Although the tough economic times affect nearly everyone, Diversant CEO Gene Waddy (@gene_diversant) told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that employment rates for those in the IT industry are much better than the average. He is trying to grow his $100 million IT staffing firm based in Tinton Falls, N.J., said to the be the largest African-American owned firm of its kind in the country.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno recently visited Diversant to find out more and highlight the company’s accomplishments. “The lieutenant governor’s visit just capped off a great run for us,” Waddy said. “We started the company in 2005. We made the decision early on to do something very different, very revolutionary in our industry. And that’s called listening to your customers.”
Diversant customers include Fortune 500 companies including Bank of America and Wells Fargo and many and are in New Jersey. Waddy said Diversant has leveraged its status as a certified minority-owned business to offer clients more workforce diversity. He said his customers want to hire more minorities, women and returning Iraqi veterans.
Waddy said veterans can be trained successfully in quality assurance and quality testing on software development. “It’s a great entry point into it,” he said. “And we find that our veterans have the discipline, the drive, the tenacity to get through those curriculums and then go on to bigger and better things.”
The IT unemployment rate is only 2 percent, according to Waddy, compared to near double digits overall. “So if you see someone in IT who’s not working, usually it means they’re in a dead end technology or they’re just not marketing themselves properly,” he said. “We take an interest in those people as well and try to help them find jobs.”
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