New York Job Postings Up. But…

Landing a tech job is difficult at best right now. But if
you live in or commute to New York, you’ll have more jobs to choose
from – twice the number, in fact, as in Silicon Valley. We get that from the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report, which says the Manhattan IT job market “showed remarkable strength during the second quarter.”

New York Job Postings Are Up. But...Of
course, choose from may be an overstatement. A lot of these jobs are highly specialized and difficult to fill.Another challenge: Employers are requiring techs to be more than just
techs. Rather than simply writing code,
they want their IT staffers to see the bigger picture. And
soft skills – such as making presentations – are on the list. “For instance,
computer science students can take marketing classes,” says Farrokh Hormozi, a
professor of economics and public administration at Pace University. For those already employed, he suggests getting a
certificate in public administration instead of learning a new programming
language.

A bit
counter-intuitive, no? Seems like someone would hire the tech with hard skills and figure the soft skills will come. Could it be that the demand isn’t really that hot,
and employers are taking the luxury of looking for that perfect person who doesn’t exist? It has
that same feel of going through five stages of interviews and still not getting
the job. You’re left wondering if there
ever was a position in the first place.

Well, we suspect these positions actually do exist. But it could be this is how employers dip their toes in the water to see what’s out there. If that’s the case, this could be an indicator of better times to come.

– Dino Londis

Comments

  1. BY Aristide1 says:

    Oh yes, employers are looking for the “perfect” employee, but in more creative ways than you think:

    Using on-line job applications to gather salary information, these are mandatory fields that must be completed in order to apply. Using this information to do what? To maximize the lowball offer without losing the employee or how much to reduce a current employees salary before they simply quit? There is no need for the best performing employee, in fact there is an active dismissal of such people. Ads now state a maximum number of years experience, as well as a minimum. The assumption being more experience will require a higher salary. Really? Where would that be? No such place exists. Or they fear these people will leave with the first better offer. I have news for them, any employee, regardless of age, experience or salary will leave at the first better job if they have been screwed over. Which employee is not getting screwed over these days? Haha, good luck finding any of them. You can’t miss them, they’re the ones that didn’t ge the big fat Wall St bonus, this year or any other year.

  2. BY Aristide1 says:

    Oh yes, employers are looking for the “perfect” employee, but in more creative ways than you think:

    Using on-line job applications to gather salary information, these are mandatory fields that must be completed in order to apply. Using this information to do what? To maximize the lowball offer without losing the employee or how much to reduce a current employees salary before they simply quit? There is no need for the best performing employee, in fact there is an active dismissal of such people. Ads now state a maximum number of years experience, as well as a minimum. The assumption being more experience will require a higher salary. Really? Where would that be? No such place exists. Or they fear these people will leave with the first better offer. I have news for them, any employee, regardless of age, experience or salary will leave at the first better job if they have been screwed over. Which employee is not getting screwed over these days? Haha, good luck finding any of them. You can’t miss them, they’re the ones that didn’t ge the big fat Wall St bonus, this year or any other year.

  3. BY NovShmozKaPop says:

    Most advertised positions do not exist; several are the result of the legal requirement to post an opening even when a candidate has already been identified, and when they do they are only filled ~ 1% by internet advertising.

    On another note, I recently saw a number of mouth-watering job ads…from a company I know went belly-up over a year ago. Are job sites now aggregating and scraping each other in an endless hall of mirrors, presenting outdated material to the point of advertising ghost jobs from deceased companies? I wonder if this is the source of the uptick in listings ;-)

    The best way to get a job is personal networking.

  4. BY NovShmozKaPop says:

    Most advertised positions do not exist; several are the result of the legal requirement to post an opening even when a candidate has already been identified, and when they do they are only filled ~ 1% by internet advertising.

    On another note, I recently saw a number of mouth-watering job ads…from a company I know went belly-up over a year ago. Are job sites now aggregating and scraping each other in an endless hall of mirrors, presenting outdated material to the point of advertising ghost jobs from deceased companies? I wonder if this is the source of the uptick in listings ;-)

    The best way to get a job is personal networking.

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