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.

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…

‘Boot Camps’ Soften Pitch, Bulk Up Courses

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Some short-term coding schools are trying to manage the expectations of their students by tempering claims about their graduates’ job prospects, The Wall Street Journal reports. Such programs, which often focus on hot skills like Python and Ruby on Rails, have been proliferating of late. They can cost anywhere from $6,000 to nearly $18,000 for a three-month course. The real question surrounding the schools is whether they produce career-ready professionals in less time than it takes to complete one college… continue…

Survey: Certifications Are Key to Security Salaries

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More than half — 58 percent – of cybersecurity professionals say that holding one or more information security certifications is the leading factor in a successful career, according to a survey by the SANS Institute. In addition, they believe certifications can add up to 5 percent to a security professional’s salary. At the same time, they say pay in the field hasn’t been especially dynamic. Indeed, despite high demand, salaries at the mid-level have largely stalled. Twenty-three percent of respondents… continue…

Computer Science Enrollments Continue to Grow

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The number of new undergraduate computing majors continued to grow last year, rising 13.4 percent, according to a report from the Computing Research Association. Although that’s smaller growth than has been seen in years, it does represent the sixth straight period of growth. Enrollments bottomed out in 2007, just before the recession. New computer science enrollments grew by nearly 30 percent in 2011-12 and 23 percent the year before. Last year, 63,873 students enrolled in computer science programs, compared with… continue…

7 Mobile App Markets You Haven’t Thought Of

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Even traditionally low-tech industries are embracing mobile applications. As Todd Brown, senior applications development manager at UPS, puts it: “any industry with a workforce that doesn’t sit at a desk.” That’s creating opportunities for app developers. But as with any product, deep knowledge of the business and its workflow processes is vital to making your app succeed. Click here to find mobile development jobs. Think beyond the confines of consumer or traditional enterprise development for some new opportunities. Here’s a… continue…

IT Execs Are Confident, But Still Face Hiring Difficulties

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IT executives continue to express confidence in their company’s business prospects, but worry about the difficulties they face in hiring the technology workers they need, according to the latest CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index. Based on an online survey of 305 IT companies, the index stands at 61.3 on a 100-point scale, edging up from 60.2 in the first quarter. Disruptive technologies and business models were among the issues causing the most concern among IT leaders. “Two areas –… continue…