for ITAC Birmingham’s Office Professionals Recruiting Team. He will be responsible for managing the recruiters on the “office-side.” Moving from Colorado, Trey is thrilled to have an Alabama fall so that he can experience hiking and camping this time of year in the south! Read more about Trey in our Q&A.read more
Ghosting Has Long-Term Effects
With a thriving job market, job seekers are often presented with multiple employment offers. Unfortunately, there has been a rise in instances in job seekers to accept more than one offer, decide where they really want to work, and then simply do not show up to the other company without letting the employer know their decision, i.e., ghosting.read more
Hiring Manager Advice: Keeping Employees Engaged to Prevent Ghosting
You’ve heard of ghosting when it comes to dating, but did you know it has become common even in the workplace? Candidates get offered a position and then never show up to work or contact their new employer.
As a hiring manager this is extremely frustrating. How can you prevent this from happening? Here are a couple of ways to keep your potential employees engaged to avoid ghosting.
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Sara Field to the Birmingham Officeread more
Job Seekers: Tell Your Story
Polish your resume. Be prepared. Dress for success. Be confident. Make eye contact. Ask questions. These are just a few tips candidates typically receive before having a job interview. A few ITAC associates recently passed along some fresh and noteworthy advice to job seekers.read more
The Technology Boom in Birmingham
A new magic is at work in Birmingham, and it’s not steel—it’s technology. While the Magic City is traditionally known for its steel, manufacturing, insurance and banking industries, these days technology is putting Birmingham on the map. In case you missed it, MarketWatch recently ranked Birmingham as the number two emerging tech hot spots along with our northern neighbor, Huntsville.read more
Meet Ben Branch – Partner & Director of IT Sales
Ben Branch, an owner and Director of IT Sales, started at ITAC 16 years ago. Prior to joining ITAC’s team, he owned his own business and collaborated with ITAC on some of his accounts. However, it didn’t take long for Ben to fall in love with the people and company and start working full-time at ITAC. From watering the plants to leading different teams, Ben has held many different roles.read more
Hiring Manager Advice: How to Hire in a Candidate-Driven Market
The market is hot, hot, hot for job seekers. The unemployment rate is close to its lowest point in decades, job growth is rampant, and wages are rising. While this is great news for job seekers and something to celebrate as a country, it’s not the ideal scenario for employers with a shortage of talent. The large pool of opportunities for job seekers creates a tight labor market for employers and hiring managers.read more
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Willis Watkins to the Birmingham Team
We are excited to welcome Willis Watkins to the Birmingham team. As Enterprise Recruiting Leader, Willis will lead and manage ITAC’s recruiting operations across the company’s footprint. He is a techie at heart, and his passion for serving others and competitive nature will make him an asset to the ITAC team. To learn more about Willis, check out this Q&A:
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Natalie Burns to the Birmingham Team
We are excited to welcome Natalie Burns to the Birmingham IT recruiting team! As a recruiter, Natalie will help candidates get noticed by the right people and companies, using our relationships with those companies to match candidates to positions they’re qualified for and desire. To learn more about Natalie, check out this Q&A:
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Lauren Fisher to the Birmingham Team
We are excited to welcome Lauren Fisher to the Birmingham team as an IT Business Development Manager. After graduating from The University of Alabama, Lauren worked in IT sales roles, including software services, data backup, hardware and more. After work, you may find her getting her Cookie Fix, watching Marvel movies or enjoying time on the lake! To learn more about Lauren, check out this Q&A:
Just Keep Networking
Have you ever heard the saying “It’s not the grades you make, but the hands you shake”? JG Carver (ITAC Partner & Vice President) and Mike Sullentrup (Senior IT Recruiter) would agree that this saying rings relatively true.read more
Meet Carley McWilliams – Recruiting Coordinator in Birmingham
Carley McWilliams thrives in ITAC’s Birmingham office as the Recruiting Coordinator. Her self-starter attitude and passion for helping others makes her the ideal individual for this role. She is an animal lover, outdoor enthusiast and self-proclaimed nerd. To learn more about Carley, check out this Q&A:read more
What Jobs are in Demand in Birmingham?
