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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Monster

I've always been a big fan of using Monster as a bit of an indicator for technology adoption. My theory is that if people are actually using a technology, then they are likely looking for those skills, and the incidence of the keywords on Monster will go up. There are issues of course, like the fact that many jobs go filled without ever being posted somewhere like Monster, geographical blips, hiring cycles, and so on. Moreover, be careful of searches that bring back non-IT related hits such as "Ruby" bringing in ads for "Ruby Tuesday" and "Ruby's Diner", not to mention that PhyAmerica Gov Services is hiring an RN Case Manager and the contact is Ruby Magnum (a nice lady, I'm sure). To combat some of the overlapping terms, I like to use dice.com (lesser known than Monster, but still quite popular). Dice.com is exclusively focused on tech, so no restaurant ads :).

A few days ago I punched in "Eclipse" on dice.com and got back 490 job offers. JDeveloper returned 95. NetBeans + "Net Beans" returned 41. IntelliJ returned 27. The numbers on monster are quite similar, but it takes some effort to get useful data.

AJAX hit 272, which is really taking off from when I checked late last year.

- Don

2 Comments:

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Nitin said…

    Hi Don,

    Interesting post. We are a company focused on providing recruitment solutions to clients in the technology and financial space. We have definitely seen in the last few months that the demand for professionals with Eclipse experience has gone up.

    But it has been extremely hard to find good and qualified people. Any suggestions?
    Right now, we are struggling with a couple of open positions for Senior Engineers for a client in San Francisso.

    Cheers

    Nitin

     
  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Donald Smith said…

    Have you tried posting to the employment newgroup http://www.eclipse.org/newsportal/thread.php?group=eclipse.employment

    I noticed a post yesterday from someone in San Fran, so perhaps it was you. As someone providing recruitment solutions, I'm not sure what I can suggest since you are ultimately not the employer. As someone who has done hiring for my previous employer, I can tell you that I saw a lot of success with hiring people with APTITUDE and not necessarily the skills. Often your best employees come from people who are transitioning from other industries into IT but have a demonstrated history of picking up skills...

     

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