The IT Project Management Lessons Obamacare Taught Us

By ATR International |   Fri, Nov 22, 2013 @ 08:32 AM

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’re aware of the problems with the launch of, a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It is a debacle and largely seems to be the result of some common IT project mistakes – mistakes that those of us who work in the industry have seen before, unfortunately too often. 

There are many examples to choose from but let’s start with these:

  1. Incomplete understanding of the business
  2. Uncertainty regarding the specifications
  3. Unrealistic deadlines
  4. No proper end to end testing and verification
  5. Ignoring warnings that things were not well
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IT Employee Retention is More Important Than Hiring

By ATR International |   Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 08:46 AM

TechServe Alliance reports that IT employment hit another high-note in April, with 4.4+ million people working in the industry. Those numbers almost guarantee that the competition for top IT talent will continue to be heated and that finding the best workers with the most in-demand skills will remain challenging. The corollary to this is always that retention becomes equally, if not more, important and as much effort as you put in to recruiting, you need to match it in ensuring you retain your best and most critical employees. 

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How to Optimize Your Resume for an ATS

By ATR International |   Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Times are changing. And these days, the first person to review your resume is very likely not a person at all. It’s most likely an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). An ATS is a software application designed to help a company recruit employees more effectively. An ATS can be used for a variety of things including screening resumes and generating interview requests to potential candidates through e-mail. It is estimated that 50% of mid-sized companies and almost 100% of large corporations use some form of ATS. Here are some tips for optimizing a resume for an ATS.

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Technology Jobs and Trends for 2013

By ATR International |   Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 09:27 AM

At Staffing 360, we try to do what we say we will in our tagline: “cover the world of IT consulting and enterprise-wide staffing from all angles.” At its most basic this simply means writing articles that appeal to all our readers: hiring companies and job seekers, employers and employees, clients and contractors. Some columns relate more to one constituency or the other but many, I hope, have information that can help either. This post gathers articles that offer interesting views and predictions about the industry in 2013 and the technology trends that will shape the business world including what jobs will be the hottest and therefore potentially the highest paying and most difficult to staff. I’ve also included a salary comparison tool (roughly benchmark what you’re making or paying), a list of the top companies hiring and traits that every good employee should possess, regardless of what industry you work in.

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STEM Industries Can Learn From Professional Sports

By ATR International |   Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

The news is filled with stories about the shortage of trained workers and the trouble companies are having filling positions. This is especially true in the technology and engineering fields, where unemployment has remained lower and in many disciplines barely exists at all. It makes it challenging to find and retain people especially in the so called STEM industries. There is ongoing discussion about how to fix the problem.

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Will Technology Replace the Recruiter?

By ATR International |   Fri, Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

As I said in a column a few weeks ago (The Future of Staffing), the elimination of the recruiter and the demise of the staffing industry are frequently predicted, particularly when a new technology emerges. It seems not a day goes by when I don’t see something being touted as the greatest way to source candidates and proclaiming that it will now replace the need for a human recruiter. I am actually a huge fan of some of the latest tools and technologies but I also have 30+ years of working in the industry, as a technical professional and as a staffing firm owner, and I am not worried that the “human” part of the recruiting process is going to disappear any time soon.

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