Monday, January 23, 2006

Job Trends on Indeed



Indeed (a job postings aggregator) has some cool tools to compare trends of keywords in job postings. For example, you can look at C#, Java, Ruby or the like. They also have a cool feature where you can compare all the job postings per capita across various markets. San Jose area is tops with 99 jobs per 1000 people, while our beloved DC area comes in 3rd at 92 jobs per 1000. I don't think the map they put on that page is very attractive or useful. It's a Flash thing that seems...primitive in a way. Still, comparing the ratio of available jobs to the number of people in area is a better metric than the raw numbers. It also helps me feel a little better about the slow pace of recruitment I have been able to achieve.

3 comments:

Matt M said...

Wow, they just updated the numbers right after I looked at it...DC now in second, but with fewer jobs, while San Jose has risen dramatically. I wonder if these numbers are skewed by how likely jobs are likely to be posted online in certain areas...

Anonymous said...

I really like the link to Indeed. I will definetly be using them in the future. I found several things that are not listed on other job search engines (are they just plugged into google?). One thing I noticed however, I took a look at the graph and it contains the following statement:

"This job trends graph shows the percentage of jobs we find that contain your search terms."

The problem here is if you type in Ruby you not only get programming jobs but jobs at Ruby Tuesday's. I discovered this while searching for IT jobs...every job description with the chars "it" appeared in the listing.

Matt M said...

Yeah, that is funny. Results are distorted in that way. You can do the search with -tuesday to filter those out. It seems like they need to put some more stopwords in their indexing parameters.