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Trolling For Techies

The IT worker is a rare fish these days. If you're gonna catch one, just bring the right bait.

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Where have all the tech workers gone? Well, they're busy working-for someone else. A recent Commerce Department (www.ta.doc.gov) report called "The Digital Workforce" projects the need for 1.3 million new, highly skilled IT workers in core occupations (computer scientists and engineers, systems analysts, and computer programmers) between 1996 and 2006.

A January report from IDC, "Internet Firms Will Increase Competition for Talent," was released with this less-than-rosy statement: "The IT work force of the future will be harder to find, harder to hire, harder to retain and harder to manage." The report says the best way to find qualified employees is through referrals from current employees.

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