Author Archive: Grant McElmury

Grant McElmury is a 12-year IT Job professional, specializing in career advancement and work-life satisfaction.

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IT Job Market Holds Steady Despite Early Year Projections

IT Job Market Holds Steady Despite Early Year Projections

For the third month in a row, the IT job market held steady with continued growth despite early year reports that painted a bleak IT hiring picture. According to Janco Associates’ most recent IT job market report, an estimated 21,900 jobs were added in the IT field from March through May. Based on data provided […]

June 26, 2014 | By More
Compensation Benchmarking Common in IT Employment Industry to Retain Talent

Compensation Benchmarking Common in IT Employment Industry to Retain Talent

ITJobsWeb.com shares employment trends for 2014 According to CIO magazine, an increasing number of employers are turning to compensation benchmarking to recruit and retain talent. CEOs across the country are turning to salary analytics tools such as PayScale to determine appropriate salaries for new hires. While IT salaries tend to range based on programming languages, applications and […]

May 30, 2014 | By More
IT Job Interview Question: Tell Me About A Time You Failed

IT Job Interview Question: Tell Me About A Time You Failed

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” — Bill Gates We’ve all have personal failures at work: be it cutting corners to accommodate deadlines, missing deadlines altogether, or allowing small details to get in the way of the bigger picture. Whatever the reason, its important to […]

May 22, 2014 | By More
Don’t Take It Personally: 5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job

Don’t Take It Personally: 5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job

Sometimes, despite a perfect interview and well-tailored resume or work portfolio – you just don’t get the job. The reasons behind the decision can vary, but sometimes it has nothing to do with you! Here are some reasons why you didn’t get the job: They have someone else primed for the job. Due to internal […]

May 8, 2014 | By More
Telecommuting Rate Surges for IT Professionals

Telecommuting Rate Surges for IT Professionals

According to CIO magazine, 82 percent of IT employment professionals prefer having the option to work at home and believe a flexible work schedule leads to a less stressful work environment.  Furthermore an overwhelming majority of offices supporting telecommuting saw higher employee morale, productivity and attendance.  An employee who works at home just two days a week […]

April 28, 2014 | By More
IT Job Trends: Job Satisfaction, Compensation and Hiring in 2014

IT Job Trends: Job Satisfaction, Compensation and Hiring in 2014

Computerworld’s newly released 2014 IT Salary Survey revealed some interesting trends about the IT job market, mainly the increasing importance placed on softer compensation factors. While traditional incentives remain important to the average worker, their significance has declined over the last few years. Instead, less-tangible rewards such as supportive work environments, team composition (i.e. talent) […]

April 23, 2014 | By More
4 Quick Ways to Spice Up Your LinkedIn Profile

4 Quick Ways to Spice Up Your LinkedIn Profile

Now that Spring has sprung, its time to organize your social accounts! 1. Update Your Photo: Putting your best foot forward on LinkedIn typically means having actual headshots taken to use as your profile image. A proper headshot conveys a level of professionalism while allowing your personality to shine through, which is why you should […]

April 7, 2014 | By More
Demand for IT Professionals Reaches Peak in February 2014

Demand for IT Professionals Reaches Peak in February 2014

Leading IT and Technology Career Site, ITJobsWeb.com, Shares Employment Trends. According to CIO magazine, IT professionals are in high demand.  There were an estimated 17,600 IT jobs added in just the last month.  Throughout the IT employment industry short-term hiring (within 30 days) for middle management, and long-term hiring (within 12 months) of IT executives are expected to […]

March 25, 2014 | By More
3 Kinds of Questions You Should Ask Your Job Interviewer

3 Kinds of Questions You Should Ask Your Job Interviewer

While the opportunity to ask questions at the end of an interview is so common a practice that it’s nearly expected, very few candidates actually take advantage of the chance. Don’t make this mistake! Asking questions can not only help you determine if this role is indeed for you, it also helps the interviewer get […]

March 2, 2014 | By More
How to Beat Procrastination

How to Beat Procrastination

We’re all guilty of procrastination – even the most time-efficient among us! It rears its ugly head at the most inopportune times, especially when your workload is overwhelmingly large and your timelines are short. The good news is dealing with procrastination is a matter of organization and focus, two resources you have at your disposal. […]

February 20, 2014 | By More