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Posted by samzenpus
from the resume-in-the-sky dept.
jfruhlinger writes "There was a predicted uptick in IT hiring for late this year, but it's mid-November and it hasn't happened yet. Kevin Fogarty does see growth in one area, though: cloud and virtualization experts are being fought over, lured away from in-house jobs to cloud consultancies popping up everywhere."
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Want an IT Job? Add 'Cloud' To Your Buzzword List

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  • by underqualified (1318035) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @04:39AM (#34265942) Homepage
    I'll start... XML
  • by mcvos (645701) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @05:26AM (#34266114)

    In my experience, there's plenty of choice. Not all of it great, of course, but there are some real gems passing along every now and then. They just get swamped in job offers for big Java enterprisey stuff. I try to scare them away by mentioning I don't want to work with Java, JSP or Struts, but since my CV contains the word "Java", they still contact me.

    Interestingly, they also contact me when they need an Erlang or Python expert, despite the fact that I have no experience in those languages. But my CV says I want to learn them. Really, nobody ever reads CVs. They just do basic pattern matching and assume that's good enough.

    My most interesting recent offer was from a company that wanted to switch to Scala. They had no Scala expertise yet, but needed some people wiling to learn and guide the transition. But it was almost an hour commute, partially by train, and I want to go to work by bike. But there's enough choice to be this picky, so the job market isn't exactly slow where I live.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 18, 2010 @05:44AM (#34266190)
  • by homesnatch (1089609) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @08:37AM (#34266740)
    Everyone is confused about the "cloud" because everyone over-uses the term.

    Essentially, the "Cloud" has three main points:
    It is a set of infrastructure resources.
    It is dynamically provisioned.
    It is self-service.

    Note that it has nothing to do with whether the resources are internal or external. I run an "internal" cloud at my company.
  • by Shados (741919) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @03:25PM (#34272240)

    Ironically, having worked as a consultant for far too long, I probably interviewed for hundreds of jobs, and usually, they don't care about how much actual work you put into the tech, only how long its been. So someone who worked with Java 3 hours a week for 6 years is ahead of someone who worked with it 40 hours a week for 3.

    Stupid as hell.

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