Interview with Recruiter Andrew Gustafson

Interview with Recruiter Andrew Gustafson

Andrew (or Gus as he is know around the office) is a senior recruiter out of the Cincinnati office and has been with IBS for over 4 years.  Previously he worked with Apple, spending two years there technical operations analyst. It was there that he formed his passion for IT, and it shows in his performance day in and day out with IBS.

When asked what he likes about working at IBS, Andrew noted the flexibility. “You build your own book of business, and ultimately you’re responsible for your own well being.” When asked about his favorite IBS memory without missing a beat he said the New Orleans Top Performers Trip.

In addition to being a recruiter, Andrew also considers himself a bit of an outdoors-man. He enjoys hanging out with his two dogs, hiking, grilling and playing sports. In fact Gus plays hockey twice a week! Now that’s dedication.

An Interview with the Founder and CEO, Dan Williams

An Interview with the Founder and CEO, Dan Williams

IBS was founded in 1981 by Dan Williams in Oak Brook, Illinois armed with one desk, a credenza, a file cabinet and a desk phone. Today, the headquarters of IBS are still located in Oak Brook, Illinois with offices in Milwaukee, Detroit and Cincinnati. While Jeff Jorgensen became president of the company in 2014, Dan maintains an active role as CEO of the Veteran-Owned Small Business certified company.

Get to know IBS and Dan a little better by reading this interview in his own words. Continue reading “An Interview with the Founder and CEO, Dan Williams”

Interview with Recruiter Sam Clements

Interview with Recruiter Sam Clements

Sam’s a Senior Recruiter, and has been with IBS for over 8 years now. Unlike most recruiters though, Sam has a background in IT, having previously worked as QA tester and systems admin. Her knowledge of certain technologies and knowing both ends of the business gives her a more nuanced and deeper understanding of IT staffing.

In addition being a recruiter, Sam is also an accomplished writer. She runs the IBS Newsletter and has also four times participated in National Writing Month, an annual internet-based creative writing project where Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript over the course of November.

Born and raised in England, she loves to travel back to see how it’s changed over the years. Ultimately, though, Sam considers herself a homebody—as she just as much enjoys watching Scfi TV shows and hanging out with her two dogs.

IT Salaries To Increase In 2018

A recent study published In Staffing Industry Analysts says more than half of IT leaders expect overall IT staff salaries to increase this year despite declining budget expectations.

Nearly 60% of IT leaders predict that salaries will increase, a 20% increase from 2017.

  • Much of these increases will be to compensate for cost-of-living expenses. However some IT managers are anticipating the need to increase salaries as a way to retain high level talent.
  • There’s an IT talent shortage and employers are looking to keep that talent they already have any way they can.

Despite the talent shortage, IT leaders still plan to keep the same or increase team headcount.

The most difficult skills to find in 2018 according to IT leaders:

  • 45% of those surveyed say software engineers, developers and DevOps
  • 29% of those surveyed say Data analytics and security skills

Info from this survey was complied and assembled from the responses of over 1000 IT leaders.

The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Frank Carroll

Frank Carroll is the CFO of IBS and has been with the company for over 25 years. In that time he has played a vital role in helping IBS, shaping the company into the success that it is today. We sat down with Frank to learn more about his time with IBS, who he is outside of the office, and his favorite spooky Halloween activities.  Continue reading “The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Frank Carroll”

Applying For Jobs Via Mobile

Email revolutionized the way people communicate. It was a massive innovation and, like all major shifts, it took a while for people and businesses to adapt. But adapt they did. Today email is now the most common form of communication.

Today there’s a new innovation changing the face of business: Applying for jobs via mobile device. While many employers have yet to embrace it fully, it’s still there, and we don’t have long until the concept of using your cell phone to apply for jobs becomes mainstream.   Mobile is easier, faster, and much more convenient, particularly for millennials. If you don’t provide the option to apply for positions via mobile, you’re missing out on a large demographic. 90% of job seekers are searching for jobs via mobile, and 78% say they will apply for jobs via mobile.

Simply put, more people will apply for a job opening if they can do so from their phone.  Continue reading “Applying For Jobs Via Mobile”

Creating New Habits: Sticking to Resolutions in (and Outside) the Workplace

It’s a new year, a chance to have a clean slate. As humans, we want to make the most of this clean start to a fresh new year. What better way to start a new year out by analyzing what we did wrong last year and vowing to fix it in the coming year.

New Year’s Resolutions.


They can be personal or professional, secret or open for the world to know. They’re made with the best of intentions and the strongest of convictions.

And yet, only 8% of those that make resolutions will actually succeed.

Why do we tend to fail? What takes us from being hopeful and determined to slowly giving up? and how can we get those resolutions to stick?

In the 1970’s, a book called PsychoCyberkinetics by Maxwell Maltz sent a popular notion out into society: It takes three weeks to create a habit and three days to break one.

It’s a catchy saying and for some people, 21 days is ample time to create a habit. However, according to a 2009 study, the time it takes to form a habit really isn’t that clear-cut. Researchers from University College London examined the new habits of 96 people over the space of 12 weeks, and found that the average time it takes for a new habit to stick is actually 66 days; furthermore, individual times varied from 18 to a whopping 254 days.

Continue reading “Creating New Habits: Sticking to Resolutions in (and Outside) the Workplace”