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ITZoom: Adding that final touch to your IT resume.

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<span style="font-family:arial;">Fairfax, VA (July 1st 2005) ITZoom: email for IT Professionals, have announced attractive introductory offers until July 31st 2005.</span>
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<span style="font-family:arial;">If you want a professional email address for your IT career progression activities then now is the time to add that final touch to your CV or resume. </span>
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<span style="font-family:arial;">Get <a href="mailto:yourname@it-professional.net">yourname@it-professional.net</a> or choose from 50 other prominent domains.</span>
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<span style="font-family:arial;">For more information regarding ITZoom please visit </span>
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</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/07/itzoom-adding-that-final-touch-to-your.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Is the IT job market rising like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span>Maybe not quite as dramatic as that but things definitely seem to be moving in the right direction. Job security has been the mantra for many during the last five years and, just as follows a weak property market, confidence takes time to build. IT professionals however have been using this time to expand their technical skills and to try and increase their value to existing employers. At times business survival strategies have taken precedent and the axe has fallen regardless of individual expertise, but whilst it is still quite common to see announcements of lay-offs these are not hitting the head-lines like they were over recent years. It appears that technology companies are now better placed to deliver products and services from a healthier cost base, and end-user organisations are starting to reinvest more heavily in IT business solutions. In effect the turbulence of the last few years is starting to recede and more stability and growth are appearing over the horizon.<br /><br /><strong>Will this lead to better times ahead for IT professionals?</strong> <br />The outflow of technology graduates from colleges and universities has been lower in many western countries than during the 1990s, and the expanded skill set of those already in the industry is again being recognised as an asset by employers. The end result is that staff retention is moving back up the company priority ladder. The time of the employer holding the high cards is levelling off and salaries are starting to increase as companies seek to retain and attract skilled individuals. Off-shore outsourcing still remains an important aspect but the initial fears seem to be diminishing. Economies work on a supply and demand basis and in many cases the demand factor includes providing the right level of service to your customers. It may be a small world, but when you call your 'local' insurance company to confirm they've received your letter, it isn't much help when an agent in another continent tells you they have no way of knowing and 'can you check back in a couple of days'. Further than that, IT managers like to have their key skilled workers close to hand as this facilitates easier communication and faster change when business needs demand it. The jury is still out on outsourcing but the verdict is yet to be determined!<br /><br />Many internet-based job boards are also announcing an upsurge in IT opportunities, with some quoting the technology sector as accounting for up to 20% of postings. The growing requirements appear to cover all areas of expertise, and the outlook appears positive whether you already have the experience or whether you're an IT graduate looking to enter the profession. There also seems to be a healthy split between contract and permanent positions, and the forecasted trend towards the use of virtual resources (freelance and self-employed individuals) is becoming increasingly more visible.<br /><br /><strong>What does this mean for us as individuals?<br /></strong>In many ways it's justifiably difficult to move from cynicism to optimism after a long slump in the industry. The high-flying days of the 80s and 90s will feel like a distant past for many and the tighter times of recent years are still fresh for most. Job security remains a focal point, however as confidence builds, and individuals start to look outwards, the attractions of a more fluid market will start to appeal. Perhaps best placed to take initial advantage will be graduates coming into the profession, those still redundant, and others who have embarked on self-employed technology careers. By nature they will be actively looking for opportunity and as such will often be the first to get their feet in the door. Employers will still have to work hard to attract employees from other organisations as those who have ridden the turbulences in their current position may be more reluctant, initially at least, to consider new horizons.<br /><br /><strong>In conclusion...'</strong>cautious optimism' is a worn out term and often ignored but maybe its time to pay more attention to the words of the analysts. If we accept an up-beat outlook then it does'nt do any harm to at least be ready for change. Career coaches, resume writing services, outplacement organisations, and many other employment support resources recommend a similar approach to career progression, i.e. be prepared!. If you want to be positioned to react then make sure your resume is up to date, professional, and reflective of your achievements. Be aware of your skills and your value in the market and keep an open, but astute, mind to career opportunities. Gather information about potential employers before you go to interviews, formulate your strategy and how you want to market yourself, and base your approach on the fact that job or contract negotiations should be a two-way process. The objective is to create a scenario whereby both parties know they are investing in an agreement that will provide mutual benefit.<br /><br />It's still a competitive market but we should be seeing more smiles on IT Professionals faces.<br /><br />For more information regarding ITZoom please visit </span><a href="http://www.itzoom.com/"><span>http://www.itzoom.com</span> </a></div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/07/is-it-job-market-rising-like.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IT Pros - the next time you send an email, whose message will it be?