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Succession Planning - Best Practices

IT Job DescriptionsEveryone should know that succession planning is essential and some cased required because of requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and standards like ISO 27000 (formerly 17799).

Best Practices include the following:

Promote Proactive Steps To Be Taken by All

Every manager and key employee should have a replacement in mind.  A succession planning process should be created and reviewed regularly.  If the plan is not viewed positively and does not support employee retention then it needs to be re-worked.

Use Existing Human Resource Evaluation and Compensation Systems

Existing systems drive performance of the enterprise's staff use them as metrics in the succession planning process.  If the right individuals are not moved into these key positions then your performance evaluation systems are wacky. The people who should be promoted and are not not will see that and leave creating a problem for your enterprise in the future.

Use the Same Succession Planning Process Across the Entire Enterprise

If the same succession plan is in place across the entire enterprise, then cross group movement will be encouraged and people will not feel they are locked in because some is not leaving the enterprise. 

 

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The Internet and IT Position Descriptions comes in PDF format and WORD files. The PDF book is over 750 pages in length and contains 270 Job Descriptions Descriptions in addition to a Job Progression Matrix Template, Job Evaluation Questionnaire, and Position Description Questionnaire. There is one word file for each job description (WORD .docx format). Long file names have been used to make customization easier.

Includes positions from CIO, CSO and CTO to Wireless and Metrics Mangers. All of the positions in the book have been created to reflect the technology world of 2014.

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Career and Compensation current readings

July 2nd, 2015

Career and Compensation current readings

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Employment picture improves for IT Pros

July 1st, 2015

Employment picture improves for IT Pros

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Janco forecasts that there will be 160,000 new IT jobs created in 2015.  That is based on data collected from Janco's 2015 mid-year IT Salary Survey and data collected from the BLS.

Forecast of Annual IT Job Market Growth

At the same time the overall employment picture has improved with 10 states at full employment levels and onlyt 14 states with unemployment levels over 6%.

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Mid-Year 2015 IT Salary Survey Released by eJobdescription.com

June 22nd, 2015

Mid-Year 2015 IT Salary Survey Released by eJobdescription.com

2015 Mid-Year Salary Survey - eJobdescription.com has just released its 2015 mid-year salary survey.  To read about the salary survey go to http://www.e-janco.com/salary.htm.

IT Median Salaries Mid-Year 2014 vs. Mid-Year 2015

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Project Managers in high demand

June 10th, 2015

Project Managers in high demand

As CIOs continue launch new development projects, IT staffers with project management skills are hot commodities.

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NEWS -- 2015 Internet and IT Position Description HandiGuide Released - This is the 26th update to this CIO and HR tool.  It now contains 270 job descriptins and is almost 800 pages in length.

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Top 10 Resume Errors

May 22nd, 2015

10 Things To Avoid in your Resume

  1. Resume that is too long
  2. Resume that does not represent you in the best first impression
  3. Resume that is not structured well
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  6. Resume that does not agree with your "social profile"
  7. Resume that contains a photo
  8. Resume that is not 100%  accurate
  9. Resume that is the same for each job and company
  10. Not following up
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Intel is hiring more women and under-represented minorities

May 7th, 2015

In the first half of 20154, almost 1 in 6 of Intel's senior hires were historically under-represented minorities - about double the rate last year. Intel also doubled its senior hiring among women to 1 in 3

In summary, roughly 41 percent of Intel's hires for the year so far have been "diverse". That is up from about 30 percent a year ago.

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What are IT Pros looking for?

April 27th, 2015

It is getting harder to find good IT Pros. The talent out there has many more choices than ever. They are in the driver’s seat.

CIOs who do find good IT Pros start with staff retention and understanding how they think, rather than details about their accomplishments or skills. These CIO and IT managers are interested in individuals - not just the job.

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To accommplish this with new hires they get them to participate with other in the IT function.  In that way they become part of the IT team quicker and say longer.

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IT Pros who are baby boomers are not retiring

April 14th, 2015

IT Pros who are baby boomers are not retiring as fast as they had inspected.  Baby boomers' confidence in a secure retirement fell to a 5-year low. Only 27% of are highly confident their savings would last them through retirement, while 24% have reported delaying plans to retire. On the plus side, 44% expect their financial situations will improve in the next 5 years, up from 32% in 2012.

