Succeed by Serving

Please indulge me while I brag on our team for a moment.

I am incredibly proud of our team for consistently living out our mission – Succeed by Serving.  Each individual has stories of how they do this in their own lives and in their communities, but the team has pulled together again to make a big positive impact on our community and beyond.  Using an internal survey, Our Service Committee selected a handful of organizations this year toward which we will channel our collective time, money, possessions, and influence.  One of those organizations is Safe House Outreach ministries in downtown Atlanta, located on Ellis Street.  Safe House focuses on providing numerous services to our city’s homeless population giving them “a hand up and not just a hand out”.

Last Thursday, we had 13 team members including some of their family take time out of their busy work day to go downtown, serve lunch and minister to the needs of about 30 people who are currently down and out.  This was the first event of many to come for Safe House and other organizations in our community.

I am deeply touched by the hearts and personal drive of the Intersect team.  Many companies have their mission and values posted on the wall.  However, oftentimes those are just words that express who we wish we were.  I KNOW by our actions that our mission and values ARE who we ARE.  Our folks are living them daily inside and outside the office.  Most of us know that what happens outside the office is what truly makes a difference in the world –starting with our own families and extending into our communities.  However, speaking for myself especially, it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the day-to-day and lose sight of what really matters.  What we do at work provides us ample resources but what we do with those resources is what counts in life.

Thank you guys for living our mission and serving as an example; reminding the rest of us to continually look outside of ourselves.  Way to go!!

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Keith Ordan, staffing partner at The Intersect Group, discusses IT Talent

The Intersect Group’s staffing partner, Keith Ordan, discusses the his views on IT talent in the latest episode of Intersect TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spk8C5oxJVk

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Institute of Internal Auditors 2011 Atlanta Conference: Networking is the word.

More than 400 audit professionals filled a ballroom at Cobb Galleria to enjoy a tasty lunch and hear The Intersect Group’s staffing partner, Keith Ordan, speak on a panel, alongside Lily Winsaft and Andy Decker, about the current job market at this year’s Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Atlanta Conference.

Each year The Intersect Group participates in the annual conference that brings together Atlanta’s audit professionals for a day of learning and networking.

And networking was definitely the theme of the day.  Keith’s #1 tip to people searching for jobs was to constantly network.  He suggested networking through LinkedIn and by joining organizations within your industry.  “Your professional network is the most valuable thing you have in life,” said Keith.  And the other panelists seemed to agree, each speaking about the importance of LinkedIn to professionals.

In addition to networking, the panelists spoke about the current trends they are seeing in the industry, agreeing that the audit industry is incredibly hot right now.

Each panelist provided valuable tips to the interview process:

  1. Be prepared for your interview.  Learn about the company and its culture.
  2. During the interview ask questions that show that you are interested in “that job” and not just “a job.”
  3. Be sure to follow-up with your interviewer.
  4. Don’t discuss compensation in the first interview.
  5. How you dress says a lot about you and how serious you are.
  6. An impeccable resume with no errors or typos is a must.
  7. Don’t take copious amounts of notes.  If you take notes, be sure to make consistent eye contact with the interviewer throughout.

Additionally, Keith had some tips for hiring managers as they walk into an interview:

  1. Ask situation-based questions.  For example, “Tell me about a time when….”
  2. Dig deeper into typical interview questions such as “What is your greatest weakness?”
  3. Ask at least one question that the interviewee would not have prepared for before the interview.
  4. Prepare.  Take the time to review the candidates profile and identify a few questions to ask that would be pertinent.
  5. Be on time to the interview.  You as the employer have to respect the candidate’s time.

Overall, the Institute of Internal Auditor’s 2011 Atlanta Conference was a huge success, providing internal audit professionals from across the state with the opportunity to learn and network with their peers and The Intersect Group is already looking forward to being a part of next year’s conference.

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Rob MacLane discusses IT Hiring Trends

Rob MacLane, manager of IT staffing sales at The Intersect Group, discusses what trends The Intersect Group is seeing in IT hiring and staffing in the latest episode of Intersect TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVLVLs9etyg

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September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001…. A day forever engrained in our minds. A day when thousands of American lives were lost. On that day, the most significant change was the realization of the evil that exists and our vulnerability at “home.”

