Observations on the IT Job Market:

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January 12, 2010  12:21 PM

Survival Mode



Posted by: MarkHolt
cable guy, contracting, datacenter, datacenter jobs, it jobs, overqualified

Over the holidays, the college kids trooped home, looked around, and wondered what had changed. At least mine did. She asked if I was working more hours and why we focused on more personal, less expensive gifts. There was the unspoken question of what had happened to my career path...had I taken...

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...


November 15, 2009  12:17 AM

Job Sites for the Easy-going IT Lifestyle



Posted by: MarkHolt
datacenter, datacenter jobs, easy jobs, job sites for laid back IT workers, jobs for my lifestyle, Zune

Never run when you can walk, never walk when you can stand, never stand when you can sit down and never sit when you can lie down" Satchel Paige Kirkzune


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...


October 15, 2009  3:38 AM

Who Moved My Cheez-its?



Posted by: MarkHolt
changes, datacenter, datacenter jobs, rats in a maze, tech bubble, who moved my cheese

I hate Scurry. Sniff is practical, inquisitive. But that other one is just a hyperactive little rodent. In ‘98,...


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...


September 10, 2009  2:55 AM

Conversation Tweets of IT Couple Working the Coffee Counter



Posted by: MarkHolt
barista as a second life, datacenter, datacenter jobs, techs making lattes, twitter

twit pillow Very private pillow-talk-tweets of an ex-IT power couple, taking the only jobs left in...


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...


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