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The Laid Off IT Guy! Observations on the Job Search

A little more than two months ago I wrote an article about whether or not you, as an IT person, identify yourself with being a specialist or being a generalist and pros and cons to those situations.  Today I learned about a specialist friend of mine getting a new job.  In addition, I’ve had two other friends that have ended their job hunt within the past two weeks.  I’ll share some of their stories, as well.

When I wrote the “generalist vs. specialist” article, I mentioned that I met a man that specialized in Printed Circuit Boards (PCB).  I stated that either he’s going to have a very tough time finding work as his specialty can only be utilized by a small number of companies, OR his specialty would keep him in high demand and he’d find a job quickly. Fortunately for Steve it was the latter.  His specialty with PCB that I thought would take him a long time to find a job has resulted in a new position more quickly than I’ve found something for myself as a generalist.  It just goes to show you that you never know where the jobs are going to come from and where the needs are.

Closer home to me in my chosen profession as an IT Project Manager, two of my friends that I’ve been competing with for spots have landed new career opportunities for themselves in recent weeks. Sue was a colleague of mine at two of the past companies that I’ve worked for.  She and I both found ourselves out of work with the recent company layoff.  We discovered when comparing notes that we were talking to the same companies on more than one occasion.  I’m pleased to report that Sue has started a new position with a great new company.  She won that race.

My friend Joe has been looking for work about five months longer than my search, so it was only fair that he found a great position working in the government sector for what, I’m sure, is a very large and challenging new project for him to manage.  I sincerely congratulate my friends for landing new positions.  Selfishly, I also look at it this way – two less people to compete against!  My odds for landing a new Project Management job HAVE to go up now!

It’s great to hear that people that I’m networking with are finding new positions.  I have to believe that it means that more companies are hiring and that my prospects are increasing.  It’s pleasing to hear of people being successful in their job search, no matter how long or short the duration.

Your comments at the bottom of the page are always welcome.  You can also write to me at my email address below and I’ll get back to you.  Best of luck to you on your search!

Thank you!

The Laid Off IT Guy!

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