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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

May 23rd, 2007

“Attracting the Twentysomething Worker” Fortune, May 15

The arrival of Generation Y in the workforce is causing a re-think of nearly every facet of office life, including how to dress, how to interact with colleagues, and how to understand the work-life balance. To older workers, the nonchalance and sense of self-entitlement of the average Gen Y worker can be disconcerting, if not downright annoying. As the article points out, members of Generation Y are different in many respects from their predecessors, from their upbringing to their politics to their worldview. … With their designer coffees, technology gadgets and yoga mats, the members of Generation Y are both opinionated and imbued with a sense of self-entitlement. Instead of working 60 hours a week and working behind a desk wearing a suit, they prefer to dress as casual as possible and work with mobile gadgets or laptops in comfortable, creative spaces. Already, companies are working to accommodate these workers, usually by addressing the work-life balance. 

“The Key to Managing Stars? Think Team” HBS Working Knowledge, May 14

A new study … addresses questions about the performance of star knowledge workers, focusing on the factors influencing performance as well as the best practices for inspiring, nurturing and recruiting these stars. As these researchers explain, past performance can be a useful indicator of future performance. In addition, they found that the quality of colleagues within the organization has a significant impact on the ability of workers to maintain a high level of quality. … When it comes to star performers, the key ingredient in their success is an organization full of high-quality colleagues. … As the basis of competition shifts to superior knowledge and information, organizations must attract, leverage, and retain the best knowledge workers possible. They must also understand that star knowledge workers are not the same as star athletes, in that their skills are not always portable to the highest bidder. Since star performers rely to a large degree on the quality of the colleagues that their organization provides to sustain top performance, they may not be able to replicate their top performance in any organizational context. 

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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

May 5th, 2007

“Specialists vs. Generalists”, April 5

organizations tend to express a preference for specialists rather than generalists, yet many managers acknowledge that generalists are more likely to provide management with a big picture view of the business. … specialists, not generalists, are most often rewarded at the vice president level and below. … generalists are able to drive innovation within the organization and often become responsible for long-term planning and corporate vision.

“Web 2.0 Provides New Opportunity for Recruiters to Find Tech Talent” Network World, April 12

recruiters are finding that there is more to recruiting online than simply posting jobs and searching resume banks. … corporate recruiters are using online resources to find more than 40% of their senior-level management and executive candidates. In addition, recruiters are finding nearly 10% of their candidates using search engines and another 3.5% through online social networking sites. … There are other ways to find passive job seekers online. For example, reading book reviews of technical books can help find reviewers who make intelligent comments on books about specific technical areas.

“London is the Place to Be in IT” Business Week, April 13

In London, the IT sector is currently growing at approximately 6% per year, making it one of the leading centers for IT talent and development within Europe. With that in mind, many Silicon Valley-based firms are expanding their London operations and investing heavily in the London IT and telecom sectors.

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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 11th, 2007

“Keys to Retention”, March 16

To increase employee retention, businesses should grant a higher degree of autonomy to their workers and provide them the tools to take on new challenges. … Other key factors include confidence in the leadership qualities of upper management, overall compensation levels and the degree of fit with the organizational culture. … The size of the organization also matters, with more employees showing a preference for smaller organizations where they are given more autonomy and more opportunities for career advancement. 

“Web Anonymity Can Sink Your Job Search” Computerworld, March 26

Having a presence on the Web is a critical factor in the job search, especially given the fact that a growing number of recruiters and hiring managers are using search engines when gathering data about potential employees. According to a 2006 survey, 77% of recruiters said they use search engines to check out job candidates. … In another survey … hiring managers said they use Internet search engines to research potential employees, … they also use social networking sites to screen candidates. All things being equal, most companies would rather hire a candidate who has demonstrated the ability to participate on the Web. Know where people look check what people will discover about you through popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo, … MSN Search or … Review at least the first three to five pages of results. … use blog-searching tools such as Technorati, Daypop or Blogdigger … search specific sites, such as MySpace, YouTube or Flickr, … LibraryThing.comStart a blog Join the open-source code community. Build a Web page Create a Web profile Consider creating a Web profile on one of the many social and business networking sites … Naymz, Ziggs, and 