In case you haven’t heard, Birmingham is a great place to be—especially for job seekers. In fact, the Magic City was recently listed as the 4th best city for job seekers in 2019 by Indeed. While we can’t argue this ranking, we wanted to dig a little deeper to discover the specific jobs and skills that are in demand in Birmingham.
Meet Charles Baughman – Chief Administrative Officer
Charles Baughman was the eleventh employee hired by ITAC when the business began 14 years ago. Prior to joining ITAC, Charles worked with ITAC’s founders in staffing. In fact, when he moved into a corporate human resources role, Charles selected ITAC as one of his staffing partners.
Hiring Manager Advice: Think Outside the Resume
At ITAC, we specialize in finding the right fit for both candidates and companies. We take time to get to know the candidate while seeking to understand the type of person the company is looking to hire. This process has led us to conclude that the resume isn’t always everything.
Everything You Need to Know About Sloss Tech 2019
ITAC Solutions is excited to sponsor and attend the Southeast’s premier tech conference for the fourth year in a row! Hosted by TechBirmingham, Sloss Tech gathers the best and the brightest of today's tech entrepreneurs to become a hub for Birmingham's technological ecosystem, where founders, startups and companies can share ideas, build relationships and push the boundaries of innovation.read more
Meet Ashley Payne – Senior Client Relations Manager
As ITAC’s Senior Client Relations Manager, Ashley Payne holds a unique role in that she does a little bit of everything. Ashley serves her client companies’ hiring needs, working hand-in-hand with Partner Ben Branch, ITAC’s Director of Birmingham IT Business Development. To learn more about Ashley, check out this Q&A:
3 Reasons to Use a Recruiter
Finding a job is hard. Finding a job that fits your skillset, needs, schedule, personality and values is even harder. Do you really want to sift through job postings, spend hours perfecting your resume, and then sit around waiting for a response? This is where an ITAC recruiter can help. We specialize in connecting great people with great companies.
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Shae Eason to the Birmingham Team
Once a part of the ITAC family, always a part of the ITAC family. We are excited to welcome Shae Eason back to the Birmingham team as a Senior Recruiter! Shae began her recruiting career with ITAC in June 2005. She worked with us for two years before her husband, who was in the U.S. Air Force at the time, received orders to move to Japan. After his tour in Japan, they moved to Ogden, Utah for another tour. Twelve years later, Shae is excited to rejoin the ITAC family. To learn more about Shae, check out this Q&A:
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Sydney Pearson to the Team
We are excited to welcome Sydney Pearson as a Senior Recruiter to ITAC’s national accounts team. She graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 2013. Sydney comes to us with a technical background in engineering and IT recruiting in the government and aerospace industries. In her new role, she will be matching qualified candidates with ITAC client companies across the country. To learn more about Sydney, check out this Q&A:read more
Birmingham: A Little Bit for Everyone
From earning the No. 2 spot on Market Watch’s 5 Places Emerging as America’s New Tech Hotspots and being named as one of the best large cities to start a business by WalletHub to landing on Thrillist’s, and Travel+Leisure’s radars and more, Birmingham has been all over the news lately. All of this publicity begs the question: What really sets Birmingham apart as a place to work and live? We asked a few of ITAC’s Birmingham team members, and here’s what they had to say:read more
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Katharine Patton to the Birmingham Team
ITAC Solutions is thrilled to welcome Katharine Patton to the Birmingham team as an Associate Recruiter! Prior to joining the ITAC team, Katharine held a digital marketing/web development role in the healthcare industry in Washington D.C. and worked in the executive search space in Nashville. Katharine is looking forward to the fast-paced, big-team environment that ITAC and the staffing industry offer.read more
Meet Leslie (Garcia) Shea – Recruiter in Nashville, TN
Meet ITAC Nashville Recruiter, Leslie Shea. She prides herself on being a personal cheerleader for her candidates. Though recruiting talented candidates is her main mission, Leslie does much more than that. She goes above and beyond to partner ITAC candidates with great clients. She helps them with their resumes, interview prep and more. To learn more about Leslie, check out this Q&A!
