: Help Wanted?"> Managers of large job boards acknowledge that frustrations exist among IT professionals. Marcel Legrand, vice president of Monster.com, in Maynard, Mass., called the lack of acknowledgements by employers one of the most frequent complaints he hears. Rather than behind-the-scenes trickery, tough economic times are the cause, Legrand said, with cutbacks in human resources staff making it impossible to respond to every applicant. He said employers may not list contact names because hiring staffs are too short-handed to respond to the flood of inquiries that can result. Whatever the cause of dead-end online postings, experts agreed on one thing: If an IT worker is frustrated by job boards, he or she is probably spending too much time on them. Phyllis Rosen, a New York-based counselor who works with IT professionals, advises candidates to instead spend as much as 50 percent of their job search networking to learn about unadvertised openings and almost as much time researching key companies and sending them introductory letters.Alan Joch, a New England-based technology writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Related Stories:
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