By: Charles Bowen Serves High-Tech Community

To use the resource, visit at

It used to be in the 1980s and ’90s that some of us thought of the
‘high-technology business’ as being synonymous only with Silicon
Valley. We were wrong, of course, but not so wrong that we couldn’t get
away with letting the wire services cover computer news, assuming we
weren’t in California.

But now such tunnel vision would be fatal to a newspaper’s business
reporting. Sure, high-tech has a longer history in some parts of the
country than in others – California, Texas, Massachusetts, and North
Carolina all were thinking digitally before many of the rest of us were
– but that becomes merely a footnote in this new century. Now, more
than ever, technology jobs abound in Kentucky and Ohio, in Oklahoma and
Rhode Island.

In other words, the computer is a local employer almost everywhere. And
the same digital technology can even help your newsroom get a handle on
covering it. is an Atlanta-based high-tech job-search
company that has been working in this field for years now. Started in
the spring of 1995 by Mike and Nancy Gilfillan, the site was conceived
as an alternative to traditional help-wanted advertisements for
information technology professionals.

These days, the firm has multimillion-dollar revenues and its award-

winning Web site can also help you get a fix on computer and
electronics employment, especially outside the borders of the
traditional high-tech domains. To use the resource, visit the site
(, where an introductory screen provides
fast links to any of 19 major areas (Atlanta, Boston, the Carolinas,
Chicago, Denver, Detroit, the District of Columbia, Florida, Los
Angeles, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle,
Silicon Valley, St. Louis, Texas, and the Twin Cities of Minnesota).
Beside each is the current number of jobs listed in the database for
that region.

Click any region for a more detailed report. The subsequent page breaks
the total down into clickable categories, such as Windows developers,
new media and graphics, networking, electrical engineering, technical
writing, help desk and technical support positions, and so on. Click
any category to see specific jobs available, with descriptions and
names of the towns where the openings are available.

Note that a button at the top of the display enables you to toggle
between summary and detailed information on each job opening. Options
on the screen also enable you to screen the jobs by specific day posted
and by specific companies. And a data-entry box at the top of the
screen invites you to further filter the results by entering specific

But what if you are not in any of the 19 target areas? The site also
allows you to search its database by specific states. On the
introductory screen, click the down arrow beside the drop-down list
under the ‘National’ heading and select a state from the resulting
list. You then are taken directly to the list of jobs for that state.

Other considerations for using in your research,
writing, and editing:

1. The site also takes a special interest in job opportunities in high-

tech start-up companies around the country, which can be a great source
of tips for your business desk. Click the ‘Startup Jobs’ link on the
introductory screen to see the total number currently in the database
and a clickable list of categories of work. You also can filter the
list by date, by company, and/or by keyword.

2. To help with writing stories about job hunting in the new markets of
high-tech, be sure to check out the site’s ‘Bench Time’ section,
clicking the ‘Bench Time’ link on any of the subpages. This provides
links to interactive discussions on topics such as cutbacks, further
education, comparative salaries, and contracts. Also here are links to
features on subjects ranging from skills testing to disabilities to
gender bias in salaries, as well as connections for organizations,
resource centers, and training courses.

3. Finally, you also can browse the site’s resources in terms of
skills. On the introductory screen, click a link, choosing among
electronic commerce, networking, project management, Windows
development, and so on.


Bowen writes columns, articles and books from West
Virginia, and is host of the daily Internet News syndicated
radio show (

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