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Technology: It's Where the Jobs Are
By Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek.com

Here's a hint for high school graduates or college students still majoring in indecision: Put down that guitar or book of poetry and pick up a laptop. Study computer science or engineering, and plan to move to a big city.

A new survey out this week from AeA, the group formerly known as the American Electronics Assn., reports that jobs in the technology industry are growing at a healthy clip, especially in large cities. The organization's Cybercities 2008 survey says that 51 cities added high-technology jobs in 2006, the most recent year for which data were available. The survey tracks new jobs related to the creation of tech products, including fields such as chip manufacturing and software engineering.

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CIOs Need Strategies to Compete for Talent
By Pat Bakey, GovTech.com

In two short years there will be 10 million more jobs in the United States than skilled people to fill them, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. IT and other fields will feel this deficit.

The retirement of the baby boomers exacerbates this skills crisis; the first wave of them is eligible to collect Social Security in 2008. The baby boomer generation, which accounts for one-quarter of the total U.S. work force, will represent the largest number of U.S. workers (78 million) to voluntarily exit the work force in a single decade. This impending exodus has left CEOs, CIOs and human resources executives wondering if they have the right staff -- particularly in IT fields -- to meet anticipated customer needs.

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Six Serious Résumé Blunders
By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com

Résumés are tricky: If done well, they can put you in the running for a job; if done poorly, they end up in the hiring manager's recycling bin. They should be easy since you're just talking about yourself. No one knows your work history, qualifications and skills better than you. Unfortunately, they are hard work.

Making years of experience fit on one or two pages is no easy task. Yet, while there is no one way to craft the perfect résumé, there are some moves guaranteed to hurt your job hunt.

Here are some résumé blunders you should avoid at all cost.

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For tech jobs, women can get with the program
As fewer females seek IT jobs, industry tries to shake nerdy image

By Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC contributor

When it comes to technology, female consumers can’t get too mad when they surf a Web site that’s hard to navigate or their cell phones aren’t designed to cradle easily between their shoulder and ear.

Why? Because there’s a high probability there were few if any women on the technical team that designed that Web site or wireless phone.

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Managing Your Career in an Economic Downturn
by Jean Fuller, SearchCIO-Midmarket.com Contributor

Economic cycles are inevitable. And chances are good that you've already been through at least one downturn. If so, you either navigated rough waters with the wind in your hair and met the challenge, or you set yourself on the wrong path and found yourself on the ground with your feet up in the air.

But are you ready for another economic recession? Follow these tried-and-true tips for managing your career through a downturn.

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The New IT Worker Shortage
by Eric Chabrow at CIO Insight

Supply of talented IT staffers isn't keeping up with demand. And it won't change anytime soon. An all-too-common complaint from CIOs is that they can't find enough talent to staff their IT shops. No wonder...

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Overcoming Hiring Mistakes: Inappropriate Prerequisites
Did your last job ad read like a drive-thru menu at a fast food restaurant?

If so, say Barry Deutsch and Brad Remillard of IMPACT Hiring Soulutions, you have just committed a hiring mistake -- placing too much emphasis on specific education, technical skills and industry experience as necessary requirements for the job.

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Ten Tips for Changing Careers
by Kate Wendleton, President of the career coaching organization The Five O’Clock Club (www.fiveoclockclub.com)

You, too, can get into the job of your dreams, but you first have to find out what your dreams are. We can help you get there. Here are a few steps to follow...

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Being the CEO of You
Being the CEO of You is about taking personal accountability for one's career. Today's competitive business environment demands that not only must companies continuously improve themselves, but also the people who run them. Leave it to Mark Twain to explain the unfairness of it all: "You can be on the right track and still get run over by the train."

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