Contracting And Consulting

Where Do You Hang Your Hat?

In my consulting career, I have always had the opinion that I’m never “home.” I never really feel like I can ever get comfortable enough in an environment that I am able to truly let my hair down. While that may seem strange to some, it is my way of remaining objective and professional. I’m in someone else’s home, I should treat it with respect. I was in a meeting today and another consultant was exceptionally disrespectful to the manager… continue…

How to Move from Contractor to Consultant

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Programmers, systems architects, project managers or other IT specialists working as a contractor may actually have the capabilities of a consultant lurking in you.  All it calls for is drawing out a few extra skills and the payoff can potentially mean more money in your pocket. But first, I draw a distinction between contractors and consultants. Contractors are usually hired by consulting companies to go into a company and perform a specific function. Programmers, project managers, system architects, and technical… continue…

Wall Street IT Losing Pros to Startups, Consultants

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Wall Street IT jobs don’t hold the allure that they once did for smart technologists. Though the pay can be great, the pressure and lifestyle can be killing, with long hours, tight deadlines and high stakes the norm. Now, with more opportunities appearing in other industries and business pressures making their positions less secure, many of the Street’s tech professionals are looking for better opportunities elsewhere, according to Wall Street & Technology. Which is more important — big money or… continue…

Soon IT Will Offer Just Three Kinds of Jobs

Posted In Looking in Tech
It’s career realignment time… again. As Jason Hiner writes in TechRepublic, “Most IT departments are a shadow of their former selves.” They’ll get even more shadowy as new technologies reshape the roles of everyone who’s still left in the data center. So, Hiner wonders, where will the IT jobs of the future be? He sees them being in just three categories: Consultants We’re going to see most of traditional IT administration and support functions outsourced to third-party consultants. This includes… continue…

Dept. of Homeland Security is Looking For Consultants

Posted In Looking in Tech
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In October, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) committed to hire 1,000 cybersecurity personal over the next three years. However, hundreds of these projected jobs have gone unfilled, with only about 200 hired last year and a projected 100 to be hired this year. Although the talent is available, DHS faces difficulty hiring qualified techs due to government hiring processes and other factors. The Federal Times reports the problems are due to “lengthy security clearance reviews, flat budgets under the extended continuing… continue…

Avoiding These Mistakes in Consulting

Leaving the world of the office grind for greener pastures as a freelance consultant can give you the freedom to choose how and where you’ll work on your own terms. It’s an enticing way to make a living – unless you screw it up. Here are some rules for making sure you don’t. continue…

Planning Your Retirement? You’d Better Plan Again

Posted In Looking in Tech
If you’re factoring in government benefits as part of your post-retirement financial plan, you’d do well to run the numbers again, operating under the assumption that Uncle Sam simply won’t be there for you. In many cases, that means your retirement plan won’t let you retire. continue…

DiceTV: Secrets of Successful Tech Contractors

Why do some IT contractors get assignment after assignment while others struggle to build a base of repeat clients? Could it be that successful contractors are simply better at pleasing managers? Cat finds out. continue…

Cost-Cutting Boosts Market for Contractors

Posted In Looking in Tech
Some contracting firms see a promising dynamic at work as CIOs spend money again: While many companies want to upgrade their technology, they need to be cost conscious while they do it. And that’s good news. continue…

Thursday’s People News

Father of the Xbox, Head of Gadgets and Fun Leave Microsoft (Update) [