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Q&A: Why Linux Experts Are In Demand

Posted In Linux, Looking in Tech
Linux
We interviewed Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at The Linux Foundation, to get his take on the Linux Jobs Report recently compiled by the Foundation and Dice. Can you provide some details on what’s driving the need for Linux expertise? Linux is experiencing major growth across industries. In consumer electronics, it’s used to run TVs, Android phones and tablets, your washer, dryer and refrigerator. Even your crock pot. In the enterprise, Linux is the foundation for cloud computing and is powering data… continue…

5 Things Impacting Your IT Job Search Right Now

Posted In Looking in Tech
job search
The unemployment rate in technology is running well below the national average – 3.5 percent during 2013’s fourth quarter — and employers regularly complain that there are too few candidates available for too many IT jobs. That’s good. But it doesn’t mean you can approach your job search cavalierly. In any environment, it’s important to understand the dynamics at work so you can position yourself in the best way possible. Here are five dynamics of today’s tech job market you… continue…

Demand for Linux Expertise Drives Hiring Priorities

Posted In Linux, Looking in Tech
Linux
Hiring managers are ramping up their plans to bring aboard talent with Linux skills, according to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals. This demand is driving salaries for Linux above industry norms and leading a majority of Linux professionals to conclude that Linux skills are helping them move their careers forward. The 2014 Linux Jobs Report released today includes data from hiring managers (1,100) and… continue…

Here’s a Smart Way to Switch Jobs Inside Your Company

Posted In Looking in Tech
Moving Jobs
In the changing landscape of IT, you need to take a proactive look at your current position to see if it will exist in a year or two. Of course you can’t know for sure if it will, but you – more than anyone else – understand just how busy you are, or will be if the landscape shifts. For example, if your company switched operating systems, or moved to a thin client, or adopted Google Docs, would you still… continue…

Technical Consulting and Management Jobs Jump in January

Posted In Looking in Tech
Growth Trend
Management and technical consulting jobs jumped nearly 5 percent in January to 1.2 million positions, as corporate America continues to embrace the notion of having outsiders handle their IT work despite an improving economy. A recent report, for example, found tech and other knowledge workers are among the most highly sought after contractors or consultants, compared with other industries, as companies find they like the flexibility in scaling back and increasing their workforce without the need to pay expensive benefits.… continue…

Is ‘Big Tech’ On the Way Out?

Posted In Living in Tech
Out the Door
Are big tech companies on the decline? In a post on Re/code, venture capitalist Matt McIlwain argues that they are. Though I don’t think the evidence he cites is either new or compelling, tech workers should still be aware. “IBM just reported its seventh straight quarter of declining sales, and I believe that the value of big cap technology companies as a group will substantially decline in the coming years,” McIlwain wrote. He says the changes in enterprise technology markets… continue…

Tech Pros’ Salaries, Confidence Rise: Dice Report

Posted In Looking in Tech
Salary Satisfaction Slippi
More technology professionals in the U.S. enjoyed merit raises over the last year, driving average salaries up in 2013. Average U.S. tech salaries increased nearly three percent to $87,811 in 2013, up from $85,619 the previous year, according to the 2014-2013 Salary Survey from Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals. (Tweet This) Technology professionals understand they can easily find ways to grow their career in 2014, with two-thirds of respondents (65%) confident in finding a new,… continue…

A Preview of Outsourcing Trends in 2014

Posted In Looking in Tech
2014
The coming year should find businesses looking for more ways to retain control over their IT services and processes, as well as cut costs, according to Computerworld’s “10 IT Outsourcing Trends to Watch in 2014.” General Motors cited that need when it brought innovation back in a massive three-year plan to move almost all of its IT services in-house. IT services experts cite three ways in which that trend is expected to continue: an increase in insourcing, a hybrid model combining… continue…

Tech Trends for the Year Ahead

Posted In Looking in Tech
Dice News Hangouts
Dice News Managing Editor Mark Feffer and Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto look at this year’s most promising tech trends, and how they’ll lead to jobs.

Social Media Fails as a Job Performance Indicator

Posted In Looking in Tech
Facebook Thumbs Down
Although employers and recruiters are increasingly relying on job seekers’ social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions, a recent study by Florida State University found no correlation between job performance and the pics and posts on a candidate’s profile, says Business Insider. In the study, 86 recruiters reviewed the Facebook profile, photos and wall of 416 college students who were on the hunt for a full-time job. Each recruiter then rated the ability of five students to find… continue…