That date will forever hold its own place in each of our hearts.  It may be cliché, but we will always remember where we were the moment we heard that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.

I will certainly never forget. In late 1999 my wife and I had a second baby girl and I left Arthur Andersen, subsequently launching a software-as-a-service company, Intelitix.  Our vision was to revolutionize the patron management world for non-profit organizations starting with performing arts and later adding colleges and universities.  There was a proven need in the market, we had raised the capital and the biggest names in the industry were behind us.  What we could not be prepared for was the unimaginable – the massive human tragedy that was headed our way.   We had to hit our third phase of the product launch that would secure the last bit of capital we needed to finish development and move the company to stability. We were almost there….almost.

Our biggest product release (the single ticketing engine) was scheduled for launch at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on September 11, 2001.  My team and I worked through the night fixing glitches and working out the bugs to ensure that our product was top notch for the following day’s launch; the launch that ultimately did not happen that day.  Following the day’s attacks, we spent a full week trying to get home to our families and ensuring that all of our people in New York and other cities were safe.  Everything changed that day.  More than just the stock markets and big businesses changed; small businesses and startups changed.  The unlimited capital we could all lean on was gone and out of fear and uncertainty, funding completely dried up.

We eventually launched the single ticketing engine and were able to hang on a year and two months after 9/11.  However, the burden to fund operations, as well as heavy application development, was too high.  The company, customers, and our core technology team wound up with the market leader in a fire sale.

As I look back on the last 10 years so much has changed, both for America and myself personally.  As a country we are still living through the “War Against Terror,” the collapse of the housing market, an incredible economic recession, and the debt-ceiling crisis.  However, as Americans always do, we persevere. We reach deep into our core and we come up winning.

As for me, I have been blessed with a stronger marriage to my wife of 18 years, another beautiful girl (now 7) and the golden opportunity to lead an incredible team of people at The Intersect Group; serving hundreds of great clients who are also thriving.

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Advice to job seekers and hiring companies in an uncertain economy

Currency concerns, unemployment, earthquakes?!

A combination of factors have come together in recent weeks to create an economy that is….well, a little unstable to say the least.  This instability can make it difficult for both job seekers and employers alike to know what’s next, what’s around the bend and how to manage.

Based on our unique perspective of sourcing candidates for many of the most successful companies in the world, we have observed a few characteristics that companies are seeking and the most qualified candidates seem to follow. Here are a few tips that can make the job search and the hiring process a little less unnerving.

Job seekers: It’s a scary world out there and you don’t want to take a wrong step.  With a national unemployment rate of 9.1% jobs are hard to come by.  So what to do? The following four bits of advice will provide a little direction for your job search:

1.   Build a relationship with a respected staffing and executive recruiting firm to tap into the hidden job market.  Many jobs aren’t advertised but are exclusively sourced through a recruiting agency or referral.

2.  Research all companies thoroughly prior to accepting an offer.  What is their financial position and stability?  Historically, how have they responded during poor economic times and periods of economic growth?  Do they layoff employees?  Downsize?  Or sell business units?  Is their product or service revolutionary or recession resistant?  It is important not to jump from the frying pan into the fire.

3.  Take all interviews.  An interview is never a waste of time and is always an opportunity to showcase your talent and expand your professional network.  Seize the opportunity and sell yourself.  Perhaps the specific role is not ideal, but you could create your own opportunity through the process.

4.  Make yourself indispensable.  Build your technical skills to differentiate yourself from the rest of the market.  Learn hard to find skills to make yourself more desirable.

Employers: In an uncertain economy it’s difficult to take next steps with confidence, there are a million questions surrounding every decision.  “What if we have to downsize?” “What if the economy doesn’t turn around?” “Our staff is overloaded now, but should we hire?”  Below is some advice on how to get ahead in your industry:

1.   Always hire the very best talent available in the market.  The hiring focus should be on maximizing the productivity of every position available in the company.  Too often companies are very cost conscious in the hiring process and they lose the best possible candidates.  Gains in productivity almost always outweigh cost savings in compensation.  Hire the best, you will get what you pay for and ultimately you will do more work, produce more product, and increase quality with fewer full time headcount, thereby saving the company money in total.

