According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with information technology (IT) skills have been getting hired at a rapid rate.
The agency reported that in July, there were 20,400 positions filled across a number of IT industries. Specifically, there were 10,400 jobs added in the computer system design field, 7,000 in telecommunications and 1,900 positions filled in the hosting, data processing and similar fields.
Industry experts say that the figures mean those with IT skills would find number of opportunities for employment.

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The mobile marking industry is one of the most promising sectors today, seeking to add thousands of jobs over the next few months.
Researchers at WANTED Analytics report there have been more than 6,000 jobs posted on the internet for those looking for employment in the mobile marketing sector. The report found that over the past year, there has been a 26 percent increase year-over-year from the same 90 period in 2011, a 134 percent increase from 2010 and a 400 percent climb from 2009.
Marketers with mobile skills are most frequently advertised for jobs located in the New York metropolitan area. Over the past 90 days, more than 1,000 marketing job ads in New York included mobile skill requirements and grew more than average, up 31% versus the same time period in 2011.
One mobile marketing firm that recently opened a new office and is looking to hire is Fiksu. In a release, the company said that it was opening a new office in North Hampton, Massachusetts and was looking to hire many new positions to handle operations.

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Kentucky will soon be home to a brand new customer service center, bringing with it many new jobs as a result.
Amazon announced that it was planning to build a new facility in Winchester, and will hire 600 seasonal and 550 full-time employees by 2017. The 70,000-square-foot building will house workers to provide customer support for clients of the online retailer.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said that he was thrilled that more people would be able to find employment with the Fortune 500 company.
“Amazon’s decision to grow its Kentucky footprint is fantastic news, especially when you consider the impact of more than 1,100 full-time and seasonal jobs it will bring to the central Kentucky region,” Beshear said. “Kentucky is proud to have Amazon choose Winchester for this growth opportunity and wishes them continued success and prosperity.”
Many are looking to the technology industry to help spur job growth. At a recent speech at SUNY Albany, President Barack Obama said that the sector would be vital to the economic recovery of the U.S.
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By Caroline M.L. Potter

Your resume is the most important document in any job search. But what if you’re submitting resume after resume and receiving no results at all — not even a call? Your resume may be fatally flawed.

How can a resume betray a job seeker? It’s not just typos or poor formatting. “The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a person’s accomplishments, contributions and results, and instead spouts a job description of each position he’s held,” says Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMayDay, a resume-writing and career-coaching firm based near Chicago.

Use these three tips to make sure your resume doesn’t betray you.

1. Think Big

Whatever jobs you’ve held — be it as an assistant or a CEO – think beyond the everyday tasks of your position. ”People get bogged down in the day-to-day details of their jobs, but when it comes to your resume, you’ve got to get out of the clutter and ask yourself, ‘What does this work mean?’” Milligan says.

If a manager is hiring for an administrative assistant, he already knows what an admin does and doesn’t want to see a resume that says an applicant can type and answer a phone. “You have to go beyond that to point out your specific strengths,” Milligan says.

Start by having big-picture conversations about what you do and how it serves the organization as a whole. “If you’re in a support position, consider how successful the person you support is and how you help her do her job better,” Milligan says. “What role do you have in her successes? Those are your accomplishments.”

2. Be Clear

Focusing on your accomplishments rather than your specific responsibilities will help keep your resume concise. “There’s a huge difference between a resume and the Great American Novel,” says Milligan. “The resumes I’m most proud of summed up a 25-year career in a single page.”

She urges job seekers to remember that resumes are typically skimmed for a mere six to eight seconds. “Make sure you’re identifying the companies you worked for, how long you were there and if you earned a promotion,” she says. “Those are things that people look for immediately.” Also, if your job title is long and vague, tighten it up so that people immediately understand what you’ve done. For example, “Marketing Manager” is much more accessible than “Global Identity Architect.”

Given the time you have to catch a recruiter’s eye, a focused, accomplishment-driven resume is the way to go. “If you are loaded up on peripheral stuff, it’s too hard for a hiring manager to find your story,” Milligan says.

3. Get Real

What if you come up blank when trying to think about how you’ve helped build the big picture for your employer?

“A couple of times I’ve talked to people who insisted they just did their jobs and there’s nothing special about them that jumps out,” Milligan says. She’s asked them outright if they’re in the right position. “It’s a difficult question to ask, but these people may be chasing the wrong job,” she says.

She counsels clients that if they cannot speak about what they’ve done in terms of enhancing the position or the company, ”You may be just punching a clock — and you and your employer deserve more.”

Look for other opportunities in which you can contribute and grow professionally. You’ll enjoy a more rewarding career and have a more successful resume.

