IDG’s ITworld.Com Launches ITcareers, The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Online Recruitment Site For ItTProfessionals

BOSTON — FEBRUARY 15, 2000 — In a move aimed at providing the information technology (IT) industry with the richest, most comprehensive site for recruitment, career development and information, International Data Group’s (IDG) ITworld.com today launched ITcareers (www.itcareers.com). Offering unparalleled job resources for enterprise IT professionals, ITcareers is a tightly integrated service of ITworld.com, the IT problem-solving networkTM, a new IDG business unit officially launched today. ITcareers features job postings, customized e-mail job alerts and an archive of career resources.

ITcareers differentiates itself from other recruiting sites on the Web today by solely focusing on the career and advancement interests of professionals who buy, implement, and maintain corporate IT systems. While most online recruiting services are focused on building large databases of job postings and resumes, ITcareers helps high-tech job seekers select the right job and enables employers to differentiate their career offerings so that they can attract, develop, and retain the best available talent. As the U.S. affiliate of IDG’s global Job Universe network (www.jobuniverse.com), ITcareers features opportunities with industry leading high-tech companies as well as many of the emerging players in the Internet arena.

"Recruitment has become a baseline factor in business competition. With far more jobs to fill than qualified candidates to fill them, if you can’t find the right people, it becomes increasingly difficult to succeed," stated Mark Williams, chief operating officer, ITcareers.

"With the growing influence of IT workers, it is critical to serve their information needs with more than just job postings. Our selection process maps to the job seeker’s priorities. When a company makes our list, the job seeker can be confident in the training, challenge, rate of growth, and compensation that the company offers. At the same time, we are providing a powerful, information-intensive network for companies to sell themselves to potential candidates, while empowering job seekers to make an educated, well-informed choice about their next career move," continued Williams.

ITcareers is designed to offer both job seekers and potential employers a powerful recruiting tool. ITcareers encompasses a broad array of recruitment features and services including Job Search, Job Alert, Resources, Training, Events, and Careerwebcasting — a new way to profile job opportunities, and on-demand virtual employer profiles.

ITcareers’ goal is to maintain a relationship with its audience that goes beyond job seeking. Unlike broad and often diluted job sites that target job seekers of all kinds, ITcareers reaches the qualified IT professional who returns again and again to the ITworld.com site to gain knowledge and insight into the issues and trends that drive information technology. ITworld.com and ITcareers are linked directly with many of IDG’s award-winning websites including CIO.com, Computerworld.com, InfoWorld.com, JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, Network World Fusion and SunWorld. No matter where a visitor is on the ITworld.com site, the ITworld.com network surrounds the reader with a multi-dimensional knowledge set on any IT-related topic. Using its innovative navigational bar structure, visitors are just clicks away from powerful news and information they need to be more efficient and productive.

"In an increasingly fragmented IT market, job seekers and employers will turn to a branded recruitment service they can trust," said president and CEO of ITworld.com, Bill Reinstein. "ITworld.com is the destination for IT professionals. As an integral component of a network that reaches nearly 60 percent of the 3.5 million IT professionals in the U.S., ITcareers is on track to become the leader in IT career recruitment, development and advice."

There are tremendous job opportunities for IT professionals, but hiring qualified, experienced employees continues to be a daunting challenge for technology companies. According to a report issued by the International Data Corporation (IDC), demand for IT professionals worldwide is projected to exceed 1 million by the year 2002; in the U.S. alone, 846,901 job openings are projected to go unfilled by 2002. Based on these projections, approximately 20 percent, or one in five IT jobs will remain unfilled.

ITcareers has already established several strategic relationships with leaders in the IT recruiting and contracting space, including CareerBuilder, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBDR) and SkillsVillage.com. CareerBuilder, the leading provider of targeted interactive recruiting on the Web, recently selected ITcareers to join its network as one of its primary IT-specific job sites. SkillsVillage.com, an online eMarketplace for the contingent workforce, is providing highly-qualified IT contractor content to the ITcareers site.

ITcareers is a major initiative and strong differentiator for ITworld.com. No other site has the brand recognition, support, history, and industry knowledge of IDG’s IT brands, which enable IT professionals to make sound strategic business and technical decisions. High-tech employers of all sizes actively compete for Computerworld’s "Best Places to Work" listing and hiring managers nationwide regard IDG’s salary surveys as standard benchmarks. IDG stands alone in its ability to take a truly integrated approach to IT recruitment — one that harnesses the brand building strengths of print and the pervasive, immediate and functionally rich nature of the Web.

About ITworld.com

Including eight leading IDG websites and drawing upon IDG’s global editorial team of 2,000 journalists and 400 research analysts, ITworld.com provides the most complete dimensions of IT content, making it the most trusted problem-solving network for Enterprise IT Professionals. For more information, please see www.itworld.com.

ITworld.com is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through http://www.idg.net, which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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