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Hannah Jones to the Birmingham Team
ITAC Solutions is excited to welcome Hannah Jones to the Birmingham recruiting team! Hannah recently graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is excited to return to her hometown to begin work as an Associate Recruiter. In her new role, Hannah will assist in seeking out candidates for open positions at various companies. To learn more about Hannah, check out this Q&A:
Meet Stacey Bullen – Recruiter in Mobile
Meet Stacey Bullen. She began her recruiting career with ITAC in Birmingham, but since has moved South to recruit for accounting, office and IT positions in Mobile. You can find her engaging candidates, setting up interviews and communicating with clients. To learn more about Stacey, check out this Q&A!
How to Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day
So, what is an “administrative professional” anyway? WE think it’s the person our clients contact us about (sometimes in a panic). They rely on us to find them the person who is the “glue” that holds everything together—from personal appointments and commitments to making sure every call is answered with professionalism and warmth. Often, these are the people who wrangle the thoughts of those visionary leaders into a cohesive, digestible presentation with the style of a “creative” and the accuracy of an analyst.
How to Get an Entry-Level Job with No Experience
How are you supposed to get experience when it seems like every posting you read requires experience? Sound familiar….and maybe a bit frustrating? If you are approaching graduation or changing careers, it’s likely you have sought out the “entry-level” posting only to dismiss it once you realize that even entry-level jobs often require some sort of experience.read more
Mobile: A Port City with Potential
Mobile may be small, but it is a port city with great potential. In fact, Mobile was included on WalletHub’s 2019 Best Cities for Jobs list. Plus, the new Airbus assembly facility and Amazon distribution center are certainly contributing to this growth. Mobile Market Manager Tucker Frazer and Recruiters Annie McRee and Stacey Bullen shared what makes their market unique and where they expect to see growth in the job market.read more
Don’t Get Fooled by the Job Description
April Fools! You are 6 weeks into your new job, and it is NOT the role you signed up for. This is far from an ideal situation, but it happens to individuals more often than you would expect. In fact, the results from a Monster poll showed that 85 percent of people have felt “fooled by a job description.” The truth is, job descriptions are tricky to write for hiring managers and can be misleading to the job seeker.read more
Meet Annie McRee – Recruiter in Mobile, AL
Annie McRee’s favorite moment is receiving a call from a happy, newly-hired candidate. As a recruiter in Mobile, she strives to find people jobs while helping companies find employees. On a workday, you can find her reviewing resumes, meeting new people, sharing interview tips and doing whatever it takes to help candidates land the right job. To learn more about Annie, check out the Q&A below!read more
Interviews: Fail Them or Nail Them
As an employer or hiring manager, do you ever receive a great-looking resume and look forward to meeting the person behind this magical background? Let’s see if we can check all the boxes here: I see progression; I see stability; I see some reputable companies with a proven track-record of hiring good people. Wow, this is too good to be true! I can’t wait to meet this person – I might just offer him/her the job on the spot!
How to Create Your Own Luck in Your Job Search
When the job search isn’t going your way, you may feel that you’re just unlucky. The jobs you’re seeing just aren’t the perfect fit. Your skills and experience aren’t what employers seem to be looking for in a candidate. A traffic jam made you late to an interview. Whatever your unfortunate circumstances may be, a lucky charm, four-leaf clover or dressing in green on St. Patrick’s are not going to do the trick.
