Work Wanted: Cybersecurity jobs a priority for government

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(Courtesy of The Florida Times Union)

On July 12, the federal government issued a four-part workforce strategy that would allow cybersecurity professionals to perform a “tour of duty” in the public sector as part of their career plan.

The White House plans to streamline guidelines that would allow it to hire private sector security experts more quickly. It will also create a “cybersecurity cadre” within the Presidential Management Fellows program, a leadership development program for advanced degree candidates.

The Office of Personnel Management will also build cybersecurity career paths for current information security professionals working in government, including credentialing programs, rotational assignments, and efforts to make them subject matter experts in their field.

The federal government plans to hire 3,500 more IT security professionals before the year ends, in addition to the 3,000 hired in the first half of the current fiscal year. The strategy sets aside $62 million in the 2017 budget to expand cybersecurity education across the country in agencies like the IRS, which requested funding for 400 new IT professionals last year. That money would fund competitive scholarships or grants to hire or retain professors, adopt a cybersecurity core curriculum and strengthen existing education programs.

The National Science Foundation funds the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service, a program designed to grow and strengthen the cadre of federal information professionals that protect the government’s information infrastructure. According to the program’s website, it provides scholarships for full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and fees.

To be eligible for scholarships, applicants must be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a formal program focused on cyber security at an approved institution, or be a research-based doctoral student. (Florida State is the only approved university in our state.) Applicants must also be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

In return for the scholarship, students must work in cybersecurity for a local, state or federal government office for a period equal to your scholarship grant. One academic year or less would require one calendar year of employment, for example. Many of the jobs would be in Washington, D.C., but participants must be willing to relocate. If you leave your job before the end of your term of service, you’d be required to pay back some of the grant funding.

Salaries will vary according to participant qualifications, but in general, new graduates would be appointed at the GS-7 level. Master’s degree recipients may be appointed at the GS-9 level, and those with doctorate degrees may be appointed at the GS-11 level.

Information security is one of the most critical needs of any government, so if you’ve considered the idea in the past, this may be the time to investigate a government career. You can find more about the program at sfs.opm.gov.

Candace Moody is vice president of communications for CareerSource Northeast Florida. Her column appears every Wednesday in the Times-Union, and she can be reached at cmoody@careersourcenefl.com.

Job Opportunity: IT Support Specialist

RS&H, Inc.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm )

The Company:

RS&H provides fully integrated architecture, engineering, and consulting services to help clients realize their most complex facility and infrastructure projects for land, air, and space. We are committed to bringing extraordinary solutions to our clients through the promise of imagination, ingenuity, and innovation. With a tradition of excellence that began in 1941, we are consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 design firms. We attribute our success to an unwavering commitment to our core values of: integrity, quality service, business success and valuing associates.

The Team:
RS&H is currently seeking an IT Support Specialist.

The Opportunity:
We are expanding the role of our Service Desk and are looking for a talented IT Support Specialist with a focus on providing first call resolution while meeting customer satisfaction and continuous service delivery demands. The ideal candidate is interested in an opportunity to expand their skillset, learn new technologies, and to work as part of a dynamic team supporting end-user Information Technology needs. This role will collaboratively work with the business and other IT associates to provide day-to-day support for a wide range of applications and hardware across the enterprise.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitors helpdesk email, phone and ticketing system for incoming requests for assistance from associates and works with associates to identify relevant problem details.
  • Resolves incidents and service requests, including logging tickets in the tracking system to document incidents and manage the helpdesk ticket queue.
  • Troubleshoot, research, diagnose, document, and resolve technical issues surrounding Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, MS Office applications, email, and other special applications.
  • Escalates problems to senior level staff when necessary.
  • Takes ownership of user problems and communicates progress in a timely manner.
  • Create new user accounts in various applications.
  • Provide Tier 1 support to Production applications (AutoCad, Revit, Microstation, etc.)
  • Performs configuration changes, updates and upgrades to systems and applications as directed.
  • Deploy and setup desktops, laptops, phones, and voicemail to new employees.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned by management.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • Preferred candidate will have relevant technical certifications such as A+, Network+, and/or MCSA.
  • 5+ years of experience working in Help Desk/support role.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience supporting desktops, laptops, and mobile devices in a Microsoft Windows environment.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Windows with the ability to solve complex workstation issues.
  • Experience deploying software via Microsoft deployment tools
  • The ability to communicate effectively with employees throughout the firm.

