I think blogs are a great way to express yourself and share information with a wide audience. Although they are supposed to allow virtual communities of people with similar interests form, the spammers are killing us.Details
According to Computerworld. 2006 should be a good year for IT professionals. In fact the numbers of jobs posted on Dice.com from January through September for developers, project managers and help desk technicians rose 40%, 47% and 45%, respectively, compared with the same period in 2004. Interestingly, with all the talk of outsourcing, less than 5% of the 10 million people who make up the U.S. IT job market had been displaced by foreign workers through 2004. The survey also indicates the top 4 jobs that employers seek.Details
When you are interviewing with your potential next boss, consider shat a manager is really looking for. Interestingly, I asked over 200 staff what a manager seeks, and only 2 had any clue. So here is an insight that you should use when you are interviewing for a potential job.Details
I had a client today who is getting interviews but not offers. Not a bad place to be, but very frustrating because he has interviewed for positions he really wants. When I asked him what happened in the interview, it was clear that there was at least one thing he was failing to do.Details
A Computerworld article indicated that in a recent survey of 210 senior IT executives at Global 1,000 companies and 242 executives at outsourcing service providers, the percentage of users satisfied with offshoring providers fell from 79% to 62% over the past year. Even more telling was the number of customers who prematurely ended domestic or offshore outsourcing contracts within a year: That figure jumped from 21% in 2004 to 51% this year. Yet, in a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, 74% of the respondents said they plan to increase their use of offshore contractors. So while outsourcing is not living up to its expectations, it is still a growing trend. What does this mean to the IT professional?Details
I recently wrote a resume for an entry-level IT professional who had very little experience in computers except for what he had learned in school. He had few hands-on courses, no certifications and a mediocre GPA. His prospects for gaining a job interview were slim. Jumping to the end of the story, the resume I put together for him resulted in 3 calls from employers in the first 24 hours. So what magic did I perform? I stressed his attitude.Details
I can’t tell my clients enough the importance of sending a Thank You letter after an interview.
In a recent survey of hiring managers, nearly 15% say they would not hire someone who failed to send a Thank You letter after the interview. And 32 % say they would still consider the candidate, but would think less of him or her.
Every week I see hundreds of resumes sent to me for a free evaluation. Most of them start with an Objective indicating what that individual is seeking. Then they list the various roles and responsibilities they have held in the past. Where this style of resume was successful 5 years ago, it isn’t going to work in today’s market.Details
Today I got a call from a desperate man. He had gone through 3 interviews successfully and was about to be offered the job of his dreams. He wanted to know if we did reference checking. I gave him some advice and directed him to many of the good firms that do this as a service. He called back and said that the firms I directed him to would not do what he wants.Details
Sometimes having an outsider look at your background can make all the difference in the world as to how you perceive yourself. I recently had a senior executive who lamented how difficult it was for him to reenter the job market as he had left a significant corporate position for a job in academia where he has spent the last 7 years. He was concerned that his strength in creating and executing a company vision/mission would not be perceived because of his “sabbatical”.Details