January 26, 2010, 12:40 PM — IT people with skills and experience in server virtualization, cloud computing or both have a far greater chance of getting and keeping jobs than most other IT people now, according to recruiters and analysts. But what do you call these gurus? There's no accepted standard for what to call either virtualization or cloud-computing specialists, so jobseekers will have to look for a range of keywords-and include those in their resumes-to find a match with particular employers, says Dice.com spokesperson Jennifer Bewley.
If you are searching for a virtualization or cloud role, watch your search terms, she says.
Just using "virtualization" as a keyword, for example, pulled up 880 jobs on Dice.com on one day last week, for example, according to Bewley.
"However, there are another 900 jobs that include 'VMware' as a keyword with no mention of virtualization," Bewley found. "That leads us to conclude that searching based on vendor is particularly important in virtualization jobs."
Common terms for virtualization specialists include: Architect SAN/Virtualization; Citrix / VMware specialist or administrator; Data Center Virtualization Systems Analyst; and Product Manager for Large Scale Virtualization.
Cloud Job Searching Tricky People looking for new jobs described using "cloud computing" may not be completely out of luck, but they're not far off, according to M. Victor Janulaitis, CEO of IT job-market researchers Janco Associates, which published this month a survey of CIO hiring plans for 2010.
"I have seen some people just use 'cloud specialist' to describe themselves," Janulaitis says. "There's not really a set of terms yet that are common to refer to cloud computing skills-they just refer to them as architecture or infrastructure skill sets."
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Other people just add "cloud" or "virtualization" onto more common titles such as system administrator, systems engineer, architect, or network engineer, Bewley says.
Remember, it's not unusual for employers or prospective employers to use the name of a particular vendor or new technology as a primary identifier in a job ad, especially if they're looking for someone certified in that vendor's technology, according to Tom Silver, senior vice president of tech-job ad site Dice North America.
Normally a company would look for technical skills in a particular technology, not just one vendor's products, Janulaitis says.
"With the economy the way it is, and now people are talking about the possibility of a double-dip recession, a lot of companies are just looking for basic skills and experience," Janulaitis says.