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Hey All... So the company I'm working for is tanking bad and I started the job search a couple of weeks ago even though I wasn't in immediate danger. I was worried at first, but DAYUM! I got hits from all over, had three offers, and finally settled on a job in Dallas making about 80% more than I was (can you say trackday(s)?). So, to all you technology guys out there - we're hot! Again!!

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Yes, I've noted the quiet turn around in terms of jobs. However salaries are not really better IMO. At least in the midwest. Glad you landed a job! Congrats! I've been in your shoes twice due to closing / layoff situations. It SUCKS THE BIG ONE FO SHO!
 

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Hey All... So the company I'm working for is tanking bad and I started the job search a couple of weeks ago even though I wasn't in immediate danger. I was worried at first, but DAYUM! I got hits from all over, had three offers, and finally settled on a job in Dallas making about 80% more than I was (can you say trackday(s)?). So, to all you technology guys out there - we're hot! Again!!

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What does your new company do ?
 

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if you know what your doing then yeah, you will alwaus have a job but i have seen many Paper Tigers (MCSE) that didnt know anything. Im not saying MCSE cert is abd but it doesnt mean you actually know what your doing.
 

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if you know what your doing then yeah, you will alwaus have a job but i have seen many Paper Tigers (MCSE) that didnt know anything. Im not saying MCSE cert is abd but it doesnt mean you actually know what your doing.
I agree. I went back for my CS degree, but that just gets your foot in the door. Companies test your personality and tech skills before they extend an offer anymore. Yep - you have to get along with the people there... no a-holes allowed.
 

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rossiFan said:
Hey All... So the company I'm working for is tanking bad and I started the job search a couple of weeks ago even though I wasn't in immediate danger. I was worried at first, but DAYUM! I got hits from all over, had three offers, and finally settled on a job in Dallas making about 80% more than I was (can you say trackday(s)?). So, to all you technology guys out there - we're hot! Again!!

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Hit me up!! btw- I work for Perot Systems...great company!

also check out http://bbs.tsba.org/index.php & http://www.tsba.org/ Join us for some rides. There's a few members on this board too.

:welcome: to Dallas!
 

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:+1: Welcome to Dallas love it and miss it since I work in Detroit and commute every week!
 

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Hit me up!! btw- I work for Perot Systems...great company!

also check out http://bbs.tsba.org/index.php & http://www.tsba.org/ Join us for some rides. There's a few members on this board too.

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I know some guys that work for Perot. Actually, one of my former companies is now Perot through various mergers. I interviewed with them last year but accepted a job offer from another company. Based on some inside information I have about them, I wouldn't hessitate to interview with them again if I decide to start looking.
 

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IT industry especially in the federal circles where security clearances are required is especially hot. I know a few guys that get paid a butt load of money but don't do much at all. Oh wait....I just described myself.:badteeth:
 

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IT industry especially in the federal circles where security clearances are required is especially hot. I know a few guys that get paid a butt load of money but don't do much at all. Oh wait....I just described myself.:badteeth:
Ballpark figure, how much do you mean by a buttload? (Serious question)
 

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heh heh he said butt.. and now that the IT field is picking up, so are the saleries.. YEAH now I can afford rear tires again
 

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Ballpark figure, how much do you mean by a buttload? (Serious question)
It's not uncommon to see people who don't have a clue or just sit around all day and get paid in the $70k's to upper $80k's. Those that have been around for a while through job hopping and just basic "experience" can command 6 figures easy. Most of the people who ratchet up their salary are those that stay at a job MAYBE a year if that. It's not uncommon to see anywhere from 10-20% increases in salary per job hop. It's also based on location and need to. But basically the rule of thumb for what one can get salary wise with a clearance compared to a similar non-cleared position is anywheres from $10k-$20k more.

I could have played the game and job hopped more but I didn't. I initially jumped twice in about a year but that was because of conflicts with the companies I was working for. In that year, I saw my salary jump from $42k to $62k with the first job hop. I was severely underpaid by a large defense contractor which shall be unnamed. The second job hop brought me up to $70k. From that point, I got regular pay increases that averaged around 7-8% per year. I recently left that company after what some people in this arena would call an eternity to my new company. That move netted me a $13k bump in my salary which put me well into the 6 figures. I could have been at a higher point in my salary but there are other things that would come into play...one of which is my reputation. I have a rep with the companies that do work in this arena and with the government agency....which to my knowledge is very good based on the outside feedback I get. I want to make sure it stays that way.

Plus I haven't even talked about some of the benefits packages I've been offerred and have received.
 

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Very true about the job hopping. I was offerred a ~30+% increase just recently. That was just base salary b4 project bonuses. Turned it down after some heavy thought. Cash is always tempting but the way I see it, stablity, bennifits, personal time, and a good company culture is more important than the $$$. ...well, the personal time has flown out the window lately but these things come in waves. It'd take winning the lottery to get me to leave Perot any time soon. ...and I don't buy loto tickets! :mrgreen:
 

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It's not uncommon to see people who don't have a clue or just sit around all day and get paid in the $70k's to upper $80k's. Those that have been around for a while through job hopping and just basic "experience" can command 6 figures easy. Most of the people who ratchet up their salary are those that stay at a job MAYBE a year if that. It's not uncommon to see anywhere from 10-20% increases in salary per job hop. It's also based on location and need to. But basically the rule of thumb for what one can get salary wise with a clearance compared to a similar non-cleared position is anywheres from $10k-$20k more.

I could have played the game and job hopped more but I didn't. I initially jumped twice in about a year but that was because of conflicts with the companies I was working for. In that year, I saw my salary jump from $42k to $62k with the first job hop. I was severely underpaid by a large defense contractor which shall be unnamed. The second job hop brought me up to $70k. From that point, I got regular pay increases that averaged around 7-8% per year. I recently left that company after what some people in this arena would call an eternity to my new company. That move netted me a $13k bump in my salary which put me well into the 6 figures. I could have been at a higher point in my salary but there are other things that would come into play...one of which is my reputation. I have a rep with the companies that do work in this arena and with the government agency....which to my knowledge is very good based on the outside feedback I get. I want to make sure it stays that way.

Plus I haven't even talked about some of the benefits packages I've been offerred and have received.
Were their initials NG?
I've been w/ my current employer 18 yrs. and hopping to a new job would have to be for a LARGE increase outside of a layoff. I have a decent salary, not like you guys are talking, but my big deal is job satisfaction. I guess if I were to get a layoff notice it would instantly have become the most satisfying, rewarding job I've ever had. Know what I mean?
Tempting to look though, that's why I was asking.
 

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Very true about the job hopping. I was offerred a ~30+% increase just recently. That was just base salary b4 project bonuses. Turned it down after some heavy thought. Cash is always tempting but the way I see it, stablity, bennifits, personal time, and a good company culture is more important than the $$$. ...well, the personal time has flown out the window lately but these things come in waves. It'd take winning the lottery to get me to leave Perot any time soon. ...and I don't buy loto tickets! :mrgreen:
Hmmm, interesting. Good company to work for?
 
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