I’m sitting in the passenger seat as we drive from Fargo back to Minneapolis and as I stare out the window I have been thinking about recruiting to our region (really, this is on my mind)… and how do we get more people to move to the area. I think about this a lot.
Then about a conversation I had this week about how everyone is recruiting and few groups are really working on retention.
And that gets me to this… as a region we need to do a better job at getting people to stay. Sure, some folks are going to leave (family reasons, wanting to experience a larger tech hub, experience something new, etc.) but what about the ones who wanted to stay and couldn’t find the right role?
A month ago I had a chat with a Full Stack Developer who interviewed with a number of Minneapolis and St Paul companies (startups, software and Fortune 500) and in each case did not get an offer. They are talented but it seemed that each group was being very specific about the skills they were looking for and willing to wait to find that one right person.
Yet… they received offers from Google and Salesforce.
That gets me to the presentation LinkedIn gave at Tech Cities 2018. They provided a bunch of data on the local tech scene including this…
“Notable employers of grads from MN universities by location”:
Amazon - Seattle
Microsoft - Seattle
Google - San Francisco Bay Area
Apple - San Francisco Bay Area
Intel - Portland
Facebook - San Francisco Bay Area
LinkedIn - San Francisco Bay Area
Salesforce - San Francisco Bay Area
Uber - San Francisco Bay Area