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April 1, 2009  4:55 PM

Texas: Another IT employment opportunity?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, job skills development, relocation for IT employment, Texas IT employment situation

In looking over the labor numbers for my recent Washington DC blog, "Government Stimulus Comes Home to Roost?" I also observed that employment numbers were up in Houston and Dallas as of the end...

March 27, 2009  5:22 PM

Government Stimulus Comes Home to Roost?



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

According to the Washington Business Journal, the DC area was only one of four major metro areas in the US — including also Boston, Dallas, and Houston — to experience job growth in 2008. For...


March 25, 2009  3:44 PM

Whole lotta nothin’ goin’ on…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, job search, job search skills, soft skills

My last blog ("It's COLD Out There/Here") not only elicited a couple of comments on the boards, it also stimulated numerous e-mails from other readers who pick the blog up via newsfeeds (for...


March 23, 2009  3:42 PM

It’s COLD Out Here/There…



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

In a classic exercise known as "eat your own dogfood" — by which I mean practicing what I'm preaching about hunting for contract and full-time employment by signing up at resume and job-hunting sites — I've been taking a pretty serious shellacking at the hands of recruiters and hiring managers...


March 18, 2009  5:22 PM

Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT careers, IT employment, underemployment, unemployment

How do you measure unemployment? Well, that depends. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks no fewer than six such measures, though it reports only on one of them as "the official unemployment rate." These measures are known as U1 through U6, where U3 corrresponds to official...


March 2, 2009  4:54 PM

When Job Fairs Aren’t Completely Fair Affairs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, coping with job loss, Interpersonal skills, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT job search, job fairs, job seeking skills, soft skills

I heard a very interesting news story on NPR this morning about job fairs in the Midwest. As you might expect, attendance at such soirees among employers is down for the time being, while attendance among those seeking work is way up, especially for unemployed people. Check out the story by Adam...


February 25, 2009  4:07 PM

About IT (Un)Employment: It Could Always Be Worse



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, unemployment statistics, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

For a quick take on the US Government's view of the current employment situation, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary always provides a pretty current view. In reading over the most recent report--for January 2009,...

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February 16, 2009  1:36 PM

Reader’s Digest Gets Into the Job-Loss Act



Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT job search, soft skills

I was sitting in the living room last night flipping through magazines while the boy was watching Spongebob Squarepants. For some reason, I just can't get into watching the same episode repeatedly, but Gregory has no trouble with that at all. One rag under scrutiny last night included the latest...


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