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Old 06-08-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Default Need an IT job? Look at Kansas City!

Kansas City has always been a strong IT city, but with many companies rapidly expanding, the city is running out of local talent.

So if you are looking for an IT job, you might check out KC.

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Tech firms outstrip local worker supply...Local employers were looking to fill 8,145 job openings in the computer and math fields in the spring, according to a report by the Regional Workforce Intelligence Network of Kansas City. The grant-funded network said its calculations showed 2,730 new job postings in the fields in August and a pool of 679 unemployed computer and math workers to pull from.
Check out this link for more info:

Perceptive Software, other tech firms outstrip supply of local workers - Kansas City Business Journal




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Old 06-08-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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^That list is a great resource for finding jobs here.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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The supply of IT people is tight. It's not like the late 90s but recruiters are now calling, unsolicited. Companies that want experienced people are aggressively snagging from other KC companies. Is good to see Sprint is back to hiring rather than layoffs. Cerner mostly goes after college grads and is bringing in people from outside KC by the thousands. Perceptive (BPM/content management) is also mostly college recruits and they have big pockets with Lexmark now investing in them. A friend there says business is growing faster than they can keep up with - not enough people. College grads who have issues getting in the door elsewhere might consider Cerner and Perceptive.

Am surprised Garmin is still hiring as they are getting hit by smartphones that include GPS apps and navigators. Maybe the other special use products are still doing well.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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Does anyone have any tips on getting in with any of these companies if we are coming from out of state? My husband is originally from MO and we are now living in CA and we desperately want to move to MO due to increase in tech jobs and the lower cost of living. Does anyone have any ideas on good ways to go about job hunting while still living in CA. We would idealy like to secure a job for him before we move.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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monster.com
jobs.com
hotjobs.com
careerbuilder.com

If comfortable with posting your life publicly (I'm not), a lot of IT recruiters look through...
linkedin.com
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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KC gets some props for app community...
"Hack the Midwest" Developer Challenge Builds on Kansas City's Technology and Entrepreneurial Leadership

KC does rank high for Android developers...
Guess which cities produce the most Android apps | VentureBeat
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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The article also brings up the KC IT Professionals group, who ran the event. There are over 8000 members and they meetup a few times a month at OfficePort downtown on 19th St.

A good way for IT people new to KC to get involved in something. Signup for newsletter to get events.

Kansas City IT Professionals - A Kansas City Information Technology Community of 8,500+
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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^I know the guy that started this, Mike Gelphman.

I thought this was funny on the website
“Where Da Spot” Helps You Locate Parking In Kansas City Missouri – Kansas City IT Professionals
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Found this list of over 500 tech, engineering and some IT shops (many missing) in KC for those looking for an IT/tech job. Many are now hiring...

Industry Employers Partial Listing | KCnext

KC has about 3000 tech/IT shops and about 65K tech employees, comparable to Austin, which is considered a techie town...

http://www.techamericafoundation.org...10-kansas-city
http://www.techamericafoundation.org...ies2010-austin

The Google Gigabit Fiber thing in KC is already creating more tech startups too.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Originally Posted by kcmo View Post
Kansas City has always been a strong IT city, but with many companies rapidly expanding, the city is running out of local talent.

So if you are looking for an IT job, you might check out KC.



Check out this link for more info:

Perceptive Software, other tech firms outstrip supply of local workers - Kansas City Business Journal


Great thread KCMO! I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, but my professional experience and strengths are in technical writing (or Documentation). I'm assuming there's some good opportunities in KC for someone like me. It looks like the IT job market is doing well in Kansas City.
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