IT Job Search Bible

UPDATED 7/14/11: Check out's complete guide to finding an IT job in good times and bad, working with recruiters, using social networking websites in your job hunt, avoiding common job search mistakes, and much more. Use our expert advice, tips and analysis to help you find your next great job.

Searching for a Job in a Recession
10 Secrets for Searching for a Job in a Recession

Focusing your efforts on jobs in growing industries and demonstrating how your work has generated revenue are just two simple ways to distinguish yourself from the rest of the job seekers competing for positions in a down economy.

2 More Secrets for Improving Your Job Search in a Recession

The outlook for IT jobs in 2009 is mostly grim, so job seekers have to use a different and more aggressive approach to finding a new job.

The New IT Survival Guide: How to Thrive After the Recession

In the 'new normal,' businesses want more than tech skills from their hires; here are the changes IT pros should expect.

Long-Term Unemployment and Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Compete

While job seekers face increasing challenges as the length of their unemployment grows, landing a new job is not impossible. An executive coach and a staffing expert offer 10 tips for staying competitive in a long-term job search.

Job Search Secrets: Targeting Done Right

If your job search centers on your résumé and scattershot networking, you may never find a new job, says career coach Vicki Brackett. Here, she proposes the targeted job search as the most effective job hunting strategy in a recession.

Recruiters' Secrets: 6 Job Hunting Tips for a Tough Market

Whether they're employed or unemployed, IT professionals are anxious about their job prospects during this recession. They want to know how to navigate the worst job market in years and how they can differentiate themselves. Here's direct advice from recruiters on job hunting, with and without a recruiter.

6 Tactics for Today's Job Search

Outdated job-search tactics can undermine your effort to land a new gig. In a competitive job market, fine-tuning your approach to meet present conditions can mean the difference between frustration and success.

Best Practices for Getting Hired in a Downturn

Robert Half Technology's Dave Willmer looks at the IT jobs landscape.

Finding a Job When Times Are Tough

The executive director of Robert Half Technology discusses finding a job in a deep recession.

Should You Take a Lower-Level Job?

Many career experts warn job seekers against taking lower-level jobs. They argue it does a disservice to the job seeker's career. But in this economy, taking a lower-level job might actually be a smart career move. Here's why.

Is Any Job Better Than None?

Even for those of us who experienced the tough IT times of 2000, this year is different. In the wake of the overall economic challenges that started in late 2008, many of us in the IT profession find ourselves in uncharted waters. And for some, these are troubled waters indeed.

It's Not You. It's the Economy

Time for a reality check: Your lack of progress in your job search isn't due to any personal or professional deficiency, says executive recruiter Mark Jaffe.

The Wackiest Thing You've Done to Get a Job

From sandwich boards to billboards, desperate job seekers are taking extreme measures to market themselves to prospective employers.

How Long Have You Been Looking for a Job?

Executives can expect to be on the hunt at least a year, says one executive recruiter.

Web 2.0, Social Networking and Your Job Search
Social Networking Ever More Critical to Job Search Success

Job seekers with robust LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles have better access to job opportunities at growing companies than candidates whose job searches don't include active social networking profiles, according to the results of a new survey.

HR Pros Say Networking, Social Networking Best Job Search Methods

If you're job hunting, it's still about who you know. Hiring managers ranked traditional networking and social networking as the most effective way for professionals to find jobs, according to a survey recently conducted by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

6 Job Search Strategies for a Web 2.0 World

To outshine your competitors and land a new job in today's economy, don't abandon steadfast career advice. Rather, refine it with Web 2.0 tools that will enhance your job search.

LinkedIn Tip: How to Use Signal to Job Hunt

LinkedIn's feed of member status updates and Twitter updates deliver big potential benefits for job seekers. Here's how you can use the tool to land a job others may not know about.

LinkedIn Search: 3 Ways to Maximize Your Social Networking Success

For everything from finding connections at specific companies to applying for a job that meets all your criteria, here's how you can get the most form LinkedIn's people, company and job search capabilities.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: How to Discover the Hottest New Skills

LinkedIn's new beta feature gives you the low-down on job skills -- whether one is trending up or down, related job postings and geographic hotspots where your expertise can best be leveraged. Here's what you need to know about LinkedIn Skills.

Are Your Tweets Costing You a New Job?

Half of IT workers would consider modifying content on a social media site if they knew a prospective employer was going to check it out, reports Technisource.

Are Your Social Networking Profiles Sinking Your Job Search?

