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October 9, 2009  2:43 PM

Where the IT Jobs Might Just Be



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Basesline Magazine, hot IT employment areas, IT careers, IT job search, IT job situation, Where the IT Jobs Are Now

I just finished flipping through an online slide deck at Baseline Magazine. It's entitled Where the IT Jobs Are Now and I'm happy to see that it validates several areas...

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...


September 8, 2009  1:20 PM

Dice Pinpoints Top 10 IT Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT job search, Top IT job areas, Top IT job locales

In a survey conducted by Dice and reported in Windows IT Pro on August 13, you will find a list of the most difficult skill sets or positions to fill in today's IT job market. This list makes for interesting...


September 4, 2009  3:32 PM

September 09 Employment Situation



Posted by: Ed Tittel
August 09 employment situation, August 2009 employment situation, IT career planning, IT job search, US BLS, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

This morning the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the employment numbers for August, 2009. These numbers aren't especially good: they reversed the modest trend from June and July during which time the unemployment...


August 28, 2009  3:20 PM

Does Age Matter When Seeking Employment? Sure, but…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
age discrimination in IT job search, ageism in IT job search, importance of flexibility in job search, important of current skills and knowledge in job search, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search for over-50 workers, relationship between age and pay

As a baby boomer myself, I can't help but be sensitive to continuing reports or complaints about age discrimination for job seekers over 50. But in talking to technical recruiters and reading recent reports on boomer job search and unemployment woes, I'm not completely convinced that a...


May 26, 2009  3:49 PM

CollegeRecruiter Lists Entry-level Jobs and Internships



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, entry-level IT job search, IT career planning, IT careers, IT intership search, IT job search

What with the semester near its end and the summer drawing on, young people's thoughts turn to employment. The CollegeRecruiter.com Web site has compiled a nice press release (dated 4/7/09) entitled "

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April 13, 2009  3:36 PM

Social Networking Picks Up Job Search Mantle



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, job search resources, job search skills, soft skills development

In her most recent (4/6/09) article, entitled "Social Networking Emerges as Job-Hunting Tool" regular ITCareerPlanet contributor Esther Schein, picks up and runs with an idea that's crossed my mind many times in the last year or so —...


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 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 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...


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