Core Competencies :

In addition to the position’s skills, education and experience requirements, the following RS&H competencies are considered foundational to understanding performance, now and in the future.

• Teamwork

• Leadership

• Change Orientation

• Communication

• Ingenuity

• Client Focus

If this sounds like the role for you and you’re ready to join an amazing team, please apply.

Apply Here: http://www.Click2apply.net/3b25c2qst6

Google Fiber Project Delayed Indefinitely

(courtesy of the Florida Times-Union)

Plans to bring Google Fiber to Jacksonville are on hold, opening a window for their competitors such as Comcast and AT&T to get even more aggressive on expanding their high-speed internet service on the First Coast.

Google’s parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks.

The company also announced that Craig Barratt, a veteran tech executive who led the ambitious — and expensive — Google Fiber program, is stepping down as CEO of Access, the division of Google corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., that operates the 5-year-old program.

In a statement, Barratt said Google Fiber will continue to provide service in a handful of cities where it’s already operating, including Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, N.C.

The company will put further plans on hold in at least eight more metropolitan areas where it’s been in exploratory talks with local officials. Those include Jacksonville; Dallas; Tampa; Los Angeles; Oklahoma City; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; and San Jose, Calif.

Jill Szuchmacher, who was director of expansion of Google Fiber, said last year the company would not seek incentives, subsidies or tax breaks from Jacksonville if the city agreed to allow the installation of the fiber-optic network. The company saw Jacksonville as a valuable market that has fostered a “growing tech-hub” and is developing an entrepreneurial business community.

Susie Wiles is the Jacksonville liaison for Google as the company is a client of her government affairs firm Ballard Partners. She introduced Google Fiber’s concept to many Jacksonville government, business and civic leaders.

Wiles said she was told by Google Fiber that they’d pause the proposed Jacksonville project before the company announced it publicly. She said she’s confident the company will return to finish the Jacksonville network.

“I take it completely at face value that it is a pause,” Wiles said. “It’s my belief that if there is new and better technology coming down the pike… it makes perfect sense to me why they would hit that ‘pause’ button.”

Wiles acknowledged Google Fiber officials were impressed by the welcome presented by Jacksonville leaders a year ago who essentially cheered the proposed fiber optic network and unveiled the plans at a City Hall news conference anchored by Mayor Lenny Curry.

“I’m hopeful and optimistic that they’ll be cheering it on again soon,” Wiles said. “The very nature of the technology industry is that it’s dynamic. I think this is just reflective of that.”

Requests for reaction from the mayor’s office went unanswered Wednesday.

Angela Mattia an associate professor and chairwoman of the information management department at Jacksonville University, said she’s not so sure Google Fiber can halt plans on a major proposal and return to it later.

“I think it’s in serious doubt. You don’t see Google do that very often. Once they change direction, they’re off into a new thing,” Mattia said.

Google announced plans for the fiber optic infrastructure for Jacksonville a year ago as a flurry of other companies announced similar plans.

Comcast and AT&T already had started similar projects because much of their networks were already in place.

Mindy Kramer, a Comcast spokeswoman, said the company declined comment on the Google move. Her company is moving ahead with plans for internet improvements in Jacksonville.

“We have an extensive fiber network already in place as part of our network infrastructure in Jacksonville,” Kramer said in an email Wednesday. “It’s what has enabled us to offer multi-gig speeds to residential customers via our Gigabit Pro product that was announced this past April.”

Gigabit Pro is a 2 Gigabit-per-second service delivered by fiber optics to homes, she said. That service is already available in Florida cities including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.

AT&T officials also declined to comment on theGoogle Fiber delay.

But AT&T spokeswoman Rosie Montalvo also said that company is well into high speed broadband expansion in dozens of cities and Jacksonville’s service is already in place.

“We’re focused on our plan,” she said, adding 75,000 customers already are using the highest speeds of AT&T 1 Gigabit service in the Jacksonville area. “We’re certainly positioned in Jacksonville as a gigabit provider.

