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June 2015


IT Employment grows slightly in April


With IT unemployment under 2% in most areas and companies battling to find technical talent to join their organizations, employment fails to keep its rate of pace.


The number of IT fulltime jobs grew 0.3% sequentially last month to 4,913,200 according to TechServe Alliance, a national trade association for technology and engineer staffing.  On a year over year basis, IT employment has grown at a rate of 5% adding 234,900 IT workers in the United States.  In April of this year, only 13,400 new IT workers were put to work.   Although IT employment continues to lead the charge in the overall workforce, the slowing of employment is definitely transparent.   


The economy as a whole has contracted in the first quarter roughly 0.7% due to the 14% decline in exports.  Moreover, the Federal Government has led investors to believe that the raise in short-term interest rates in September will be halted until they meet their 2% estimation of improvement in the overall labor market.


You may be asking yourself, what does this mean for hiring and employment?  It is expected that hiring will increase next quarter to just below its 5% quarterly trend and IT unemployment will continue to hover around 2% or less within some skillsets.  Clients will still be needing strong talent to help with projects and to scale their business and the hiring marketplace will continue to be competitive.  IT professionals will continue to see multiple offers and opportunities.




Nicole McMackin


Why You Should Never Accept A Counter Offer When You Resign

It was a moment in my career that I will never forget. I had accepted a new job at a different company and when I went into my boss's office to quit, with resignation letter in hand, he offered me a higher salary if I would remain in my current job.


Even if you think this would never happen to you, it is best to prepare in advance so you'll feel comfortable with your response, which should always be: "No, thank you." Surprised that I'm telling you to decline your manager's counter offer? Here's why...


Rising home prices hamper job recruitment in Orange County

Amanda Woods was a ticking time bomb.


Almost eight months of house hunting and more than 60 offers had failed to yield anything as Woods' pregnancy progressed while she and her husband lived in her parents' Westminster home.


Cash-wielding buyers bidding abovesellers' asking prices kept Woods and her husband, Bryan, from building their nest.


"I told my husband, 'I'm not having this baby at my parents' house.' No way," said Woods, 31. She then told her real estate agent, "If we don't find a house this weekend, we're going to Texas."


And that's what they did.


Bryan, 33, found an apartment and a new job in the Dallas suburbs within two weeks. It took just four days more to find a two-story brick house on a cul-de-sac in the suburb ofMcKinney, Texas, that cost less than half what the couple would have paid for a smaller home in Orange County.


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Information Security Engineer Opportunity! 

We are looking for an experienced Information Security Engineer for our client in Cypress, CA.  


*Minimum of 5 years of experience in an Information Security role with responsibilities in assessing application and infrastructure architectures for security threats and vulnerabilities required


*Professional security management certification, such as a ISC(2) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), SANS GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP), GIAC-Security Expert (GSE), or GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender ( GCED ) highly preferred.


*Knowledge and experience with common information security management frameworks, such as International Standards Organization (ISO) 17799/27001 and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (CobiT) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) frameworks required


*Hands-on experience with security infrastructures (e.g. Firewalls, IDS/IPS, VPN, Web Content Filters, Proxies, DLP, SIEM, Log aggregation correlation technologies) preferred


*Expertise with enterprise identity and namespace services (e.g. Active Directory, LDAP, DNS, Oauth, SAML) highly desirable


*Expertise with enterprise certificate management and PKI services required


*Candidate should have strong hands-on technical background, and be able to demonstrate operational, architectural and security understanding at all layers of the OSI stack


*Candidate must be highly collaborative, and is expected to partner and mentor effectively with other teams on an ongoing basis


*Strong conceptual thinking and communication skills - the ability to translate complex business and technical requirements into effective solutions.


*High School Diploma/GED required, Bachelor's Degree desirable


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