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Yahoo, gmail, hotmail, or any other free or generic service provider can be a great solution for personal email, but advertising their name when using email for your career or business activities is not to your advantage. The question is, why promote your messaging service, when your messaging service could be promoting you!<br /><br /><strong><em>Ok, so that's the dilemma - but what are the choices?<br /></em></strong><br />If you have your own domain and associated email you can probably stop reading now, you've most likely already solved your problem. If you don't have your own domain, or are too busy to invest the time required to maintain your own website, then it's useful to consider alternatives. There are many excellent email services out there and in certain circumstances providers such as techemail and careermail do give a degree of quality to your address, careermail for example also adds value by building in various job-hunting functions. It should be remembered however that your email address is part of your public image, and, rather than being a statement about your choice of email provider, it could and should be a statement about you. In particular, relying on free email services to have the desired effect in a business environment is a false economy - the ideal solution is one that can actively promote you as an individual, and this is where ITZoom comes in.<br /><br />ITZoom provides a wide range of IT-centric email addresses that enable you to promote your specific skills and expertise. When you're looking for a new job, publishing your resume, handing out your business card, or just generally sending out email messages you can use an address that's pertinent to the types of service you offer. To put it in perspective, think about using <a href="mailto:yourname@it-professional.com">yourname@it-professional.com</a> or <a href="mailto:you@it-graduate.net">you@it-graduate.net</a> and it's clear that this makes a far better impression. We've heard it before - first impressions count - but this makes it no less true. In fact we want to make a good first impression and remain visibly professional during all our business and career related activities. Your email address can be a subtle tool for consistently communicating the right message!<br /><br /><strong><em>Ah, but I like the features of my existing email service, I'm familiar with it, and I don't want to change providers!</em> </strong><br /><br />ITZoom provides a forwarding only service that allows you to 'front-end' your existing email account with your new address, so you don't have to change providers. From the outside world you're contacted for example at <a href="mailto:you@it-consultant.com">you@it-consultant.com</a> and ITZoom will automatically redirect your messages to the email address that you specify. To close the loop most web and email clients allow you to change the 'from' or 'reply to' address, and as such your outgoing messages will reflect your professional address as well. Furthermore, should you decide at a later date to change your 'background' service provider your public IT address remains as is, simply logon to your account management screen at ITZoom, enter your new forwarding address, and your messages will immediately be redirected to the destination account of your choice.<br /><br /><strong>It's as simple as that</strong>, it does cost, but it's probably less than you'd spend on a new tie!<br /><br />Michael Regan is the Customer Services Director for ITZoom: email for IT Professionals <a href="http://www.itzoom.com/" target="_new">http://www.itzoom.com/</a> </div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/07/it-pros-next-time-you-send-email-whose.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IT Pros - the next time you send an email, whose message will it be...?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Yahoo, gmail, hotmail, or any other free or generic service provider can be a great solution for personal email, but advertising their name when using email for your career or business activities is not to your advantage. The question is, why promote your messaging service, when your messaging service could be promoting you!<br /><br /><strong>Ok, so that's the dilemma - but what are the choices?</strong> <br /><br />If you have your own domain and associated email you can probably stop reading now, you've most likely already solved your problem. If you don't have your own domain, or are too busy to invest the time required to maintain your own website, then it's useful to consider alternatives. There are many excellent email services out there and in certain circumstances providers such as techemail and careermail do give a degree of quality to your address, careermail for example also adds value by building in various job-hunting functions. It should be remembered however that your email address is part of your public image, and, rather than being a statement about your choice of email provider, it could and should be a statement about you. In particular, relying on free email services to have the desired effect in a business environment is a false economy - the ideal solution is one that can actively promote you as an individual, and this is where ITZoom comes in.<br /><br />ITZoom provides a wide range of IT-centric email addresses that enable you to promote your specific skills and expertise. When you're looking for a new job, publishing your resume, handing out your business card, or just generally sending out email messages you can use an address that's pertinent to the types of service you offer. To put it in perspective, think about using yourname@it-professional.com or you@it-graduate.net and it's clear that this makes a far better impression. We've heard it before - first impressions count - but this makes it no less true. In fact we want to make a good first impression and remain visibly professional during all our business and career related activities. Your email address can be a subtle tool for consistently communicating the right message!<br /><br /><strong>Ah, but I like the features of my existing email service, I'm familiar with it, and I don't want to change providers!</strong> <br /><br />ITZoom provides a forwarding only service that allows you to 'front-end' your existing email account with your new address, so you don't have to change providers. From the outside world you're contacted for example at you@it-consultant.com and ITZoom will automatically redirect your messages to the email address that you specify. To close the loop most web and email clients allow you to change the 'from' or 'reply to' address, and as such your outgoing messages will reflect your professional address as well. Furthermore, should you decide at a later date to change your 'background' service provider your public IT address remains as is - simply logon to your account management screen at ITZoom, enter your new forwarding address, and your messages will immediately be redirected to the destination account of your choice.<br /><br /><strong>It's as simple as that</strong>, it does cost, but it's probably less than you'd spend on a new tie!<br /><br />Michael Regan is the Customer Services Director for ITZoom: email for IT Professionals </div>