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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Thursday, February 22, 2007

February 24th, 2007

“Business Acumen: The New Must-Have Skill” Datamation, February 13

business acumen, rather than technological expertise, is the new must-have skill for IT professionals. Simply put, IT specialists who lack a familiarity with business integration have fewer advancement opportunities. Technology professionals who take the initiative to gain a big-picture view of the business have a broader set of employment opportunities. Typically, they are able to work and communicate effectively with colleagues in all departments and have a solid appreciation of how IT initiatives can drive business change. … 41% of CIO respondents said they are putting more emphasis on business fundamentals when evaluating IT candidates … Business savvy makes you eligible for a wider range of opportunities, whether you plan to stay with one company for years or are looking for a new opportunity. Management roles, in particular, require knowledge of business fundamentals, especially a basic knowledge of finance, marketing and management. A business background can also insulate you from changes in the industry, such as outsourcing. This business acumen is also transferable if you ever decide to pursue a path outside of IT. That being said, business savvy does not replace the specialized technical skills businesses need from IT professionals. 

“Generation X: Stepping Up to the Leadership Plate”, January 31

Currently, Baby Boomers control some of the most powerful leadership positions throughout the United States, but that will change over the next 15 years. … members of Generation X have received very little training, development or mentoring in the workplace, and are better at learning on the fly. … Organizations will need to bridge this generational gap in order to drive business success. For example, they need to emphasize emerging leader training and mentoring programs and encourage members of Generation X to learn more about the leadership skills and industry connections of the Baby Boomer generation. 

“More Employers Recruit the Military Work Ethic” USA Today, February 16

In an effort to hire workers with a strong work ethic, leadership skills and diverse backgrounds, employers are increasingly turning their attention to the military. … The perception of military veterans is that they are very conscientious, eager to work, and team players. In addition, they typically have excellent skills and first-rate technical training. … The perception of military veterans is that they are very conscientious, eager to work, and team players. In addition, they typically have excellent skills and first-rate technical training. 

“Battle of the Ages” Network World, February 1

As many IT executives either knowingly or unknowingly turn away from older workers in favor of 20-somethings, organizations are being forced to confront a mounting demographic problem. … Instead of hiring purely on the basis of technical skills, for example, they also consider factors such as personality, inter-personal skills and communication ability. .. younger workers can pick up the accumulated business acumen of the older workers. 

“How One Bad Apple Can Create a Toxic Team” Management Issues, February 14

Within any organization, the presence of even one person who exhibits negative behavior can affect the rest of the group, pulling down productivity and efficiency. In short, people who do not do their fair share of the work, who are chronically unhappy and emotionally unstable, or who bully or attack others can infect a team and create the environment for organizational dysfunction. … the bad apple problem is prevalent in nearly every business organization in nearly every sector. … The problem, say the researchers, is that most organizations do not have very effective ways to handle the problem, especially when the problem employee has longevity, experience or power. … As a result, trust in the team deteriorates and as the group loses its positive culture, members physically and psychologically disengage themselves from the team. 

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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, January 23, 2007

February 4th, 2007

“Five Tips for Staying Employed in IT Through 2010″ Datamation, January 12

by 2010, six out of ten IT workers will assume business-facing roles. … IT workers will need to increase their business savvy and adapt to business relationship management and business analyst roles. … companies will seek and develop versatile performers while de-emphasizing the role of specialists. 

“What Subjects and Skills are Important for Software Developers?” Communications of the ACM, January 2007

the most important areas of study are data structures and algorithms (which received a 3.8 score out of a possible 4.0), procedural programming (3.8), software engineering design (3.7), software engineering implementation (3.7), and object-oriented programming (3.6). Among the lowest ranked areas by software developers were physics (1.6), artificial intelligence and knowledge engineering (1.6), computer graphics (1.9) and mathematics for continuous systems (2.0). 

