Archive for September, 2013

CIOs discuss hiring for Atlanta finance jobs

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

CIOs across the city are busy planning to hire for Atlanta finance jobs.

Nine percent of Atlanta-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.

Sixty-three percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 20 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.

The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CIOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Atlanta area with 100 or more employees. The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order for the study to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis and has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

Seventy-two percent of Atlanta CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking (21 percent), security (13 percent) and data/database management (11 percent).

The survey results suggest that Atlanta CIOs are optimistic about their companies’ growth and IT investments. Eighty-seven percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is the same as the previous quarter.

Fifty-six percent of the Atlanta technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Database management and desktop support followed, both with 52 percent of the response.

AT&T creates customer service jobs in Atlanta

Friday, September 20th, 2013

With the acquisition of its latest company, AT&T is busy creating customer service jobs in Atlanta.

AT&T acquired Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.’s U.S. retail wireless assets operated under the Alltel brand.

The wireless giant received wireless properties in six states, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 590,000 subscribers. The Alltel network covers approximately 4.5 million people in mainly rural areas in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.

In Georgia, about 170,000 Alltel customers in the following counties will join AT&T: Baker, Ben Hill, Bleckley, Calhoun, Camden, Clay, Coffee, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Glynn, Grady, Harris, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriweather, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Turner, Upson, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox and Wilkinson. The acquisition of Alltel in Georgia also includes about 180 employees.

Alltel will be rebranded as AT&T. Prior to the network transition, AT&T will provide Alltel contract subscribers the option to select a new free phone comparable to what they currently use. The vast majority of Alltel contract customers receiving a free comparable phone will be offered a rate plan and selection of features comparable to or better than what they have today.4 Prepaid, also called no contract, customers will receive special offers for phones and rate plans when they transition to AT&T.

All customers will also have an option to upgrade, choosing from the industry’s best wireless device selection and current AT&T rate plans.5 AT&T offers popular Mobile Share plans, which let customers share a bucket of data — from 300 MB to 50 GB — with up to 10 devices on a single plan and unlimited calls and texts.

Company hires for manager jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Transwestern Southeast is expanding and hiring for manager jobs in Atlanta.

The company hired Clark Dean as senior managing director and partner while Bradley Fulkerson joins as managing director.

While Fulkerson will assist Dean in leading the Atlanta and Southeast TAS team, Dean’s focus will be larger in scope, taking a seat on Transwestern’s Board of Directors and the firm’s National Tenant Advisory Steering Committee.

The two new hires are part of a growth strategy set in place last year by Transwestern’s Southeast office, which is headquartered in Atlanta.

Dean, a cum laude graduate of Harvard University with an A.B. in engineering and biological sciences, was most recently a principal in Studley’s Corporate Services Group, where he developed scientific expertise in negotiations and transactions.

Fulkerson previously served as a principal at Cassidy Turley and was part of the transition of Carter & Associates brokerage and property management groups to Cassidy Turley. He will focus on tenant advisory brokerage, serving as an integral part of improving, enhancing and advancing the entire Transwestern platform in Atlanta and the Southeast. He graduated with a bachelors’ degree in building sciences from Auburn University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Clark and Bradley to Transwestern,” said Bruce Ford, Transwestern’s Southeast president. “These gentlemen are top producers in the market, and inventive leaders with the ability to drive greater success within our firm.”

“Bradley brings a depth of expertise in commercial real estate and a unique perspective,” said Bo Jackson, Transwestern’s Southeast managing director and partner. “He and Clark are redesigning the occupier sector of commercial real estate, and we are all excited to work with them on this new period of innovation.”