Jack Williams, VP of National Recruiting for Staffing Technologies.
Jobs in demand right now run across many skills, and seem to apply to all geographic locations. Some examples are:
– Telecom (3G Engineers and High-End Network Support)
– Business Analyst
– Project Manager (almost exclusively PMI-certified)
– Database Administrators (Oracle, MS SQL)
– Business Intelligence Developers and Administrators (Business Objects, SAS, Hyperion, Cognos)
– Software/Web Developers (Java, .NET, C#)
On project work with systems integrators, opportunities will be with large ERP applications such as SAP and Oracle. Examples of jobs in these areas are:
– SAP contracts with focus in Netweaver, BPC, FI/CO, MM, SD, PP, Vistex
– Oracle contracts with focus in CRM, DBA, OTC, P2P
Overall, the key for individuals seeking work in 2009 will be three
1. Be willing to work on a contract basis rather than insist on permanent opportunities. Contract opportunities typically pay well, but with the dramatic rise in people needing work, this will drive rates down. Regardless, contract opportunities are the lifeline for many who otherwise will not see any significant hiring of permanent employees.
These contracts may be 3 months or much longer in duration, but remember than many contracts are extended.
2. Accept what the market will bear on pay rates. We are already seeing contractors with a great willingness to have contracts through as much of 2009 as possible, and they are open to more competitive rates to have the certainty of work. This does not mean to undersell yourself. It simply means demanding top dollar in a market like this is a sure way for companies with hiring needs to pass on the most expensive people for someone nearly as talented and far more affordable.
3. Network. It’s always true and will be throughout 2009. People seeking work should talk to their friends, family, former co-workers, and anyone else they meet to let them know what they are seeking. Referrals are always the best way to locate work, so anyone seeking a job in 2009 should be focused on getting the word out that they are looking for work.