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The tech job market, after a tumultuous 2022 and 2023 marked by widespread layoffs, is still grappling with challenges in 2024. While the pace of layoffs has slowed, more than 50,000 tech workers have lost their jobs at over 200 organizations, reflecting a broader trend of belt-tightening across the industry. Even tech giants like Amazon and Meta, which had previously enjoyed steady growth, have halted hiring or downsized.

Meanwhile, smaller tech firms face pressure to prioritize profitability amid a tightening venture capital market. Despite the downturn, hiring in the technology sector saw an uptick in January, suggesting pockets of opportunity for job seekers. However, some workers are turning to entrepreneurship or facing psychological tolls amid the uncertain job market landscape. As the industry continues to evolve, adaptability and skill development, particularly in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, remain crucial for navigating the shifting job market terrain.

Layoffs: IBM

IBM is reducing its marketing and communications staff in a move to streamline operations, according to sources familiar with the matter. The decision, conveyed by Jonathan Adashek, IBM’s chief communications officer, comes amidst the company’s broader push to integrate AI technologies into its workforce. This announcement follows previous restructuring efforts, including plans to replace thousands of jobs with AI. The move aligns with a broader trend in the tech industry, with many companies implementing layoffs. Despite IBM’s return to growth in recent years, the company faces challenges in capitalizing on the AI market, competing with industry giants like Microsoft and Google.

Hiring: DCSA

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)’s Vetting Risk Operations (VRO) is currently recruiting over 30 individuals for entry-level Personnel Security Specialist positions in Hanover, MD. This hiring initiative aims to bolster the agency’s efforts in safeguarding national security. Ideal candidates will possess strong communication skills and attention to detail. The application deadline is March 31. This recruitment drive underscores DCSA’s ongoing commitment to protecting America’s trusted workforce and classified information.

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Opportunity to Watch

CACI has clinched a lucrative technology task order worth up to $239 million from the U.S. Army, aiming to revamp the Global Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (GSN). This initiative, led by CACI, seeks to modernize the Army’s classified network infrastructure, enhancing performance, efficiency, and security. With a focus on applying commercial solutions for classified technology, CACI’s approach aims to provide secure user access and mobility, a crucial step towards establishing a unified and secure system.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.