Job seekers' social networking profiles may do more harm than good in their job searches. Here are seven tips to prevent bad--or incomplete--social networking profiles from turning off a potential employer.

The Pros and Cons of Social Networks and IT Job Seeking

A high-tech recruiter sheds light on how IT workers can help and hinder their job search with social networking sites.

Four New Ways to Customize Your LinkedIn Profile

Customization and variety are key to making your LinkedIn profile stand out and get you recognized by recruiters. Check out these four new profile sections that do just that.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: 5 Ways to Attract Attention to Your Profile

Standing out among LinkedIn's 50 million members can be a challenge. Here are five simple tips to make your profile more memorable and expand your network.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: How to Rank Higher in Search Results

If you're in the market for a new job, looking to gain exposure in your industry or searching for new clients, ranking high on LinkedIn search results is essential. These three simple tips will help keep you top of mind and at the top of search results.

LinkedIn Etiquette: The Right Way to Request New Connections

If you're serious about connecting with someone on LinkedIn, skip the boilerplate invite. Instead, follow these three steps to make connections effectively.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: New Free Tool Matches Users to Job Openings

If you're on the hunt for a job, here are two tips to ensure your profile appears as a match for LinkedIn job posts.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: New Premium Account Places Job Seekers at the top of Hiring Lists

For $20 a month, LinkedIn will move you to the top of the application pile. Is the service worth the money for you?

How to Use LinkedIn Company Profiles For Job Hunt, Networking

Company profile pages on LinkedIn can help you tune into a company's comings and goings, executive relationships, key business facts, and more. Here's how to search and use LinkedIn Company Profiles to your best advantage.

Job Search: New Tool Helps You Find Employment Through Facebook

Facebook doesn't have to be just for fun. Simply Hired's new job search tool integrates with Facebook to help you find employment through people you know.

Twitter Tips: How to Find Job Posts on Twitter

Many recruiters and some employers have begun posting job openings on Twitter. But knowing how to get what you want from Twitter's search tool, and sorting through hashtags (#) assigned to job posts, can be tricky. spoke with career experts to get their take on how to find the jobs you want.

How Many Twitter Followers Does It Take to Get a Job?

Your online popularity might be as valuable to your career as a post-grad education. A recent job posting on Best Buy's Web site prefers candidates with a graduate degree and at least 250 followers on Twitter.

Career Watch: Get Social, Get a Job

The president of the HP user group Connect encourages workers to connect socially, via user groups or networking sites if not in person.

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: Stand Out to Employers, Recruiters

With so many people job hunting now, you've got more competition than ever on LinkedIn. So how do you make your LinkedIn profile work best for you? Here are some practical tips for standing out from the crowd and reaching potential employers.

LinkedIn Profiles: Avoid the Six Most Common Mistakes

Are mistakes on your LinkedIn profile costing you possible job opportunities? Check out this practical advice on LinkedIn profile pitfalls.

Beware Job Seekers: Facebook, Myspace Could Harm Your Job Search

One in five employers uses social networks in their hiring process. says one-third of hiring managers rejected candidates based on what they found.

Web 2.0's Impact on Your Job Search: Name Recognition or a Transition

CIO Job Search blogger Mark Cummuta talks about how blogging is affecting his job search. It's not all good and it's not all bad.

Working with Recruiters
How to Put a Recruiter to Work for You

By partnering with a specialized recruiter, you can improve your chances of securing a rewarding new position even before the recovery is in full swing.

Recruiter's Advice: How to Work with a Retained Executive Search Firm

Executive recruiter Jane Howze offers her list of Do's and Don'ts for working with a headhunter.

Recruiter's Advice Part 2: How to Interview with an Executive Search Firm

More advice from Jane Howze.

How NOT to Piss Off a Recruiter

Job seekers need recruiters more than ever. But in their efforts to nurture their networks and stay at the forefront of recruiters' minds, some job seekers are frustrating the very people they need to help them land a new job.

Job Seekers: 5 More Tips for Getting on Recruiters' Good Sides

A follow-up to the Career Connection blog entry, How Not to Piss Off a Recruiter

3 Tips for Hearing About Jobs from Recruiters

Executive recruiter Mark Polansky offers his advice for getting recruiters to call you about job opportunities.

Q&A with Korn Ferry Recruiters

Karen Rubenstrunk and Bob Blumenthal explain how CIOs can build mutually beneficial relationships with recruiters.

Q&A with Michael Burgett

Michael Burgett, the founder and president of CIO Partners of Atlanta, a national IT services company that does recruiting, explains how the recruiting industry works and suggests ways IT executives can maximize their relationships with recruiters.

