Evaluating Your Employment Options

Evaluating Options_sqIf you are in the market for new opportunities, chances are you are facing many difficult choices. One of the first things that will come to light is the types of opportunities that may be available. Typically, this means consulting or contract engagements, contract to hire or permanent positions. There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of position so let’s break them down.

Rob BrinkleyEvaluating Your Employment Options

Should I stay or should I go?

Sam -Q2 SQA study by Forbes Magazine recently stated 52% of Americans are unhappy at work.  Which begs that important question The Clash, a famous rock band from the 80’s, once asked.

“Should I stay or should I go?”

I was recently listening to one of my regular podcasts; which is based off the book Freakonomics.  The episode was entitled “The Upside of Quitting” and focused on prostitutes, baseball players, government officials and a couple of Amish women who had left their private Amish Community.  I’ll highlight some of the main points and how it relates to your current dilemma of staying in your current position or making a career change.

Sam LantorShould I stay or should I go?

UDig Announces Nashville, TN Location

Nashville Launch SQ[Richmond, VA, July 20, 2015] Today UDig announced expansion into the Nashville, Tennessee market, opening an office in the West End.  The firm brings over 14 years of experience providing technical services to a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services and retail.

Joanna Currence has relocated to lead the Nashville branch.  She has been with UDig since 2014 where she played a vital role in the Northern Virginia office, resulting in 35% year over year growth.  Prior to UDig, she held sales and marketing roles in the Pharmaceutical and Retail industries.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Amy ThompsonUDig Announces Nashville, TN Location

The Right and Wrong Way to Agile

UnFiltered Agile_sqAs many individuals and organizations that have lived and breathed in the agile community will tell you, there is not a “silver bullet” for adopting agile within your organization. That is to say, there is not a single “right way” that solves everything. Organizations have varying nuances between (and even within) them, from various goals, objectives and processes, to entirely different team dynamics and culture. Prescribing a process for a large organization to adopt and expecting all organizations to adhere to it is next to impossible. With that being said, against other people’s argument, I WILL say that there is a right way to agile.

Jason FarmerThe Right and Wrong Way to Agile

Digging In with Rob Havey

New Call-to-actionDigging In is a regular series of blog posts profiling UDig employees.  We hope this series helps you to get to know our team and understand why we dig what we do!

Today, we are profiling Rob Havey, VP, Delivery.  Rob’s role often has him working behind the scenes to improve our recruiting practices, train new hires and ensure we are delivering for our clients.  Let’s Dig In with Rob…

Rob HaveyDigging In with Rob Havey

4 Not-So-Surprising Benefits of Vacation

Vacation_sqLike many busy professionals, I’ve struggled to disconnect from the office on vacation.  This year, my family has undergone a lot of change – the birth of my second son, relocating to a new state, and building a new market.  Once again, although in desperate need of a break, I was considering skipping vacation and sending my wife and kids without me.

Aaron Snead4 Not-So-Surprising Benefits of Vacation

What to do when Consultants Overstay Their Welcome

ConsultantsYour purpose in engaging consultants was strategic with the best of intentions. You have a stable of strong consultants that you trust and have used in the past. You like their work and they have a track record of delivering projects and deliverables in short order with little instruction. You trust their engagement model and expect them to deliver when your current team doesn’t have the skillset or bandwidth.

Perhaps your experience is similar to mine, when I worked at a Fortune 500 company it was easier to get your ideas funded when you had external consultants review your PowerPoint presentation, put some cool pictures on it, and add their logo; providing instant credibility.

What happens when you start to rely on them too much and their incentives to build a larger team align with your need for more help? It feels good at the time and it’s easy. You only have to manage the performance of the team and they do whatever you say. There aren’t any employee development conversations or personnel issues to deal with as that all falls on the consulting team’s responsibility. Management is happy and things are getting done. Everything is working until the budgets in your area start to exceed your consulting budget and you have anxiety over the fact that none of your employees are building their domain knowledge or technical expertise in the areas where your consultants are working.

Andy FrankWhat to do when Consultants Overstay Their Welcome

Laid Off? 4 Steps for Getting Back to Work

LAID OFF-sqBeing fired or laid off is never easy and can sometimes be completely unexpected. Initially, the words disaster or misfortune might come to mind.  But, don’t let it get you off track, especially in terms of your career. In fact, this type of situation can be looked at as a valuable learning experience and teach you things you never knew about yourself.  Follow these 4 steps to getting back into the job market:

Devin SidhuLaid Off? 4 Steps for Getting Back to Work

Is it time to get serious about your job search?

Mike West sqIn a job market that in constantly growing it can be very tempting to take a look at what other opportunities are out there. One of the most common things I hear when I ask someone’s motivation for looking at new opportunities is that they are “always open to listening.” If you want to get serious about looking at making the next step in your career or changing paths, there are a few things to take into consideration.

Mike WestIs it time to get serious about your job search?