Thursday, March 06, 2014

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q1 2014


Expertise in these three areas will be much sought-after by IT hiring managers this year:

According to Doug Schade -- #5 on the Boston Rockstar Recruiter list -- employers are especially interested in Web developers who know open source languages such as Java, Ruby and Python.  He adds that Microsoft languages are being de-emphasized. Additional details are available at Hot IT Job Skills in 2014.

Boston Web Tech Job Market


The list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for the first quarter. It appears in the right-hand column and below.  This list is based on keyword searches in job postings at Indeed.com. The most in-demand keywords are listed more frequently than less in-demand keywords.

Indeed.com is a meta-search engine that offers a maximum number of search possibilities.  All searches encompass a 25-mile radius of Boston.  Search parameters can be adjusted to fit your personal needs.

Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston


Here is an abbreviated list of the 25 most in-demand web technologies in Boston. [ or from early December ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

March, 2014
  1. SQL | 4,272 18%
  2. Java | 3,427 14%
  3. JavaScript | 2,550 20% 
  4. agile *** | 2,479 13%  
  5. Oracle | 2,242 07%
  6. Python | 1,570 13%
  7. "Web Services" | 1,441 19%
  8. SQL Server | 1,429 20%
  9. C# | 1,409 13%
  10. Social Media | 1,390 12%
  11. XML | 1,286 07%
  12. HTML + CSS | 1,276 21%
  13. SaaS | 1,151 26%
  14. jQuery | 1,111 16%
  15. UI | 1,070 05%
  16. MySQL | 917 00%
  17. Perl | 899 01%
  18. scrum *** | 848 15%
  19. Ruby | 824 02%
  20. PHP | 751 07%
  21. Ajax | 762 18%
  22. HTML5 | 744 29%
  23. SharePoint | 670 09%
  24. MVC | 640 32%
  25. UX | 639 34%
*** Note: While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  These keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile" and "scrum" is often required or preferred.

Recommended Strategy


Select five technical skills in the Top 25 and focus on becoming proficient, if not expert, in these technologies.  What are your Top Five technology skills?  What projects can you link to that demonstrate expertise in these technologies?

Guard against being distracted by "shiny new object skills" that are not listed in the Top 25.  Without having solid core skills in high-demand technolgies, you may not experience an optimum return-on-investment in terms of time and energy invested in becoming proficient at lower-demand technical skills.

Boston's Top 100 Web Technologies


An expanded version of this list -- Boston's Top 100 Web Technologies -- is being counted down for the next three months @webapprentices.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Boston's Rockstar Recruiters | Q1 2014


 

Seven remains the gold standard.
You need seven to make The List -- The Boston Rockstar Recruiter list.

Boston's Top 100 Technology Recruiters


In the fall of 2012 Beantown Web asked the question, "Who are Boston's Rockstar Recruiters?"
  Welcome to the sixth installment of The List.


To begin the quest, Beantown Web identified more than 400 technology recruiters via LinkedIn.  Most are located in the Boston area.  Some are located in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and conduct a significant amount of business in the Boston area.

Beantown Web then turned to LinkedIn to identify customer satisfaction scores.  In particular, how many people were willing to provide a public recommendation for that recruiter?

Football teams have Super Bowl trophies.  Mark Spitz has Olympic Gold Medals.  The rest of us mere mortals have to make due with recommendations.

The standard to measure Rockstar Recruiters keeps climbing.  In order for a recruiter to make the inaugural Boston Rockstar Recruiter List a mere three LinkedIn recommendations was enough to merit Rockstar status.  Then, the bar was raised to five.  Then, six -- for two quarters in a row.  Now the bar stands at seven, for the second quarter in row.

Only one out of four technology recruiters in the Boston metro area have earned Boston Rockstar Recruiter status with at least seven LinkedIn recommendations received.

Boston's Top 10


Boston's Top 10 Rockstar Recruiters play to packed houses and receive standing ovations.  The best in the biz have received at least 36 recommendations from adoring fans.


Here are the Top 10 Boston Rockstar Recruiters for the first quarter of 2014 [number of LinkedIn recommendations received + given]:
  1. Scott Dunlop [97 + 6] -- The Bivium Group
  2. Chris Fountas [70 + 7] -- AVID Technical Resources
  3. Jamie LeBlanc [62 + 2] -- The Bivium Group
  4. John VanderSande [62 +2] -- WinterWyman
  5. Doug Schade [56 + 10] -- Winter Wyman 
  6. Robin Napier [50 + 2] -- CyberCoders
  7. Brendan Andersen [41 + 18] -- CyberCoders
  8. Chris Mitchell [40 + 4] --  Winter Wyman
  9. Leanne Owens [39 + 8] -- Onward Search
  10. David Honig [36 + 0] -- MarketSearch

Boston's Top 10 in Assists


Some players are valuable because they score a lot of points.  Others pass the ball effectively.  This second list ranks "assists."  It answers the following question:

"Of the recruiters listed in the Top 100, who are the most generous in offering recommendations to others?"
The Top 10 most generous Boston Rockstar Recruiters for the first quarter [number of LinkedIn recommendations given + received]:
  1. David Perlman [56 + 20] -- Grenadier Search Group
  2. Marsh Sutherland [30 + 11] -- Walden Recruiting
  3. Carol Taylor [29 + 20] -- Private Clients
  4. Andrea Williams [25 + 28] -- Career Minded Recruiting LLC
  5. Brendan Andersen [18 + 41] -- CyberCoders
  6. Roy Evans [18 + 33] -- CyberCoders
  7. Kelley White [18 + 18] -- Advantage Technical Resourcing
  8. Jessica Midence [16 + 20] -- Hollister, Inc.
  9. Nagesh Kumar Gona [15 + 27] -- XpertTech, Inc.
  10. Sean Dowling [15 + 21] -- Winter Wyman
Congrats to Brendan Andersen for posting Top 10 scores on both the receiving and giving lists.