Q&A with Heidrick & Struggles Recruiter

Gerry McNamara discusses the dynamics surrounding CIO hiring and the skills companies seek in CIOs.

Age-Specific Job Search Advice
The Painful Truth About Age Discrimination in Tech

There are bold programmers, but no old programmers -- the reasons for this reality aren't simple age discrimination.

Job Search Tips for Workers Over 50

Statistics show that it is in fact harder for older workers to find new jobs. That's why workers over 50 need to take a different approach to the job search process. Here are five tips.

Age: The New Glass Ceiling

A 50-something CIO finds her age might be her biggest barrier to landing a new job.

Too Much Experience Could Be Hurting Your IT Job Search research shows that while more IT professionals with between five to 10 years experience are looking for work now, employers this year are hoping to fill open positions with candidates who possess between three and five years of experience.

Gen Y: 5 Ways to Stand Out in a Tough Job Market

Use these tips to put yourself on equal footing with older workers who may be competing for the same jobs.

General Job Search Advice
7 Ways Job Seekers Self-Destruct

Make any one of the following seven mistakes while being courted for a job in today's competitive market and you can kiss your chances of getting a job offer good bye.

How to Overcome New Job Jitters

Don't let your anxiety about starting a new job cripple your performance. Heed these six tips for controlling your new job jitters.

Job Search: What to Do When You're Overqualified

Being overqualified for a job should give a job seeker a competitive advantage, right? Unfortunately, it can be more of a liability than an asset in a job search. If you're being told you're too qualified for a job, here are five ways to address hiring managers' concerns about your candidacy.

Career Watch: Finding a Job in a Third the Time

David Perry, the co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0, explains how an unconventional search strategy can result in a new position in a third the time.

Job Search Tips: Thank You Note Do's and Don'ts

Want to learn how to set yourself apart from equally qualified job seekers and land job offers? A well-written thank you note, sent immediately after a job interview is key, says an IT staffing expert.

Job Search Secrets: Targeting Done Right

If your job search centers on your resume and scattershot networking, you may never find a new job, says career coach Vicki Brackett. Here, she proposes the targeted job search as the most effective job hunting strategy in a recession.

How to Discuss Your Job Search with Your Family

You may not want to burden your family with the hardships you're facing in your job search, but regular communication about your activities can actually ease the stress and strain for everyone.

The Secret to Job Search Success: Planning and a Positive Attitude

A University of Missouri study of 327 job seekers found that those who develop clear goals, implement plans for achieving them, and stay upbeat during their job search land more interviews and job offers than those job seekers who don't plan and aren't as positive.

Unemployed? 10 Ways to Fight Depression in Your Job Search

Job loss, unemployment and never-ending job searches can make even the most upbeat people feel depressed. Follow IT professionals' and mental health experts' tried-and-true advice for preventing depression before it derails your job search.

Job Search Tips: How to Find Out if Employers, Recruiters Are Checking You Out Online

Henry Hirschel, a laid-off IT director, knows when hiring managers and recruiters check out his blog, LinkedIn profile and website. That helps him gauge the effectiveness of his resume and job search activities, and gives him confidence during follow-up calls and job interviews.

Recruiting Software: 10 Ways Job Seekers Can Beat the System

Employers are increasingly using recruiting software or applicant tracking systems to pre-screen job seekers' résumés. Résumé writers and career coaches offer 10 tips for ensuring that these applicant tracking systems don't erroneously screen out your résumé.

Job Search Tips: How to Address Job Hopping on Your Resume

The appearance of job hopping on a résumé can sink a job seeker's chances of scoring job interviews like a stone. Consider these seven expert tips for downplaying job hopping on your résumé and mitigating its impact on your job search.

Look Before You Leap Into a New Job

Though the economy is showing positive signs, there's still good reason to be cautious. Columnist Adam Lawrence suggests some points to consider before you accept any offers.

Developing a Personal Brand for Your Job Search

An out-of-work IT infrastructure director works with a career coach to identify her personal brand and improve the effectiveness of her job search.

6 Personal Branding Mistakes That Can Threaten Your Job Search

In their haste to differentiate themselves during the worst job market in decades, job seekers are making personal branding mistakes that can undermine their job search efforts. Here are six things that you should never do.

Job Search: 4 Personal Branding Tactics that Scream "Hire Me!"

In a hyper-competitive job market, employers are having trouble finding potential employees among a sea of qualified candidates. You can convince them that you're ideal by developing and communicating a compelling and unique personal brand.

