Are Standing Desks Really That Great?

The companies that make standing desks say they provide all kinds of health benefits, such as reduced back pain, weight loss, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, better mental health, and even longer life. But how real are these claims? Let’s take a look at the popularity of standing desks and whether they’re as great as the… Read More »

Quarterly Newsletter – Issue #84

A Message from Blackstone On Diversity & Inclusion At Blackstone, we strongly believe that a diverse workforce in an inclusive environment enriches and improves us individually and strengthens us as an organization, and that in turn results in better value, values, ideals, and solutions being delivered to our customers and our communities.  It is truly… Read More »

What Is the Security Clearance Interview Process Like?

You have a lot riding on your security clearance interview. A new job or a promotion often hinges on securing and maintaining a security interview and the clearance necessary to access a high level of data and client access. Filling out the SF-86 was just the beginning of the security journey, now you’ve been asked to… Read More »

4 Tips for Managing Employees Who Are Older Than You

If you’re in management there are often situations that may feel awkward or require extra thought to determine the best course of action to handle it. One of these situations could be if you’re managing someone older. It’s a multigenerational workforce now, and millennials may find themselves managing older workers as they near retirement. These workers… Read More »

 Can Job Hopping Hurt My Chances of Getting Hired? 

The days of 20-years in an IT job and out for retirement are over. Job-jumping is in. Contracting is hot. The world has evolved and spending two-years or less in a job is a trend that is on the rise. However, sometimes too many jumps can make you look like a flight risk to a recruiter. How… Read More »

Spotting Exaggerations on a Resume

How do you know if a candidate is lying on a resume? Should you be suspicious about a perfect resume? How do you know the credentials listed are real? Here’s how to spot those little white lies and even the big fibs that are commonly found in that big pile of resumes you have on… Read More »

 Is Your Degree or Experience More Important in IT? 

Is it better to have a degree or real-life experience when you’re trying to land an IT job?  There is always debate in the technology community about which degree or certification is better to learn. That argument is as frequent as the debate about which language or framework is more popular and better to have on your resume.… Read More »

Benefits of Hiring IT Contractors 

Forbes reported late last year on a growing trend that was sweeping the nation; tech employers are hiring contractors over full-time employees. In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 5.9 million workers in the U.S. were contract employees; that number has only increased. Another study showed the U.S. government is increasingly reliant on contract IT workers.   Why are… Read More »

How to Stay-Up-to-Date in an Ever-Changing Tech Climate

The one constant in technology today is that the tools change. Over the past decade, technology has evolved in literally every area. Today, if your skills aren’t current, you will be quickly out-of-date with modern tools. This can hurt your chances of advancing in your career or hamper your job search. Here’s how to stay on top of what’s new… Read More »

Who Pays for the Clearance Process?

Many IT jobs these days require a security clearance. It can be expensive; each step of the investigation to clear your name is extensive. If you’re considering an IT role that requires a security clearance, this article will help you understand the costs, processes, and who pays.  How Much Does an IT Security Clearance Cost?  A… Read More »