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1 Presented by John Barry, President ITech Consulting Partners Jobs in IT Trends in the Employment Market Finding a Job

2 According to Careerbuilder’s 2011 Job Forecast: More employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount in 2011 compared to 2010 with a continued emphasis on hiring in technology and revenue-producing fields. Trends in the Employment Market

3 Top five functional areas for recruitment : 1) Sales – 27 percent 2) Information Technology – 26 percent 3) Customer Service – 25 percent 4) Engineering – 21 percent 5) Technology – 19 percent Trends in the Employment Market

4 Trends in ITech’s New Placements : Comparison from 2007 to 2010 Market improvement in 2010 Increase in permanent positions vis-à-vis contracts Companies exercised contract-to-hire options

5 Year Trends in the Employment Market Trends in ITech’s New Placements

6 Trends in ITech’s Placements Trends in ITech’s New Placements

7 Job trends Mobile developers, Web designers and software engineers IS Security Business Intelligence ERP (SAP, Oracle Applications, JD Edwards) Formal SDLC methodologies Trends in the Employment Market

8 Niche Jobs / Skills Some companies have a preference for experience in their specific industry (e.g., healthcare, financial, pharmaceutical) Industry-based regulations FDA/Pharmaceutical: 21 CFR Financial: Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx), BASEL Healthcare: HIPAA Trends in the Employment Market

9 Niche Jobs / Skills According to a Dice survey, despite a soft job market and high unemployment rate, IT organizations still experience difficulty in finding qualified candidates with hot skills such as Oracle, SAP, service- oriented architecture (SOA), project management, Microsoft.NET, virtualization and SharePoint. Some jobs require a special combination of skills and/or product- related certification. Trends in the Employment Market

10 Some examples of Skills Set Java/J2EE (plus JSF, AJAX, SOAP, Hibernate, Maven, SOA. JDBC) Enterprise Security Architect with Certification or experience with TOGAF, Zachman, FEAF, COBIT, ITIL or Gartner Framework JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (E1) Financials with multi-currency JDE OneWorld v B7332 or B3317 Oracle Financials Techno-Functional (plus iPro + JDeveloper) SAP (plus module configuration experience)

11 What skills should be upgraded? Latest technologies include new formats like smart phones (iPhone, Android), tablets (iPad, Kindle) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) therefore development skills in these new fields are good to have. According to a 2010 Careerbuilder survey, nearly one-in-ten (9 percent) of employers plan to hire a new employee to focus on social media. An additional 13 percent plan to add social media management to a current employee’s responsibilities. Trends in the Employment Market

12 What skills should be upgraded? Bachelors Degree 15% unemployment for no high school diploma 5% unemployment for people with Bachelors Degree In lieu of a college degree, candidates must have significant experience in the field Certification is desirable only with relevant experience, e.g., PMP MCSE

13 Finding a Job

14 Job Boards Dice, Monster, Careerbuilder, Hotjobs, Net-temps (IT) Indeed, Simplyhired Use Google or Yahoo to search jobs or find Niche job boards If you are actively looking for a job, complete and update your profile periodically Set up job agents to save time on future searches (matching job list could be emailed daily or weekly) Using Technology

15 More and more recruiters are using social media to post jobs and search for candidates Facebook When you set up your profile, be sure to review privacy settings Join groups and fan pages (“like”) that are relevant to job searching Be careful of what you share – current and potential employers may view your profile Using Technology

16 Linkedin – more of professional networking “Passive” Complete your profile Update your profile periodically Join pertinent groups (geographic, technical or functional) Link with other professionals Research companies or individuals in Linkedin Using Technology

17 Be creative in using search terms Use Boolean terms to narrow or expand searches “Quotes”- link an exact phrase together e.g. “Oracle DBA” AND - Links 2 or more terms together e.g. Oracle and DBA OR- include either of the terms, e.g. programmer or developer or software engineer Wildcard *- Use * when searching for words with the same root, e.g.: program* will return documents with program, programming, programmer, programmed

18 Networking Networking is a continuous process. It pays to build and expand professional relationships whether you are employed or not. Referrals go both ways: if you get a job lead that is not a match, forward to your colleagues so they can do the same for you. Let people know if you are in transition or when you land a new position.

19 Networking Face-to-Face Networking Every social situation is a potential networking opportunity: church, sports, volunteering, community, etc. Practice your ‘elevator speech’ Attend local meetings, e.g., NFP, Danbury Network Group, WNO Join Professional organizations: SHRM, SIM, TENG, DACS Search online list of networking groups:,

20 Networking Virtual Networking: objective is similar to face-to-face networking Instant communication among members Wider geographical reach Less personal Examples: Yahoogroups / Googlegroups (E.g. Linkedin

21 Working with Recruiters Advantages of working with a staffing agency: Some openings are not posted on job boards by companies Access to HR or hiring managers (i.e., follow up, feedback) One of a few submittals through a recruiter vs. one of hundreds through a job board

22 Working with Recruiters Working with ITech Consulting Partners Long-term relationships with clients and past candidates based on referrals ITech has experienced recruiters who have been in the field for a long time Better understanding of the critical qualifications based on conversations with hiring manager and/or HR contact Resume improvement (in terms of format and content) Interviewing Tips Top Echelon network of recruiters

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