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December 27, 2007

Join me for Happy Hour

Welcome back everyone -- hope you had a great holiday season!  Things over here have been pretty busy.  Spent some time with the family, and then traveled up to the Big Apple last night for an appearance on FOX Business’s Happy Hour.

Over cocktails at the Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria (well, we didn’t actually drink), I talked with host Rebecca Gomez about what you should be doing in 2008 to land a new job.

Here’s the YouTube clip -- take a look and let me know how I did!

Posted by Jim L.

December 21, 2007

An IT setup Santa would love

The North Pole comes up in conversation a lot this time of year, but we’re taking you in the opposite direction today—the polar opposite direction.

Meet Henry Malmgren, the South Pole’s IT manager. Yep, you read right: The South Pole has an entire IT infrastructure in place to support the researchers and scientists who work there throughout the year.

Henry and his staff handle the superstructure, handheld radios and every piece of telecomm or computer equipment in between. And then there are the occasional challenges of swapping out a router at minus-100 degrees, and having to order spare parts up to a year and a half in advance.

But even with nine-hour days, six days a week, Henry’s life isn’t all work and no play. He’s a member of the 300 Club, a daredevil group that withstands 200-degree heat in the sauna, and then streaks around the south pole survey marker in the sub-zero temps. (Check out ComputerWorld’s pics for a look at the fun.)

Henry’s experiences reinforce just how integral IT is to almost any job, and how pervasive the corresponding technology has become. Do you have a far-flung IT adventure to share? Tell us here!

And Happy Holidays, everyone!

Posted by Anna M.

December 13, 2007

Crystal Ball Series pt. 4: The final chapter

All good things might come to an end, but at least they don’t have to go quietly. That’s why we’re ending our Crystal Ball Series in the Southeast, a region known for hot temperatures and hotter tech opportunities.

No wonder, considering this part of the country is home to the nation’s largest research park, second largest financial center and the ninth largest metro area. Let’s look at them more closely through our Crystal Ball:

Research Triangle Park

Charlotte

Atlanta

Thanks for following our series around the country! We hope you gleaned helpful insights about what jobs and skills are available across the U.S., and are thinking more deeply about your own employment future. Good luck!

Posted by Jim L.

December 12, 2007

In case you missed it …

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs forecast, this time focusing on the 30 fastest-growing careers for 2006 to 2016. The tech sector-heavy results will come as an early holiday gift for job-seeking IT pros.

The first job category on the list was network systems and data communications analysts, expected to increase 53.4 percent. Other high-ranking roles included computer software application engineers (44.6 percent); computer systems analysts (29 percent); database administrators (28.6 percent); and systems software engineers (28.2 percent).

Such positive forecasts fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Given the uncertain economy right now, many experts were predicting job losses. Imagine their surprise, then, when the pre-holiday apocalypse didn’t come true, and instead defied all expectations with job increases.

Overall, this report further supports what we’ve been seeing for awhile in the tech marketplace: Demand is going strong for technology, IT, clinical research and scientific jobs, making it an ideal time to be on the supply side.

Posted by Roseanne D.

December 10, 2007

Crystal Ball Series pt. 3: Across the country

Surprise! Life does exist between Los Angeles and New York ;-). And while our next four areas aren’t in exactly one region, they just go to show there are plenty of tech opportunities for savvy IT pros anywhere in the U.S.

The secret is knowing where to look. And we can help you look around by looking ahead. Crystal Ball, show us what’s happening in 2008 for these tech hot spots:

Northern N.J.

Philadelphia

Cleveland

Indianapolis

Our Crystal Ball Series will wrap up on Thursday with the Southeast, so come on down for the final installment. See you then!

December 07, 2007

A night at the museum

Last night Jim, Anna, Roseanne and I went to The Academy of Natural Sciences where, amid the dinosaur skeletons and slithering reptiles, Philly’s Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) chapter hosted their 2007 Pepperpot Awards dinner. The Pepperpots honor excellence in public relations and marketing in several categories, including media relations, brand/reputation management, crisis communications and more.

As it turns out, The Recruiter took the Pot (that’s first place!) in the Online Media category. We were ecstatic, of course, but managed to contain our excitement long enough to pose with the award. Here’s Anna, me and Roseanne (l. to r.):

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The Phillie Phanatic was in attendance as well, and stopped for a glamour shot with me and Jim:

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So from all of us at The Recruiter to you, our loyal readers, THANK YOU for helping make this award possible! Let’s keep up the awesome work in 2008 -- if there are any topics you’d like to see us explore, just say the word!

Posted by Christy H.

December 06, 2007

Crystal Ball Series pt. 2: West Coast roundup

It truly is the Wild West when it comes to our next four IT markets. Anchored by Silicon Valley, these locations make up our country’s most famous tech corridor, and are renowned for their wealth of talent and innovation.

So what do these IT hotbeds hold in store for you in 2008? Let’s consult our handy crystal ball:

Portland

Seattle

Silicon Valley

Southern California

We’ll swing over to the Midwest and East Coast next Monday, so make sure to stop by for another look-see.

Posted by Jim L.

December 03, 2007

The Crystal Ball Series gets rollin’

We like to dabble in divination on The Recruiter. But I don’t mean tea leaves, tarot cards or astrology. I’m talking about educated predictions based on solid, real-time demand from customers, and experiences of IT workers and recruiters in the field.

That’s why we’re ringing in the 2008 job market with our first-ever Crystal Ball Series, a four-part forecast of the hottest jobs and skills for the coming year. It’s grounded in our analysis of Yoh’s research during 2007, and will ultimately cover 15 markets and over 40 skill sets.

Plus, you’ll get to hear these prophecies in my own voice, thanks to our on-the-go podcast snippets. And remember, you can agree, disagree, elaborate, pontificate or otherwise sound off about these outlooks at any point in the comments section.

Let’s kick off the clairvoyance by gazing into our first four markets:

Dallas

Houston

Phoenix

St. Louis

Check back later this week for our West Coast roundup!

Posted by Jim L.