IT Careers: Bridging the Qualifications Gap

Should you apply for a position even if you don't meet every single requirement for the job? Columnist Dave Willmer offers some guidelines to help you decide.

Should Your Credit Report Disqualify You for a Job?

Two companies that fired workers and rejected job applicants based on background checks without informing those people of their rights have settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $77,000 in civil penalties.

What It Takes to Get Hired

There's more to applying for a job than submitting a well-crafted résumé. Columnist Dave Willmer offers seven tips to help you avoid job-search missteps.

Job Search Scams: 6 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft rings have set their sights on the 15.7 million Americans who are unemployed and looking for work. Here's how to ensure you don't end up a victim.

Diversify Your Job Search

If you're seeking work in today's competitive IT environment, you've probably received some conflicting advice about the best ways to go about finding it. Some colleagues and friends may swear by online networking tools such as LinkedIn or Twitter. Others may insist that you're doomed without an enthusiastic referral from an insider. Job boards, IT trade publications and even employer Web sites all have their advocates as well.

How to Create and Execute an Employer-Centric Job Search Strategy

Job seekers at all levels are going about their searches all wrong. Instead of sending out résumés willy-nilly, they need to focus their efforts on the employers who will be most receptive to hiring them.

4 Glaring Signs Your Job Search Is Not Working and 19 Ways to Improve It

Ignoring these warning signs will result in painful, protracted job searches.

The Power of Persuasion in a Job Search

Whether you're seeking a new job or clinging to an existing one, persuading people of your value is going to be your key to success during this recession. In this Q&A, James Borg, author of "Persuasion: The Art of Influencing People," explains how to persuade people without being pushy.

CIO Job Search: A Real Life Chronicle

The real-life experience of searching for a new CIO job.

8 Ways to Fight Globalization's Negative Impact on Your Job Search

Major shifts in global corporate ownership are rippling downstream, affecting enterprises' hierarchical structures, executive roles, and hiring criteria. Here's how to cope.

IT Careers: Why You Should Register with an IT Staffing Firm

An IT staffing firm can connect you with unadvertised IT jobs, provide training and resume revamping, or offer the flexibility of consulting opportunities—all while easing the stress of a job search.

5 Steps for Surviving the Job Search Doldrums

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years is a slow time for job seekers. Security recruiters offer advice on using the down time to get your job search in shape for the following year.

The Two Websites Every Job Seeker Needs to Join

You probably know about one of these websites, but you may not know about the other. Neither is a job board.

How Do You Find Your Next Job?

Would you rather get help from an executive recruiter, or would you rather work directly with the employer? What do you think is the best way to land your next job?

Who Are the Best Companies to Work For? Targeting Your Job Search

Links to lists of best places to work from Fortune, U.S. News and World Report, Working Mother and more.

Protecting Your Identity in Your Job Search

Identity thieves are increasingly exploiting job search and social networking websites because those sites can be treasure troves of registered users' personal information.

When to End Your Job Search

If your job search has been going on for months, maybe over a year, is there an appropriate length of time or some other condition when a job seeker should "put a fork in it" and quit?

Professional References: 7 Deadly Myths

Job seekers make many false assumptions about their professional references: They think they can simply leave bad references off their résumés and that their references don't matter to an employer after they've started a new job. Here, the vice president of a reference checking firm dispels job seekers' seven most common misconceptions about professional references.

Where the IT Jobs Are
The 7 Best Cities to Find IT Jobs in 2011 and IT staffing firm Modis show you which urban IT job markets are hot, the industries in those cities that are hiring, and the IT skills those companies are seeking.

The 6 Hottest New Jobs in IT

IT job seekers have real reason to hope. No fewer than 10,000 IT jobs were added to payrolls in May alone, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, reflecting a steady month-over-month increase since January. And in a June survey by the IT jobs site, 65 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said they will hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months.

IT Jobs: Winners and Losers in the Cloud Era

We survey the cloud's effects on nine classes of IT jobs: Architects and sys admins win, middle managers and tech specialists lose -- what about you?

Steer Your Career to the Cloud

Dave DiMeo, service delivery network operations manager at Ford Motor has a mouthful of a title. And while the word "cloud" isn't part of it, it might as well be.

Healthcare IT Jobs Lucrative But Tough to Land

Companies in the healthcare industry are willing to pay a premium for scarce IT talent, but they're choosy about selecting new hires. For people with the right experience, it's a great time to be job hunting.

