Last week I hosted my first online chat in all long time, maybe 3+ years, on Managing Your Tech And Startup Career. This is something I do every year at MinneBar and tech user groups throughout the year.
This one was a lot of fun for me as it was not only tech professionals in Minneapolis/St Paul but marketing, sales and CxO’s in our area along with a number of tech and data pros from the Bay Area.
The original agenda I proposed was:
What is the local job market like right now?
Is this a good time to look for a new job?
What's a reasonable salary increase year over year?
Should I stay a developer or move into management?
I'm thinking about moving to "FILL IN THE BLANK CITY", should I go?
Why is there so much recruiter spam?
How much personal info should I share with corporate/search firm recruiter?
I’m not a tech person but want to work with a tech company, how do I get in one?
And then attendees asked a number of questions including one I always seem to ramble on waffling back and forth on and paraphrasing… specialist or generalist?
In all it went for about 45 minutes and below is the session uploaded to YouTube.
This was my first time using Zoom and while it went OK it’s clear I need some more practice with which screen is showing.
To those who asked questions… thank you. It’s always way more enjoyable to have interaction particularly when I can’t see you.
Every year at MinneBar I do a presentation called, “Managing Your IT Career - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?). This past spring, 8th year doing this, I had an end of the day speaking time and still had a full room with people sitting on the floor and along the wall. I do wonder how many more people would attend a morning session… part of my group:
The past weeks I have been getting a higher than usual number of inquiries from tech, data and product professionals, along with those interested in the Minnesota and Midwest startup scene, asking questions about salaries, Minneapolis and Midwest tech jobs, what code schools to choose, etc.
So I am going to do an online chat… a webinar to answer the current most asked questions and ask attendees to send theirs.
A frequent question I get locally and nationally is “what’s going on in Minnesota?”.
After all the fall and winter events and conferences and leading into spring it’s time for me to give some clarity… I am putting together a summary of all of the info I have gathered over the past months, add in a bunch of reference points from national IT job and salary surveys and do a webinar.
This is my perspective from attending user groups, working with and recruiting for startups and tech companies, conversations with large companies about their recruiting strategies and speaking at local and national conferences.
Since around the beginning of Q2 ‘15 I have been a part of many conversations with recruiters in town, startup and Fortune 500, about some trends we have been seeing including:
- Generally companies are in another hiring spree
- Companies seem to be loosening up their job requirements
- There seems to be a small inflow of IT pros from the west coast
This week from Dice.com:
Pop quiz: What’s the fastest-growing state for technology jobs?
You might be tempted to say California or New York, or even North Carolina. But according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s actually Minnesota, which saw the size of its tech workforce jump 8.36 percent over the past six months, to 37,600 workers.
The most frequently asked questions I receive are some variations of:
What’s going on with Minnesota IT Jobs?
What’s the going salary/rate for a…
“War for Talent” real or not?
How in demand are my skills?
Why can’t we find who we are looking for?
To give some clarity about “what’s going in Minnesota” around this time of year (after all the spring events and conferences) I put together a summary of all of the info I have gathered over the past months, add in a bunch of reference points from national IT job and salary surveys and put it online.
The 2015 version below is 32 minutes in length with 95 slides…. it moves pretty quick:
What’s going on in MN
Recruiting & Retention
Job and Skills in demand
If you are a startup CEO, in HR or a corporate recruiter, tech manager or CIO, coordinate a tech group or are an IT professional (did I leave anyone out?) and have questions, thoughts or comments, or want a copy of the slide deck send me an email:
Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be giving a few presentations at the University of Minnesota about job search, networking and how work… how we do it, when and where is changing.
Part of the presentation is what employers are looking for now and how that may change over the next few years. And in part how these jobs, the skills needed for them, may change.
In doing the research I’ll be posting some info here on the blog.
There are some obvious trends with “Top Jobs in the U.S.” surveys… I.T. and health care dominate most of the “top jobs” because of demand and salary. Next comes some marketing and sales. That’s a not surprise as companies are hyper focused on growing revenue. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are also highly ranked.
Note that the surveys use different data for their rankings but generally come to the same results.