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November 9, 2009  2:57 PM

Do Temp Job Upswings Lead the Permanent Job Market?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, increase in temp jobs may lead employment recovery, IT employment, IT employment trends, October 2009 employment situation summary

Numerous observers of the employment scene (and the regular monthly US BLS Employment Situation Summary) noticed a potential ray of sunshine in last week's otherwise gloomy report — namely, an upswing of 34,000 temporary jobs. Some analysts view this kind of activity as a market predictor, which...

November 6, 2009  3:09 PM

As Expected, US Unemployment Tops 10% Mark



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, November 2009 employment situation, US BLS November 09 employment situation

Today's the first Friday of the month, and that means that it's also the day that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its "Employment Situation Summary" for the preceding month (October, in this case). As expected,...


September 30, 2009  4:52 PM

Po Bronson Strikes Again with “What Should I Do…” Redux



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, IT job search strategy, job attitudes, job strategy

Back in the last downturn — you know, the dot com bomb that followed the dot com boom in 2001 — Po Bronson, one of my favorite writers came out with a terrific book entitled What Should I Do with My Life?  that explored how best to take advantage of the many, often involuntary...


August 7, 2009  2:51 PM

The July 2009 Employment Situation Finally Posts



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT employment, IT employment indicators, IT employment situations, IT employment trends, July 2007 Employment Situation

The markets and their followers have been abuzz with anticipation of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary for July 2009, which just hit the Web and the newswires at 8:30 AM EDT this morning....


May 27, 2009  3:58 PM

Who’s Laying Off Right Now?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, coping with job loss, IT 2009 employment outlook, IT career planning, IT employment

To try to get a sense of who's still letting people go in IT, I turned to the Employment Spectator's IT news items and to an old favorite, the

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May 24, 2009  5:51 PM

The Slide Is Slowing, But Which Way Is Up?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, May 2009 IT employment

Recent jobless claims continue to flatten out, but at 8.9% overall, unemployment is still on the high side for the US from a historical perspective (the last time we experienced such rates was in the 1980s, in fact). This creates an interesting situation, in which everybody — including me — is...


April 29, 2009  4:03 PM

Some Faint Glimmers of Hope?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, IT employment indicators, IT employment trends, job seeking skills

Just over a month ago (March 23), I wrote a blog entitled "It's COLD out there/here." Therein I reported on my own attempts to find full-time, permanent employment by saying...


April 20, 2009  2:59 PM

Layoffs Hit Close to Home



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, job search skills, searching for IT employment

Given that I live in Round Rock, TX, just 6.37 miles from Dell Computer galactic headquarters at 1 Dell Way 78682, I hope it comes as no surprise that many of my neighbors work for that company. In fact, of the 21 houses in my immediate block, at least 9 of those households number (or numbered...


April 8, 2009  4:37 PM

Check Out/Help Out with the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment outlook, IT employment statistics, TechCrunch Layoff Tracker

Thanks to Don Sears excellent "Careers blog" at eWeek, I learned about the TechCrunch Layoff Tracker earlier this week. Here, I'd like to explain and describe it, then...


April 3, 2009  3:33 PM

BLS Posts March 2009 Employment Situation Summary



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, employment situation, IT career development, IT career planning, IT employment outlook, March 2009 IT employment

The March 2009 numbers just came out this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and are probably best summed up as "more of the same, only worse." Overall US unemployment jumped from 8.1% in February, up to 8.5% in...


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