“We plan to deliver this internet service to more locations in Jacksonville. We’ve already launched in 40 metropolitan areas and we plan on doing 67 and Jacksonville is part of that,” Montalvo said.

Google Fiber announced last October it was beginning to negotiate with Jacksonville to establish the cable infrastructure system to provide speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. That’s about 1,000 megabits per second and is much faster than average broadband services that provide about 12 megabits per second.

For an internet user, that means they could download about 25 music song files in one second with the Google Fiber speeds.

With Google Fiber now out of the way — even if it’s a temporary delay — Mattia said it appears the company’s faltering is unique to Google and AT&T and Comcast will only grow bolder.

“AT&T and Comcast have been into the whole telecommunications end of it and Google hasn’t,” Mattia said. “They [Google] also are very quick to change direction when they need to.”

Related: Google Fiber begins negotiations to lay super-fast Internet network in Jacksonville

A recent report by tech news site The Information said the business was under pressure by Alphabet CEO Larry Page to cut costs after failing to meet financial goals, including a target of signing up 5 million subscribers.

Mattia was quick to point out she believes the Google Fiber delay is unique to Google and the disruption of the plan is not representative of the industry. It also does not reflect negatively on Jacksonville which was selected by Google for its growing technology industry.

“I think it’s irrelevant to Jacksonville’s profile. If we were the only city that didn’t move forward, I would say then we should think about it,” Mattia said. “What we’re seeing is that they [Google] just stopped in their tracks moving forward.’

Third of knowledge workers expect their jobs to be computerized in five years

Knowledge workers realise their jobs will either change dramatically or disappear as the result of new technology, according to research

Over a third (35%) of knowledge workers don’t think their roles will exist in five years as a result of technology advancement.

While artificial intelligence and automation software is seen as the biggest threat to roles carried out by people, collaboration technology will also have an impact.

This is according to research from Atos’s communications and collaboration unit Unify, which surveyed 9,000 knowledge workers – people who “have to think for a living” – in the US, UK and Germany.

The Way we work study also revealed that 65% of knowledge workers expect their roles to change in five years. It found that technology is changing working habits and styles, with 52% of knowledge workers more regularly working in virtual teams across different locations.

Of these workers, 42% think virtual teams can be more effective than face-to-face teams, while 49% said their company operates through technology and communication rather than through offices and locations.

Using technology enables workers to collaborate with more people, and 36% of those surveyed said creative thinking is one of the biggest benefits of this.

“Today, knowledge workers have an unrivalled freedom in how they connect and engage with each other. This has been provided to them, by and large, through technology,” said Unify CEO Jon Pritchard.

“The Way we work study shows the significant impact that technology, the trend of digital transformation and the on-demand economy is currently having on the workplace. It’s our belief that knowledge workers will increasingly want to define how, when and where they work.”

In 2013 research, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A Osborne estimated the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations. The study – The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation? – listed the jobs and, using a methodology, estimated the probability of their computerization.

See from the list below whether your job is at risk of being taken over by a computer (0% = non-computerisable, 100% = computerisable).

  • Telemarketers – 99%
  • Accountants and auditors – 94%
  • Retail salespeople – 92%
  • Word processors and typists – 8%
  • Machinists – 65%
  • Commercial pilots – 55%
  • Actors – 37%
  • Firefighters – 17%
  • Chemical engineers – 2%
  • Recreational therapists – 0.3%

Link:  http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500278356/Third-of-knowledge-workers-expect-their-jobs-to-be-computerised-in-five-years

This isn’t crying wolf: Machines will take white-collar jobs during the next administration

In this series, professionals provide advice for the next U.S. president. What do you want POTUS focused on? Write your own #nextpresident post here.

Dear Madam / Mr. President:

Over fifty years ago, in March 1964, a document known as the “Triple Revolution Report” landed on the desk of your predecessor, Lyndon Johnson. That report, written by a prominent group of intellectuals that included two Nobel laureates, argued that the United States was on the brink of dramatic social and economic disruption as rapidly advancing industrial automation technology was poised to throw millions out of work.

Needless to say, that dire prediction did not come to pass. However, there are good reasons to believe that technology has finally advanced to the point where such concerns need to be taken seriously. The fear that machines might displace workers and create unemployment has a long history, and because the alarm has been prematurely sounded so many times in the past, there is a real danger that a “little boy who cried wolf” effect will leave us complacent and unprepared if and when the disruption finally arrives.

