Online IT Job Market Thriving, CEO says

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Positions in IT constitute close to one-fifth of all employment postings on the boards, an online network encompassing thousands of sites for employers and job seekers. That figure was based on an evaluation of’s Web site traffic over six months, which found IT dominated postings of both employers’ openings and job seekers’ resumes.


The findings of this assessment, which also determined the East Coast—especially Washington, D.C.—was a booming region for IT, are not based solely on proportional amounts of listings. “We track ‘hotness,’ so to speak, based on the trends of growth and not necessarily the percentage of job postings,” said Rich Milgram, CEO of the Career Network. “Frankly, the Internet started out a lot more ‘techie’ than did other sectors, so it’s natural that our network of 6,000 sites has some sort of tech focus. We have IT World and some other sites that are pure technology-based content boards.”


Still, Milgram thinks there is considerable employment growth in IT right now, based on the kinds of jobs he’s seen posted to his organization’s network of sites. “I believe there’s growth in IT,” he said. “Usually, it starts with the lower-level jobs—support, help desk—and it hopefully grows from there into the management jobs. Companies are now generating revenue and testing the waters. You don’t test the waters by redesigning your systems or starting large projects. You make sure that you can sell and you make sure that you have the support staff on board. Once that happens, then you need the higher-level people to manage the support staff and talk about new projects and future growth for the company.”


Although some companies have opted to move positions like these overseas, few actually view outsourcing as a complete solutions, Milgram said. “Companies are still a little skeptical about (outsourcing), but some of the larger ones are testing that as well to see how it works for them. They’re not going to turn on a dime and one day say, ‘OK, everything’s outsourced to a different country.’ In addition, I don’t think it’s a small-business solution to outsource to another country. I think it’s more for the larger corporations that want to look at a whole call center and potentially moving a portion of that call center to a different location.”


Although there are plenty of IT listings on the Career Network and other Web sites, many job candidates in the field employ the wrong strategies in their search for employment. “What we’re finding is that people are too literal in their searches,” Milgram said. “Someone who is an IT project manager will go and look in the newspaper for, or type into an online job board like ours, the term ‘IT project manager.’ They may get some results, but if there are none in their city, then that’s the end of their search. People sort of get deflated and stop there. That’s not the way to do a job search.”


Milgram recommends hopefuls for mid- and high-level IT positions take notice of companies hiring lower-level staff and find a way to introduce themselves to people in those organizations with hiring authority. “You don’t just stop if they don’t have any management positions,” he said. “You find the company and meet or network with the people who are going to be hiring. Get your foot in the door before they have a need. You can predict whether they’ll have a need if they’re hiring 10 junior developers or 10 help desk people.”


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