Hello. My name is Chuck Baggett. I live in Jackson, MS. I'm nearly 60 years old. I am need of employment, in the event anyone has any openings or useful comments to make on that subject. My LinkedIn profile is at [Click Here](www.linkedin.com/in/chuckbaggett/) I'm somewhat of an internet junkie and of the last few years mostly a Twitter addict. Before Twitter I was for a long time an Second Life enthusiast. Before that it was chat rooms, and for a while, I was playing numerous hours a week of the old, good version of Tangleword, the Boggle clone with the …

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In case my recent post about the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3011.html"]stress levels of IT workers[/URL] made you want to start looking for a new job, the least I can do is offer you some tips. Here are three things you need to do right now: [B]Get a sense of the market[/B] - Make sure you have your finger on the pulse of the IT industry, especially if you haven't been job-hunting in many years. You'd be surprised at how much things have changed. CIO.com took a look recently at [URL="http://www.cio.com/article/444626/_Secure_IT_Jobs_"]16 jobs in IT[/URL] that aren't going away anytime soon. From information security experts …

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According to a new survey of more than 2,000 British workers, 38% of them insisted they were 'content' with their career progression. When it comes to the tech sector, 39% were happy with their career ladder climbing which, according to Randstad Technologies which carried out the research, makes them happier than most. The truth is that while tech professionals are happier than average with their career progression, they are not as happy as you might expect given that 'IT and Telecommunications' (bolstered by demand from a 4G licensing boom) is the sector that has expanded the most during the last …

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According to new research from Randstad Technologies, a specialist recruitment company, less than half of those working in the IT and technology industry in the United Kingdom are happy with their levels of pay. By contrast, however, 60% appear to be quite happy with their jobs despite of this. Interestingly, that 60% figure is lower than the national average of 61% across the entire UK workforce whereas the number happy with their pay (47%) is higher than the national average (43%). If you want to be really happy, if you believe the statistics, then perhaps you should quit tech and …

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We're already heard about people being fired for calling in sick and then [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/post977333.html"]posting on Facebook[/URL]. Now a woman has lost her insurance. According to [URL="http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/11/19/quebec-facebook-sick-leave-benefits.html"]CBCNews[/URL], Nathalie Blanchard, 29, has been on leave from her job at IBM for the past year and a half after she was diagnosed with major depression. She was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits from Manulife, her insurance company. When the payments stopped, she called the insurance company and was told she was "available to work, because of Facebook." The insurance agent reportedly described several pictures Blanchard had posted, including ones showing her at a Chippendales …

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There has been [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/01/13/no-crisis-in-it-security-budgets/"]much speculation[/URL] regarding job losses at Microsoft of late, and now the truth is out. Thankfully the scale of the damage is not as great as at first feared, and nowhere near the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3757.html"]15,000 job losses[/URL] talked about recently. It would seem that 1400 jobs are to be axed with immediate effect, impacting most every part of the Microsoft operation from R&D to marketing, finance and sales. A further 3600 jobs will go during the coming 18 months, making a total of 5000 staff feeling the chop. As a result, Microsoft hopes to save in the region …

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Intel is killing the tech sector this morning, down six percent in trading – to $14.40 per share – after a particularly dismal earnings outlook. I’ll get into the details in a moment, but it’s worth noting that we can’t just point the icy finger of guilt at Intel. I’m afraid the predictions of horrible quarterly corporate numbers are coming true. It’s just bad luck for Intel that the company was among the first out of the box. It’s also worth noting that the day the Intel numbers, estimates are out that the U.S. economy will shed 677,000 jobs, according …

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This is a bit off topic, but times are tough and money is money. There's an opportunity to earn between US$10 and $20 an hour working for the [U.S. Census Bureau](http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/) for the 2010 population count. And after seeing number of hits that "[Craigslist: Developer's Jobs and Other Jobs](http://www.daniweb.com/news/story232973.html)" generated, I thought this might also strike a chord. Several hundred thousand temporary jobs are up for grabs all over the country, with flexible hours, paid training and job-related travel reimbursement. I looked into the pay where I live, and it's $18 an hour. Find out how much they [pay in …

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Mainframe literate IT professionals are becoming as rare as rocking horse crap courtesy of demographics, the economy and the fact that the mainframe came close to death some years back. So what, you might think, but business is starting to embrace the mainframe once more and the dramatic exodus of all the geeks skilled in these technologies is starting to show. According to Tim Farrell, co-founder and CEO of solutions developer FutureSoft, experienced IT professionals with a background in evolutionary mainframe technology are "being persuaded to retire" while at the same time some "14 percent of UK IT graduates, increasingly …

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A mainstay of situation comedies is when one of the characters plays hooky at work to go do something else -- bowling, watching a ball game, going to the movies -- and gets caught. Never fails. Now there's a new wrinkle for them to try. [URL="http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE53N4HH20090424?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true"]Reuters[/URL] is reporting that a Swiss insurance worker for National Suisse lost her job for being seen surfing Facebook after calling in sick and saying she could not work in front of a computer as she needed to lie in the dark. National Suisse emphasized the firing was because the woman had lied, not because …

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If you're a tech worker that's been recently laid-off, [URL="http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/12/seeking-laid-off-tech-workers"]Silicon Alley Insider wants to talk to you[/URL]. Beware, though, what they're asking isn't for the faint of heart. The Web site is planning to chronicle the follies and foibles of five people searching for new jobs in the tech sector. Among the information they want to know: [LIST] [*]your name [*]a headshot [*]your last job [*]your previous salary [*]your age [*]your location [*]your education and expertise [*]your rent/mortage [*]Your IM and Email [/LIST] Wow, not even my own mother knows the answer to all those questions about me. I guess …

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Following the [URL="http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/Showarticle.cfm?ArticleID=27494718-77f6-4cd9-976f-ecc9c13f7559"]publication[/URL] of the second quarter and half year results to September 30, 2008 it seems that BT is to slash some 10,000 jobs before March next year. That is equivalent to some 6 percent of it's global workforce, and I understand that most are likely to be found in the shape of contractors and temporary workers along with offshore workers. 4000 staff have already been axed, which leaves plenty of others wondering they will make up the remaining 6000. BT Chief Executive, Ian Livingston, admitted that profits in BT Global Services "are simply not good enough and we …

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About the only upside to the weak economy these days is that community colleges across the country are seeing an uptick in enrollment. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, overall enrollment peaked at 11.5 million last year and is expected to remain high this year as well. As students from these schools wind their way into the workforce, what impact will it have on IT? Will you welcome new hires from community colleges or worry they don't have the same knowledge level as tech workers from 4-year universities? Before you dismiss community college students as not having the …

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The End.