Attracting and Retaining Information Technology Talent

Dan Cagle, TEKsystems TEKsystems (R), a subsidiary of staffing giant Allegis, is the largest U.S. Temporary Staffing Firm for the eighth consecutive year, according to Staffing Industry Analysts, Inc. Hoovers reports that personnel staffing in the U.S. alone is an estimated $120 billion industry. CNN reports that 50% of the top 10 fastest-growing professions are in information technology.

TEKsystems, a privately-held corporation with 90 offices in the U.S. and others in Canada, Europe and Asia, opened a Roanoke, Virginia office in April 2008. It began with Account Manager Dan Cagle, who has served as a soccer coach for Duke University  and Virginia Tech. Today the office has grown to four people, all of whom are Virginia Tech alumni, including Matt Finnegan, Ashley Abbruzzese , and Justin Pinckney

TEKsystems works with partner companies such as Advance Auto Parts, Norfolk Southern, and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center to attract and retain information technology talent.  TEKsystems itself is currently hiring a local technical recruiter and is the only company of its size in the area.

Nation-wide, TEKsystems places  more than 20,000 technical professionals each week, working in a variety of fields including biotechnology, telecommunications, construction  and engineering.  Additionally, it has 80% of all Information Technology professionals in its internal databases, including more than 10,000 Virginia Tech alumni.

“Our distinction in the marketplace really is our screening process. We meet with every professional we work with, get two technical references from previous hiring managers, and we assess their technical capabilities with online testing,” said Dan Cagle.  “We focus on building relationships and are glad to have a local presence to serve the needs of the Greater Roanoke Region.”


Christina Motley is an award-winning marketing and communications professional and writer. She is currently writing for Handshake 2.0, City Magazine and the Blue Ridge Business Journal. You're invited to follow her on Twitter @christinamotley.

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