Techies in Demand at San Francisco Job Fair
Employers are desperately seeking engineers at a job fair in San Francisco Thursday and Friday. Recruiters seemed to outnumber job seekers on the first day of the Tech Career Expo.
Fifty organizations from tiny start-ups to Amazon to the Federal Reserve Bank are at Moscone Center are hoping to fill a variety of technical positions.
Michael Weingand, from Tracy, was laid off in 2010 and wants to move back from consulting into something more stable. He says the job climate for engineers seems to have improved significantly.
"I've been here now for about 45 minutes and everybody seems to be grabbing resumes," he says. "So it look's like there's a lot of openings, a lot of possibilities."
Software engineers versed in the latest technologies can practically write their own ticket. Chris Barretto is director of engineering at a San Francisco start up called SocialChorus.
"It's a developer's market out there," he says. "Developers are in need by any company that has a great idea or already has an established product that they're trying to accelerate on. So unless you are actively recruiting new talent, you won't find a good hire."
Barretto's at the event to hire engineers experienced in one of the most in-demand development tools, Ruby on Rails. After several hours of talking to people Thursday, he said he still had no prospects.