Why It's Increasingly Hard to Find that IT Job

Michael Vizard
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Signs Your Resume Is "Old School"

Don't miss out on interview opportunities because of an out-of-date resume.

It's more than a little understandable that there is a lot of frustration when it comes to finding jobs for unemployed IT professionals. Not a day seems to go by when you don't hear some sort of comment about how someone has applied for thousands of jobs without even getting so much as an interview.

But the reason this is happening might have more to do with how flawed the hiring process is than the number of actual jobs available. Speaking this week at a Building Future Leaders for a Smarter Planet event sponsored by IBM at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., SkillPROOF CEO Henning Seip said there is a disconnect between the keywords that human resource professionals have been trained to look for on resumes and the way many IT professionals describe themselves.

To help IT professionals better navigate the thousands of IT job openings that are posted, SkillPROOF has created a system that matches a job candidate's keywords with the keywords used in the job postings in order to help job seekers find which postings are best aligned with their skill set. That information, notes Seip, can then be used to help IT professionals better align their resumes with the keywords that HR professionals are looking for when they sift through thousands of job applications.

That doesn't mean that getting an IT job is going to be guaranteed, but it should increase the likelihood of getting an interview because most HR professionals have no idea what IT skills are appropriate for what job. All they are really doing is weeding out candidates based on the keywords identified in an automated resume management system.


Of course, after the applicant gets the interview, it's up to them to make an impression. It's getting harder to do that, however, because as noted during the symposium at Pace, employers are looking for candidates who have IT knowledge coupled with specific business domain knowledge. So the days when an IT professional could rely solely on their IT experience to get their next job are coming to a close. In fact, the attendees at the symposium made it all too clear that the next generation of college students are graduating with more knowledge about how to apply IT to solve a business problem than their predecessors. That doesn't mean that existing IT professionals don't have more business experience; it just means they have to be able to demonstrate it more because there will soon be a new generation of job applicants who not only can clearly show their business bona fides, but are also probably willing to work for less money.

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Dec 21, 2011 5:17 PM Malinda Hartwig Malinda Hartwig  says:

Apparently it's increasingly hard to find any job. The economy doesn't help us at all. IT specialists are needed everywhere that's why it is actually easier to get a job in IT than in any other area. The sad thing is that some employers don't even know what they want, not to mention whom to hire. That's what peo services are for. When you see someone who is not even interested in acting like a professional you don't have high expectations, anyway.


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