Friday, April 25, 2008

A Follow Up On The IT Labor Shortage Debate

I liked this article updating the IT Labor Shortage question from earlier. It talks about how IT jobs have evolved from pure technical roles to a blend of Technical and Management. And some of the reasons that it is hard to find enough people that can fill such a role, from unrealistic expectations by employers in their job descriptions to companies upgrading their technologies but not their employees. This is creating a gap between supply and demand.

From the article:
Why Are There Gaps?
As many a veteran IT job searcher will tell you, employers frequently have difficulty finding the right people with the right talents to suit their job openings because they approach the search with unrealistic expectations and insufficient compensation for what they are seeking.

“One hundred percent, the employers are unrealistic,” Miller says. “They want too much—sometimes they’ll ask for Visual Basic, .NET, XML and Java programming experience, a four year degree, certifications, and then they want someone who has a stable job history and not someone who has been a contractor for six months at one place and four months at another.”

It is sometimes difficult to explain to employers that for every skill you add to the list of requirements, the pool of qualified applicants shrinks, she notes.

IT Labor Shortage or Not, Gaps Remain

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Old Counter Offer

It's been written and talked about many times: Accepting a counter-offer is usually a recipe for disaster. But too often people are blinded by money or promises. Now I'm sure there are times when it works out, but if there is something that causes you to seriously consider a different job, chances are those issues are not going away. Maybe this is sour grapes from a recent deal that I lost because of a counter-offer (oh yea, it is), but the point remains the same.
If you are consider changing jobs, check this out before you give your notice so that you are prepared. Counter-Offers

Here's another article that spells it out rather well.
Older Article That Still Applys

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Have You Researched Yourself?

As a job hunter, you should know that some Recruiters will research candidates online. Of course, it seems like everybody researches everything online these days. There are plenty of articles out there about creating and managing your online image or branding. Not just as a company, but as an individual. Like anything, this research needs to be kept in perspective and should not replace tried and true due diligence such as personal meetings, references checks, and customized screening. But knowing that someone might be looking you up on social and professional networking sites, you should at least make sure that simple searches on yourself will not cause alarm for a potential employer (Facebook and MySpace seem to be the greatest source of this.) Check out this poll showing where candidate research is performed most often.

Researching Candidates Online

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Jobs Report Is In

IT jobs are up 12% over a year ago, at their highest numbers ever, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, IT unemployment has risen, but is still relatively low at just 2.6%. Like anything involving statistics, there are various ways to spin numbers. This article breaks some of that down though to better understand where the growth is coming from and where it's not as strong. Information Week

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Website Managers Role

Article Title: Website Managers Role
Author Byline: Affordable Website Design & Maintenance
Author Website: http://www.slickricky.com/

A website manager is an online content producer and editor. Despite the fact that content is everywhere, the job is not an easy one because so many different areas of an organization have a different vision of what role content should play on the company’s website.

You have senior management who often does not understand web strategy or how social the web has become. Then there is the IT department that may push website features that are unnecessary. The marketing department can expect graphic heavy content and may not understand usability issues.

The Web Manager has a lot of responsibility but may end up feeling like a glorified secretary when he or she is pulled in five different directions by different departments within the organization.

For this reason it is important to hire an adaptable individual as your organization’s Website Manager. You want someone that plays well with others, can accept direction, but can also take the self-initiative to prioritize requests.

A Website Manager must also be able to wear several hats. He or she must be a fluent communicator, and have an excellent grasp of the English language.

Since most websites maintain blogs and community forums, the Web Manager must also have the ability to moderate incoming messages from the user community. This can translate into customer service and relationship management. The Web Manager must also be able to discern when it is appropriate to delete user generated posts, and when it is appropriate to respond.

The Web Manager must also keep abreast in website usability issues and keep up with what is going on in the web industry (such as social networking).

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More News on Chrysler Job Cuts

Here's a new article updating the Chrysler IT job cuts. 400 Chrysler Tech Jobs Go They state that 200 Chrysler employees will be affected, with the remaining layoffs coming in the contractor ranks. Cutting 20% of the IT staff is pretty steep, but I would not be surprised to hear it end up much higher than that. Tata seems to be buying up business everywhere right now. Yet they are implementing pay cuts for employees due to a slowdown in outsourcing business. TCS Pay Cuts And they recently cut 500 employees of their own for "poor performance", supposedly nothing to do with the outsourcing slowdown. This economic struggle is heading to India soon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

BlackBerry: Security and Sanity Risk?

Personally, I own a Blackberry and find it quite useful by allowing me to be productive outside of the office. There is always a risk of being tied to the little thing though, and here is an article questioning the dependence on the devices.



Article Title: BlackBerry: Security and Sanity Risk?
Author Byline: Need Job Hunting Advice?
Author Website: http://www.boston-technical-recruiter.com/

Following the recent Blackberry blackout, I was amazed at the potential security implications that this blackout illustrated. Even a 3 hour glitch in email communications produced some outraged responses from users around the world. A web service that has an uptime of some 99.9999% gets hammered for a tiny outage as addicted users frantically pace back and forth screaming obscenities at RIM’s apparent incompetence.

Recruiters tend to use blackberries more than is probably good for them. I have found in over two years that I don’t need one as my phone is enough. If someone has something urgent to say they can call me or wait till morning. It really is unreasonable to wake up in the middle of the night to email someone or to do it from the ski slopes. Having an actual conversation is more effective recruiting technique then email, especially in urgent situations. There is less room for misunderstandings and more can be said verbally then in writing.

I don’t have a blackberry, and I’m not planning on getting one anytime soon. However, I think it is disturbing that this one company can create such chaos with a tiny outage. If something more significant than a botched software update were to happen to the server rooms at RIM, it is conceivable that the national security of the US could be compromised. This is intolerable.

We have become so used to technology that many people would simply shut down if their “Crackberry” went out of services. It’s pretty ludicrous how much people depend on this sophisticated yet nascent technology. Users should hold the horrific thought of losing their tool at any time and should always have a backup ready. Having a backup will ensure that if something happens to RIM, nothing happens to our business.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.