When I’m curious about what particular companies are up to/ the strategic direction they’re heading, I often look on their careers web pages and scroll through the open vacancies. It is hard for companies (especially those in high-tech) to find what they’re looking for in candidates without getting specific about the specific skills they’re after.
I recently found another great resource for getting a wider sense of where the market is going – Indeed.com’s job trends tool. Indeed crawls the web looking for millions of jobs and provides a one-stop-shop for job searchers. In 2005, the site posted over 35 million jobs culled from thousands of websites. They’ve recently opened up their archive of jobs allowing people to search this archive and plot job trends over time.
Today, I did a search for the most popular social media keywords. The results (below) are really interesting. They indicate that companies everywhere are beginning to realize the value of social media and the importance of hiring staff with social media skills:
Post Script Jan 2, 2007: Vox doesn’t yet allow for trackbacks on comments. It also doesn’t allow non Vox users to comment on posts. This morning, I heard from via email from non-Voxer, Sophie, a Marketing Manager at Indeed, who kindly clarified a few of the questions that were raised in the comments for this post. She confirmed that no job remains in the Indeed index for more than 30 days and they do their best to filter all duplicate and spam/scam job listings. So, the information in their trends section should be pretty accurate.
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