Climbing the IT Career Ladder:

December, 2011


December 30, 2011  7:14 AM

Have a Classy 2012 by Learning to Keep Books

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
accounting, business, entrepreneur, Hybrid IT, IT, office

I've written before about the growth of Hybrid IT job titles. And If you're reading this article, you are more likely to be employed in some sort of IT role than in a...

December 26, 2011  12:40 PM

Answering the Dreaded Salary Question

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
application, Bureau of Labor Statistics, dollars, education, expect, experience,, Google search, pay,, report, resume, salary,, sales pitch

At some point in most employment applications, either paper or electronic, you will come to this question or one much like it: "What salary do you expect?" If you're like me, your answer may be, "Ten million dollars a month, paid in gold." Fine. Got a laugh. But seriously, folks, how should we...

December 22, 2011  1:06 PM

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
BoostMobile, cab, cellular, Cellular One, dumb, limo, phone, smart, VirginMobile

My phone is as stupid as a phone can be, but you can drop it or get it wet and it will still work. My cellular cost per month is about $4, on average. My wife's

December 19, 2011  12:22 PM

The Art of the Deal: Essential Knowledge for IT Consultants

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
budget, client, consultant, consulting, David Hoppe, deal, Donald Trump, IT, Jimmy Buffett, Matt Heuser, negotiate, pricing decisions, professional, programming, self-employed, sell, selling, services, work

The Art of the Deal is the title of a book by Donald Trump. I am not endorsing this book, which I haven't read. I am, however, endorsing the concept embodied in its title, because for an IT consultant, which you may either be...

December 15, 2011  2:13 PM Senior Editor Talks About the IT Job Market (video)

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller

Mark Feffer totally has his finger on the pulse of the IT job market, and says security is the #1 job-finding buzzword today. [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

December 12, 2011  11:25 AM

Christmas is NOT the Time to Stop Job-Hunting

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
article, Christmas, hires, holidays, hunt, job, jobless, LinkedIn, new year, search, seek

I've heard it and so have you: "Nobody hires at Christmas time, so I might as well hang up my job hunt until after January 1." This is not necessarily so. Hiring may slow down around Christmas, but there are fewer people actively looking for jobs. Could it be that Christmas is a good time...

December 6, 2011  12:06 PM

Once Again, Foote Partners Says IT Is a Great Field To Be In

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Data Processing, discouraged workers, employed, employment, engineering, hosting, hybrid jobs, Information Industry, IT, jobless, medicine, part-time, teaching, Technical Services, telecommunications, unemployed

"In an analysis of Friday’s release of the November 2011 U.S. employment numbers by the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL/BLS), Foote Partners reports a net gain of 9,600 jobs in two IT services job sectors -- Management and Technical...

December 1, 2011  1:53 PM

Volunteer Your Skills and Time for a Political Cause

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
conservative, Democrat, liberal, libertarian, politics, Republican, socialist, Tea party, vote, voting, WordPress

I'm not saying what kind of political cause is best or whether you should choose liberal, conservative, libertarian or socialist candidates to support. But I urge any American who knows anything at all about the Internet and how to make a website -- or promote a Twitter or Facebook account -- to...


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