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By Merideth Levinson on Wed, July  2009

UPDATED: Check out’s complete guide to finding an IT job in good times and bad, working with recruiters, using social networking websites in your job hunt, avoiding common job search mistakes, and much more. Use our expert advice, tips and analysis to help you find your next great job. 

Focusing your efforts on jobs in growing industries and demonstrating how your work has generated revenue are just two simple ways to distinguish yourself from the rest of the job seekers competing for positions in a down economy.

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DoD Approves Ethical Hacker Certification

Certified Ethical Hacker training and certification is now an option for four categories of IT pros in meeting Department of Defense job requirements.

By Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek

Editors note: This story was updated on March 9.

Government cyber defenders can now be trained in the techniques of a hacker under a certification program that was recently approved by the Department of Defense.

The DoD requires its computer network defenders (CNDs) to meet certain requirements under Directive 8570, which provides a variety of certification options depending on job description. The newly approved Certified Ethical Hacker certification program, offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), now fulfills DoD requirements for four categories of CND service providers: analysts, infrastructure support, incident reporters, and auditors. Other certification options are also available to those workers.

The Certified Ethical Hacker qualification tests someone’s knowledge in the mindset, tools, and techniques of a hacker. CNDs — who are part of the DoD’s information assurance workforce — protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity within DoD information systems and computer networks.

Assistant Secretary of Defense John Grimes officially instated the Certified Ethical Hacker requirement in late February under DoD Directive 8570, which provides guidance for how DoD information workers should be trained and managed.

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AOL Adopts Google’s “Interminable” Hiring Process

by Nicholas Carlson

AOL — its management ranks increasingly stuffed with former Google executives — is now hiring people the way Google (GOOG) does, a couple sources close to the company tells us.

Specific changes:

  • “Cultural Ambassadors” will interview candidates to make sure they are a fit for the new AOL culture
  • Besides interviewing with these ambassadors, candidates will now be required to go through several more interviews cover topics from cultural fit, to project management skills, to job-specific skills.
  • Scores from these interviews will be be aggregated into an overall candidate scorecard, to be reviewed by the hiring manager and then an exec above that.
  • AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will sit on a committee that rubber-stamps each batch of hires.
  • All hires must go through human resources recruiters, now.

An AOL (AOL) rep refused to comment on this news, telling us: “We don’t comment on internal policies like hiring practices.”

Full article available at Silicon Alley Insider

Georgia’s Most Promising Companies to Present at Venture Atlanta 2010


October event expected to attract Georgia entrepreneurs and investors from across the U.S.


Atlanta – March 23, 2010 – Venture Atlanta 2010, the premier investor event for emerging technology companies in Georgia, will host its third annual investor conference October 12-13, 2010 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. The world’s largest aquarium will serve as the stage for nearly 50 companies, in industries ranging from software and communications to medical devices and alternative energy, as they display their business models and technologies to venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who provide access to the capital essential for business growth and development.

The event founders, Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), expect to build on the success of the 2009 conference and provide a forum that catalyzes further investment dollars into emerging Georgia companies. Last year’s event attracted nearly 600 attendees, and drew more than 100 venture capitalists from multiple geographies across the country, including Silicon Valley, Boston, Denver, Washington D.C. and the Southeast.

View the full article at the Technology Association of Georgia

The Search: How to Turn Downtime Into Job Offers

IF there is one thing that most unemployed job seekers have in abundance, it is time. And yet many of them misuse it.

This is understandable. Someone who has just lost a job may be accustomed to a workplace with its schedules and deadlines, and its expectant bosses and co-workers. If you fail to finish an important assignment, you’ll hear about it.

Compare that with post-layoff life. You can assign yourself tasks, but no one will come after you if you don’t finish them. When you get up in the morning, it can seem as if a long clean carpet of time is ahead of you, but then you may decide to go to the gym, have a leisurely lunch, take a nap, check out “Dr. Phil” on TV followed by “Judge Judy,” and then you’re ready to make dinner.

Full article at the New York Times