Silicon Valley bracing for a hiring spree

July 19, 2011 6:48:12 PM PDT
It seems like all we ever hear are stories about jobs being cut. A new study, though, shows Silicon Valley employers expect to expand their workforces by 15 percent over the next few years.

Highly-skilled engineers are expected to see the greatest job growth.

"It looks like the Silicon Valley and technology are going come out of the recession," said NOVA executive director Kris Stadelman. "The least promising thing is that the jobs that aren't at the very top, companies are really looking to outsource to take to lower cost areas of the country and the world."

But there's some disappointment in a new study conducted by four South Bay workforce training programs. Outsourcing is expected to hit older workers. The most vulnerable worker is an engineer with a 20-year-old degree, who has been unemployed over a year, laid off by a "B" list company that lack the sizzle of Apple, Facebook or Google.

Vivian Tran worked as an accountant for 12 years, only to get laid off in January. Her job was outsourced to China.

"It really hurts," said Tran. "And I hope even if big or small companies give consideration about Americans having jobs here, rather than export the jobs outside the country."

To counter that trend, job counselors say older workers will need to invest in themselves and to know a lot about companies where they want to work.

"You need to do more homework. You need to study it," said Work2Future business services manager BJ Sims. "And if you don't have the skill sets that they have in their job descriptions, how can you get them? Are you willing to make that investment?"

The study also indicated hiring managers expect successful candidates to match every single requirement. It's their only way to get through thousands of resumes.

It's not surprising that the hottest engineering job seekers will have strong knowledge of mobile computing, cloud computing and mobile communications.

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