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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 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...

February 20, 2009  6:06 PM

A Reduction in Pay Beats a Reduction in Force

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT pay cuts, IT salary and compensation, job skills development

Back when I worked for the Feds in the 1970s, the acronym for layoffs was RIF (reduction in force). These days, the downward spiral in the economy often involves belt-tightening of all kinds. If you're lucky enough to avoid layoffs, downsizing, right-sizing, or any of the other euphemisms for being...

January 4, 2009  10:03 PM

The New Year Is Here, So Be It Resolved That…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification lifecycle, job skills development

A list of New Year's resolutions for those who work in IT, and are seeking to improve upon or build their careers might include the following:

  • Identify at least two new tools or technologies relevant to your job, and start to learn more about them. If you can obtain trial versions or...


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