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For years, I have been keeping an ear open on the local job market for SQL Server Professionals.  I live in the Triad Area of NC (Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem).  With many job hunting sites, you can set up alerts to send the various job postings.  I have done this just to try to keep my finger on the pulse of the local market.  It can also help bring up discussion issues at the local chapter meetings on what's hot.  What skills are in demand that are related to SQL Server....

Until about 6 months ago, there seemed to be fairly good demand with anywhere from a low of 3 or 4 postings to a high of 12-15 postings for SQL Server related jobs.Over the past 2-3 months, there are typically only 2-3 postings. The number of job openings that I see on some of the listservs that i subscribe to are also down and some folks are reaching out for job leads on these channels as well.

Networking (the human to human kind) is important for your career.  There are local User Group meetings that can help you build relationships with others in your geographic area.  There are discussion forums that you can forge relationships on from posting and answering questions.  There are events that you can attend to meet others with similar interestes as yourself.  Having a network will not fully insulate you from economic downturns, but it may make them more bearble and shorten the length of time that it takes for a job search.

Published Monday, September 29, 2008 10:14 AM by RickHeiges

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