Finding a job is always tough, but 2009 gave that description added meaning with seemingly unrelenting layoffs all around. Outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas put the number of announced job cuts in the technology sector during 2009 at 174,629.
As hundreds of tech workers join the ranks of the unemployed, lots of folks need some short-term work to tide them over. Mitch Paioff, author of "Getting Started as an Independent Computer Consultant," has some advice in his article "The Best Ways to Find a Short-Term Consulting Project While Looking for a Full-Time Job -- Part 1." He provides more good advice in the second and third installments.
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However, Paioff says many IT pros will opt for self-employment. In this book, Paioff shows technology professionals how to start, promote and manage a successful computer consulting business. You can find the entire fourth chapter, "How to Market Yourself Effectively," in the Knowledge Network.
The Knowledge Network has plenty of resources for hiring managers as well. Check out these:
IT Staffing Worksheet to estimate the number of employees you need to meet present or future workloads.
New Hire Business Case Template to document the factors influencing the hiring decision.
IT Salary Worksheet to understand of the true cost of hiring a new employee.
Redefining Job Roles Research Note to help you coordinate the details of who will handle what going forward.