We recently sat down with IBS recruiter Keith McNeal to discuss the state of the staffing business heading into 2019. With 12 years on the job, we talked about where the industry has been, where it’s going and strategies he uses to navigate the competitive field.
Were there in any changes in IT recruiting that you observed in 2018? What caused those changes in your mind?
Keith McNeal: Absolutely. The biggest thing I saw was that our clients are moving toward Contract-to-Hire work, and that there’s way less traditional contract work to go around. This is good for candidates, but is difficult for us as recruiters. Continue reading “Interview with IBS Recruiter Keith McNeal”→
Once the owner of a Quality Assurance business himself, Pradeep Arigue holds a Bachelors of Computer Applications, and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He first joined the IBS team in 2012 as a QA Analyst, eventually becoming QA Lead, and is now our QA Practice Manager.
Working onsite at client facilities in the US, Pradeep also manages the IBS offshore QA team based in Hyderabad India. When asked what he likes about working with IBS, Pradeep notes the work environment. “I love that there is always something new to learn. I consider myself very fortunate to work in a field that is always changing and growing with new technologies, capabilities and ideas.”
Initially from India, Pradeep first traveled to the US in 2014, making his 5th trip in September of 2018. Currently, he’s working with IBS’ insurance and finance clients, setting up their QA practices and creating automation proof of concepts. When he’s not researching the latest technologies, Pradeep enjoys playing cricket and seeking out the new best Thai and Mexican restaurants he can find!
Patrick is an IBS Account Executive and his been with the company for over 2 and half years now. Patrick’s worked in sales before, but IBS was his introduction to the world of IT staffing. His background in customer service has allowed him to build a number of partnerships with a variety of clients during his short time at the company. Continue reading “IBS Employee Highlight: Patrick Tiettmeyer”→
Recently we spoke with Branch Manager Ryan Sturgis about working out of the Downtown Chicago market. Previously, it was left up to Oak Brook to handle the Downtown market but, given particular trends and changes in the market, it became imperative to expand to the city.
Iain McDavid: How did the Downtown Chicago team come about?
Ryan Sturgis: Well Downtown Chicago is very, very different in terms of the talent it’s yielding. And given trends with how newer generations and the new workforce are living: Most of them are staying in city. Especially the top technologist, they’re not moving out to the suburbs. Conversely, our original IBS Oak Brook was primarily suburban focused. Continue reading “IBS Office Highlight: Downtown Chicago”→
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.
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.
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.