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Interviewing and Hiring must read articles

April 9th, 2015
Articles on Interviewing and Hiring Process
 
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10 questions CIOs need to ask before they fire an IT Pro

March 19th, 2015

10 questions CIOs need to ask before they fire an IT Pro

  • Am I abiding by company policy?
  • Am I being fair?
  • Am I following state and federal employment law?
  • What documentation of the cause of termination is needed?
  • Where and when should I fire the employee?
  • Should I break the news to my other employees?
  • What should I say to the employee when I fire him or her?
  • What loose ends do I need to tie up?
  • What should I do if I hear from the terminated employee again?
  • What should I do if a potential future employer of the fired employee calls me for a reference check?

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H-1B propsal will make it more difficult for US born and trained IT Pros to find work

March 9th, 2015

The US Senate is being pushed by lawmakers from both parties to raise the H-1B visa cap from 65,000 to 195,000 per year. The proposed bill includes no restrictions on offshoring, and the IEEE-USA has said that, if passed, the proposal will "destroy" the U.S. tech workforce by making it easier to replace U.S. citizens with guest workers, mostly young men, who are paid less.

The CEO of Janco Associates said, "The H-1B program is one that is sure to make the job market tighter for American born and trained IT Pros."

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53% of CIO say that IT spending will be up between 5 to 8 %

March 2nd, 2015

Three groups now see an increase in IT Budgets: Janco Associates, SIM, and Computerworld.

IT leaders will see bigger technology budgets in the coming year. Not only are tech budgets bigger, this year IT spending is rising more than it has in the past six years. Fifty-seven percent of CIOs say they will see an overall budget increase in the coming year, up from 53 percent and 51 percent the previous two years, respectively. 

IT budgets are expected to rise an average of 6.2 percent, up from 5.2 percent a year ago and 3.9 percent in the prior year.

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As hiring picks up CIOs have some new challenges to address

February 11th, 2015

As hiring picks up CIOs have some new challenges to address

CIOs are on a mission to acquire specific skill sets to drive profitable business growth. In this regard, they are focused primarily on securing the necessary talent from external sources. Yet many CIOs and ITorganizations already have highly-qualified people. The challenge is discerning the current employee base to detect skill voids and determining ways to address these gaps through targeted education and training.

CIOs need to:

  • Evaluate current skill sets to discern voids in intellectual capital;
  • Create mentoring programs to pass on expertise to younger workers; and
  • Follow best practices in employee training and education - what world-class organizations are doing to align their human capital with strategic goals.
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Hiring is up in 2015 - but not as much as 2014

February 3rd, 2015

Employers are selectively hiring this year and  it is still hard to find quality workers.

Executives at more than 200 closely held companies surveyed expect their full-time equivalent employees to rise by 1.6% in 2015, lower than the 1.7% increase in FTE hiring in 2014. The low percentage is despite the fact that 83% of the respondents forecast positive growth at their companies in 2015.

One-third said they were unable to fill open positions over the past year, particularly for technology and engineering positions. Many blue-collar positions were also left unfilled due to gaps in skills of many workers who have been out of the workforce since the recession. Thirty-seven percent of the respondents worry about finding qualified workers, up nearly 10 percentage points from a year ago.

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2014 ends on positive note

January 16th, 2015

2014 ended on a postivie note for IT hiring according to an article in Infoworld.

Analyst firm Janco Associates noted that the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were a vast improvement over the previous year's tally of 68,500 jobs added. The company's discussions with approximately 100 CIOs yielded a similar picture: Hiring is on an upswing, with "a real shortage of IT pros with experience in cloud based applications and mobile computing."

IT hiring in December didn't equal the highs of some other months this year, but IT jobs were still added to the economy at a steady clip. The IT sector gained 7,900 jobs in December (out of 252,000 jobs added overall), bringing the total number of jobs gained in the information technology space in 2014 to almost 113,000.

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New Skills Required by World Class IT Managers

January 15th, 2015

As the number and scope of client-vendor relationship continues to expand , IT Managers are discovering that they need new skills. No longer playing a passive role in negotiations and budgeting, many must now develop expertise in areas such as finance, accounting and law.

IT Managers can be extraordinarily valuable if they have further education on the business side. The business side is where you truly understand how the technology is being applied for the betterment of the company.

