Looking for a Job in ’06 Shouldn’t Be So Scary

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In the last few years, it seems that the IT industry has been through it all. Ups, downs, booms, busts—you name it, it’s happened. That’s why heading into a new year can be daunting. Questions always come up. Will the industry thrive? Will there be a crisis? And the biggie: Will I be able to get a job?

 

Recently, NFI Research, a business research firm, conducted its annual year-end employment survey. NFI found that the majority of senior executives and managers nationwide expect the overall number of employees in their organizations to increase over the next 12 months.

 

More than half (55 percent) of the 176 executives and managers surveyed said they expect an increase in headcount in their business, with 6 percent seeing a significant increase. Only 15 percent see a decrease, with 29 percent saying headcount will stay the same.

 

According to the NFI study, the main reasons for the expectation of employment growth are business increases, expansion and business efficiency. Chuck Martin, chairman and CEO of NFI Research, said, “While some companies, such as Merck and General Motors, plan reductions, we see the majority of businesses increasing their headcount over the next year. The largest growth will be in small companies, which need more employees to handle growth.”

 

This is good news, of course, for you IT folks who may be looking for a change of scenery in 2006. When companies grow, their IT infrastructures grow, security needs increase and personnel requirements go up. So, brush up that resume, make sure you have the certifications you need (and that they’re up-to-date, of course), and crank out a well-edited cover letter. The forecast looks good.

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