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October 2014
IT Professionals Market Update


Techserve Alliance released their latest update on IT Professionals in the National Marketplace and found employment numbers are up. A total of 248,000 jobs were added in September and above 200,000 in the last seven out of eight months. IT Jobs are increasing at record rates.  Unemployment fell to 5.9% in August 2014 from 7.2% in 2013 (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics).  In California, IT unemployment is hovering at 2.9% and 6.2% for non IT professionals, which explains why many of our customers are finding hiring new talent into their organizations so difficult. The U.S. GDP grew 4% in the second quarter and many economists are now projecting a strong annual growth rate above 3% for the remainder of the year. 


Many hiring managers who I meet with weekly ask me, "What can I do in a tight labor market to hire the best possible talent for my organization?" My advice is always to make sure your salary offering and company benefits are on par with market standards. Employees have a wide range of opportunities to choose from and are taking advantage of strong corporate employee programs. Job seekers today are interested in corporate culture, flexible work schedules to include telecommuting, dress code, salary, family medical benefits, stock options, and bonus programs. I see many companies in the interview phase not promote their internal staff, and I believe this is a significant missed opportunity. Make sure you are touting the success and years of experience of your team, their tenure within your organization and career path modeling. Potential candidates want to feel part of something and believe they are making an impact on the business, and managers during the interview stage should highlight how their open position has an impact on the direct consumer. Moreover, I have seen the most success in obtaining talent deriving from companies who show they are serious about hiring and in doing so, they have implemented a streamlined interview and onboarding process. Companies that struggle finding candidates are typically spreading out their interviews over two to three weeks and onboarding their staff up to three to four weeks thereafter. Talented candidates are normally already wooed away by the competition by the second interview.   


If you are looking to hire new staff and would like interview support and training for your direct managers, ITC would be pleased to assist. As always, thank you for making ITC successful in what we do and I hope that this article will be of benefit to you in some capacity.




Nicole McMackin


**Immediate need for a UNIX Systems Administrator**

This is a full time opportunity with an international networking solutions provider in their Costa Mesa, CA office.  If you are talented Unix/Linux admin who is savvy with Netapp, this is for you!

You'll be responsible for managing the functionality and efficiency of the company network operating systems, running on HP-UX, Solaris and Linux (RedHat).  Will be responsible for setting up the Unix & Linux boxes in the enterprise and performing automation scripting.  Will be administering/troubleshooting NetApp. Will be serving as a front line interface to internal customers and fielding technical questions. Will be conducting systems analysis and development, installing software and maintaining networked/distributed computer environments (NFS, NIS, LDAP, DNS). 


To review a more detailed job description and apply, click here. 

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Does your job fit your personality?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, measuring preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades. Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it to analyse the personalities of employees, in an effort to get them in the right roles and help them succeed.


While the list in the following article is in no way definitive - and personality preferences can be flexible over time - it may serve as a helpful guide for understanding yourself and what sort of personalities gravitate toward certain jobs.


Here is a free personality test that will provide you with a guideline to your personality type; then continue reading the full article to see what your ideal job is. 

Compare your Commute Time
How long does it take you to get to work? Five minutes? Twenty? An hour? Most of us can estimate the time we spend on our daily commute - but how does yours compare to the people in the Los Angeles area.  
TIME                # OF COMMUTERS
< than 10 min            375,198
10 to 14 min              492,998
15 to 19 min              588,865
20 to 24 min              605,047
25 to 29 min              230,664
30 to 34 min              729,909
35 to 44 min              313,789
45 to 59 min              392,334
60+ min                     517,657
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