Susan Hall

Susan Hall is an accomplished writer and editor living in Louisville, Ky., where they like horses – a lot. Susan boasts some affection for horses, but more for dogs. She has written on a broad range topics from Olympic marathoners to the use of Twitter in the corporate jungle. Born of the print era, she worked at metro dailies such as The Dallas Times Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times and USA Today. The latter two even still exist. She fled the ink domain and became a member of the MSNBC.com launch team. From there it’s been a giddy ride of project management, research, interviewing, writing and editing in the IT realm. When not working, she and her Cocker Spaniel, Charlie, compete in AKC agility events.

Employers Put More Value in Certifications

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After years of having their value called into question, the worth of many IT certifications is rising, spurred in many cases by governments’ use of them to describe expectations. This year’s first quarter brought the largest annual increase in market pay for certifications in more than 15 years and the fourth consecutive quarter of growth, according to analyst firm Foote Partners, which tracks a number of technology credentials. Click here to cybersecurity jobs. “Over the years, I’ve witnessed references to… continue…

IT Hiring Increases Across Sectors

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IT hiring is on the rise across sectors, according to research firm Computer Economics. Of the 200 midsize to large U.S. and Canadian employers it polled, 52 percent said they plan to increase IT staff, the first time since 2007 that more than half of IT organizations said they’ll increase headcount. Hiring is taking place primarily in large organizations, according to the report, with financial services leading the way with 5 percent growth in headcount, followed by healthcare providers at… continue…

Feds Try Startup Approach to Luring ‘World Class Coders’

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The federal government’s latest effort to recruit tech talent aims to mimic a scrappy startup–though it’s not clear how nimble it can be considering all the regulations involved. Called 18F, the operation takes its name from its Washington, D.C., street address. One of its first projects was to create a repository of information for college-age victims of sexual assault, NotAlone.gov. Click here to see jobs in Washington, D.C. The effort is building on the success of the Presidential Innovation Fellows… continue…

How to Approach Impossible Job Postings

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How many times have you seen a job posting that made you wonder what planet the employer was living on? You know, an ad that features an impossible mix of skills and experience like, say, a requirement for 10 years of iOS development work? Navigating such postings is frustrating, at best. And at a time when employers lament the lack of available tech talent, why are they writing such job descriptions to begin with? There can be a variety of… continue…

How Mentors Fed This Data Consultant’s Success

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Alabama-based Catina S. Short is a data/ETL consultant whose clients have included the likes of Chevron and Wells Fargo. While working 12-hour days and raising five kids, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Computer Information Systems. Ask her about her career and she’ll talk about the impact mentors have had on her success. Here’s our conversation on the topic. Click here to see Big Data jobs. Tell me about how you got into a technology. There weren’t… continue…

Tech Pros Impatient With Drawn-Out Hiring Processes

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Employers who spend too much time looking for the perfect candidate are losing the opportunity to hire strong talent, since many tech professionals are fielding multiple offers or taking advantage of sweetened retention efforts. “Managers that are hiring IT talent, they’re pickier than ever and they’re hurting themselves,” Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing firm Modis, told Network World. The best people, he said, will go to hiring managers who assert themselves—both with candidates and HR—and sell the opportunities their… continue…

What UPS Looks for in New Tech Hires

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United Parcel Service is investing heavily in technology as e-commerce boosts demand for package-delivery services, a $32 billion market that the company has long dominated. Last fall, UPS implemented the ORION platform (for “On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation”) to help trucks find their most efficient routes. Its Auto Arrive and Depart system, which automates the check-in and check-out process for its tractor-trailer fleet, was ranked No. 22 on InformationWeek’s Elite 100 list of innovative business technologies. Around 100,000 drivers… continue…

State, Local Governments Resume Tech Hiring

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State and local governments are picking up the pace of their IT hiring as the economy grows. Although smart officials are rethinking the level of staff they need on-site, a rash of retirements is creating a range of opportunities, says Alan R. Shark, executive director/chief executive officer of the Public Technology Institute at Rutgers University. Still, new dynamics are at play. “Some of the civil service laws are so archaic that classifications have no bearing on the market rate. IT… continue…

Strong Demand in Georgia for Health IT Professionals

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Healthcare organizations in Georgia expect to see more technology hiring in the next five years as existing positions remain open and more are created. In an online poll commissioned by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Information Technology, 86 percent of 300 healthcare providers and vendors said they anticipate more IT hiring taking place while 79 percent said they have health IT jobs open now. The organizations anticipate the top IT needs to be in security, systems administration, project administration and… continue…

Banks Scramble to Find Big Data, Security Talent

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Banks are hot to hire IT professionals with Big Data skills, reports Bank Systems & Technology. “The big deal is Big Data. If you can harness it, you can benefit, so financial firms are funding those initiatives right now and hiring individuals with that background,” John Reed, senior executive director for Robert Half Technology, told the magazine. Especially needed are people who can help keep data secure, “as well as anyone who can assist them with their mobile banking efforts,”… continue…