A new study has found that approximately 466,000 jobs have been created in the “app economy” in the U.S. over the past five years.

According to the research by TechNet, jobs for computer software applications, along with the broad communications sector, are now leading sources of hiring strength in the labor market.

“America's app economy – which had zero jobs just 5 years ago before the iPhone was introduced – demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation,” said Rey Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of TechNet. “Today, the app economy is creating jobs in every part of America, employing hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers today and even more in the years to come.”

The research also found that the highest percentage of app jobs are now being created in the New York City area and San Francisco, as well as in parts of Georgia, Florida and Illinois.

Meanwhile, Acxiom Corporation has announced plans to add 150 employees at its Central Arkansas operations, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

The mobile app, email and social media company said it plans to recruit for software developers and product management positions from a number of local universities.

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Computer technicians in the U.S. can expect promising job prospects in the coming months, according to recent reports.

For instance, Dice.com recently reported that 18 states and Washington D.C. have fewer graduates with computer-related degrees than the total number of available jobs. In California alone, the number of open positions is almost triple the amount of new computer science graduates in the Golden State.

As a result, tech-savvy job seekers who have a background in computer software or information technology, should have little trouble finding career opportunities. According to NetworkWorld, Moody's Analytics has predicted that approximately 138,000 technology jobs will be added in 2011.

“The recovery, which started in the big areas like Silicon Valley, has now spread to all of these other places,” said Alice Hill, managing director at Dice.com.

Furthermore, a new survey by the Illinois Technology Association reveals that the growth of the technology industry is helping reinvigorate the Prairie State's economy in the wake of the recession. According to the poll, which questioned more than 100 tech-related companies, about 40 percent of respondents said that they experienced revenue growth of at least 20 percent in the previous six months.

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That cute, affable guy who brags of his drunken exploits on
FaceBook.com may be meeting a lot of other partiers online, but
he’s probably not getting added to the “friends” lists of many
corporate recruiters. A recent study by the executive search firm
ExecuNet found that 77 percent of recruiters run searches of
candidates on the Web to screen applicants; 35 percent of these
same recruiters say they’ve eliminated a candidate based on the
information they uncovered.
“You’d be surprised at what I’ve seen when researching
candidates,” says Gail, a recruiter at a Fortune 500 company who
recently began looking up potential hires on the Web. “We were
having a tough time deciding between two candidates until I found
the profile of one of them on MySpace. It boasted a photo of her
lounging on a hammock in a bikini, listed her interests as ‘having
a good time’ and her sex as ‘yes, please.’ Not quite what we were
looking for.”
“Another time I went to a candidate’s site and found racial
slurs and jokes,” Gail continues. “And there was yet another
instance where a candidate told me he was currently working for a
company, yet he left a comment on a friend’s profile about how it
‘sucked’ to be laid off, and how much fun it was to be
unemployed!”
As the amount of personal information available online grows,
first impressions are being formed long before the interview
process begins, warns David Opton, ExecuNet CEO and founder. “Given
the implications and the shelf-life of Internet content, managing
your online image is something everyone should address –
regardless of whether or not you’re in a job search,” he says.
Because the risks don’t stop once you’re hired.
Twenty-three-year old Kara recently took a job as a management
consultant at a high-profile practice in the Los Angeles area. An
Ohio native, with no friends or family on the West Coast, Kara put
up a profile on MySpace in the hopes of meeting new people.
Kara was judicious in how she set up her site: “I didn’t fill
out that cheesy questionnaire many people post, where you describe
your best feature and say whether or not you shower every day.” she
says. “I used a photo that was flattering but not at all
provocative and was even careful what music I chose.”
Within a few months, Kara met many others online who shared her
interest in biking and water sports. One Friday morning, Kara
decided to call in sick and go surfing with a few of her new pals.
That weekend, unbeknownst to Kara, her friend posted some of the
day’s pictures on her profile and sent Kara a message saying, “We
should call in sick more often.”
Unfortunately for Kara, her boss happened to be patrolling
MySpace to check up on her college-age daughter and came across
Kara’s site and the dated photos!
Mortified, Kara says she learned an important lesson — not only
about honesty, but about how small the world of online social
networking can be and how little control you have over any
information put out there.
Not all employers search candidates and employees online, but
the trend is growing. Don’t let online social networking deep-six
your career opportunities. Protect your image by following these
simple tips:
  1. Be careful. Nothing is private. Don’t post
    anything on your site or your “friends” sites you wouldn’t want a
    prospective employer to see. Derogatory comments, revealing or
    risqué photos, foul language and lewd jokes all will be viewed as a
    reflection of your character.
  2. Be discreet. If your network offers the
    option, consider setting your profile to “private,” so that it is
    viewable only by friends of your choosing. And since you can’t
    control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the
    “block comments” feature. Remember, everything on the Internet is
    archived, and there is no eraser!
  3. Be prepared. Check your profile regularly to
    see what comments have been posted. Use a search engine to look for
    online records of yourself to see what is out there about you. If
    you find information you feel could be detrimental to your
    candidacy or career, see about getting it removed — and make sure
    you have an answer ready to counter or explain “digital dirt.”
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com

