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Relevancy Of Job Titles – September 23

Over the past few weeks I have been working on a couple of different searches for an Information Architect. The thing is, the job descriptions are very different in scope and in responsibilities.

Which gets me back to how arbitrary job titles are. Here is an article from CIO Today that made me feel better about my frustration.

Particularly this paragraph:

"'Architect' is probably the most abused term in I.T.," says Tony Redmond, HP's CTO. "When you say 'architect,' what do you mean?" Numerous companies have employees who identify themselves as architects, but those people might be anything from CIOs to programmers, he explains.

Whew, if HP’s CTO is saying this then maybe I am smarter than I thunk I am.

Consulting Magazine, 10 Best Consulting Firms To Work For

Consulting Magazine has released its 2005 study of consulting firms. This is a great resource for anyone doing a job search or a Headhunter like me looking to work with a top-notch firm.

Future Of The IT Career – October 23

I have been puzzled by the disconnect between the perception of there being no jobs now or in the future with IT versus what many including myself think will be a talent crunch.

This quote from an InformationWeek article which articulates very well the predicament we find ourselves in:

In a survey of 251 CIOs and chief technology officers earlier this year, "finding talent" was cited more often than any other managerial challenge as having the most-significant effect on executing strategy over the next five years, McKinsey & Co. says. U.S. IT leaders describe a death-spiral scenario: Global competition drives kids from the field; declining enrollments mean fewer classes and opportunities on campus, which discourages even more potential candidates; companies won't pay high salaries for increasingly rare U.S. talent, so they push more work abroad; other countries fill in the talent gap and increase their leadership in technology.

I also frequently hear from college students that pay in IT is not comparable. In response to that is the following from the article:

The average computer-science grad started at $50,664, a 3.3% increase from last year, according to the fall quarterly survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Information sciences and systems grads posted a 3.6% increase to an average offer of $43,902. Graduates in management information systems saw a bigger jump, rising 5% to an average starting salary of $43,653. Most business degrees rose at a healthy pace, such as accounting, up 4.6%, to $42,940.

Here’s an idea, the tech sector should get together and start a marketing campaign before it is too late.

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