As one of the leading IT Resume Writers in the careers industry, I make it my business to follow all aspects of IT news.
My clients expect me to know every major trend - both in IT generally, in the IT job market. So when I came on this article, I felt it critical to pass the information along to the readers of my blog, and my twitter and LinkedIn followers.
The news on IT hiring is just plain bad.
As Jenny Thomas writes in CIOs Move With Caution On New IT Hiring, '"For the first time since the dot-com bust, Janco's metrics show that hiring by CIOs is at a standstill," said Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates, "there is a high degree of uncertainty in the economic climate."'
This is a significant change in the outlook predicted at the beginning of 2013, when there was considerably optimism about significant growth in the IT jobs sector.
There is a little good news, though. "Janco did report that the greatest demand seems to be for mid-level security and compliance managers to assist with the implementations for more web-enabled applications."
I've certainly seen evidence of this trend in my clients working to move towards the security sector. There certainly still is some demand for CISSPs - but that isn't a credential that you can get over night.
So how is this negative hiring outlook likely to impact your career?
Unfortunately, I suspect that we'll see a less than pleasant trend continuing - the commitment to do more with less, while laudable in itself, is going to mean that IT professionals are likely to be working longer hours, and that IT Managers may continue to find themselves Managers in name, but with a job description that includes much more hands-on work than those IT Managers are going to be happy with.
And, of course, it means that moving is going to be more challenging.
With fewer openings, we'll continue to see hundreds - and sometimes thousands - of highly qualified applicants for the jobs that are out there.
What can you do?
- Have your resume written by a professional, specialized, IT Resume Writer. I realize that this may sound self-serving. But I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't say that, in this economy, you can't afford to write your own resume. Having a killer IT resume is no longer a plus. It's a must have to stand out among the thundering herd applying for every IT job out there.
- Network! Leverage your contacts in the industry, former colleagues, former bosses, vendors, and consultants with whom you have a great rapport. Those contacts may well be able to help you get your foot in the door.
- Don't wait till the last minute! Your job may appear to be secure today. It may be secure for some time. But there's simply no way to predict that. So keep your eyes and ears open all the time, to be certain that you're aware of every option that's out there. Keep your network active. And be certain that you have the best possible IT resume you can get in hand, if a great opportunity does come along.
As regular readers of my blog know, I don't like being the bearer of bad news - and I don't like to increase the anxiety that's already all too prevalent in the IT job market and the IT job search.
But hiding your head in the sand - with the statistics mentioned in Ms. Thomas article - just isn't going to serve as an effective strategic career strategy.
Please contact me to schedule an initial, free 20-30 minute phone call to determine if working with one of the industry's leading IT resume writers on your IT resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile would make good sense.