This story is republished, with permission, from

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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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The amount of knowledge you have about a potential employer, and
on the industry in which you hope to work can give you a
competitive edge. This pertains both to making initial contact with
employers and before going on interviews. In addition, having
information on a company is also invaluable when it comes to
evaluating a job offer.
You should know the company’s industry, what they do, who some
major clients are, and the names of some of the company’s
higher-ups, i.e. CEO, President, etc. You should also know who is
in charge of hiring for the position you are seeking.
Here are some resources to find company information.
  1. Corporate Websites-Most businesses use their home pages as a
    marketing or communication tool for generating and retaining
    business. They may also provide annual reports, news articles,
    business ventures, and information about products and services. You
    should spend a good portion of your research time reviewing the
    information available at your company’s home page. You can locate a
    company’s web page by using a search engine such as
  2. Directories-Here you can get information on public and private
    companies, although you may be limited with private company
    information. A couple sites to check out are:
  3. Press Releases-Like an annual report, press releases present
    information in a way that appeals to the media, and in turn to the
    consumer. They are generally written by professionals who know how
    to make even the most damaging news somewhat palatable. If you need
    to find out newsworthy information about a company they are a good
  4. Local newspapers-Local newspapers usually publish articles
    about companies in their city or town. This is often the only place
    you will find information on small, local companies. Some
    newspapers publish special business sections once a week. You will
    also find information about employees at those companies. Should
    someone win an award or special recognition, a local newspaper is
    where you would find it. You are probably wondering what this bit
    of trivia could mean to you. Well, imagine this scenario. You learn
    you are going to be interviewed by Joanne Manager. You do a little
    research and find out that she just won a 10 kilometer race. It
    just so happens that you’re a runner as well. Isn’t this a great
    way to establish rapport?
  5. National Newspaper-While the New York Times is not
    planning to change its name to the U.S. Times, it can
    serve as a source of national information. The same can be said of
    other newspapers across the country, like The Boston
    , The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington
    , to name only a few. Articles on larger U.S. and
    international companies are featured in the pages of these
    publications. If something newsworthy happens you will probably
    find it in any large newspaper. Many are also available
  6. Business Journals-The most well known is The Wall Street
    . There are also smaller, more local business journals.
    You can find information on local companies as well as companies
    with a wider geographic scope. These journals provide a good way of
    tracking who has moved where, what companies have what clients, and
    which companies are relocating to your area. Openings of new
    businesses should also be announced in a business journal.
  7. Industry Journal-These publications follow companies within
    different industries. This is a great way to become more
    knowledgeable about the industry in general. You can look at trends
    and upcoming changes to determine how you can best make an impact.
    Remember, you are trying to show potential employers what you can
    do for them.
  8. Professional Journals-These journals keep you apprised of
    goings on in your field. In addition to providing company
    information, professional journals give insight into changes in a
    particular field. These publications also contain advice about how
    to do your job better. Being able to discuss new medical billing
    software with the office manager of a doctor’s office will show
    your level of expertise and interest in the field.

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Somebody once said, “Nothing is more uncommon than common
sense.” Accordingly, here are 30 things I think common sense should
  1. Leave for the interview with plenty of time to spare for the
    unexpected: traffic jam, car trouble, etc.
  2. Never go to an interview with a full bladder.
  3. Never chew gum, and obviously not tobacco.
  4. Don’t allow the job title to influence your decision.
  5. Wear conservative business attire. If the venue is very casual,
    overdress slightly. (Men: wear a sport jacket and tie. Women: wear
    tailored separates.)
  6. Never consider moving anywhere your family has no desire to
  7. Never ask to use the hiring authority’s phone.
  8. Don’t look at your watch.
  9. Remove your sunglasses.
  10. Maintain eye contact, but don’t stare.
  11. Listen intently, so you don’t have to keep repeating, “I’m
    sorry, but could you say that again?”
  12. Don’t ask about perks.
  13. Ask for the spelling of the interviewer’s name and write it
  14. Don’t mention a salary range in your resume or during an
  15. Don’t tailor your personality in an attempt to charm your
  16. Remain silent about your personal problems.
  17. Go to the interview unaccompanied.
  18. Don’t park at a meter or in a tow zone.
  19. Don’t drop names.
  20. Schedule nothing around your interview that will create a time
  21. Turn off your cell phone.
  22. Keep your eyes off the interviewer’s desk.
  23. Don’t handle anything, especially personal belongings.
  24. Get a haircut and shave if you need one.
  25. Avoid strong fragrances.
  26. Never be sarcastic.
  27. If required to drive others, perhaps to lunch, obey the law,
    exercise caution, and stay calm.
  28. Never criticize anyone, especially an employer.
  29. If asked to complete a form or application, fill in every
    space. Never write, “See resume.”
  30. Don’t linger. A long farewell is annoying.

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