Archive for the ‘Job Skills’ Category

Attention ITM Job Seekers – Great sessions to help you find a job

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

Critiquing Your Rewritten Resume
Tues, Feb 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm @ Perlstein 131

Resume Review – Have your resume reviewed by IIT staff
Fri, Feb 10 from 10:00-2:00 @ Perlstin 131

IIT Career Fair
Thur, Feb 23 from 11:00-4:00 @ Herman Hall

Questions? Contact Madeleine England at

Top IT Skills for 2012, Part 2

January 19th, 2012 Comments off

Robert Half Technology has published their 2012 IT Salary Guide (worth grabbing a copy of!). They identify the following hot IT skills based on a survey of more than 1,600 CIOs in the United States and Canada:


  • Systems and networking engineers: Skills – Cloud computing, Software as a Service, Virtualization
  • Developers: Skills – .NET, Java, PHP, Silverlight, Flex, MySQL and portal technologies such as SharePoint
  • Quality assurance professionals and business analysts
  • Data warehousing and business intelligence professionals
  • Security professionals

TOP TECHNICAL SKILLS IN DEMAND (after the break…) Read more…

Categories: Job Skills Tags:

Top IT Skills for 2012

January 12th, 2012 Comments off

According to a recent Computerworld survey, the top IT job skills employers will be seeking in 2012 in order of demand are:
1. Programming and Application Development (Especially Web development & Mobile application development)
2. Project Management (Especially those who also have skills as Business Analysts)
3. Help Desk/Technical Support (Especially those who can support mobile devices)
4. Networking (Need fueled in large part by virtualization and cloud computing projects)
5. Business Intelligence (Many need SharePoint developers)
6. Data Center (IT professionals with backgrounds in data center operations and systems integration, and experts in disaster recovery and business continuity)
7. Web 2.0 (HTML5, .Net, AJAX and PHP)
8. Security (Strong technical security and auditing skills)
9. Telecommunications (IP telephony skills)
Read more…

Categories: Job Skills Tags: ,

Professor Scarlata named Chicago Career Tech Outstanding Instructor

November 3rd, 2011 Comments off

ITM Industry Associate Professor Valerie Scarlata received the Chicago Career Tech (CCT) Outstanding Instructor award at a ceremony on Friday, October 28 in the IIT Tower. The award, which did not exist before Val’s previous and current students lobbied for its addition to the CCT honors, was given for her outstanding teaching efforts and willingness to help outside the classroom with resume reviews and interview tips. Read more about CCT at IIT Today

Valerie Scarlata and CCT Class

Valerie Scarlata (third from right) with members of her CCT class

AITP Student Chapter being formed

November 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Several Information Technology and Management students have been working hard behind the scenes to form an IIT Student Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). An organizational meeting will be held in Perlstein room 108 at 12:45pm on Tuesday, November 15th. This organizational meeting scheduled for Nov. 15 was postponed to a later date due to scheduling conflicts.

AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. The mission of AITP is to serve members by delivering relevant technology and leadership education, research and information on current business and technology issues, and forums for networking and collaboration. There are over 200 student chapters in AITP, and the AITP National Collegiate Conference is an annual premier event for IT/IS college & university students all over the country.

ITM undergraduates Jimyong “Jason” Choe, Deepu Kumar and Tim Cuthill are the moving force behind this effort and if you have questions, please contact them by email, or just come to the meeting on the 15th.

Salary and Job Description Guide

October 14th, 2011 Comments off

Robert Half Technology has put out their 2012 Salary Guide; this a great source to see the state of the industry and what folks are getting paid. Remember though, these are average starting salaries so half the offers you get might be lower; also note that there are adjustments for location. It also has a very complete glossary of job descriptions for a broad range of IT jobs. Robert Half is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis, and has been a consistent sponsor of conferences here at the School of Applied Technology. Download their guide at .

Categories: Job Skills Tags: ,

In a Tough Economy, What Skills & Certifications Do You Really Need?

October 14th, 2011 Comments off

I get asked this question a lot.  In fact, since this will be read by a lot of students and faculty, I will share some advice I gave someone about three weeks ago.  This person, who actually has an M.S. in Information Technology, was proposing that IT certifications alone would suffice to help a person get the IT job of their dreams.

I am with one of the world’s best companies at the moment, and I am very happy with my job and the people I work with, so I am planning on staying here as long as possible.

But I laugh at the people that think they can move ahead in the IT field without a degree or multiple degrees in this field. They do not realize that despite what they sincerely believe about saving money and getting a few certifications, and skipping the formal education, they are doing themselves considerable career harm in the long run, because they cannot get back the years they wasted believing that poppycock. And actually, it’s good because it helps decrease the competition for guys like you and me. Also, they don’t realize that despite what they believe about being successful without formal education, they have peers and people younger than them who will get a clue and realize what it takes to succeed, and set their course and do it. Read more…

Top IT skills wanted for 2012

October 4th, 2011 Comments off