<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a href="http://www.itzoom.com/">http://www.itzoom.com/</a></div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/08/it-pros-next-time-you-send-email-whose.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IT Pros...does your email address reflect your IT job description?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">That may seem like a strange question but when it comes to publishing your resume won't you be showing your email address somewhere near the top of the document. It's at times like these that you have a choice... either promote an email provider or use it as an opportunity to do some self-marketing of your own.<br />
<br />The search for IT jobs in on the increase, and whether your an IT consultant or technician the competition is building as the market becomes more buoyant. To be succinct, why not pay a visit to <a href="http://www.itzoom.com">www.itzoom.com</a> and see if there's an address that compliments your IT career.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/08/it-prosdoes-your-email-address-reflect.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IT Pros...does your email address compliment your career aspirations?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">That may seem like a strange question but when it comes to publishing your resume won't you be showing your email address somewhere near the top of the document. It's at times like these that you have a choice... either promote an email provider or use it as an opportunity to do some self-marketing of your own.<br />
<br />The search for IT jobs in on the increase, and whether your an IT consultant or technician the competition is building as the market becomes more buoyant. To be succinct, why not pay a visit to <a href="http://www.itzoom.com">www.itzoom.com</a> and see if there's an address that compliments your IT career.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/08/it-prosdoes-your-email-address.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IT Pros...what's your email address doing for your career..?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">That may seem like a strange question but when it comes to publishing your resume won't you be showing your email address somewhere near the top of the document. It's at times like these that you have a choice... either promote an email provider or use it as an opportunity to do some self-marketing of your own.<br /><br />The search for IT jobs in on the increase, and whether your an IT consultant or technician the competition is building as the market becomes more buoyant. Why not pay a visit to <a href="http://www.itzoom.com">www.itzoom.com</a> and see if there's an address that compliments your career.</div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/08/it-proswhats-your-email-address-doing.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IT Pros...what's your email address doing for your career...?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">That may seem like a strange question but when it comes to publishing your resume won't you be showing your email address somewhere near the top of the document. It's at times like these that you have a choice... either promote an email provider or use it as an opportunity to do some self-marketing of your own.<br /><br />The search for IT jobs in on the increase, and whether your an IT consultant or technician the competition is building as the market becomes more buoyant. Why not visit <a href="http://www.itzoom.com">www.itzoom.com</a> and see if there's an address that compliments your career aspirations!</div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/08/it-proswhats-your-email-address-doing.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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ITZoom: putting ?blogging for business? to the test?

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

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<strong>Do you market to IT Professionals</strong>? and would you like to offer your visitors a free additional incentive to subscribe to your products or services?<br />
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<br />ITZoom provides professional self-marketing email addresses to the IT community and is currently offering online organisations the option to give out free professional addresses to their readers.<br />
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<strong>Why is this attractive?</strong> Because IT Pros (your visitors) see the career benefits of using an email address that promotes their individual skills and competencies, and or they simply want to have a more professional online image.<br />
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<strong>What exactly is on offer? </strong>We will give you the ability to provide free accounts that remain active for 6 months from the date of creation. Your customer will not be asked for any personal information other than their name and existing email address. The service uses forwarding technology which means that the user keeps their current email service and simply ?front-ends? it with their new professional email address. It will be the individual?s choice as to whether they discard the address after the 180 day period, or extend the service beyond with ITZoom.<br />
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<strong>How will it work? </strong>We will provide you with a batch (or batches) of unique keys and a URL where you?re subscribers can acquire and activate an address of their choice. How you choose to release keys, and on what terms, is at your discretion.<br />
