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Yoh is one of the largest providers of talent and outsourcing services to customers in the United States. With over 374 million USD in total sales, Yoh operates from more than 75 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the information technology, scientific, engineering, health care and telecommunications communities. For more information, visit Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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January 24, 2008

Job boons for boomers

For baby boomers, the recession threat might only apply to hair lines, not bottom lines, thanks to recent news from IBM. Last week, the tech company joined the Partnership for Public Service to launch a new program aimed at giving boomers a second career with the federal government.

This program, called the FedExperience Transitions to Government, will help seasoned IBM employees launch a second career with the U.S. Department of Treasury. The timing for this partnership couldn’t be better. On one hand, the government will be looking to fill 193,000 jobs, including positions in information technology, just in the next two years. On the other hand, federal jobs often come with appealing benefits such as flexible work schedules, teleworking and job sharing – all attractive to semi-retired boomers. The result, according to Anita Bruzzese on 45 Things: The program will help combat worker shortages, while filling some of the government’s critical positions.

Overall, it’s an interesting response to the ongoing fear that boomers hitting retirement will cause a severe brain drain, and sap the economy of some of its most valuable and talented workers. Any boomers out there care to chime in? What you do think about the FedExperience program? Would it entice you to stay in the workforce longer? What other companies do you think would benefit from programs like this?

Posted by Anna M.

September 25, 2007

Why changing seasons signal changing jobs

Yesterday was the first day of fall, although you might not know it here in Philadelphia, where temperatures are reaching the 80s again. Still, the rustling of early foliage is overcome only by the rustling of restless IT pros gearing up for a job search, says Deborah Perelman for eWEEK's Channel Insider.

According to Deborah, this time of year is a natural period for transition, as vacations end, students go back to school and people start looking ahead to the new year and new goals.

Indeed, no time like the present to think about your 2008 plans. By throwing your hat into the ring now, you can beat the pack of fellow seekers who begin the hunt post-New Year's resolution. Plus, you get your momentum going before the distraction of the holidays, can round out the year at your current company and kick off 2008 with a new workplace adventure.

Just one extra tip before you get started: Consider consulting or contracting for your next move. It's a great way to hone and expand your skill sets while working with diverse companies, managers and projects.

So how have you fared with seasonal job searches before? Do the spring buds or autumn leaves stir your job wanderlust? And have different seasons ever impacted your hunt in a particular way? Tell us how!

Posted by Christy H.

March 02, 2007

STOP - Don’t Upload That Photo!

Recently, we blogged about online networks and how they can be a useful tool to network and possibly search for job opportunities. While the Internet and social networking can be helpful, beware of what you upload/post out there on the Web.

Case in point: According to a recent New York Daily News article, by the time “Sylvia’s” interview day arrived, her destiny had been determined. When her interviewer “Googled” her name, she found drunken pictures, inappropriate language and other items that demonstrated Sylvia’s severe lack of maturity. Needless to say, she did not receive a job offer following her interview.

With the rise of user-generated media and content, more and more employers are using the Web as a tool to get an inside look at the people they might consider hiring. The Boston Globe recently cited an ExecuNet survey that stated nearly 77 percent of recruiters said that they used search engines to check out candidates in 2006, and 35 percent have eliminated a candidate because of what they saw online. And, hiring managers are doing the same thing.

To avoid falling prey to Career Googling, always think twice before posting something on the Internet or commenting on someone’s blog. Due to cached pages and other blogs that cut and paste from other sites, things are not easy to delete once they’re out there. Make sure to conduct a search of yourself frequently. Simply type your name into a few major search engines and see what pops up. Clean up your Internet presence by hiding old scandalous content through posting industry-related comments on blogs like ours or message boards. Also, if you have your own blog, log on and read through your old entries to make sure nothing could make you look bad to a prospective employer. Gather more helpful tips from our previous blog post on Tech Résumé Tips

Posted by Michele B.

February 14, 2007

Bad attitudes at work, as contagious as the flu

Sometimes making it through the daily grind can seem trying enough.  But we all know when you have a negative co-worker sucking your energy on top of the day-to-day stress; it is enough to blow a gasket. 

