IT Job Hunting: Top Sites and Strategy

Jul 1, 2010

James Maguire

Yes, the IT job market is tough these days.

It’s a far cry from the late nineties, when just showing up with a pulse earned you a signing bonus. I’m told by top IT employment specialists that these days even highly qualified tech professionals can’t always find positions, at least not easily.

Employers know they can afford to be picky. Their desks are stacked high with resumes – many from skilled and experienced IT staffers.

So IT job hunters need to pursue every available avenue. The best, of course, is person-to-person networking. Working the phone, pressing the flesh at trade meetings, touching base with old colleagues.

IT job sites are another invaluable resource. Yet it’s not enough to simply troll through them and hope. It's best to choose specific sites and set up automatic notifications -- to jump on an opening the moment it comes out.

But what IT job sites to choose? For this you need a formula for maximum advantage. One such formula: 2 general-mega sites + 3 niche sites. (Thanks for this formula goes to Peter Weddle, editor of the well-respected Guide to Employment Web Sites.)

For the mega-general picks, choose among the deep portals like Yahoo Tech Jobs, IT Jobs and Indeed’s Computer/Internet Jobs, an IT job aggregator.

For the niche sites, pick a couple of ultra-focused listings like PHP Jobs or JobsInLogistics.

Okay, so what are some niche IT job sites worth considering? Explore the following list – or suggest your favorites in the Comments box below this article.

IT Job Sites

1) Dice
Considered by IT professionals to be one of the leading job boards. Naturally its listings have fallen since the boom years, yet it remains a top destination.

2) JustTechJobs
Targeted, even micro-targeted, this portal offers a plethora of sub sites like JustJavaJobs, JustSAPJobs, JustWebJobs and JustNetworkingJobs.

3) Graduating Engineer
Help, I just graduated! Hey, at least you didn’t get a degree in History. For fresh grads, it offers a list of starting salaries (churned out by, along with job interview tips.

4) USAJobs
The U.S. government’s job search portal includes plenty of IT jobs. Oddly, it’s possible that the government is one of the best employers in this protracted downturn.

5) DevBistro
Since 2003, offering listings for programmers and Web developers, along with fresh openings for SEO, software architect, Q/A testing and others.

6) IT Manager Jobs
Hosted by, IT Manager Jobs ranges from help desk manager to network operations manager. And yes, the managers tend to earn the most (and deal with the most headaches!)

Read the rest at Datamation.

Tags: IT Jobs/Salary, IT jobs, IT managers, IT management job, IT Jobs Board,

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