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RFID Employment Services on the Rise
The RFID job search and placement field continues its gradual expansion with this week's announcement of the RFID Talent and Career Center.
Apr 27, 2005—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
April 27, 2005—The RFID job search and placement field continues its gradual expansion with this week's announcement of the RFID Talent and Career Center. Launched by RFID Tribe, whose stated mission is to foster collaboration within RFID, the new center is a web-based job board where RFID employment hopefuls connect with those companies that might hire them. The board is free to both job seekers and prospective employers, and it offers features like anonymous resume-posting and an email alert system that notifies users when a new job is posted that fits their criteria.
RFID Tribe's new service is representative of a growing trend in the RFID industry: services created to meet the increasing demand for RFID talent. The shortage of labor skilled in RFID has been reported on widely, and it is only expected to grow more acute as deployments ramp up in the coming years. In a recent survey of 51 of its member companies, the IT industry association CompTIA found that a whopping 80% of those surveyed said supply of RFID talent is insufficient, and two-thirds see "training and educating their staff on RFID" as the next major hurdle to successful deployment of the technology. To help assuage the problem, CompTIA has initiated an effort to develop an RFID certification program like those used in other sectors of information technology. A number of companies recently joined the effort, including ODIN technologies, RFID Journal, RFID4U, Sparkice, and Symbol Technologies.
In addition to the certification effort, a number of start-up and established companies alike aim to pair employees with employers in the field of RFID. Direct Recruiters, Lucas Group, RFID Careers, and RFID Recruiters all offer recruiting and job services for the RFID sector.
Expect the trend in RFID job related services and initiatives to continue. As the industry continues to grow and existing deployments expand and new deployments launch, both RFID providers and end users will be scrambling to fill their ranks with people that are proficient in the technology.
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