Zekiah Technologies is a small company, and it can be hard to make ourselves stand out from the crowd in the eyes of potential new employees. While salary, health benefits, and vacation days are incredibly important considerations for applicants, I’d like to take the time to talk a little bit about the unquantifiable benefits of working with us: all those little things that can make a company a great place to work but never quite make it into the company description. Read More »
Zekiah is a prominent employer at NSWC Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) located in King George County, VA. Many of our hires are local residents but we also recruit from outside the area and we are frequently asked, “Why should I move to King George?” Read More »
Driving to Zekiah Technologies for the first time as a new intern, there was only the road and my questions. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the people there and I didn’t know what they were going to expect from me. The questions intensified as I drove. When I finally arrived, my head was buzzing with uncertainties as I turned to see the Zekiah offices for the first time.
Looking at the small unassuming La Plata building that houses offices for Zekiah Technologies it could be hard to imagine why someone might want to work there or even imagine what the company even does. The answer may surprise you. Zekiah Technologies is an innovative small business that focuses on software development, data analysis, geospatial technologies, and more. They are a government contractor that has served many important entities including, the US Coast Guard, the US Navy, the Columbian Navy, and the State of Maryland. Read More »
I recently offered a job candidate a position where he could work about twenty minutes from his house rather than the hour and half he was commuting currently. The daily work was similar as his current job and I was able to offer him $65,000 per year which was a significant increase from his current pay. Unfortunately for me, he did not take our job offer because once his current employer found he had a new job with us they offered him $74,000 to retain him at his current position!
Our rural area does not pay in same range as jobs closer to the city, so I was not able to increase my offer. Looking at this it seemed like an easy choice, right? They were offering him $9,000 more per year – of course he should take their offer!
But wait… was their offer really better? Read More »
For most of my adult life I’ve dealt with an achy back. It started years ago when I worked at a pet store slinging 50 pound bags of pet food all day, and then come home to more physical work. When I started working at a desk, I found it to be quite a transition from moving constantly to parking myself in front of a computer all day. My aches didn’t improve. I just started getting new aches like a stiff neck and knots in my shoulders.
Around the time when the Apple watch was first released, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said that “Sitting is the new cancer”. It may have just been a ploy to promote the new smartwatch which reminds users to move more often, but there is some truth to what he said. Excessive sitting is hard on the body and is associated with many chronic diseases and conditions, including muscle strains, compressed discs, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, organ damage, and some types of cancer. One study of 794,577 participants detailing various health problems related to sedentary behavior, found the most sedentary people had a 112% increase in the risk of diabetes and a 147% increase in “cardiovascular events”. Those are some grim numbers.
You may be thinking there’s not much you can do about it if you’re required to work at a desk all day. Dealing with some of the negative effects of sitting myself, over the years I’ve researched ways to counteract those effects. Read More »
Maryland’s unemployment rate in 2008 was a mere 4.3%. At the end of 2012, it had increased to 6.8%! With the rising unemployment rates, ensuring your job application stands out from the other candidates is all the more important. As the owner of Zekiah Technologies for the last fifteen years, I have seen many resumes and completed many interviews. Some candidates certainly stand out from the rest. Many times they are not the most qualified; but they are the candidate most likely to get the job. Small things make the difference and taking the time to make small adjustments can make the difference between unemployment and being the selected candidate.