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From Barry Moss <barrymos...@gmail.com>
Subject IT job prospects
Date Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:05:38 GMT
Hello. If there are candidates with experience in JCR and would like to work
in New York City please contact me.
I represent a privately held IT staffing firm and there are multiple
opportunities that we are working on with this skill set for Architects and
Developers alike. Please reply off-list and I can easily answer any
questions you have. I recently wrote an article for
www.digitalmediabuzz.comthat you might be interested in. The article
is geared for candidates that
are looking for employment. I listed the article below. Thank you

IT Job Prospects-Keep your head up

While it’s easy to get depressed among the daily reports on the declining
job market, there are reasons to “keep your head up” in the IT arena.  The
Information Technology job market is not nearly as strong as it has been,
but many companies are strategically hiring. Firms like Microsoft,
Citigroup, and other corporations that have significantly reduced staff are
selectively hiring both contracting and fulltime employees.

*How is it that corporations are hiring in this market?*

Companies have reduced staff by letting employees go who are not top
performers. At the same time, they are actively recruiting for positions to
replace these sub performers and are even adding staff to the critical areas
of their businesses. Therefore, candidates looking for work in the IT market
have to be sharp and understand the marketplace. They need to be creative
and open minded about the industry they are targeting for employment and
most of all prove that they can add value to the firm.

*Where are they hiring? *

Some pockets of the economy are hiring more than others. Healthcare, for
example, is poised for long-term growth. The online digital media space is
alive with activity. In particular, the use of watching videos online is
surging. Google sites, Fox Interactive, Turner Networks, Viacom Digital, and
Yahoo lead the pack with video views. This market is expected to grow
significantly in 2009 and 2010. Education, government, and food services are
other examples of thriving sectors.

*Why work with a staffing agency?
IT candidates looking for work know what it’s like to submit hundreds of
resumes that get nowhere. Working with an IT staffing agency will almost
always yield a response. First of all, staffing agencies receive and improve
hundreds of resumes daily and can offer creative feedback for you. Secondly,
staffing agencies have long term relationships with technology line managers
and can speak effectively on your behalf.  The crucial first step is to have
a staffing company get you an introduction to a hiring manager.

*Social and professional networking *

Take advantage of social and professional networks!  These services allow us
to connect like never before. You’ll want to use sites that specifically
connect you with friends and former colleagues. Leave no stone unturned in
your search. Linkedin is a powerful network and you can do your research on
companies that interest you. It will enable you to contact some of their
past and current employees to ask for some advice or means to get introduced
to those hiring within the company. Join as many relevant linkedin groups as
possible. It is a great way to get your name out there and to establish
connections. Recruiters and hiring managers are more accessible then ever so
utilize all of the top networking tools to your advantage.

*Do your research!*

When you get an interview - take full advantage. Educate yourself on the
organization. Do your research. In the early stages of the interview, focus
on listening more than on speaking. Doing so, you’ll learn why the company
is looking to hire, the details of the position, and what skills are most
relevant to the role. After listening to this information carefully, it is
essential to communicate to the hiring manager how your background and
experience will fit the job and allow you make a smooth transition to their
environment. Always follow the interviews up with a short, well written
thank you note to the individuals that took the time to meet with you.
All in all, remember to keep a positive outlook and stay on top of these
strategies to locate a position. The opportunities are there!

Barry Moss
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