10 Best IT Jobs Right Now

Today's hot IT jobs are those that can help satisfy growing demand for technologies such as virtualization, cloud, network security and social computing skills. Here we examine 10 IT jobs and the technology know-how required to land them.

Top-Paying Industries for IT

Not all IT jobs are created equal. According to Computerworld's 2010 Salary Survey, an IT worker in the defense industry, for example, could be earning as much as 4% more than a peer in a similar job in the the retail sector.

The Most Dangerous Jobs in Technology

In the world of information technology, some professions are particularly perilous. Whether you're risking psychological stress or your very life, these fields aren't for the faint of heart.

5 Hot IT Certification Picks for 2010

Industry organizations and vendors are broadening their IT certification training catalogs to address emerging technologies and market needs. Vendor-specific (Cisco, Microsoft) and technology-specific (network, security and open source) certifications can help advance IT careers.

The CIO Job Market in 2010: More Opportunity and More Competition

The CIO job market gained steam during the fourth quarter of 2009, and executive recruiters expect that momentum to build in 2010 as the economy recovers.

IT Careers: Hottest Jobs, Skills in Cloud Computing, Mobile Application Development

The latest IBM Tech Trends survey of IT professionals reveals that cloud computing and mobile application development will provide the most career opportunities, followed by social media and business intelligence.

11 Hot Skills for 2011

After months of staff cuts or hiring freezes, many U.S. companies are planning to hire IT employees with highly valued skills. Here's a list of the top 11 skills IT hiring managers are looking to recruit.

10 Best IT Jobs Now

Today's hot IT jobs are those that can help satisfy growing demand for technologies such as virtualization, cloud, network security and social computing skills. Here we examine 10 IT jobs and the technology know-how required to land them.

Tech Hiring Up Almost 50 Percent Since 2009

The number of available full-time tech jobs has increased 46% in the past year, and contractors' hourly rates are rising as companies seek ways to overcome an IT skills shortage, according to a monthly report from Dice.

Tech Employment Steady, Latest Census Figures Show

While total U.S. employment dropped by almost 6 million people from 2008 to 2009, jobs in the computer/mathematics sector remained almost constant, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

CIOs Say They're Hiring Again

The IT employment outlook is starting to improve, but the industry shed jobs last year at a much faster pace than it is now adding them.

IT Hiring Jumps in April '10; Demand Up Sharply for Full-Time Workers

The analysis of experts in the public and private sector all point to a growing number of available technology jobs after a year of turmoil.

IT Hiring Poised for Skills Driven Rebound

Employers that act promptly and strategically to recruit and retain IT professionals will have an advantage over those that wait for ideal economic conditions. Here's what next year's hiring environment likely has in store.

The Best Industries for IT Compensation

The 1.6% pay increase reported by government IT professionals in Computerworld's 2009 Salary Survey might not seem like much, but it's better than what Bruce Walton and other California state IT workers have seen recently.

The Best Jobs for IT Compensation

Frank Sirianni finds himself in an unlikely situation during this recession: He's having trouble filling an IT position.

IT Takes Biggest Job Cut Hit in the Back Office

Two million IT positions are expected to have been eliminated from 2000 to 2014, according to Hackett Group, which forecasts an 'extended jobless recovery.'

The Tech Jobs that the Cloud Will Eliminate

As if outsourcing, virtualization, utility computing, automation, hosted applications, and a recession weren't enough to stress out the average IT professional, there's the emerging threat of cloud computing to take away even more IT jobs.

Job Growth Could Be More Robust Away from the Coasts

Qualcomm's CIO Norm Fjeldheim answers questions about preparing for life after the recession and dealing with a dysfunctional IT department.

Search Engine Uncovers and Maps Job Openings

The creators of a new job-hunting Web site say they've built a specialized search engine that digs around the Web looking for jobs that may not be advertised elsewhere.

6 Recession Proof IT Jobs

Not all IT jobs are being offshored and outsourced. Some positions in IT are among the most recession-proof jobs across all fields.

Recession Slows Growth of Software Developer Population

Evans Data revises downward its growth projections for software developers in light of sour economic conditions for the first time in four years.

New Research Reveals Highest-Paid IT Skills and Certifications During the Recession

Foote Partners' latest IT Skills and Certifications Index shows that pay for IT professionals with Netweaver Portals, Apple OS X and PHP skills ballooned during the fourth quarter of 2008, while pay for extreme programming, certain SAP and networking skills dipped.

