Observations on the IT Job Market:

Data Center Jobs


December 20, 2009  5:43 PM

Click Happy



Posted by: MarkHolt
California fires, data center, Data Center Jobs, no popups, Qualcomm, Remote access, Virtualizing, VPN

Sometimes I forget that it's SO entertaining to watch someone clicking like mad around the computer screen, pressing extra hard on the virtual buttons, fiercely demanding that something, anything, happen. They're Click Happy

December 8, 2009  12:00 AM

Righting the Wrong Resume



Posted by: MarkHolt
Data Center Jobs, datacenter, Do Nothing Month, January Jobs, Resumes

I got my first Christmas card today.  That means only a few weeks before the big rush, the great onslaught, the thundering herd decends on job openings everywhere.  Maybe even get an IKEA interview...


October 30, 2009  10:28 AM

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain



Posted by: MarkHolt
contractors, data center, Data Center Jobs, datacenter, Train wreck

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. - W. Edwards Deming I respect one law over all others...the law of unintended consequences. I can't think of a better example than government boondoggles, after the fanfare of a new program or...


September 24, 2009  3:53 AM

Dont. Stop. Swimming.



Posted by: MarkHolt
data center, Data Center Jobs, IT job search, observations on IT jobs, Unemployment

“Well, we might as well get this out of the way now. The employment numbers were uniformly horrible.” At times like these, I turn to my kid's video library for inspiration. I give you: Dory, the...


August 25, 2009  11:15 AM

The Emperors New Clothes, or how to Dress Less for Success



Posted by: MarkHolt
data center, Data Center Jobs, Dress for Success, IT Job interviews, The Office

Has there ever been a time in world history when dressing for work has been so bass-ackward? In the grand pecking order of the IT workplace, the bottom spot has always belonged to the interviewee. Yet we show up wearing our finest, dressed like Cinderella going the ball. No...


August 3, 2009  9:10 PM

Onward Through The Fog…of Support Calls



Posted by: MarkHolt
3rd shift, data center, Data Center Jobs, deadheads, night and weekend support calls

“Mark! “ “You still there?” My eyes snapped open. The floor was sideways in my view, the phone lying a foot away, voices coming from the speaker. It was 2 am; I’d fallen asleep at home, on the floor, while the tech team was hard at work...


July 23, 2009  3:50 AM

The Tsunami of Data Keeps Rolling In



Posted by: MarkHolt
data center, Data Center Jobs, Gates in a suit, Integrity, Storage, Storage Hell

The IT world is losing its soul. Or at least its buried in a avalanche of files and folders. The game just a few years ago was Paradigm-Shifting and World-Changing. But that was then. These days new IT solutions have all the pizzazz of my dad's '66 AMC Classic sedan. Apparently things are...


July 3, 2009  7:21 PM

Ten things to NEVER put in your resume if you want to work in IT



Posted by: MarkHolt
data center, Data Center Jobs, resume, salary before the crash, top ten bad things

Avoid the derisive laughter!
Remove these 10 unsightly blemishes from your file and get back on the job!

No, I didn't make all of them up. . . just ask the HR folks.

1. URL to your "Timesheets: Copy-and-Paste tips" blog

2. ...


June 20, 2009  8:42 AM

Dad’s Guest Blogger



Posted by: MarkHolt
dad, dads, data center, Data Center Jobs, fathers day, star trek

I asked my college-age daughter Lindsay, to post her Father's Day thoughts on having a dad who does IT. Here's her response. Greetings, blogosphere! Wow, this is great, you guys are really great. It’s so nice of you to come out and read this stuff. You’re beautiful. I know...


May 23, 2009  4:51 AM

Did I Wear a Dress Today?



Posted by: MarkHolt
cats, change, change management, data center, Data Center Jobs, Dr John Townsend

It is remarkable how easily we…fall into a particular route and make a beaten track for ourselves. Thoreau, Walden Pond People are like cats. I know dog is man’s best friend, but people (meaning me) aren’t like dogs, even though we like to think we are…all...


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