IT Career JumpStart:

job seeking skills


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...

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 11, 2009  4:13 PM

In Today’s Job Market, Prospective Employers Want It All



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, advanced degrees, certification ladder, college degrees, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job experience, job seeking skills, soft skills

I was just musing on the state of the current job market, where it's not unfair to say that there are a lot more people chasing jobs than there are jobs chasing people. Once again, I find myself pondering the "Big Three' ingredients that all employers consider when selecting among multiple...


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 18, 2009  3:51 PM

A Small Silver Lining?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT job search, IT skills development, job seeking skills, soft skills, soft skills development

Although I enjoy writing these blogs, I sometimes find myself wondering if they have any real impact. In the case of my Friday the 13th blog "How Can You Get a Job that...

Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


January 28, 2009  5:55 PM

Don’t forget “other sources” when funding IT training



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, continuing education, IT skills development, job seeking skills

As veteran blogger and commenter Suzanne Wheeler (she writes "Views from the PIT-People in IT" blog here) noticed about my


January 19, 2009  9:40 PM

What about spending money when you have no money?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT certfication, IT job search, job seeking skills, professional development

I just did a follow-up phone interview with TechTarget news writer MIchael Morisy, who raised the question with me "Will people really spend money on certs in a down economy?" Notice carefully the use of "people" in this question: we're talking about individuals spending their own hard-earned...


January 19, 2009  9:17 PM

Foote Partners Pinpoints 10 Top IT Jobs for 2009



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, continuing education, IT certification, job seeking skills

My old buddy David Foote at IT compensation specialist firm Foote Partners, recently shared with e-week the results of his latest compensation data in a slideshow named "


January 14, 2009  6:50 PM

Out of an IT Job? Then what?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

In some e-mail with a fellow certification market follower recently, my correspondent opined that those who find themselves out of work in IT can look for a silver lining in such dire circumstances. The sudden change of work status creates a fabulous opportunity for study, learning, training, or...


Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: