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The BDPA Insider - July 24, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, July 24, 2011

The BDPA Insider - July 24, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:

BDPA CHICAGO CHAPTER'S FANTASTIC VOYAGE - 8/5/2011

Take Five: Osedra Siler (BDPA Indianapolis)

Take Five: Danielle Cauthen (BDPA New York)

Fundraising Tip: Stage a Board Member Thank-a-Thon

Top IT jobs in demand in 2011-Q1 - A market report of technology careers

New college grads doing better at the pay window

CIO Magazine - 7 Ways Job Seekers Self-Destruct

IT certifications have lost their pricing power

2011 BDPA Technology Conference Video

Blacks Gone Geek Live! 2011 National BDPA Conference

BDPA National Conference Career Fair Registration Now Open

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Click here for the latest issue of "The BDPA Insider":

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/07/bdpa-insider-july-24-2011.html

Click here for "The BDPA Insider" Archives:

http://www.bdpa.org/?page=BDPA_Insider_Archive


BDPA CHICAGO CHAPTER'S FANTASTIC VOYAGE - 8/5/2011

AFTER A PRODUCTIVE DAY AT THE NATIONAL BDPA TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE...

Join your host chapter for a

FANTASTIC VOYAGE ABOARD THE ANITA DEE II

Click here for more:

http://www.bdpa.org/events/event_details.asp?id=172187


Take Five: Osedra Siler (BDPA Indianapolis)

Osedra Siler is a multi-talented IT professional currently employed by Eli Lilly & Company. Her skill sets include: Process Improvement, Change Management, Service Management, Project Management, Business Integration, Disaster Recovery testing and Security Access Management. She graduated in 2007 with a Information Systems degree from Florida A&M University.

I know Osedra has a passionate advocate for BDPA Indianapolis chapter ... particularly the youth education programs. She has worked for the past few years on the STEM-based training that the chapter provides to high school students.

Osedra agreed to participate in our ongoing 'Take Five' interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/07/take-five-osedra-siler-bdpa.html


Take Five: Danielle Cauthen (BDPA New York)

Danielle Cauthen works as a web developer for a major corporation during the day. She is also completing her studies to earn a Computer Systems Engineer degree from Columbia University. Danielle is familiar to me because of her tireless volunteer efforts with BDPA New York chapter. I don't think that there has been a chapter event over the past few years that Danielle hasn't supported in one way or another. The most tangible evidence of her talents within BDPA shows in the work she has done over the past three years with HUMANWARE, the chapter's nationally-recognized newsletter.

It seemed only natural that we would seek Danielle out to participate in our ongoing 'Take Five' interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/07/take-five-danielle-cauthen-bdpa-new.html


Fundraising Tip: Stage a Board Member Thank-a-Thon

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is no different than any other nonprofit when it comes to fundraising. It is something that must be done constantly ... and it's hard to do! As such we thought it would be good to begin to share some fundraising tips.

Here is a tip on how to get your board more involved in fundraising:

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/07/fundraising-tip-stage-board-member.html


Top IT jobs in demand in 2011-Q1 - A market report of technology careers

Ashburn VA, April 06, 2011: This market report of the IT jobs in the first quarter of 2011 is created based on the jobs posted in Corp-corp.com during this period and it shows some detailed statistics regarding the IT job market. The graph that shows the percentage of IT jobs posted every month in Q1, 2011 reveals the trending of the jobs in information technology.

The percentage of the IT jobs in the Q1, 2011 has been as follows: 18.1 % in January, 16.2% in February and 20.2% in March. These stats show that the demand for IT professionals has been increasing, as it had always been in the previous years.

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/07/top-it-jobs-in-demand-in-2011-q1.html


New college grads doing better at the pay window

By Paul McNamara on Fri, 07/08/11 - 2:10pm.

Survey shows average starting salaries up 4.8 percent.

Of course, many a recent college grad would be unfamiliar with the concept of a pay window, but that's neither here nor there.

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), starting salaries being offered to this year's college graduates are up 4.8 percent over this time last year.

Those with computer science degrees are doing just fine, too, although a shade less well than their counterparts in other disciplines.

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/07/top-it-jobs-in-demand-in-2011-q1.html


CIO Magazine - 7 Ways Job Seekers Self-Destruct

– Meridith Levinson, CIO

The IT job market is improving, and CIOs are once again looking to hire permanent, full-time IT staff. But because the labor market is saturated with IT pros looking for work, IT hiring managers are being choosey, say IT staffing industry experts.

Make one mistake on your résumé, and you can forget about being called for an interview. Fail to impress during the job interview, and the hiring manager may cut your meeting short. Go dark on a prospective employer after a job interview, and you can kiss your chances of getting a job offer good-bye. Yes, my friends, the stakes are that high.

Click here for more:

http://www.cio.com/article/686132/7_Ways_Job_Seekers_Self_Destruct


IT certifications have lost their pricing power

Foote Partners provides the industry's most unique and up-to-date benchmark research on IT salaries and skills/certifications pay and market demand.

IT certifications have lost their pricing power. Foote Partners reports that pay premiums for certifications are at their lowest point in 12 years, while non-certified skills are commanding more money. The IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index for the first quarter of 2011 shows 252 noncertified IT skills garnering a fifth consecutive pay gain, while 231 certifications saw declines again. "Being able to execute, work well as a member of a team, and prove that you have what it takes to get stuff done is what organizations covet most in their workers,” says David Foote, Foote Partners' CEO and Chief Research Officer. "There are hundreds of skills that may not have certifications that are valued more highly by employers. If there is a choice between a worker with demonstrated experience or a person who is less experienced but holds a certification in the same skill, employers are choosing the experienced person and paying a premium for that experience. Ideally they'd probably like to have both.”

Click here for more:

http://www.footepartners.com/FooteNewsrelease_2011ITSkillsdemand_052611v1.pdf


2011 BDPA Technology Conference Video

This video provides a preview of the 33rd annual BDPA Technology Conference set to take place August 3-6, 2011 in Chicago, IL.

Video Credits: LeVern Danley (LAD4 Creations)

Click here for more:

http://youtu.be/d-6_ThFDPxY


Blacks Gone Geek Live! 2011 National BDPA Conference

Careers in Technology and much, much more

The objective of this workshop is to inspire you to embrace and effectively use Information Technology inyour academic pursuitsand professional career.

Careers in Technology and much, much more

Who:Milt Haynes, Founder, Blacks Gone Geek [bio]

Date:Friday, August 5, 2011

Time:2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Where:Hilton Chicago

Room:TBD

Address:720 South Michigan,Chicago, IL 60605

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/07/blacks-gone-geek-live-2011-national.html


BDPA National Conference Career Fair Registration Now Open

Are you taking your career in a new direction?

...or are you just entering the workforce?

...or are you undecided about your career path?

Then this EXPO is for you!!

August 5-6, 2011

Chicago Hilton

720 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Click here to download the Career Fair Flyer to give to a friend:

http://www.bdpa.org/resource/resmgr/2011_National_Conference/2011Flyeronly.pdf

Click here to register for the Friday event:

http://www.bdpa.org/event/Career_Expo_Friday

Click here to register for the Saturday event:

http://www.bdpa.org/event/Career_Expo_Saturday


2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

http://bdpa.site-ym.com/?page=Conference2011

 


 
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