2.  Build a relationship with a well-respected staffing and executive search firm and consider hiring contract employees to provide greater flexibility in your workforce.  Contract staff can provide the necessary manpower to meet the immediate needs of a company while avoiding the costs of downsizing if business declines.

3.  Consider incentive-based compensation plans that reward employees if revenues and profitability rises, but also control compensation costs as revenues decline.

Nobody can know for sure what our economy’s future holds, but this advice can provide some direction for both job seekers and hiring companies as we wade through the waters of uncertainty together.

About The Intersect Group:

Founded in 2006, The Intersect Group is a different and better business partner, creating unparalleled value for clients by combining industry-leading consulting capabilities with comprehensive staffing and recruitment services. Clients trust The Intersect Group to deliver results based on deep expertise and proven resources within finance, accounting, and information technology. Through The Intersect Group’s flexible delivery approach, clients get the right solution, at the right time to accelerate success and achieve all mission-critical objectives.

Since inception, The Intersect Group’s revenue has grown 800 percent, posting $3 million in revenue in its first year and a record $27 million in annual revenue at the end of 2010. The Intersect Group has been named as one of the top 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States, as determined by Inc. magazine.  The Intersect Group’s growing workforce, now in excess of 420 employees, serves clients nationwide from offices in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, and Dallas, TX.

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THE INTERSECT GROUP’s Rob MacLane, manager of IT staffing sales, discusses today’s competition for IT talent

Rob MacLane, manager of IT staffing sales at THE INTERSECT GROUP, discusses today’s increased competition for IT talent in THE INTERSECT GROUP’s latest Thought Leadership video.

http://youtu.be/3HVZ9xQ_40E

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THE INTERSECT GROUP’s managing partner, Wade Hughes, discusses IT and FINANCE & ACCOUNTING JOBS being re-shored to the U.S.

Wade Hughes, managing partner at THE INTERSECT GROUP, chats with Jean Creech Avent of Bold Ventures Radio about IT and FINANCE & ACCOUNTING JOBS and the trend to re-shore.

http://youtu.be/BBTteVqWRfs

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The Intersect Group’s Joe Fay, National Partner of Finance Transformation, discusses Shared Services

Joe Fay, national partner of Finance Transformation at The Intersect Group, discusses Shared Services and the steps toward virtualization in the latest video in The Intersect Group’s on-going Thought Leadership video series.

http://youtu.be/dclWDfj9rUE

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The Intersect Group’s Keith Ordan speaks about hiring trends in Finance and Accounting on Atlanta’s WSB Radio

Keith Ordan, staffing partner at The Intersect Group, spoke with WSB Radio’s Pete Combs this morning about hiring trends in Finance and Accounting based on a survey of 58 Atlanta-based CFOs.

The survey found that hiring is on the rise among Atlanta-based CFOs with 47.4 percent of CFOs indicating that they will increase staffing in Finance and Accounting throughout 2011.  Additionally, the survey reported that one-fifth of companies will hire more than 25 employees throughout 2011, while 53.3 percent will hire between one and five employees.

Listen to what Keith had to say this morning on WSB Radio by clicking below:

WSB Radio- CFO Hiring Survey

WSB Radio- CFO Hiring Survey2

For a full version of the report contact Bill Price at bprice@theintersectgroup.com.

About The Intersect Group:

The Intersect Group, founded in 2006, is a different and better business partner. The Intersect Group creates unparalleled value for its clients by combining industry-leading consulting capabilities with comprehensive staffing and recruitment services. Clients trust The Intersect Group to deliver results based on their deep expertise and proven resources within finance, accounting, and information technology. Through The Intersect Group’s flexible delivery approach, you get the right solution, at the right time to accelerate your success and achieve all of your mission-critical objectives.

Since inception, The Intersect Group’s revenue has grown 800 percent, posting $3 million in revenue in its first year and a record $27 million in annual revenue at the end of 2010. The Intersect Group is one of the top 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States, as determined by Inc. magazine. In addition, Inc. magazine ranked us within the top 100 in the Business Products and Services category. The Intersect Group’s 420 employees serve clients nationwide from offices in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, and Dallas, TX.

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