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics suggest that it is entirely possible that a significant impact on the job market could begin to unfold during the course of your presidency. The most important thing to understand about all this progress is that computers no longer have to be programmed step-by-step. Machine learning—a technology that involves smart algorithms churning through vast amounts of data—in effect allows computers figure out for themselves how to perform tasks or reach specific goals.

The recent triumph of Google’s DeepMind technology at learning to play the ancient game of “Go” and then triumphing against one of the world’s best players was an especially vivid demonstration of the technology, but, in fact, machine learning is already in widespread use across both industries and occupations. Smart algorithms have already displaced lawyers and paralegals who once reviewed documents as part of the legal discovery process. An increasing number of news articles published my major U.S. media companies are being generated autonomously by systems that analyze data and create content that is often indistinguishable from a story written by a human journalist. Machine learning is also powering the latest generation of robots, and the machines are rapidly becoming more flexible and dexterous.

As technology continues to accelerate, the number and types of jobs that can be automated is certain to expand dramatically. It’s not just factory workers that can be replaced by robots and machines: Rapidly improving software automation and specialized artificial intelligence applications will make knowledge worker and professional occupations requiring college educations and advanced skills increasingly vulnerable. This demonstrated capability for information technology to climb the skills ladder and threaten the jobs taken by college graduates is a special cause for concern because it calls into question the only conventional solution we have to offer workers displaced by automation: ever more training and education.

If technology eventually results in wide-spread unemployment, or if it drives down wages for the majority of workers as jobs are deskilled and commoditized, then we could also run into a serious problem with consumer demand. Jobs are the primary mechanism that gets purchasing power into the hands of consumers so that they buy the products and services generated by the economy. If automation has a negative impact on consumer demand and confidence, then we run the risk of economic stagnation or even a downward, deflationary spiral.

While these concerns may seem either far-fetched science fiction or a return to the Ludditism we’ve experienced in the past, many of us in the technology community believe the risk is real–and that it deserves serious consideration. At a time when our political system is intensely polarized and seems unable to respond to even the most mundane challenges, the prospect of a dramatic and unanticipated economic and social disruption is not sometime we can afford to take lightly.

If the automation of jobs proves to be a relentless trend, then there will eventually be no alternative but to consider unconventional solutions–perhaps including a guaranteed basic income for all Americans. Needless to say, the implementation of such policies would present a staggering political challenge. Given that there is no reliable way to predict when the disruption will occur, or how fast it will unfold, it is imperative that planning begin well in advance. A logical first step would be to initiate some experimental pilot programs designed to test various policy responses. The data generated by these programs would be invaluable in eventually crafting an effective national policy to adapt our economy and society to the implications of disruptive technology.

I urge you to consider including among those who staff your new administration experts who are familiar with recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics and with the potential economic and social impact of these technologies, and who are prepared to initiate the planning process.

Martin Ford is the Author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, winner of the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

Source:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/isnt-crying-wolf-machines-take-white-collar-jobs-during-martin-ford

Job Opportunity: Programmer Analyst III

Company:     Winn Dixie

Title:    Programmer Analyst III  Job Number 16007138

Job Overview:  The programmer analyst III is responsible for analyzing, understanding and translating business needs into business/technical requirements. This position will analyze, design and develop information systems as well as act as subject matter expert in respective technology.  In addition, the programmer analyst III will lead a variety of projects and provide guidance to junior associates,