IT Managers now are creating RFPs, determining pricing, receiving quotes, reviewing products and calculating the potential returns on IT investments. Often the only thing he says they do not do is sign vendor contracts – that is left for the CIO or other authorizing individuals.


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    H-1B Visas encourage outsourcers to use non-US IT Pros

    December 8th, 2014

    Some industry groups want to restrict the use of H-1B visas by offshore outsourcing firms. These positions are designed to get offshore outsourcing firms to hire more U.S. workers and curb their ability to move jobs out of the U.S.

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    16 States have over 6.5% Unemployed

    November 29th, 2014

    States with High Unemployment - 16 States have over 6.5% Unemployed
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    High unemployment states

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    Career planning is critical for IT Pros

    November 27th, 2014

    Given the nature of technical work and technical people, most generic career advice is close to useless. And too much of it is just plain unrealistic. You don't need yet another list of 24 things you can do to advance your career.

    No one has time to focus on that many things, and honestly, most of them make little difference. It's better to select the one essential thing that will make a big difference and focus on that exclusively.

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    IT Job Market - trends and recent news

    November 27th, 2014

    IT Job Market - Recent Postings

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    2. IT Job Market Improves  IT job market increases significantly with 20,400 jobs added in July One in five organizations is looking to hire additional IT staff within the next...
    3. Job Market Improves for IT Pros  IT job market growth continues with an increase in January Job market continues to look good for IT pros with more jobs added in the...
    4. IT Job Market Growth Slows  IT Job Market Growth Slows IT Job Market growth has slowed.  Year to date the number of net new  jobs created is only 52,700.  That...
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    Top 10 list for career advancement:

    September 12th, 2014

    To 10 list for career advancement:

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    2. Top 10 CIO Leadership and Management Traits 
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    4. Top 10 interview best practices 
    5. Top 10 steps to an effective IT organization 

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    Staffing challenges facing most CIOs and organization identified in a new survey

    August 23rd, 2014

    Staffing in many organizations is challenge.  Finding the right balance between older and younger workers is one the greatest challenges.

    Workers born between 1979 and 1997 are highly sought for their technology skills. One survey says that IT companies aren’t doing enough to support these millennial employees.

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    CompuCom in a survey found that 34% of IT professionals say their organizations aren’t doing anything specific to support younger staffers. Only 11% have SMS/texting support, while 13% offer support for mobile devices. Only 21% of IT firms offered Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD  ) to work enablement, and just 13% allowed the use of social media at work.

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    HR is one of the most complex issues facing CIOs

    August 21st, 2014

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    As the workplace grows more diverse and budgets shrink, CIOs have strong incentives to improve overall HR efficiency and reduce the cost of managing employees and the recruitn processes.

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    CIOs who make over $1 million dollars now are common

    August 12th, 2014

    Janco Associates has reviewed the compensation for hundreds of CIOs and has identified 29 CIOs who made over $1,000,000 in 2013.In comparing this list with last year's, Janco found that most of the CIOs on the 2013 have maintained their high compensation levels with increases in both base and "other" compensation.  Those that have left the list have retired (2), been promoted (1), or left (for a new opportunity / been terminated) (5). Even on this current list there are 3 CIOs who are no longer with these companies.

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    IT Job Market News - Recent Articles

    August 6th, 2014

    IT Job Market News - Recent Articles

    1. IT Job Market Growth Slows in August IT Pros face a mixed job market with a net gain of only 12,400 IT jobs in August – versus the 13,600 jobs added in...
    2. IT Job Market Growth Slows IT job market growth slows to 5,700 in February from 9,800 in January according to BLS data says Janco Even with the unemployment rate falling...
    3. IT Job Growth Slows, Though CIOs Anticipate Hiring Next Year IT Job Growth Slows, Though CIOs Anticipate Hiring Next Year Both the New York Times and Janco Associates have say that the job market is...
    4. CIO confidence wanes – Hiring slows CIO worries — IT job market growth continues to slow from 9,800 jobs in January and 5,500 jobs in February to 5,400 in March –...
    5. IT Job Market is Stagnant IT Job Market Shows Few Signs of Growth The latest BLS unemployment rate has gone down, but so has the job participation rate which fell...

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