What you Need to Know About Net Neutrality

by Modis on April 17, 2015

For tech companies that rely on fast internet speeds and an abundance of bandwidth in order to provide cutting-edge, high quality service, spending a bit of capital for faster service seems a smart plan for staying afloat in a competitive market. Up until now, that’s been allowed, but a recent FCC ruling on Net Neutrality is set to change the game in a very polarizing way. So what does this mean for tech professionals, innovation and consumers?

Right now, the contentious debate from those in favor of and those vehemently against Net Neutrality continues. Prior to the latest FCC ruling, Internet Service Providers have been able to offer companies a faster speed for their content. This speed comes at premium price that many companies are willing to pay, and even rely upon, in order to get priority over the competition.

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Tech Talent waiting to be hiredThe economic news continues to be good for tech workers: Unemployment continues to decrease while new IT jobs are being added – and not just in technology hot spots. For example, Texas and Florida, along with California, were the top three states to add new jobs last year. Employers in all sectors are competing for candidates with technology and support skills.

To help fill some of the estimated 500,000 open technology positions in the United States, President Obama recently launched the TechHire Initiative. It aims to fast-track Americans to higher paying IT jobs by providing alternatives to a four-year computer science degree. The multi-sector TechHire program kicked off in 21 regions that will partner with employers to find new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills. At the same time, the program explores alternative training strategies such as coding boot camps, work-based learning and Registered Apprenticeship programs. [click to continue…]

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10 Signs You Need a New Job

by Modis on April 8, 2015

Woman wants new jobWhen you’ve got a great work environment, cool co-workers, an awesome boss, and a satisfying career path with lots of room to grow, your job can easily be a bright spot in your day-to-day routine. Sadly, that’s not the reality for everybody, which is why now might be a great time for you to start exploring your options. Here are 10 warning signs that it’s probably time to fire up your next job search.

1) You dread Mondays more than usual

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who loves Mondays, but if the inevitable anxiety they can cause already starts creeping in on Saturday morning, that’s a major red flag that your next job-hunting adventure should perhaps begin sooner rather than later. [click to continue…]

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February 2015 Unemployment ReportAfter economists’ predictions on job growth were shattered last month, this month brought a less than exciting report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The announcement of 126,000 new jobs added in March was much lower than expected. The unemployment rate was also a bit disappointing as it remained at 5.5%, unchanged from the month prior. Both January and February’s job gains were revised and now sit at 201,000 and 264,000 new jobs added. This is 69,000 less jobs than previously reported. In the first quarter of 2015, job additions averaged 197,000 per month. Industry insiders say these numbers are an indication of a slowdown in hiring.

While the overall number of added jobs in March was disappointing, there is one bright spot for us. The Tech industry saw job growth month-over-month and had one of the highest averages for job growth in the first quarter of 2015.

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Top Tech Security JobsAs companies strive to protect themselves from data breaches, the demand for exceptional security talent is increasing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth for information security analysts of all kinds through 2022 is 37 percent – much faster than average. Additionally, Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast survey found that 28 percent of respondents are planning to hire for security in the next 12 months.

This means the search for top security talent is heating up and professionals in the sector now have a major advantage. Because of the increase in demand, this job field is becoming even more rewarding. Here are some reasons to consider steering your career path towards security: [click to continue…]

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Regional Jobs Report January 2015The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released the regional unemployment report for February and while month-over-month rates were little changed, year-over-year unemployment saw significant decreases. In fact, 46 states saw drops in unemployment from the year prior.

Similar to January, half of our states had lower unemployment rates in February compared to the month prior. This month, we saw 26 states with an unemployment rate decrease from January and 18 states and the District of Columbia with no change. The BLS showed Nebraska and North Dakota with the lowest unemployment rates at 2.9 and 2.7 percent respectively. In total, 19 states have lower unemployment rates than the national average, which currently sits at 5.5 percent. The regional numbers are a positive indicator for the National Jobs report set to release next week. Economists are already predicting a lower national unemployment rate after the release of the regional report.

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