High Tech: A Little Help Wanted

Employment has bottomed out at software publishers, storage device makers, and at Internet service providers and Web search portals

During the tech boom, Jay Weidner typically received three calls a week from recruiters trying to pry him out of his job as a consulting project manager for software maker Siebel Systems (SEBL ). The calls stopped when tech went bust -- a good two years ago. But a funny thing happened a few months back. "The headhunters started calling again. Not like they were, but two or three times per month," says Weidner, who started a new job in mid-September with RightNow Technologies, a Bozeman (Mont.) startup that delivers call-center software as a service over the Net. "It was a good sign."

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