“Seven Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Top IT Talent”, January 4

IT departments must start now in developing the type of strategy that will enable their companies to deal with what some economists are calling the most intensive war for talent in the history of American business. Corporations need to place a premium on recruiting top talent, challenge their employees with important initiatives, provide them with abundant opportunities, applaud them for their hard work and extra effort, and create an exciting work environment. … This process starts with the interview process, where organizations should focus on selling themselves to top candidates. Once these candidates are hired, you then need to offer challenging work that matters. … Not only must the work be challenging, it must open up new career opportunities. One of the surest ways of attracting and retaining top talent is offering workers an abundance of ways for furthering their careers. … Employees will not remain with a company if they do not feel that their work is appreciated. 

“How to Get Found” Computerworld, January 15

In order to stand out during the job search, you can embrace a wide range of Web-based tactics that will help to make you highly visible to recruiters. … establish a profile on a social networking site such as Linked In or Ryze. … think about making your resume easier to find online. One tactic is to optimize your resume for search engines by including a keyword section on it where you can list relevant terms such as the industries you have worked in and the technologies you are able to apply. 

“Ex-PARC Chief Urges Shift in Engineering Schools”, December 1

Brown points out, schools must teach aspiring engineers how to become lifelong students instead of teaching them specific skills or training them for a specific career path. 

“For IIT Graduates Today, Home is Where the Money Is” The Times of India, January 5

The best and the brightest now prefer to stay home in India, where the rapid pace of economic growth has closed the gap with the West in terms of salary, prestige and career opportunities. 

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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, January 9, 2007

January 15th, 2007

“Companies Expected to Scramble for R&D, App Dev Talent” Information Week, January 3

companies will likely have to pay a premium for top-level R&D and application development talent this year. … hiring managers are increasingly willing to employ technology consultants who are able to work remotely from other geographic locations.;jsessionid=W1OLUA5Q2FOPEQSNDLRCKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=196800780 

“The Hottest Skills for 2007″ Computerworld, January 1

hiring managers are likely to focus on the job candidates with the strongest combination of technical and business skills. … cutting-edge technical skills … well-developed communication skills … a deep understanding of how IT fits into internal business processes. … IT executives predict that the top five hottest skills for this year will include programming and application development, project management, business analysis, security and technical support. 

“Stand Apart With a Personal Brand” Management Issues, December 29

In order to stand out from the crowd, it can help to develop a personal brand that expresses your unique talents and accomplishments 

“IT Offshoring is Not Just for India Anymore” Computerworld, December 13

While India still accounts for more than half of the overseas IT outsourcing market, other nations in Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America are slowly chipping away at this dominant market position. … Other nations and regions that are playing increasingly important roles include the Philippines (9% of the total spending by U.S. companies), Canada (8%), Brazil (8%), Central and Eastern Europe (7%), Mexico (4%), and China (3%). 

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Points of interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, December 19, 2006

January 3rd, 2007

“Vista to Spur Revenue, Jobs Growth” Internet News, December 11

Microsoft will ship more than 90 million units of Vista throughout the world next year … Vista is expected to create an economic multiplier effect. As IDC suggests, the Vista launch could result in 157,000 new jobs and as much as $70 billion in additional revenue for the U.S. IT industry. 

“Highlights from the 2006 Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference” Knowledge @ Wharton, December 13

Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference examined current trends within the entrepreneurial space … entrepreneurship does not require dreaming up a complex, world-changing idea. Rather, it entails taking advantage of everyday experiences 

“A Career Resolution for 2007″ Computerworld, December 11

What resolutions will you make next year to improve your career? … one worthwhile resolution for IT workers might be to learn how to network more effectively.

