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Where’s my Big Data Job?

December 2, 2014
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You have developed sharp skills, built a fine professional network. You’ve made your linkedin profile all shiny and sparkly, it screams “Hire ME!”. You are looking relentlessly all over the internet to find it, and during this search, you come across another news bite telling you just how hot the industry is for Big Data talent.

So where’s your Big Data Job?

It could be one or some of the many factors, while some aren’t even visible and are out of your control, others are very much in your own hands. Have you taken care of those that you can control? Keeping big data aside for a tiny moment, jobseekers in just about any career go through the agonizing purgatory that is “The Hunt”. It’s not just for a job, it’s for the right job. There is a whole lot of hair pulling between earliest stages of a search and an offer letter. The same goes for Big Data technologies, no matter how hot it is for talent.

You know technology well, what else?

When turned to the IT recruitment gurus of the industry, we can notice some themes here. Strategic employers want well-rounded people for their big data initiatives. What they are looking for are people who can think beyond the code to generate insights that can help the businesses make good business. Whether you’re working on Hadoop clusters or Pig or Hive or YARN, technical expertise is just half part of the story. Your capability of navigating through the huge amounts of data to find the insights that make execs and stakeholders, who don’t think in code, happy, is what matters.

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One other case that is continuously brought up by top recruiters is that those IT professionals are more appealing who, besides the knowledge of technology that handles the data, also possess the understanding of the customers who are generating the data in the industry, the in and out understanding of this will help them understand and gauge the future changes in either the data type or the sources. The intricate relationship that data has with the many departments within an organization means that the “IT guy” must also possess the skills to tell the story of the data.

That means…

So ideally, if you’re looking for a job in Big Data, besides knowing something about storing, retrieving and interpreting data, knowing how to represent that information in a meaningful way utilizing dashboards and business intelligence tools would give you the greatest material advantage in securing a job in Big Data.

In simpler terms, even in a jobseeker’s labor market, tech knowledge can only take you to a certain point and that is just a stop in your journey but not where you want to go. Develop skills needed, and you can get that job you’ve been looking for.


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