It’s a Good Time to be in Nashville
In case you haven’t heard, Nashville is BOOMING! ITAC Nashville Market Leader Kemper Trull and Recruiter Leslie Garcia are thrilled by the growth their market is experiencing. A renaissance has occurred in Nashville over the last 40 years. In fact, it has recently been ranked as the strongest metro economy in the U.S and as one of the best places in America for starting a business.read more
Meet ITAC Mobile’s Market Manager: Tucker Frazer
Tucker Frazer believes an excited, newly-hired candidate and a grateful client are two things worth celebrating. As ITAC Mobile’s Market Manager, Tucker works closely with the entire team to provide exceptional service in a market where relationship and reputation are paramount. To learn more about Tucker, check out the Q&A below!read more
Tips for Escaping a “Resume Black Hole”
A black hole is defined by Wikipedia as a “region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing – not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light – can escape from inside it.” A “resume black hole” is similar except that you can replace “gravitational effects” with something more like “laziness” or “lack of common courtesy.”
How to Hire the Perfect Candidate
Matching great people with great companies and seeing those relationships flourish is such a rewarding experience. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, you might as well compare us to Cupid.read more
What Skills are Employers Looking for?
Have you ever realized the job search process is strangely similar to dating? Like dating, when searching for a job, you meet a lot of new people, figure out what type of job you’re looking for, pick out the perfect interview outfit, talk about yourself carefully, listen to what the company has to offer, watch for clues that indicate whether the company is interested in you and, finally, wait patiently for a call.read more
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Alex Culberson to the Birmingham Team
ITAC Solutions is excited to welcome Alex Culberson to the Birmingham recruiting team! Alex graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a focus on sales. Alex said that recruiting seemed like a good fit for him because he enjoys meeting new people. As an IT Recruiter, Alex strives to be a person his team can lean on for help and to reach his benchmark as quickly as possible. To learn more about Alex, check out this Q&A:read more
2019 Job Seeker Outlook
Is a new job on your list of new year’s resolutions? If so, this is your year! According to Forbes, the “outlook has never been so bright” for those seeking employment in 2019. From a historically-tight labor market to an increase in employer hiring intentions, here’s what 2019 has in store for job seekers:read more
5 Ways to Improve Your Workplace in 2019
Employers and managers, have you resolved to improve your workplace in 2019? A new year not only inspires fresh starts, but it also brings new trends and demands. Workplace trends can impact how companies structure, recruit, train and retain their employees.read more
Career Resolutions for 2019
New Year, new you? Whether you’re searching for a job, contemplating a career change or hoping for a promotion, a new year gives you an opportunity to reflect and make resolutions for the year ahead. Consider your accomplishments and failures, strengths and weaknesses, skills and what you could work on, and use those to establish goals for 2019.read more
ITAC Solutions Welcomes Kaleigh McDonald to the Birmingham Team
ITAC Solutions is excited to welcome Kaleigh to the Birmingham team! Kaleigh graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for a few years, Kaleigh realized she had a knack for administrative tasks and duties while working for an architectural firm. These skills will be applied in Kaleigh’s new position as a Sales Coordinator. In this role, she will assist the sales team with behind-the-scenes office work to allow them more time in the field. To learn more about Kaleigh, check out this Q&A:read more
2018 in Review
As the holidays draw near, so does the end of another great year for ITAC. Though it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we believe it’s important to reflect on the year behind us, so we can make goals for the coming New Year. In 2018, ITAC not only celebrated 18 years of business, but we also received recognition from local publications, gave back to the community, sponsored several successful events and grew our team.read more
Holiday Party Do’s & Don’ts
‘Tis the season for office holiday parties. Whether you’re attending your own company’s party or a client’s event, you should approach the occasion with more caution than the rest of the events on your social calendar. Holiday parties provide colleagues with an opportunity to mix and mingle in a more casual and festive atmosphere. However, holiday parties also present potential pitfalls.read more
5 Tips for Conducting Effective Year-End Reviews
For most companies, the end of the year is not only a season of holiday celebrations, but it is also a time of evaluation and preparation. Performance reviews give employers/managers the opportunity to critique and congratulate employees and receive honest feedback in return. Though these discussions can be difficult and uncomfortable, conducting year-end reviews are critical to your team’s growth and morale.read more
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