  1. Keep in mind the law of reciprocity, or the “givers gain” approach
  2. Consider depth in networking
  3. Respect personal space
  4. Consider your language and theirs
  5. Never forget the value of trust
  6. Emote enthusiasm and gratitude

“Posting Your Resume on YouTube to Stand Out From the Competition” The Wall Street Journal Online, December 7

When looking for jobs in the technology sector, young job hunters are starting to include short video clips as part of their job applications. … While there is always the possibility that something could go wrong, such as in the case of Yale University student Aleksey Vayner, many candidates are willing to take the chance. 

Watch The Aleksey Vayner CV Video on YouTube (here).

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Points of interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, November 21, 2006

November 22nd, 2006

“Salary Survey 2006: Hot Skills, Hot Pay” Computerworld, November 13

According to the 20th annual salary survey conducted by Computerworld, the average IT worker received a 3.1% increase in pay over the past year. … network architects received average pay increases of 5.3%, while Web developers, Internet managers and directors of e-commerce saw average jumps of 4% or more. … Average starting salaries are expected to climb 3% this year, with greater increases for some specialized positions. … For certain in-demand skills, companies are willing to pay skills premiums in the form of signing bonuses or retention bonuses. 

“Computer Science Still a Good Career” Stanford Report, November 6

According to a new study on the global migration of software jobs, worries about the impact of overseas IT outsourcing could be overstated. … there are more IT jobs now than there were six years ago at the height of the IT boom. While globalization will result in certain structural changes to the world economy, the changes will also lead to increased opportunities for students with computer science degrees. 

“India Now Exporting Jobs to US” Hindustan Times, November 5

India has started exporting jobs to the US to meet the demand generated by widespread growth in the Indian IT sector. In addition, India is now opening R&D and manufacturing facilities in the US as part of a broader strategy of creating a global IT footprint.,0002.htm 

“West Not Supplying Enough IT Talent” CNN (via Reuters), November 8

As Bill Gates of Microsoft pointed out during a conference in Russia, a shortage of IT graduates from Western universities could lead Western companies to rely increasingly on developing countries to meet future demand for programmers, engineers and computer scientists. … Without a doubt, there is a shortage of IT skills on a worldwide basis. As a result, Russia is becoming more attractive, thanks to its highly-talented programmers and computer scientists. 

“Create Strong Alliances by Thinking like a Consultant”, October 23

learning to think and act like an IT consultant can provide any worker with an edge in climbing the career ladder. For example, learning to think like a consultant keeps you customer-oriented and focused on the best ways to apply specific skills and experiences. In addition, since consultants tend to ask a lot of questions, you will be engaged in an ongoing conversation with colleagues, making you better able to forge strong alliances with partners. A consultant mindset can also help you in learning to continuously monitor the competitive landscape for new trends and developments that could impact your career. 

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Points of interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, November 7, 2006

November 7th, 2006

“The Team at the Top” Computerworld, October 23

a strong, diversified IT leadership team can become a strong competitive advantage for companies. … IT leaders still rise through the technology ranks, but there has been increasing emphasis on those who can lead others and understand the business case for different technological solutions. Today, skilled specialists have been replaced by people who can lead not just internal workers but also external vendors and integrators to drive business objectives. 

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Points of interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

October 12th, 2006

“How Not To Get Left Behind In the IT Manager Boom” Information Week, October 2

job descriptions used to be 90% technology-related, now they are 10% technology-related and 90% business-related. As a result, IT professionals must be on the lookout for opportunities to embrace management responsibilities when they come along. 

“Strike Halts Work At Outsourcing Tech Hub in India” Information Week, October 4

A strike in an IT outsourcing hub like Bangalore, India would obviously have serious ramifications for Western firms. While many IT organizations have business contingency plans that can deal with short-term work stoppages, a long-term strike would present a number of significant problems. That is exactly what Western firms found out on October 4;jsessionid=32QVJ5VRH2CN4QSNDLRSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=193104360 

“Seven Deadly Career Sins” InfoWorld, September 18

avoid accepting an expanding array of job requirements if you are unable to fulfill them. When project requirements keep changing, inexperienced managers often agree to the impossible. However, you need to push back with realistic adjustments as to the time or resources required for these new job requirements. 

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