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with project management office (PMO) standards, procedures        and Sarbanes Oxley.
  • Design, code, test, and implement complex programs and packages.
  • Develop appropriate programs and systems documentation according to established.
  • IT standards.
  • Coordinate analyses necessary to identify viable solution alternatives, create technical documents, high level solution designs and work estimates.
  • Conduct systems tests monitor results and take required corrective actions as needed.
  • Help support/manage systems during deployment and pilot until effective transition has occurred to the support teams.
  • Provide training on respective system or technology solutions to team members and   business partners.
  • Participate in structured walkthroughs and technical reviews.
  • Promote and use the company standard systems development life cycle (SDLC)          methodologies.
  • Define appropriate technology deployment strategies to increase organization’s          maturity in tool use.
  • Provide technical consultation in new systems development, new package system       evaluations, and enhancement of existing systems and participating in structured      walkthroughs and technical reviews.
  • Select appropriate tools to develop systems and software.
  • Make tough decisions with minimal direction; act as a coach and influence tactical      direction.
  • Provide work effort estimation and project risks to the project manager on respective projects.
  • Deploy and support vendor packaging, designing and building interface around it.
  • Lead system changes including the coordination of cross-functional business           resources, testing, training, communication, implementation and documentation.
  • Lead design on given functional specifications, produce software deliverables and       assist in post implementation support and enhancements.
  • Lead the identification of software implementation and use best practices, document guidelines and procedures and train the organization on the software applications.
  • Provide technical direction in systems analysis, design and development in          coordination with enterprise architects and/or solution architects.
  • Evaluate and coordinate vendor product demonstrations to meet business customer  needs.
  • Interface with and make presentations to business partner management and peer       groups on complex issues.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply for this job go to  https://winndixie.taleo.net

 

5 Essential Career Tips for Information Technology Professionals

There are all kinds of myths circulating about a lack of jobs in information technology (IT) fields. Now that the economy is in full recovery, though, layoffs are in decline and new jobs are opening up for IT professionals.

In other words, now is the time to start thinking about your dream career in information technology. If you want to succeed, though, you’ll need some guidance. Here are a few essential tips to help you get started.

1. Earn a Degree

Whether you’re interested in IT security or developer jobs, you’ll find that this is one industry where you really can’t start your career without first earning a degree. It’s not a fake-it-until-you-make-it kind of profession.

This isn’t to say that you have to commit the next decade of your life to higher education. You can get started in as little as 2-3 years with targeted certification courses. Or you could earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or further degrees – it’s up to you.

2. Continue Your Education

The IT field is constantly changing, and you need to stay up-to-date with advances if you want to provide the best service to your employer. This means continuing to learn and apply newfound knowledge and skills.

3. Learn All You Can About Your Employer

If you want to make yourself invaluable to the company you work for, it’s important to become familiar with the IT staffing and architecture. Your knowledge and experience will grow the longer you’re with a company, and this will make you hard to replace, as well as give you leverage to ask for raises and promotions.

4. Be Flexible

You’re more likely to find available positions in major urban venues, so look for jobs in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and other urban centers, especially if you’re just starting out. Once you’ve got some experience under your belt you may have greater opportunities to find work in a specific city, if you so choose.

5. Work Hard

Technology careers can be demanding, with long hours and stressful days. However, you probably got into information technology because you are interested in working with technology and solving problems. This is not one of those technology jobs where you can phone it in.

However, if you work hard you can prove your value to your employer. In time, you’ll earn raises and promotions, potentially reducing your workload. When you reach your full potential, you can consider other careers in Atlanta, such as working for larger or more prominent companies.

Source:  http://steelejobs.com/2016/03/07/5-essential-career-tips-information-technology-professionals/

Job Openings at SGS Technologie

Founded in 2003, SGS is a software development and IT consulting company that has grown into a global corporation with more than 200 employees in two continents.

SGS is a leader in providing innovative end-to-end application solutions for commercial and government sectors. Our goal is to understand your business objectives and develop solutions based on your input. Whether the need is to develop an application to solve a specific business problem or to integrate applications across the enterprise, SGS has the expertise to deliver quality results on time and on budget.

SGS has a track record of developing applications that support data warehousing, mainframe system support, data center staffing, strategic planning, CRM and ERP integration, document management and workflow, computer-based training and development, and third-party project monitoring. Our projects vary in scope, from basic website development, to multi-year, multi-million-dollar enterprise engagements.

Find more at www.sgstechnologies.net

Apply for these jobs at  http://www.sgstechnologies.net/current-opportunities 

Direct of Business Development:  IT Software Development

Founded in 2003, SGS is a software development and IT consulting company dedicated to exceed our employees and customers expectations. Our simple formula (Quality over Quantity) for success has allowed SGS to grow into a global corporation.

Our employees, without question, are the foundation of our success. We believe that our employees deserve and receive clear communication of expectations, performance-based recognition, advancement and an environment that supports their professional development.

