Is there a shortage of software engineers in Silicon Valley?

February 7th, 2013

The answer to this is debatable.  Is it that they are hiding or that there aren’t any? Or maybe, is it that they are being overlooked?  Here are some answers…

Jon Marcus, a longtime tech recruiter in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco was interviewed about the “engineering shortage myth” where he states that software engineers are the hardest to find.  He goes on to explain that even though there is always a need for more engineers, there is no shortage, it’s just that the companies have raised their standards or are being more selective with who they hire, turning down people that have the potential to be a great fit.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on tech jobs in the Silicon Valley and their research shows that their is a shortage in the Bay Area.  They report that the number of capable, talented engineers is dropping and not replenishing fast enough.

So far it seems that one could say there aren’t any due to the shortage, but there is also reason to believe software engineers are in fact being overlooked.  So once they are found and hired, why is it hard to keep a software engineer at one place?

Software engineers are a hot commodity says forbes.com.  This article explains that even though the demand of engineers is higher then the supply, software engineers are jumping to different jobs to get salary increases.

It is not a simple answer for the question “Is there a shortage of software engineers in Silicon Valley?”  The best answer might be that yes, there is a shortage, but it’s an artificial shortage.  It only appears to be a shortage because of the selectivity of the employers, but software engineers are out there, they are just in search of the best salary, maybe difference experiences or more of a challenge.

-Maricela Ramirez
Social Media Intern
Ryzen Solutions

Components of a Good Resume

February 6th, 2013

A resume can end up in either two places, the interview pile or the trash.  Here are some tips not only to keep your resume in the interview pile, but to take your resume from good to great…

Grammatical errors can land you in the trash no matter how good your resume looks.  Also if a resume is badly formatted with double spaces in random places and unprofessional fonts, as explained by monster.com, that’s an immediate NO!

Be concise and honest, don’t embellish, it will just end up hurting you in the end.  Use bullet points to highlight your skills, your potential employer doesn’t have the time to read an essay describing your skills in great detail. Managers prefer a candidate that is great at a few things rather then a jack of all trades.

What to include on your resume…

Contact Info: Normally located at the top, this will include your name, address, phone number, email and website (if you have one).

Objective/Summary: Most websites say it is a good idea to include an objective that focuses on the company’s needs, the position you are applying for and how you can help that company.  However, the article Resume Tips for Engineers suggests that a summary should replace the objective and describe “your most marketable qualifications.”

Education: List your most recent school/university first.  Add your graduation date and degree.

Work Experience: Here you should list the name of the company, the dates you were employed, your job title and responsibilities.  Be as specific as you can with the dates-it adds credibility.

It can be helpful to look at sample resumes to get an idea of how to compose your resume, but don’t copy the format! That will land you in the trash pile.

-Maricela Ramirez
Social Media Intern
Ryzen Solutions