Climbing the IT Career Ladder


March 6, 2012  5:08 PM

What’s the Worst Resume Mistake You Can Make?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
human resources, IT jobs, manager, mistake, recruiter, resume

I asked a whole bunch of HR people, recruiters, and IT managers this question. And they gave me a whole bunch of answers. As we say down at the poker club, “Read ‘em and weep, my friends…”
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February 27, 2012  1:14 PM

10 Online Resources for IT Job Hunters



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
best cities, creative, first job, government jobs, IT jobs, job-hunting, libertarian, moving

I spend a fair amount of my time reading about job hunting. Today’s post is a list of 10 of the most valuable online resources I’ve found for IT job hunters ranging from new grads up to management-level people. Whether you need a job or are just thinking about moving to a new employer, you should look at the websites on this list.
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February 21, 2012  4:39 PM

Do You Want To Be a Google Summer of Code Mentor?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
developer, Google, local, mentor, O, open source, opening, prescreened, qualified, student, students, Summer of Code

You or your organization can apply to be a Summer of Code mentor starting February 27, 2012. The application deadline is March 9. There’s a FAQ page that will answer your most obvious questions. You should look at it if you think your organization is in a position to mentor a student developer this summer.
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February 16, 2012  3:21 PM

Linux Skills Are In High Demand



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
certification, college, FOSS, group, hiring, jobs, Linux, LUG, skills, study, university, users

“No one disputes that that tech jobs are fueling the economy in the U.S. and around the world. The U.S. President said in his recent State of the Union address that there are twice as many openings in the science and technology sector as there are people to fill them. But where exactly are these jobs? And, who exactly is landing them?”
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January 31, 2012  5:35 PM

Communicating With Users is Always Important



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
advance, calm, communicating, communication, conversation, facts, IT, people, pleasant, tension, understanding, users

Back in April, 2011, I wrote a column titled Improve Your People Skills for Fun and Profit. This is a topic that deserves revisiting, so let’s do that today.
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January 24, 2012  1:10 PM

What College Degree is Most Valuable?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Bachelors, career, college degree, Computer Science, education, EE, major, Masters, medical, petroleum engineering

This question can be answered in several ways. If you want the highest-earning job, Petroleum Engineering is for you. If you want to be in the fastest-growing field, think medical, especially a Master’s that can qualify you to be a Physician’s Assistant. Computer Science? Not as good as an EE but not shabby, either. But there’s also the question of what you enjoy. A job you hate, that pays well, may not be as good for you as teaching music or doing some kind of esoteric research and barely scraping by.
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January 16, 2012  1:43 PM

Beware of Employment Scams That Pop Up In Tough Times



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
419, advance fee, desperate, employees, FTC, job, job-hunting, judgment, Nigerian, resume, ripoffs, scam, tax prep, training, work-at-home

Here’s a Reddit post: “Thanks for applying! Pay us to train you, and *maybe* we’ll hire you!” This seems like an obvious scam to me. These people are offering to train prospective employees to work in their “local computer shop” for $150, and are making this offer to 50 people even though they only have eight openings. Say what? Sadly, with jobs as scarce as they are these days, there are almost certainly 50 people in Phoenix desperate enough to pay that training fee even though their chance of getting a job in return is less than 20%.
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January 9, 2012  7:00 AM

December IT Job Additions Didn’t Keep Up With Overall Job Increases



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
consulting, employment, Foote, government, growth, Hybrid IT

As regular readers of this blog know, I often quote Foote Partners research, whose most recent report says that in December, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that only 5500 jobs were created in the Management and Technical Consulting Services and Computer Systems Design and Related Services categories, down from 9600 in November and “significantly less than the average 10,592 monthly new job growth in these two segments over the past twelve months.” But don’t despair. There’s plenty of sunlight peeking through those clouds of gloom.
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January 3, 2012  2:52 PM

A New Job for a New Year?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
2011, 2012, Barack Obama, better job, Congress, crystal ball, election, free lunch, housing, January, job-hunting, president, recession, resume, Ron Paul, seekers

Congratulations. You have survived 2011. It is now 2012, and some economists and analysts say the recession we’ve been enjoying for the past few years is now easing, and that there will be more job openings in 2012 than in any year since 2008, maybe even 2007. Huzzah! But does that mean you should start circulating resumes immediately? Not necessarily. If you have a job now, no matter how humble, you may be better off staying with it than moving on. But may does not mean will.
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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 bookkeeping position, so going back to school to study bookkeeping might be one of the best “IT career” moves you can make. (And a classy move at that, if you can stomach the horrible pun about taking a class being “a classy move.”)
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