How to Not Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

You have IT skills and you have experience as a tech professional. You’re even willing to take a shower and dress nicely for an interview. But you’ve seen some big fish slip away. Other candidates scored the IT positions you were after. Or, you’re sitting in your current tech job seriously thinking about switching employers, and you want to shape up your approach. You want to boost your chances that the phone will ring with a lucrative offer. Ring, baby, ring.

In either case, the following guide to tech job-hunting faux pas can help. By avoiding these mistakes, you increase your chances of increasing your salary. And that’s a good thing.

Essential Tips for IT Interviews

The time and effort you put into crafting your cover letter and resume have finally paid off — you’ve been asked to interview with a company you’ve been pursuing for months. But you only have limited time to prepare for this brief but monumental meeting. The pressure’s on to prove to the hiring manager you are uniquely qualified for the position and would be an asset to the organization. The following tips can give you an edge on the competition:

Top Five Fastest Growing IT Jobs

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The IT Job Market is looking good!
All the IT jobs are being outsourced overseas, right? Not according to Craig Symons of respected Forrester Research, Inc. He says "... most of the stuff that's going offshore is low-level coding jobs." According to Symons demand for developers with .NET and Java skills has increased, as has the need for business analysts.

Here's what a recent article in ComputerWorld had to say about off-shoure outsourcing:
"Despite the notion that hordes of U.S. IT jobs are being sent offshore, in reality, 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, says Scot Melland, president and CEO of Dice Inc., a New York-based online jobs service. The numbers of jobs posted on 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, says Melland.

"In fact, an exclusive Computerworld survey revealed that two of the top four skills IT executives will hire for in the coming year are perennially linked with outsourcing, namely, application development (ranked first) and IT help desk skills (ranked fourth). Information security skills ranked second, and project management came in third. "

CISA Needs You!
The Computer Information Systems Association needs a full slate of officers to serve for the 2006-2007 academic year. Here's your opportunity to assume a leadership role in a very worthwhile organization. You will gain invaluable experience, provide service to your fellow students, and earn the appreciation of the CIS faculty. And it will look great on your resume! If you are interested in serving as an officer or volunteer for the CISA, contact CISA faculty adviser Dr. Panos Petratos. Be sure to visit the CISA website 

CIS Department Thanks Gallo
After a devastating hacker attack took the entire CIS Department network down at the end of Fall semester it was decided to design a more secure architecture before restoring the network. This turned out to be a major project which greatly exceeded the time available for our lab administrator, Patrick Smith, to complete in time for Spring classes. The good folks at the E & J Gallo Winery, under the direction of CIO Kent Kushar, Operations Manager Dave Hatch, and Network Administrator Sean O'Donnell, came to our rescue by providing staff time and some vital hardware so that we were up and running on day 1 of Spring 2005 semester. A luncheon at Galletto's celebrated the successful completion of the project and provided the opportunity for the CIS Department to express our appreciation.

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L to R: Dave Hatch, Sean O'Donnell, Patrick Smith, Al Tsacle, Kent Kushar. Posted May 10, 2005.

The 7 Fastest Growing Occupations
An article by Jim Pollock posted to MSN on April 8, 2004 discusses the great future for our discipline:

It's no secret that the technology sector was hurt by the collapse of many dot-com companies in the late 1990s and early 2000s. So it may come as a surprise that the fastest growing occupations in the United States are IT or computer-related.

According to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) each of the top seven fastest growing occupations projected for 2000 to 2010 falls within an IT or computer-related field. Here's the breakdown:

Computer software engineers, applications
Computer support specialists
Computer software engineers, software systems
Network and computer systems administrators
Network systems and data communications analysts
Desktop publishers
Database administrators

Between 2000 and 2010, BLS predicts 100 percent growth in computer software engineering positions specializing in applications, and an increase of half a million new positions for computer support specialists. Overall, these top seven occupations are expected to create more than 1.5 million new jobs over the decade.

IT occupations are not necessarily limited to lifelong techies. A study by the National Science Foundation found that, in 1999, two-thirds of workers who had a bachelor's degree and held a computer-related job had not majored in IT or computer-related fields. Many of these workers worked their way into technical positions through on-the-job experience, and bolstered their skills with technical training tailored to specific demands of their positions.

The unusual hiring pattern reflects the truly merit-oriented nature of the sector; motivated workers can make their way to lucrative positions by gaining the knowledge and skills that employers need.

According to the BLS, "learning the technical skills necessary to work in these occupations remains paramount. Specialized certification and degree programs--associate, bachelor's, and graduate-level ones--are the primary ways workers train for information technology occupations."

Lab Administrator

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Patrick Smith

Patrick has been appointed as lab administrator for the CIS Department. He is very knowledgeable about Microsoft operating systems and applications and has his MCSE. Be sure and say hello to Patrick and welcome him to the CIS Department.

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