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<strong>How exclusive is this offer? </strong>We do not provide free 180 day accounts on our web-site <a href="http://www.itzoom.com">http://www.itzoom.com</a>, and as such individuals can only acquire these accounts through associate organisations that take up this offer as part of their own visitor incentive strategy.<br /> <br />
<strong>What next? </strong>If you are interested in this offer please email me at <a href="mailto:mike@it-professional.net">mike@it-professional.net</a>. Make your email subject title ?ITZoom incentive program?, and include your web-site URL in your message. Give an indication of how many accounts you might initially need and I will respond accordingly. If you would like to test the service first let me know and I will send you a 3 month key to set up a single account.<br />
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<br />Background information: ITZoom has created this blog program to test the effectiveness of a direct approach to blogging for business. Much discussion has taken place regarding the potential return when using blogging as a marketing channel, and also whether organisations should take a formal or informal approach when using this form of media - we'd like to find out if there's a good middle ground between the two philosophies.<br />
<br />This program has therefore been created with some specific objectives in mind:<br />
<br />- To test the effectiveness of a ?direct? approach to ?blogging for business?.<br />- To measure the effectiveness in terms of blog views and positive responses.<br />- To facilitate the promotion of ITZoom and associate organisations products and services.<br />
<br />ITZoom will share data regarding the effectiveness this approach and will provide results via feedback on this blog. We will not however disclose details of any party or organisation that takes up our visitor incentive offer unless they specifically request otherwise. The timeframe for this program is open-ended however we may choose to limit or close the offer dependent on demand.<br />
<br />If you have any questions or would like further information please contact me at <a href="mailto:mike@it-professional.net">mike@it-professional.net</a>
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<br />Mike Regan.<br />ITZoom: email for IT Professionals.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/09/itzoom-putting-blogging-for-business.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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ITZoom: putting blogging for business to the test...

by mike In reply to ITZoom: self-marketing em ...

<p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><strong>Do you market to IT Professionals...</strong> and would you like to offer your visitors a free additional incentive to subscribe to your products or services?<br /><strong><em>If the answer is yes, read on...<br /></em></strong><br />ITZoom provides professional self-marketing email addresses to the IT community and is currently offering online organisations the option to give out free professional addresses to their readers.<br /><br /><strong>Why is this attractive?</strong> Because IT Pros (your visitors) see the career benefits of using an email address that promotes their individual skills and competencies, and or they simply want to have a more professional online image.<br /><br /><strong>What exactly is on offer? </strong>We will give you the ability to provide free accounts that remain active for 6 months from the date of creation. Your customer will not be asked for any personal information other than their name and existing email address. The service uses forwarding technology which means that the user keeps their current email service and simply 'front-ends' it with their new professional email address. It will be the individual's choice as to whether they discard the address after the 180 day period, or extend the service beyond with ITZoom.<br /><br /><strong>How will it work? </strong>We will provide you with a batch (or batches) of unique keys and a URL where your subscribers can acquire and activate an address of their choice. How you choose to release accounts, and on what terms, is at your discretion.<br /><br /><strong>How exclusive is this offer? </strong>We do not provide free 180 day accounts on our web-site <a href="http://www.itzoom.com/">http://www.itzoom.com</a>, and as such individuals can only acquire these accounts through associate organisations that take up this offer as part of their own visitor incentive strategy.<br /><br /><strong>What next? </strong>If you are interested in this offer please email me at <a href="mailto:mike@it-professional.net">mike@it-professional.net</a>. Make your email subject title 'ITZoom incentive program', and include your web-site URL in your message. Give an indication of how many accounts you might initially need and I will respond accordingly. If you would like to test the service first, let me know and I will send you a 3 month key to set up a single account.<br /><br /><br />Background information: ITZoom has created this blog program to test the effectiveness of a direct approach to blogging for business. Much discussion has taken place regarding the potential return when using blogging as a marketing channel, and also whether organisations should take a formal or informal approach when using this form of media - we'd like to find out if there's a good middle ground between the two philosophies.<br /><br />This program has therefore been created with specific objectives in mind:<br /><br />- To test the effectiveness of a direct approach to 'blogging for business'.<br />- To measure the effectiveness in terms of blog views and positive responses.<br />- To facilitate the promotion of ITZoom and associate organisations products and services.<br /><br />ITZoom will share data regarding the effectiveness this approach and will provide results via feedback on this blog. We will not however disclose details of any party or organisation that takes up our visitor incentive offer unless they specifically request otherwise. The timeframe for this program is open-ended however we may choose to limit or close the offer dependent on demand.<br /><br />If you have any questions or would like further information please contact <a href="mailto:mike@it-professional.net">mike@it-professional.net</a> <br /><br />Mike Regan.<br />ITZoom: email for IT Professionals.</p>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://self-marketing.blogspot.com/2005/09/itzoom-putting-blogging-for-business.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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