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What You Need to Know: The Most Wanted Skills

We've taken the requirements from over 650 million online job advertisements to determine the tools, technological skills, and certifications most frequently advertised for any position in any U.S. location.

The top ten skills employers are currently demanding include:

  1. Microsoft Office
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint
  3. SQL (Structured Query Language)
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. Oracle Java
  6. Linux
  7. UNIX
  8. Customer Relationship Management…

Added by Carolyn Menz on March 14, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

Are Employers Looking for Candidates with Pinterest Experience Yet?

Pinterest is growing like crazy.  According to a recent Business Insider article, Pinterest is already up to 11 million users and is the third highest referrer on the Internet (behind Facebook and StumbleUpon).  With all of this growth, we were wondering if employers were starting to look for candidates with Pinterest experience.

We found that the…


Added by Carolyn Menz on March 1, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Are Employers Hiring Recruiters with Mobile Recruiting Experience?

Mobile recruiting is a hot topic in the human resources field and there is some debate on when – and if – mobile recruiting will become a more widely accepted practice. It’s been forecasted that mobile recruiting will be one of the biggest trends in talent management this year. We thought it would be interesting to look at how many online…


Added by Carolyn Menz on March 1, 2012 at 10:11am — No Comments

Hiring for Social Media Skills Begins 2012 at New Highs

Now that we are more than halfway through February, we thought we'd review hiring demand for social media skills. It's been a while since we reported on demand and supply of this talent, and we wanted to see if it is still a prevalent skill being listed in job ads.

During January 2012, there were about 13,000 job ads posted online that included job requirements involving social media skills. This is an 87% increase compared to the volume of ads in January 2011. Despite some…


Added by Carolyn Menz on February 16, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments

Job Ads for Recruiters Bounce Back in January

During the first half of 2011, we saw the hiring demand for Recruiters increase steadily. However, at the end of 2011, we saw the volume of job ads for staffing professionals decline. We were hoping this was a seasonal trend, and that hiring would increase again in 2012. It looks as if it may be starting. In January, more than 6,100 jobs were advertised online – that's a 26% year-over-year increase compared to January 2011.  It is also close to the 2011 high which was seen in August 2011…


Added by Carolyn Menz on February 15, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hiring for Shale Mining Jobs Is Growing Steadily

A report released in December 2011 reported that shale mining supported 600,000 workers in the US and, if 'fracking' continues, is projected to grow to 870,000 by 2015. While this is a controversial topic for many, we wanted to take a look at how many jobs have been recently advertised that are related to shale gas extraction.

Over the past 90 days, there have been just over 1,000 jobs advertised online that included the terms "shale" or "frack." This is a 70% increase…


Added by Carolyn Menz on February 8, 2012 at 11:23am — No Comments

Hiring Demand – New York vs. Boston

We recently came across an article that compared the jobless rate for the city of each team that competed in the Super Bowl over the last 20 years.  They found that the lower jobless rate predicted the Super Bowl winner in 17 out of the past 20 years.  So, we thought we'd put our own spin on this and talk about Hiring Demand in the two cities that are home to our Super Bowl…


Added by Carolyn Menz on February 2, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hiring for Supply Chain Professionals Ramps Up

Companies have been focusing more on their supply chain security as a way to prevent losses and ensure quality of their products – especially in today's global market. This is being seen all the way to the US government, which announced a National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security last week. Companies that are focused on their supply chains are hiring along with this…


Added by Carolyn Menz on February 1, 2012 at 9:24am — No Comments

Hiring Demand by Companies Advertising during the Super Bowl

One of the most anticipated parts of the Super Bowl (besides the half time show, of course) is the commercials. There's already been a lot of buzz about commercials during the game with sneak previews of ads being leaked online and anticipation from companies debuting on the line-up. With 30-second slots sold for a projected $3 million, did these companies hire advertising talent to produce these commercials? The 25 companies advertising during the Super Bowl that we looked at…


Added by Carolyn Menz on January 26, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hiring Demand for Recruiters Continued in December

Hiring for Recruiters ended 2011 on a strong note. In December, more than 3,900 jobs were posted online for Recruiting jobs - a 4% increase compared to December 2010. The majority (54%) of job ads were posted by corporate HR departments. Staffing firms and recruiting agencies accounted for about 1,800 job ads in December.

