Energy and tech jobs: where job hiring is (finally) happening
Postings for tech jobs were up 30 percent last month compared with a year ago, according to Craigslist. Job hiring already resulted in upbeat employment numbers last week.
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A March survey of chief financial officers by Duke University/CFO Magazine found that hiring will be expanding in the transportation and energy sectors. The energy sector will be particularly active, says Kate O'Sullivan, deputy editor of the magazine.
"Between the alternative- and traditional-fuel companies, and with the price of energy right now, there is a lot of dynamism and space for more activity," she says.
That is what's happening at SolarCity. Based in San Mateo, Calif., the company installs solar panels on homeowners' roofs in 10 states. With oil prices rising and solar energy still having a relatively low market penetration, Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's CEO, smells opportunity.
The company, he says, hired more than 500 people last year and plans to add more than that this year. "We're hiring salespeople, administrators, support staff, installers," says Mr. Rive.
The job market is even hotter in the high-tech world. According to Craigslist, tech job offerings in March were up 30 percent compared with a year ago. New hires are reportedly receiving big signing bonuses, stock options, and perks such as free food.
To attract people, Ms. Hartz says she is less inclined to stuff their pockets with money but instead is offering benefits such as four catered lunches a week and two catered breakfasts.
Hartz is hoping this kind of culture will help entice engineers and sales and marketing people. "We are always looking for new talent," she says.
According to Monster.com, marketing jobs rank fifth in terms of occupations where hiring has picked up. The rise in marketers is partly because, as companies see the economy improving, they start to develop new products or use new ways of communicating with consumers.
MSCO, based in Rye Brook, N.Y., works on marketing and business strategies for other companies. CEO Mark Stevens says he has set a goal of doubling the size of the firm this year. The staff is currently 40 strong.
"We need people who know the social media and the Internet and understand the connectivity between the two types of marketing initiatives," says Mr. Stevens. "We need people with a diverse mix of skills."
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