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by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
resume:
  1. Renew Often
    One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
    the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
    by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
  2. Target Your Resume Title
    The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
    Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
    look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It’s
    best to include the specific job title you’re pursuing, along with
    a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
    carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
    • Network Administrator – CNA Specializing in NetWare – 5 Years’
      Experience
    • Technical Sales Representative – Maximizing Sales for the
      Technology Industry
    • Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years’
      Experience
  3. Maximize Your Keywords
    One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
    receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
    research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
    talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
    managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
    incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
    include keywords that don’t appear elsewhere in the document.
  4. Show You Care About Employers’ Needs
    If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
    objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
    Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
    • Before: A challenging position with a large
      firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
      working environment.
    • After: Customer service or front-desk position
      providing world-class service to international guests.
  5. Proofread
    Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
    employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
    thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
    open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
    show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
    proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
  6. Invest in Your Resume
    Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
    the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
    graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry
    icons.
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When it comes to finding a new job, the most successful seekers
know that the best jobs are not always just about salary. The truth
is, there are a lot of factors that go into every great
opportunity, and these are not always the same for everyone. If you
are looking for a new job or career, the important thing is that
you know what your priorities are before you start your job search.
Doing so might just save you from regretting your decision in the
future. Consider the following workplace values.
Salary
While salary isn’t everything, it is important. After all, you
can’t use your health care to buy groceries. But you need to
determine just how important it is to you. Start by figuring out
just how much you need or want to make to be happy. How much do you
need to pay your bills, have some fun and still save for the
future? Then ask yourself how much extra you need above and beyond
the basics in order for you to be truly satisfied. Once you have a
range in mind, you can use it to help guide your search.
Benefits
While salary is the top dog for some, the quality of benefits
ranks higher for others. Think about your life and figure out what
kind of benefits are really important to you. If you have a history
of health problems, you should make sure your company’s health care
plan is one that offers low co-pays and provides affordable access
to specialists. Check to see if the company offers flexible
spending accounts for uncovered out-of-pocket expenses. Are you a
woman who is planning on starting a family? If so, you should learn
about and understand the company’s maternity benefits. If you are
not sure exactly which benefits you need or what kinds of benefits
are available, you can look at leading companies? Web sites.
Family-Related Factors
For some, a company’s family friendliness is not a factor.
However, it is a major issue for others. Do you need a company that
can give you a flexible schedule? Do you want a company that puts
an emphasis on work/life balance? Some companies offer
family-related services such as on-site childcare, flexible
scheduling, dependent care reimbursement accounts and more. Other
companies do not put as much of an emphasis on families. Make sure
you know what you are looking for in this area.
Retirement
Retirement is something many younger workers neglect to think
about, but it’s an important area to consider. Perhaps having a
higher-than-average salary is not as important to you as ensuring
that you’re taken care of down the line. If so, you need to look
closely at the company’s retirement plan. Does it offer a matching
401(k) program? What about profit sharing, pension or stock
options? Most companies have some method of helping employees plan
for the future – make sure you pay attention to this factor.
Location
While location sounds like a secondary factor, it can be a major
deal maker or breaker for some. Do you live in a city with a great
deal of traffic? Is there access to public transportation? Would
you mind spending two hours in the car each day getting to and from
work? Some people don’t mind a long commute, but others shudder at
the thought. If you are someone who can’t stand being in the car
for long periods of time, make sure you don’t settle for a job that
is 40 miles away.
Vacation
While some individuals do not need much time off during the year,
others desperately need vacation time to re-energize. If vacation
time is important to you, make sure you know how much you are
getting and whether or not you can actually use it. Vacation is one
area in which prospects can often negotiate when getting a higher
salary is out of the question.
Other Factors
Do you have other personal priorities you need to consider? What
about training and educational opportunities? Or how about actual
work hours? At some companies, working 50 to 55 hours a week is the
norm, while others have employees punching the clock at exactly 40.
Is it a big deal to you to work overtime? What about the overall
work environment? Do you want a big corporate campus complete with
a cafeteria, company convenience store, and maybe even a health
club, or will you be happy in a small office with 10 employees?
The bottom line is that knowing what your priorities are at the
beginning of your job search will help you make sure you are moving
in the right direction and focusing your energy on jobs that will
truly meet your needs.
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com

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