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May 29, 2007

Best Buy takes work-life balance to new level

If you haven’t read about it yet, Best Buy has instituted a new policy for employees in its corporate office that’s been getting a lot of attention.  The program is called ROWE, which stands for Results Oriented Work Environment. 

The general idea is that employees are judged based on output, not based on the number of hours in the office.  Workers can basically come and go as they please without making excuses.  According to J.D. Bliss’s blog, voluntary turnover has decreased significantly, while productivity is up an average of 35% since the program’s implementation.

As we’ve seen in the past few years, an emphasis on work-life balance has been more and more important for people when looking for a job.  But is this taking it too far?  Will employees do the bare minimum required to be considered productive, or will the flexibility motivate workers to go above and beyond?

I haven’t seen anything concrete about how employees are being paid, but presumably this program could work for both salaried and hourly employees.  For salaried workers, as long as they meet their goals, they get paid.  As for hourly workers, they can still work their 40 hours, but the hours could be put in overnight, or from their couches in theory, as long as the work is getting done.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this program and whether this is something that would attract you to a job.  Do you think you could stay motivated enough if you could leave work whenever you felt like it?

Posted by Christy H.

May 24, 2007

Skill Sets Over Time

I came across a great article on ComputerWorld today. Mary Brandel wrote a piece called “The Top 10 Dead (or Dying) Computer Skills.” I thought it was a really interesting read—mostly because I had forgotten that some of these technologies ever existed. I haven’t heard about nonrelational DBMS in years…

Perhaps even more interesting was thinking about how these skill sets have developed and changed over the years. C programming has turned into C++ and C sharp, and programming languages like ColdFusion have given way to Active Server Pages, .Net, Java and more.

It got me thinking—where will today’s hottest skills be in ten years? Early this year, we projected hot tech skills in 12 major U.S. technology hubs. I wonder how these skill sets will develop and grow as the technology in each industry does the same.

That’s why it’s crucial for job seekers to build on and continually advance their current skill sets. Last month, we discussed why this is the case for IT certification, but the same is true for these computer skills. By keeping up with new advances in technology, you are almost guaranteed to never be part of a dying skill.

Posted by Jim L.

May 23, 2007

Lessons from The Daily Show

According to some very credible research by Demetri Martin, "Youth Spotting" expert for The Daily Show, video resumes are becoming more popular as a way to stand out from the crowd in today's competitive job market. (Ok so it’s not credible, but it’s still true, and funny!) In all seriousness, video resumes are opening new doors for job candidates and enabling them to tell a more convincing story about themselves than you can put on paper. Something to think about when on your next job hunt.

Demetri's advice: Keep it short. Don't take naps on camera. And don't cry on your video resume.

My advice: Keep it short. Don’t just tell them why they should hire you - Use the visual advantage to show them why you are the right candidate for a job. Be creative and memorable, but don't make yourself look completely crazy!

Check out the Daily Show segment:

Posted by Christy H.

May 17, 2007

BlackBerry Addiction

Always checking your eMail after work hours have ended? You’re not alone. The New York Post did a piece on the downside of always being connected. Sara Stewart’s “Being Plugged in Lets You Work Anywhere—and that’s the Problem” definitely resonated with me, as I’m sure it will with a lot of you.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of benefits to being able to work from home. As the article points out, it allows you to spend time out of the office. And if there is an emergency situation at the office, you can be reached to diffuse it. However, always being available has its downfalls, the major one being that it blurs the line between work and play.

It’s important to keep some time for yourself after the work day ends. Yes, many bosses expect their employees to make themselves available, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep your BlackBerry glued to your side all night. Why not set aside time once a night to check your BlackBerry or eMail? This way, you won’t have to worry about missing an important call or eMail, but you also won’t have to sacrifice valuable free time.

If you have any other suggestions for being disconnected after office hours, I’d love to hear them.

Posted by Jim L.

May 15, 2007

Great Job Hunting Tips has a really interesting piece up—“Networking Tips for Techies.” The article provides points that are important for not only for techies, but for all job-seekers.

We’ve been talking about how tech jobs are out there, and this piece offers great ways to find the best jobs, as well as the jobs that fit you best. What better way to get started than to use the resources available to you?

No matter which pieces of Allan’s advice you choose to take, it’s important to remember while the job search can be trying, staying positive and keeping an open mind will help tremendously.

Definitely check it out—I think you’ll find a lot of helpful tips.

Posted by Christy H.

May 14, 2007

InformationWeek Salary Survey Reports High Tech Wages

InformationWeek released its annual IT Salary Survey last week and the results were not a surprise. The Salary Survey is further justification of the trends we’re seeing in rapidly rising tech wages.

Surprisingly, a slight decline was seen in median salaries for those under the age of 25. With only 39% of staffers thinking that the tech industry is as promising it was five years ago, this is a little disturbing. However, with every cloud, there is a silver lining.

The members of Generation Y play a critical role in keeping the tech sector flourishing and will become more important as Boomers begin to retire. We anticipate the demand for hard-working, experienced Gen Y-ers to continually increase throughout the next few years. And, with technology undergrad enrollments on the decline, supply will be limited. This strong demand and shallow supply pool could potentially send average tech salaries for Gen Y-ers sky-high in the next few years. It will be interesting to see what happens.

For now, Gen Y-ers need to continue focusing on building their career plans and beginning to reach their goals. In addition to its survey, InformationWeek also put together a helpful “How To Career Guide” that can serve as a great resource no matter what age you are or where you fall in your career path.

Posted by Michele B.

May 10, 2007

Reflections on SAPPHIRE

Being at the ASUG / SAPPHIRE conference last week got me thinking about the numerous job opportunities created by this buzz around enterprise technology. 

Many companies are trying to squeeze as much as they can out of their investments in SAP® or Oracle or Peoplesoft.  This means they’re looking for people who can help leverage their ERP investment as much as possible.

This is good news for tech gurus like you.  Good news, if you can help extend the functionality or flexibility of enterprise-wide software apps.  The techies with this skill are desperately needed and well paid.

Another thing that struck me was the arms race around product development. Companies are competing to develop the better, faster, cooler product.  To win this race, they’re willing to pay big bucks for the experts who will help them do it. This recent article in Datamation  tells this very tale of designers incorporating buzzworthy bells and whistles into new cell phones to earn major coin.

You can leverage these trends too.  Take a look at your existing skills.  What industry can you help develop the next big advancement?  What skills do you have that can answer this demand?

Posted by Christy H.

May 09, 2007

Consulting World Strong

Opportunities for consultants remained stable this spring.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the contingent workforce has has stayed rock-solid for more than 16 months.  In fact, the BLS’s data shows that there is a 1.2% overall growth in consulting opportunities.

Across the country, the trend in consulting is unwavering with many new opportunities.  These opportunities are most prevalent in fields including professional and technical services.  The current unemployment rate of 4-5%, which is low by historical standards, further proves that consultants, like you, are in demand.

Posted by Christy