USA Today, 4/20/11
Some 20 recruiters sized up Scott Mersy as they would a star high school running back. But instead of timing his 40-yard dash or checking his percentage of body fat, they were interested in his stats in cloud computing and online marketing.
Prospective employers from Silicon Valley to New York lined up for the 5-foot-11 225-pound Mersy, who weighed offers from several of them before settling on Service-now.com, a cloud-computing company in San Diego.
“It’s as close as I’ll ever get to feeling like an athlete of any sort,” Mersy, 40, says, laughing. He joined as senior director of customer acquisition and industry marketing in February.
Media channels are increasingly fragmented. Customers are becoming accustomed to a real-time, socially-connected, and mobile world. Marketing to customers who ignore marketing has exposed a significant challenge facing our industry’s future success: People.
Where to find the people with the skills and aptitude necessary to fill the resource gap that exists in the marketplace?
A query of open U.S.-based marketing jobs on Craigslist shows 68 percent require Internet marketing skills.
Network World, 10/14/10
The number of available full-time tech jobs has increased 46% in the past year, and contractors’ hourly rates are rising as companies seek ways to overcome the ongoing IT skills shortage, according to a monthly report from Dice.
Dice, one of the largest tech recruitment sites, said the number of full-time positions advertised by its service rose from 29,101 on Oct. 1, 2009 to 42,502 on Oct. 1, 2010, a 46% increase.
Total tech jobs, including full-time, contract and part-time positions, rose from 51,439 to 70,798 in the 12 months ending Oct. 1. Next month’s numbers are shaping up to be even more robust, with Dice already reporting 74,089 tech jobs on Thursday of this week.