A recent study at the University of Washington revealed that it isn’t just you.  In fact one or two unhappy, pessimistic workers can sour the whole office.  Also, the study revealed that even with perky, happy workers in this environment, the damage is done. 

With this said, as a candidate for your next career opportunity, be prepared for a thorough screening.  Hiring managers have always suspected that one bad apple really could spoil the whole bunch, but this study now solidifies this notion.  Personality tests, behavioral interview questions and “what if..” scenarios in the screening process will be more prevalent than ever before. 

And for those of you, who suspect that you might be that sour grape at the office, perk up.  You’re dragging the rest of the crew down with you. 

Posted by Christy H.

December 06, 2006

Happiness in 07

As we get near the end of 06, many of us take time to reflect on our decisions and progress made throughout the year.  Making more money is likely one of the top goals for most in 07, but we should also think about that which provides us with satisfaction, whether it is dinner with family or friends making that yoga class after work or simply watching the big game on television.

Wall Street Journal online recently covered the pursuit of happiness in an article.  The author consulted with academics who specialize in researching what makes us happy, and the changes that they made in their own lives to try to achieve it. 

Keep this subject in mind while you contemplate taking that new job in the far suburbs or that promotion that requires extensive travel. 

A career in happiness research certainly sounds intriguing; I wonder if there are any openings locally?

Posted by Janet F.

September 25, 2006

Time to quit?

Do you have a wandering eye?  No, I'm not prying into your personal relationship, I mean when it comes to your job are you "still looking?"  Don't feel guilty; there are clearly issues that impact people everyday that lead them to wonder what else is out there.

Forbes recent ran the article "Do you hate your job?"  which explores why certain people leave, and why they stay.  It comes down to articulating what it is at work that is bothering you.  This may require more than a simple statement, it might take an entire notebook to write down all the reasons you are dissatisfied.  The key is that once you've gotten it all out in the open, so to speak, really analyze what you can change and what you cannot.

Here are links to some other helpful tools and articles on this subject that appear on

Quitting Time - The Quiz

Ten Signs You Should Keep Your Job

When Is It Time to Go?
Posted by Veronica R.

August 21, 2006

Answers to All Your Career Questions

This is the best resource I've found for answering a wide variety of job-related questions.  CHIMBY  is a search engine that lets you search over 250 career advice sites at once.

You can find several professional opinions on any topic from resumes to thank you notes to dealing with office politics.  CHIMBY crawls the sites of career coaches, career blogs and other media sources in order to provide the best answers to your career advice questions. Each source is hand-picked to ensure fresh, relevant results from an exclusive club of career advice experts.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Posted by Veronica R.

June 08, 2006

Tales from the Far Side

Ever wonder what hiring and HR managers are advised to do about hiring by consultants and advisory firms?

We came across a report from Forrester that states, "The job market for IT professionals has had some dramatic swings over the past five to six years. Y2K and the dot-com frenzy fueled a wild supply/demand imbalance that led to bidding wars for talent, with double-digit percentage increases in wages and signing bonuses in the tens of thousands of dollars. Then the subsequent dot-com crash and economic slowdown led to the downsizing of IT organizations, the demise of consulting companies, and the unemployment of many IT professionals. The past few years have seen an improving hiring picture for IT jobs. However, the combined effects of outsourcing, offshoring, the increased use of packaged applications and hosted solutions, and the shift to service-oriented architecture (SOA) have reshaped the IT job landscape. Firms need much more focused human capital management practices, especially around compensation strategies aimed at recruiting and retaining IT professionals."

In other words, the employment market has improved and you better pay better and build programs to retain the best talent. Let's see how that advice plays out.

Posted by Jim L.

June 06, 2006

Turnover in the IT World

Remember the old adage about first year law school students?
Look to your left. Look to your right. One of those people won't be here at the end of the year.
The same thing's happening in the IT world.
In an Information Week story out yesterday, Marianne McGee wrote that thanks to an improving employment market, nearly half of the IT workers surveyed plan to look for a new job in the next year.
So, it's more than just a war for talent; it's also a war to retain. Something tells us that companies like Initech from the movie Office Space are going to struggle in this environment.
Posted by Jim L.