Hiring Demand for Recruiters - 4 Years…


Added by Carolyn Menz on January 18, 2012 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Common Software Engineering Skills Are Difficult to Recruit

We've reported this year that hiring demand for Software Engineers has been strong this year while the talent supply remains limited, making these jobs one of the hardest to fill in the US. We noticed that many job ads for Software Engineers required Linux or Unix skills and one of the following programming languages:  C++, Java, XML, or Ruby. If you are currently recruiting for these skills, the below charts can be shared with the hiring manager to develop your strategy for sourcing the…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 27, 2011 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

"Best Careers of 2011" – Reviewing the Hiring Demand for Technology Jobs

Over the past 2 weeks we looked at the careers on the "Best Careers of 2011" list, published by US News. Today, we'll review the final group, which are the technology related jobs.

Occupation Median Pay % Projected Growth…

Added by Carolyn Menz on December 22, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

"Best Careers of 2011" – Hiring Demand for Social Service Jobs

Continuing our review of the "Best Careers of 2011" published by US News, we'll look at the list of the 10 jobs in the Social Service category.

Occupation Median Pay % Projected Growth (2008-18)…

Added by Carolyn Menz on December 21, 2011 at 11:55am — No Comments

"Best Careers of 2011" – A Review of Hiring Demand for Healthcare Jobs

Last week, we looked at the Business and Creative and…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 19, 2011 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Hiring for Google+ Skills Ramps Up

Google+ now tops 86,000 users and with new brand pages, companies are exploring this this social media platform as a viable business strategy. A few months ago, we reported that the first signs of hiring for professionals with Google+ skill sets had begun. Hiring activity since then continues to reflect this. Over the past 90 days, more than 100 jobs that include Google+ in the job description or required skills have been advertised online. Of the 22 companies currently advertising for…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 15, 2011 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

Demand for Recruiters with Social Media Experience Growing

We've reported throughout the year that social media skills are in high demand by employers as it is becoming a more integrated business strategy. Human Resources professionals – especially Recruiters – are more and more commonly required to have skills and experience with social…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 13, 2011 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

"Best Careers of 2011" - A Revisit

As we approach the end of the year, we thought we'd return to the list of the "50 Best Careers of 2011" pubished by US News to see if the actual hiring demand was similar to expectations. Over the next few weeks, we'll revisit each job category and look at hiring demand. Today, we'll review the Business and Finance…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 12, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

Hiring Slows for the Web Giants

Earlier in the year, we reported that hiring at some of the largest websites in the U.S. had been strong. We decided to revisit these companies – and a few  more – to see what hiring demand has been like for these "web giants" over the past 90 days. The companies we looked at were: Amazon,…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 7, 2011 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Hiring Demand for Bloggers Up 15% During Past 90 Days

With hiring for social media skills remaining high in 2011, we wanted to look a requirements specifically for bloggers.  During the past 90 days, about 7,000 new job ads have been posted online that include blogging in the job description or position requirements – up 15% versus the…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 6, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Hiring Demand for Engineers with Robotics Experience Grows 47%

Engineers of all kinds have been highly in-demand this year – and hiring for those with robotics skills are growing to new levels. Over the past 90 days, more than 1,400 job ads were posted for Engineers that included robotics skills or previous experience as a requirement. This represents a 47% year-over-year growth when compared to the same 90-day period in 2010. 605 companies advertised for these jobs, with Boeing, Engineering Services Group, CNH, First Solar, and Raytheon placing the…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 1, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments


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