Sensible Jobs for IT Professionals that Aren't in IT

In the book, Debugging Your Information Technology Career, author and former IT exec Janice Weinberg offers 20 different positions outside of IT that IT professionals could easily move into.

Networking Tips
How to Network: 12 Tips for Shy People

Schmoozing is a trial for shy people, but armed with these common-sense tips they can increase their networking mojo.

How to Network: More Tips for Shy People

Introverts are often better at networking than most people think. In fact, their perceived weaknesses may actually be great strengths when it comes to forging new and lasting professional connections.

How to Network: 7 Ways to Give, Not Just Receive

Are you reluctant to make networking a bigger part of your job search because you're scared that no one will want to meet with you? Think giving, not taking. Here are seven reasons why your contacts actually want to hear from you.

How to Network: 5 Tips for Maximizing Meetings

Take these five steps before, during and after a networking meeting to guarantee that you get what you need, says networking expert Ford Myers. You'll also ensure that your contacts leave feeling glad that they spent time with you.

Event Networking Etiquette: A Step-By-Step Plan for Working the Room

If the thought of meeting new people at conferences or networking events causes your stomach to knot up, know you're not alone. Assuage your nerves and gain confidence with networking etiquette know-how.

Effective Networking: Assumptions About Your Contacts Can Hinder Your Job Search

IT professionals who prize order and predictability, and possess a high need for closure are likely making erroneous assumptions about their networks--assumptions that could seriously hamper their job searches, according to research from MIT.

Networking Do's and Don'ts: 7 Tips for Job Seekers During the Holidays

The best five weeks of networking for the entire year are going on now. Make sure you're prepared for all of your holiday networking events by following these seven do's and don'ts from master networker and motivational speaker Dave Sherman.

How to Make the Most of Those Holiday Networking Sessions

Holiday time is an ideal chance for job hunters, especially those who find setting up networking meetings difficult, to make a connection with someone they want to get to know by offering them a ride to a party, providing directions or giving them an admission ticket to an event. Here are more tips for networking during the holiday season.

Acing the Job Interview
How to Address Failure in a Job Interview

IT failures that occurred on your watch don't have to kill your chances of landing a new job. You just need to know how to discuss them in job interviews. Here are five tips.

How to Ace a CIO Job Interview

In a CIO job interview, you must prove three things: that you'll help the hiring company achieve its business objectives, deliver the desired leadership abilities and fit in with the senior management team. Here's expert advice on how to nail all three.

How to Ace an Executive Level Job Interview

Tips and techniques for answering common interview questions, making a good first impression during the interview and for following up.

How to Prepare for Executive Level Job Interviews

8 tips and techniques for preparing for executive level interviews.

Job Seekers: Get Ready for the Character Interview

In an employer's job market, hiring managers take their time getting to know a job seeker's character, personality and values. Personal questions and even table manners are fair game.

8 Ways a Job Interview Can Take a Turn for the Worse

Top career experts and corporate recruiters share situations that can derail a job interview, along with advice on how job seekers can get back on track.

IT Job Seekers: Can You Answer an Interviewer's 12 Gotcha Questions?

If you want to land an IT job--whether on the help desk or as a CIO--in this competitive labor market, you better be prepared to answer these dreaded job interview questions.

Unconventional Job Interview Questions

If you could be a super-hero, which one would you be? IT professionals share ridiculous job interview questions.

6 Job Interview Questions to Identify Change Agents and Innovators

Companies today need people who can lead in the face of change and uncertainty.

Job Interview: Ask the Right Questions to Avoid a Dud Job

If your questions elicit "the look" from the hiring manager, it's a sign you probably don't want to work there.

Interview Questions to Avoid

Some questions and situations surface during job interviews that you simply should not discuss.

Extreme Makeover: IT Job Seekers May Need Appearance Upgrade

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who's the best-groomed candidate of them all?

What to Wear for an IT Job Interview

IT professionals aren't known for their fashion sense, they of the uninspired polo shirt and khaki persuasion. But if there's one professional occasion when a tech worker should think fashion first, it's the job interview, especially in this employer's market for talent.

8 Ways Job Seekers Can Assess a Prospective Employer's Corporate Culture

Just as hiring managers try to determine whether a job seeker will fit with an organization's culture, job seekers should judge whether an employer's culture is right for them--no matter how desperate for a job they may be. Job seekers' curiosity about an employer's corporate culture will impress hiring managers and help them stand out.

How to Land Interviews for IT Jobs in a Tough Market

While the recession has caused companies to implement hiring freezes and conduct layoffs, some companies are still conducting job interviews.

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