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Outdated job-search tactics can undermine your effort to land a new gig.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.

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