We are looking for Business Development professionals with information technology industry experience to join our team in Jacksonville, FL (HQ) & Dallas, TX.

Business Development Manager – IT Software Development:

  • Acquire in depth knowledge of our software and solutions
  • Confidently manage the full corporate sales cycle from initial enquiry to closure.
  • Create and deliver proposal presentations, RFP responses and software demonstrations
  • Present new products and services to enhance existing relationships.
  • Closes new business deals by developing and negotiating contracts; integrating contract requirements with business operations.
  • Work with technical staff and other internal colleagues to meet customer needs.
  • Arrange and participate in internal and external client debriefs.
  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products, and distribution channels.
  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales.
  • Identify potential clients, and the decision makers within the client organization
  • Filter out high potential deals by analysing business strategies, opportunity requirements / pre-requisites / financials, and internal priorities

Qualifications Required:

  • Previous experience in software solution sales and/or business development is required
  • Proficiency in solution-selling strategies and consultative sales within the information technology market.
  • Must be able to generate leads through attending industry related conferences and workshops, call and email prospecting, and attending networking events
  • Clearly demonstrated strengths in developing and executing strategic and tactical sales and service plans and service infrastructure
  • Proven business development expertise, with the ability to leverage existing relationships and contacts within the industry, and strong negotiation skills.
  • Must be comfortable closing complex transactions on a deadline.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills, both verbal and written

 

Business Development Manager – IT Staffing:

  • Primary responsibility will include developing healthy relationship with existing clients and generate new business opportunities.
  • Manage all existing and new accounts in designated territory, ensuring clients’ needs are met, problems are solved and issues are addressed.
  • Develop IT business contacts at various companies to satisfy their need in contract, contract to hire and direct hire job opportunities.
  • Conduct telephone & in-person meetings with C-level executives and key decision makers.
  • Act as the liaison between the client & SGS, anticipating and understanding the client’s specific needs and offering solutions
  • Negotiate contractual terms and conditions for employment services, and work with the recruiting team to ensure smooth handoffs.
  • Discover, explore opportunities and propose potential business deals by contacting potential partners.

 

Qualifications Required:

  • The Business Development professional will be required to initiate and organize meetings and phone calls with prospects, prepare professional emails, participate in preparation & deliver of sales presentations.
  • Action and results oriented attitude. Capable of developing a strong business case for client action and skills to close the sale.
  • Must have a successful track record in B2B sales experience in the staffing industry or direct sales in a service industry.
  • Must be able to build client relationships with a combination of business development and account management skills.
  • Must have exposure to the Information Technology industry and should be well-versed in IT related jargons
  • Exceptional communication skills, professional attributes and a strong desire to succeed
  • Experience using MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint & Excel.

 

10 Steps to a Tech Career

Don’t get overwhelmed by the choices available to a fledgling techie.

Allan Hoffman, Monster Tech Jobs Expert

10 Steps to a Tech Career

“Where do I start?” That’s an obvious question when you’re considering a technology career. Should you get a technical certification? Learn a programming language? You’ll hear a seemingly endless variety of answers, largely because the technology field is so vast, with numerous career paths ranging from database administrator to network engineer.

For those just starting to consider a technology career, it’s best to avoid the temptation to jump into a potentially expensive, time-intensive training program unless you know it’s the right program and career path for you. Instead, explore the field by picking and choosing from this list of 10 mix-and-match steps to get a sense of the technology job world and what you’re likely to find fulfilling.

Attend an Industry Organization Meeting

Techies working in the industry’s trenches can provide lots of guidance to those just getting started. They can also serve as mentors to assist you as you embark on a tech career. Where can you find these mentors? At industry groups, many of them with college chapters and mentoring programs. Be up front with your need for advice, and ask lots of questions.

For more information, check out:
•”Top IT Organizations”
•”Networking Tips for Techies”

Explore Tech Job Roles

Too many would-be techies blast into the field without thinking through the myriad job roles available. Why commit to studying networks when programming may be right for you? The TechCareer Compass, a resource from industry group CompTIA, will help you sort through the possibilities with its still-evolving taxonomy of technology job roles.

For more information, check out:
•”Help with Tech Job Titles”

Learn HTML

Programmers, technical writers, information architects and many other techies are now expected to know HTML, the language used to display Web pages. Learning HTML is a first step in moving beyond browsing to delve into the Internet’s innards.