Boston's Team Scores


Finally, the team scores. The following teams placed the most recruiters (at least three) in the Top 100 [number of recruiters in the Top 100]:
The Boston Rockstar Recruiter Countdown begins @webapprentices and will continue throughout the first quarter listing all 100 Boston Rockstar Recruiters.  Simply follow @webapprentices and connect with your favorite Boston Rockstar Recruiter each day.  Each Boston Rockstar Recruiter will also be recognized on Beantown Web's Facebook page.

If you are aware of a Boston-based Technology Recruiter who has garnered at least seven LinkedIn recommendations, go to Beantown Web's Facebook page and share your Rockstar Recruiter selection with our readers.  Rock on!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Best Business Books | 2013

"Life is too short to drink cheap scotch." ~ The Agency Post
The same can been said about reading business books.  No need to wait three years.  The list has been distilled.  Here are the twelve business books that represent the finest that 2013 had to offer.

For the sixth year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year. This year's search began by identifying 12 "Best of" lists as follows:
A total of 118 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list.  Ninety of these books were mentioned only once.  An additional 16 books were mentioned on two lists and these 16 books comprise The Honorable Mention list.

The Fifth Shelf


Three books were mentioned on three lists and have been placed on The Fifth Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158501-compelling-peoplehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17288649-creative-confidencehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333463-looptail


The Fourth Shelf


One book was mentioned on four lists and was placed on The Fourth Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15824360-the-end-of-competitive-advantage


The Third Shelf


Three books were mentioned on five lists and were placed on The Third Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15815598-big-datahttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158498-give-and-takehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13593553-to-sell-is-human


The Second Shelf


Two books were mentioned on six lists and were placed on The Second Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15801967-contagioushttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13586928-playing-to-win


The Top Shelf


Three books were mentioned on seven lists and were placed on The Top Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15798078-decisivehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16071764-lean-inhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17660462-the-everything-store


Personal Recommendations


I only read one book from this list of 12 and none from the 16 books on the Honorable Mention list.  I also read one book from the 90 that were mentioned once.  Here are my personal reviews for both books on Goodreads.com:
You can access reviews of all 59 Leadership and Strategy books I have read at Pinterest.

Suggested Success Strategy


Regardless of your professional discipline, web-related or otherwise, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy continues to improve at a less-than-optimal pace. You can help enhance your economic prospects by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the twelve listed above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2014.  Of course, you can also grab a bottle of the finest scotch, select all twelve books, read one per month and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

Check out previous lists:
[ NOTE: The 16 Honorable Mention books, as well as, the 12 Best Business Books of 2013 will be counted down on Twitter.  Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web. ]

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q4 2013

Boston Skyline
Demand remains strong for workers in the Boston area with technology skills.


For example, Dice listed Boston's 10 Most In-Demand Software Skills.  In this analysis Ben Hicks from WinterWyman reviewed the skills sought in jobs that have come through his technology search firm since the beginning of the year.

The Ben Hicks Top 10
  1. Java (including all related open source frameworks)
  2. Web UI (JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery, Backbone, Angular, etc.)
  3. C#
  4. Ruby
  5. Python
  6. Mobile (both iOS and Android)
  7. Full Stack Web App Development (JavaScript, node, etc.)
  8. PHP
  9. C++
  10. Scala
The article concluded ...
"Newer skills such as Ruby, Python, Scala, JavaScript and .node would be good bets if he were to predict skills with growing demand."

Boston Web Tech Job Market


The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for the fourth quarter. It appears in the right-hand column and below.  This list is broader than the WinterWyman analysis and is based on keyword searches in job postings at Indeed.com. The most in-demand keywords are listed more frequently than less in-demand keywords.

Indeed.com is a meta-search engine that offers a maximum number of search possibilities.  All searches encompass a 25-mile radius of Boston.  Search parameters can be adjusted to fit your personal needs.

Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston


Here is an abbreviated list of the 20 most in-demand web technologies in Boston. [ or from early September ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

December, 2013
  1. SQL | 3,623 02%
  2. Java | 3,009 02%
  3. agile *** | 2,197 01%  
  4. JavaScript | 2,132 08%
  5. Oracle | 2,098 03%
  6. Python | 1,384 06%
  7. C# | 1,251 03%
  8. Social Media | 1,240 02%
  9. "Web Services" | 1,216 01%
  10. XML | 1,201 00%
  11. SQL Server | 1,194 02%
  12. HTML + CSS | 1,055 02%
  13. UI | 1,019 06%
  14. jQuery | 961 03%
  15. MySQL | 918 19%
  16. SaaS | 915 06%
  17. Perl | 893 04%
  18. Ruby | 811 14%
  19. scrum *** | 740 02%
  20. PHP | 711 09%
*** Note: While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  These keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile" and "scrum" is often required or preferred.

An expanded version of this list -- Boston's Top 100 Web Technologies -- is being counted down for the next three months @webapprentices.

[ NOTE: Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web. ]

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