For more information, check out:

•HTML Code Tutorial

Read Computer Books

Visit your local library or bookstore, and head to the computer books section. If it’s a megastore, you’ll find hundreds of books, many with obscure titles and topics. Simply perusing books about the industry, as well as specific topics like programming and networking, will help you explore the variety of jobs in the field.

For more information, check out:
•O’Reilly Media

Write a Program

Programming is an essential skill for technology pros. Scores of languages exist, such as C++, Java, C#, Visual Basic and more. Learning JavaScript is one relatively quick way to get started in programming. You’ll need nothing more than a Web browser, a text-editing program and the help of an online tutorial.

For more information, check out:
•JavaScript Tutorial

Install Linux

If you install and run the Linux operating system, you’ll accomplish several things at once. You’ll learn about the open source software movement, and you’ll also get a quick course on an OS other than Windows.

For more information, check out:
•Linux Online

Volunteer Your Services

You may be a newbie, but don’t stay that way. Find someone — even an older relative — who needs computer assistance. This will test your ability to communicate clearly about technology, an essential skill for tech professionals. Nonprofits, religious organizations and other community groups may also be in need of individuals with computer expertise, however newly acquired.

For more information, check out:
•”Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience”

Contribute to an Open Source Project

Just because you’re not a pro with PHP or MySQL doesn’t mean you’re not ready to contribute to an open source project. The open source movement needs people to help stamp out bugs, write documentation and lend a hand in other ways. Any contribution will help you make contacts and learn about the techie life.

For more information, check out:
•”Open Source Is Not Just for Coders Anymore”

Enroll in a Course or Workshop

Community colleges, universities and technology training centers often offer weekend or evening workshops with entry-level instruction in programming, Web development and networking. Online courses also provide a relatively fast, cost-effective way to gain insight into the field.

For more information, check out:
•”A Second Degree for Your Tech Career?”

Build a Web Site

Forget about those automated homepage building tools. Instead, use your knowledge of HTML and JavaScript to display your prowess with Web technologies. Experiment, have fun and focus on useful tools rather than glitzy graphics.

For more information, check out:
•A List Apart Magazine

Source: http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/ten-steps-to-a-tech-career

FlexJobs Reports Computer & IT, Medical & Health Are Top Career Fields for Telecommuting Jobs

Nearly 40% of companies on FlexJobs’ list of the top 100 companies hiring telecommuters in 2016 are in the computer/IT and healthcare industries

Boulder, CO, February 24, 2016—Based on its annual Top 100 Companies to Watch for Telecommuting and Remote Jobs, FlexJobs reports that computer/information technology and healthcare are the top career fields for telecommuting job listings. 20 of the telecommuting-friendly companies are computer or information technology-related, while 18 telecommuting-friendly companies are in the healthcare industry.

FlexJobs’ annual top 100 companies list is based on an analysis of over 40,000 companies and their telecommuting job posting histories in FlexJobs’ database during 2015.  To be considered, companies had to offer a telecommuting-friendly component to some of their jobs, such as an arrangement to telecommute entirely, or part of the time, as an option.  

“The computer/IT field has historically been a leading career area with opportunities for telecommuting and remote work options, which isn’t surprising given the technology it takes to support remote work options. On the other hand, medical and healthcare jobs are newer to the scene, but in the past decade have shown remarkable growth with work flexibility and telecommuting,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO ofFlexJobs. “While these industries represent the the top two categories, it’s important to keep in mind that there are opportunities for remote jobs across almost all careers, such as marketing, legal, government and education,” she concluded.

DellDeloitteApple and SAP are among companies hiring for variety of remote positions in the computer/IT industry.  Some current work-from-home jobs in computer/IT include: software architect, IT analyst, developer, programmer and security engineer.  Remote jobs in the healthcare industry include pharmacist, nurse, case manager, coder, and medical network manager, with companies such as UnitedHealth Group,HumanaAnthem and CVS Health hiring.

For the complete list of the top 100 companies to watch for remote jobs in 2016, visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/100-top-companies-with-work-from-home-jobs-in-2016

To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.com.

About FlexJobs

FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over one million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIMEForbesFortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs’ Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility.