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Sowing the Seeds of Diversity in Engineering

Posted on December 11, 2017

Scientific American
December 8, 2017
by Jennifer Sinclair Curtis

Increasing the number of women in engineering is a problem without clear boundary conditions. Although we know that no single solution can help address the challenges women face in navigating their studies and careers, the understanding we’ve gained in recent years can point the way to seeing real change.

Right now, the bar is low. Despite ongoing efforts across academia, government and industry to increase participation, only 14 percent of all engineers and 25 percent of all IT professionals in the United States today are women. This gender imbalance continues, or often worsens, when women complete their education and enter the workforce. A 2011 survey of 5,500 women with engineering degrees in the United States found that 40 percent did not pursue an engineering career after graduation.


NDT returns to MIT School of Engineering and Computer Science in January

Posted on December 5, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) returns to MIT School of Engineering and Computer Science in January for our 10th annual interactive discussion with students.

NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their careers!

Date: January 24, 2018
Event time: 5pm - 7pm
Building/Room: 56-154 / Access Via 21 Ames Street

All are welcome - MIT students and anyone else who may benefit from this discussion.
No advance sign-up required

If the Fall recruiting season hasn't resulted in the perfect job offer, NDT can help you!
Our presentation will share with you what transpires in the hiring process that is beneath the radar screen, and help you figure out how to avoid pitfalls, present yourself well, get through interviews, and land a great job.

Join recruiting industry veterans in an interactive discussion led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President, and Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager of NDT.

NDT (www.ndt.com) is a boutique Boston-area recruiting company that has partnered successfully for over 35 plus years to place many MIT students and alumni.

Our VP Recruiting, Larry Kahn, quoted in the Boston Globe Business Section

Posted on November 30, 2017

Michael Dell says EMC merger working out better than expected
By Jon Chesto and Andy Rosen - Globe Staff - November 28, 2017

EMC and Dell first combined forces with a sales alliance that began in 2001. Then in 2008, Dell said he called Tucci and suggested a full merger. Secret talks ensued, but bankers walked away from the deal the following year because of the financial crisis.

Dell subsequently took his namesake company private in 2013, to help shield it from Wall Street’s quarterly demands. Less than a year later, he approached Tucci again to restart merger talks. This time, the timing turned out to be right.

The company hasn’t disclosed how many jobs have been cut following the merger.

As was the case with EMC before combining with Dell, industry observers say there continue to be layoffs with the new company, while some workers are leaving for other opportunities.

“Perhaps a few years ago, I might have presented an opportunity where someone at EMC might have said, ‘No, I’m very happy,’ ” said Larry Kahn, vice president at the recruiting firm New Dimensions in Technology Inc. “Now with some of the uncertainty. . .they might be more interested in the opportunities I might have.”


US employers added 211,000 jobs, unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent

Posted on May 5, 2017

MAY 05, 2017
By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring rebounded in April as U.S. employers added 211,000 jobs, a sign the economy’s sluggish growth in the first three months of the year may prove temporary.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.4 percent from 4.5 percent, reaching its lowest level in a decade.

The figures suggest that businesses expect consumer demand to rebound after a lackluster showing in the first quarter, when Americans boosted their spending at the slowest pace in seven years.


US Adds Just 98K Jobs; Unemployment Falls to a Low 4.5 Pct.

Posted on April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 98,000 jobs last month, the fewest in a year, though the unemployment rate fell to a nearly 10-year low of 4.5 percent.
The rate fell because nearly a half-million more Americans reported finding jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.
Economists had expected a falloff in hiring in March after job gains in January and February had averaged a robust 218,000. Still, the drop was worse than expected.
It its report Friday, the government also revised down the job growth for January and February by a combined 38,000. The sizable gains in those months had been fueled partly by strong hiring in construction, which occurred because of unseasonably warm winter weather.
In March, construction companies added just 6,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months. Retailers, suffering from the shift to online shopping, slashed 30,000 jobs. Education and health care services added the fewest jobs for that category in 15 months.
In the past three months, employers have added an average of 178,000 jobs, roughly the same as last year's pace.
"Job growth this year is running close to last year's pace and is running well ahead of what is needed to keep up with labor force growth," said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services.
The report showed that large numbers of teenagers, women and Latinos found jobs last month. The unemployment rate for teens dropped to 13.7 percent from 15 percent.
The number of part-time workers who would prefer full-time jobs declined. As a result, an alternative gauge of unemployment, which includes those part-timers as well as people who have given up their job hunts, dropped to 8.9 percent. That is the lowest such rate in over nine years.
The economy appears to have slowed in the first three months of the year, though most economists expect a rebound in the current April-June quarter.
Consumer and business sentiment has soared since the November presidential election, but the increased optimism hasn't yet accelerated growth. Consumers actually slowed their spending in January and February, when adjusted for inflation. Any such pullback tends to exert a drag because consumers account for about 70 percent of the economy.
Businesses have been ordering more high-cost manufactured good since fall, a reflection of stepped-up investment. But those orders slipped in February and remain below levels of a year ago.
Still, some areas of the economy are humming: Developers are building more homes, with construction starts up 7.5 percent in January and February compared with a year earlier. And home sales reached their highest level in a decade in January before slipping a bit in February.
What's more, for the first time in years, overseas growth stands to boost the U.S. economy. Germany's factories enjoyed a surge in orders in February. The rest of Europe, as well as Japan, is reporting faster growth, and China is stabilizing after fears about its outsize debts roiled markets last year.
Many economists expect hiring to fall back eventually to last year's pace or even lower as the unemployment rate declines and companies struggle to fill jobs. Yet hiring could remain strong if more Americans come off the sidelines and start looking for work again. The proportion of Americans who are either working or looking for work remains far below pre-recession levels.

Larry Kahn, VP/Recruiting for NDT to speak at NECINA

Posted on January 19, 2017

Larry Kahn, Vice President of Recruiting for New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) is an invited speaker at the 2017 New England Chinese Information and Networking Association (NECINA) Conference in Quincy, MA on Saturday - January 28, 2017.

Larry will be speaking to conference attendees on the topic of “Your Personal Brand & Getting Hired in Tech Today."

NDT has been providing Technical and Tech/Business Recruiting Since 1979 and specializes in finding exceptional Engineering, Product Marketing, Product Management and Service Delivery Professionals.

NDT's Tech-Recruiting Experts setting up at MIT, speaking on how to find "the best opportunity" in a robust job market

Posted on January 19, 2017


The discussions was led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT, a Boston-area recruiting firm that has worked successfully to place many MIT students and alums over the past 37+ years; Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager at NDT, who offers 16+ years of coaching "early career" tech professionals. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers! Alan Wagner, MIT 2014 alum and former NDT candidate will joined NDT’s interactive discussion this year!

Sponsor(s): MIT-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) invited back to MIT for our 11th year!

Posted on January 4, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) invited back to MIT for our 11th year!

NDT's Tech-Recruiting Experts will share Valuable Employment Nuggets of information from Tech companies that interviewees seldom hear and how to find "the best opportunity" in a robust job market with multiple opportunities to consider!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00PM to 7:30PM
34-401A MIT, Cambridge, MA

Enrollment: Unlimited - No advance sign-up - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Discussions to be led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT, a Boston-area recruiting firm that has worked successfully to place many MIT students and alums over the past 37+ years; Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager at NDT, who offers 16+ years of coaching "early career" tech professionals. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers! Alan Wagner, MIT 2014 alum and former NDT candidate will join NDT’s interactive discussion this year!

Sponsor(s): MIT-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

U.S. job growth is solid in September

Posted on December 1, 2016

Patrick Gillespie
October 7, 2016

The economy added 156,000 jobs last month, a tad lower than the revised job gains for August, the Labor Department said Friday. It was the next-to-last checkup on the job market before Election Day.

The unemployment rate ticked up to 5% from 4.9%. Sometimes that's a sign that people are coming back into the job market, and that was the case in September.

"It turns out that Goldilocks is real: The labor market is not too hot and not too cold," says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a nonprofit, and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

August's job gains were revised up to 167,000 jobs from 151,000. July's gains were revised down but were still very strong at 252,000 jobs.

Paychecks are improving faster for Americans, too. Wages grew 2.6% in September compared with a year ago. That's not stellar, but it's better than the growth of 2% or less seen for years during the recovery.


U.S. Adds 161,000 Jobs in October; Jobless Rate Ticks Down to 4.9%

Posted on November 16, 2016

The Wall Street Journal
Ben Leubsdorf
November 4, 2016

A tightening job market is delivering the strongest wage growth for U.S. workers since the recession, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates next month.

Employers added 161,000 nonfarm jobs in October, with upward revisions to the two prior months bolstering the recent trend of job gains, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.9% owing to a dip in the number of people participating in the workforce.

The highlight of Friday’s report, however, was a 2.8% year-over-year jump in average hourly earnings for private-sector workers, the largest annual rise since June 2009.


156,000 jobs added in US, unemployment rate little changed

Posted on October 13, 2016

Boston Globe Business & Tech
By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer
October 07, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, a decent gain that reflects a healthy economy but also a sign that hiring has slowed from its robust pace last year.

The unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent, but mostly for a positive reason: More Americans came off the sidelines and looked for work, though not all of them found jobs.

Job growth has averaged 178,000 a month so far this year, down from last year’s pace of 229,000. Still, hiring at that level is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. Economists have expected the pace to slow as the supply of unemployed workers declines.

The hiring figures could keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise the short-term interest rate it controls by December. After seven years of pinning that rate at a record low near zero to try to spur more borrowing and spending, the Fed raised its rate in December. It has not acted since.

But the Fed signaled after its policy meeting last month that it would likely act in the coming months. The Fed will meet in November, just before the election, but analysts expect it to hold off until the campaign ends.

Recent data suggest that the economy is picking up after a weak start to the year, though growth is unlikely to accelerate very much.

Consumer spending was flat in August, the weakest showing in five months. And factories have struggled as businesses have put off investing in new machinery, computers and other equipment.

Still, a recent private survey found that manufacturing expanded in September after shrinking in August. Orders for factory goods jumped, suggesting that output may rise further.

Consumers also appear increasingly confident about the economy, which could stimulate a rebound in spending. Consumer confidence reached a nine-year high last month.

Retailers are expecting robust spending for the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation projects that holiday spending will rise 3.6 percent this year from last year. That’s better than last year’s gain and slightly above the 3.4 percent average since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009.

The economy expanded at just a tepid 1.1 percent annual pace in the first six months of the year. Still, economists have forecast that growth accelerated to a 2.5 percent to 3 percent annualized pace in the July-September quarter.

The slower growth hasn’t led employers to cut back on staffing. Applications for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, fell on average last month to a 43-year low.


Mass. unemployment rate at lowest point since 9/11

Posted on September 15, 2016

Mass. unemployment rate at lowest point since 9/11

By Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff September 15, 2016

The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in August, its lowest point in 15 years, the state announced on Thursday.

The last time unemployment hit 3.9 percent was in August of 2001, before the entire collapse of the dot-com bubble and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Employers added 5,900 jobs, primarily in leisure and hospitality, education and healthcare and in other service sectors, bringing the unemployment rate down from 4.1 percent in July, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The tighter labor market helped more Massachusetts residents find work as the labor force increased to 3,610,500, the state agency said.

The state’s unemployment rate, which is what most economists consider close to full employment, is a whole percentage point below the national average of 4.9 percent.


Hiring slows in August as employers add 151,000 jobs

Posted on September 2, 2016

Boston Globe
Business & Tech

Americans are particularly optimistic about the job market, the Conference Board’s survey found, with the percentage of Americans saying jobs are ‘‘plentiful’’ reaching the highest level in nine years.


US employers added 255,000 jobs in July

Posted on August 5, 2016

By The Associated Press August 05, 2016

WASHINGTON — Employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs last month, a sign of confidence amid sluggish growth that points to a resilient U.S. economy.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent in July. More Americans launched job searches, and nearly all were hired. But the influx of job seekers meant that the number of unemployed fell only slightly.

The figures suggest that U.S. employers shook off concerns about Britain’s late-June vote to quit the European Union. Nor were they apparently discouraged by tepid growth in the first half of the year of just 1 percent at an annual rate.

Average hourly pay picked up and is 2.6 percent higher than it was a year ago, matching the fastest pace since the recession.

July’s robust job gain may be enough to reassure investors — and perhaps Federal Reserve policymakers — that the economy will keep growing at a slow but steady pace. The economy slumped in the first half of this year, with an annualized growth rate of just 1 percent. Growth has been driven by consumers, who ramped up spending in the April-June quarter at the second-fastest pace since the recession.

That figure underscored the importance of strong hiring, which puts more paychecks into more pockets and supports greater spending. Many analysts expect the economy to rebound in the second half of the year, with one of the most optimistic estimates coming from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta: It predicts that annualized growth will reach 3.7 percent in the current July-September quarter.


Our VP Recruiting, Larry Kahn, quoted in the Boston Globe Business Section

Posted on June 15, 2016

Our VP Recruiting, Larry Kahn, is excited to be quoted in the Boston Globe Business Section on GE's hunt for talent in the Boston tech market!

General Electric focuses on tech in its talent hunt
by Curt Woodward GLOBE STAFF JUNE 12, 2016

The company also is trying to spiff up its image, especially among younger techies. GE has run a series of lighthearted commercials revolving around a tousle-haired guy with hip glasses who explains to befuddled friends and relatives that he’s taking a cool software job at GE.

That kind of marketing will be needed to compete with the titans of tech and fast-growing startups, said Larry S. Kahn, a vice president at the Swampscott recruiting firm New Dimensions in Technology.

“The perception is still that it’s a much older organization . . . and that they’re building products that are not as sexy as some of the software companies,” Kahn said. “If they’re able to rebrand that image, they’ll at least get candidates to talk with them. But the hardest part is closing those candidates.”


Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work

Posted on April 11, 2016

April 10, 2016
The Wall Street Journal
By Georgia Wells
Write to Georgia Wells at Georgia.Wells@wsj.com


PALO ALTO, Calif.—As tech firms compete in an escalating battle for talent, some are targeting what they consider an undervalued source: women returning to the workforce.

Companies including International Business Machines Corp. , Google parent Alphabet Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc., as well as smaller startups, are using internships and other programs to help women get back to work and up to speed on the latest technology they need to be competitive in the workplace.

“The war for talent is so extreme that we’re seeing CEOs sitting around, saying, ‘Who have we not gone after? Maybe we need to find women who are at home with kids?’ ” says Valerie Frederickson, CEO of human-resource executive search firm Frederickson Pribula Li, who works with companies such as Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

Interning helped Lisa Stephens, a former IBM engineer, land a job after taking time off to raise her two sons for 20 years. To prepare for re-entering the workforce, she enrolled in an IT management Master’s program, and one of her sons taught her new coding languages.

“The whole idea of software had changed very much since I learned it in the ’80s,” Ms. Stephens says.

When she applied for jobs at tech companies, however, none called her back. So Ms. Stephens completed a paid internship for women returning to the workforce at email-marketing firm Return Path Inc. near Denver. After 14 weeks of coding exercises, she was hired full time as a software engineer at Return Path.

The tech industry has a shortage of qualified job candidates. The unemployment rate in Silicon Valley is less than 4%, lower than the California and national rates, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

“Every company today is dealing with how to bring in good talent,” says John Donahoe, chairman of the board of PayPal and former chief executive of eBay Inc. Hiring women returning to the workforce “is a source of competitive advantage.”

Companies seeking out women who have been out of the workplace for an extended time say they are easier to hire because there is less competition for them.

Amy Pressman, co-founder of customer-relationship management startup Medallia Inc., found it difficult to compete for job candidates during her company’s early days five years ago. She reached out to women after learning that one of her classmates from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business had a hard time finding work after taking a six-year hiatus to raise children.

“We made a conscious decision to focus on hiring people others were ignoring,” Ms. Pressman says.

Many women face hurdles in returning to work after stepping away for an extended period to raise children, among other things.

Nearly 90% attempt to resume their careers, but only 40% land full-time jobs, according to the Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit research organization focused on minority groups in the workplace. About 25% of women who attempt to resume their careers take part-time jobs, and roughly 10% become self-employed, the Center said.

The programs that companies such as Google have piloted to help women engineers return to work is in response to the skills gap the women may face. Due to the fast-changing nature of the tech industry, the gap can be greater than in other sectors.

“You can’t just take a 10-year pause, come back and be fully effective,” says Diane Flynn, chief marketing officer for startup accelerator GSVlabs, a portfolio company of investment firm Global Silicon Valley.

Last year, she started the firm’s Reboot Career Accelerator for Women, an eight-week program that teaches skills such as design thinking, shared calendars and personal branding. IBM provided initial funding, and Google and Facebook have invited Reboot’s students to visit their corporate campuses. Employees from Apple Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. have assisted with lessons.

Tech lags behind other industries in welcoming women back. In financial services, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley formed midcareer re-entry programs years ago. Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. contacts former female employees to see whether they are interested in returning.

By targeting this population, tech companies also are trying to fix a weakness in the industry: the under-representation of women. Tech companies have among the lowest participation of women of any sector, according to data from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey.

IBM’s initiative to hire women returning to work began in 2012 as it developed new businesses including artificial intelligence, cloud-computing, security and data analytics. The company was facing a shortage of candidates amid competition from a newer generation of tech companies.

“We realized we had an enormous opportunity to tap the supply of female talent,” says IBM human resources Vice President Lindsay-Rae McIntyre.

IBM created an alumni network to connect on social media with former employees who had stopped working. Dozens of women from the network have now rejoined IBM.

That network helped Mary Kolbenschlag, a computer program manager, return to work a year after she left IBM in 2014 to care for her husband who was severely injured in a bicycle accident.

In the summer of 2015, one of Ms. Kolbenschlag’s former IBM mentors called to offer her a role with a division developing its artificial intelligence and analytic programs that matched her prior work experience. She didn’t know his outreach was part of the initiative to win back women who had left IBM. “If my mentor hadn’t called me, I don’t think I would have returned to IBM,” Ms. Kolbenschlag says.

In September, IBM joined with Ms. Flynn’s Reboot Career Accelerator to help fund the curriculum. IBM also plans to customize its cloud platform to be used to connect freelancers in the Reboot program with potential tech clients—an option for women who need experience before accepting a full-time position.

Around the same time, the Society of Women Engineers and career-reentry firm iRelaunch asked IBM to create a 12-week paid internship for women returnees. Six interns are due to start this month; IBM is prepared to offer jobs to the interns, Ms. McIntyre says.

Tech job market is hot, but older workers struggle

Posted on March 7, 2016

March 06, 2016
Katie Johnston
Globe Staff

The tech recruiter thought she knew what the Cambridge startup wanted: young software engineers willing to take the risk of working for a company that could just as soon go belly-up as succeed. So that’s who she sent them.

But when an executive at the startup showed her the LinkedIn profile of a recent hire, she was “dumbfounded” by what she saw: a 60-something man.

That’s because many software companies won’t consider veteran candidates, assuming older workers are not up on the latest skills, said Beverly Kahn, president of recruiter New Dimensions in Technology in Swampscott. If she recommended workers in their 50s or 60s, she said, “They would laugh at me, and say ‘Why are you wasting my time?’”

Tech workers are in high demand in Massachusetts and around the country as companies grow rapidly and scramble to fill positions. But older workers say this hot job market is passing them by. Their phones are not ringing off the hook with calls from recruiters, no six-figure salary offer are being made. Some have been unemployed for months, or longer.

Maintaining a career in the rapidly changing tech field can be challenging, industry observers say. A sought-after skill one year can be obsolete the next, requiring workers to stay on top new technologies even if they don’t use them in their jobs.

Veteran workers say they are frequently told in interviews they are not a “good fit” for a company’s culture, which they hear as code for “too old.” One contract software engineer in Boston said that after he took the first 25 years of experience off his resume, he started getting more interest.

Complete Article: http://bit.ly/1OXBo0D

MA Jobless Rate Still Lower Than National Average

Posted on February 22, 2016

Jan 21, 2016
David Harris
Associate editor, Digital
Boston Business Journal

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which indicate Massachusetts continues to gain jobs, with 7,100 added in December.

Over the month job gains occurred in the Education and Health Services; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Information; Other Services; Construction; Manufacturing; and Financial Activities sectors.

Over the year Massachusetts has added 73,800 jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised preliminary job estimates for November that originally indicated Massachusetts gained 5,900 jobs. BLS revised estimates for November show the state added 4,900 jobs.

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) returned to MIT for our 9th year!

Posted on January 21, 2016

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) returned to MIT for our 9th year on Wednesday – January 20th!

NDT’s Tech-Recruiting Experts, Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT (on the left) and Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager (on the right), provided Interviewing techniques and valuable insight to those attending into how to select the best Job opportunities to navigate a successful career path. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers!

Sponsor(s): MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments


Mass. unemployment steady in Oct. as state adds 11,000 jobs

Posted on November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015
By Jack Newsham - Globe Correspondent

Mass. unemployment steady in Oct. as state adds 11,000 jobs

The Massachusetts unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.6 percent last month, while employers added 11,000 jobs, according to the state labor department.

The state unemployment rate is lower than the national unemployment rate of 5 percent. Job numbers for the year also received a boost because the Executive Office of Workforce and Labor Development revised its September estimate to reflect 2,200 jobs lost, significantly fewer than the original estimate of 7,100.

“Massachusetts continues to add jobs, and the labor market is strong,” Ronald Walker II, the state labor secretary, said in a statement. “We frequently hear from employers that they have jobs to fill, which is a good position for the state to be in.”

Hiring was especially strong in the education and health services fields, which added 5,200 jobs last month, according to state figures. Professional, scientific, and business services added 3,000 jobs in October, and most other employers also added workers. The trade, transportation, and utilities workforce, which includes retail employees, cut 500 jobs.

The unemployment rate is based on a survey of households, while the number of jobs added is based on a survey of businesses.


US adds 173,000 jobs in August

Posted on September 4, 2015

Boston Globe - Business
Christopher S. Rugaber Associated Press
September 04, 2015

US adds 173,000 jobs in August

The US unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent from 5.3 percent, the lowest since April 2008.


MA Unemployment Rate remained steady at 4.7 percent in July

Posted on August 20, 2015

The Boston Globe Business Section
August 20, 2015
by Jack Newsham, Globe Correspondent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate remained steady at 4.7 percent in July as the state added 7,200 jobs, according to the state labor department.


US adds 280,000 jobs in May

Posted on June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015 Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — US employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump.

Last month’s strong job growth suggests that employers remained confident enough to keep hiring even after the economy shrank during the first three months of the year. The government also revised up its estimate of job growth in March and April by a combined net 32,000.

Construction and health care companies the drove the May job growth.

To read the full article by Josh Boak Associated Press: http://bit.ly/1ARJhVg

Software Engineer Ranked Boston’s Most ‘In Demand’ Job

Posted on April 13, 2015

April 8, 2015

BOSTON (CBS) – For Boston residents on the hunt for a job, now isn’t a bad time to be a software engineer, one ranking finds.

Glassdoor, a job and career website, recently ranked the 10 most in demand positions, based on how many openings exist. The website also calculated the median base salary for each role.

Software engineer topped the “in demand” list, with 1,268 openings in Boston, followed by retail sales associate, with 1,014 jobs open in the city.

The mean salary for software engineer jobs is $97,000, according to Glassdoor, while the median pay for a retail sales associate is $24,000.

The third most in demand job is registered nurse, followed by store manager, customer service representative, product manager, business analyst, systems engineer, financial analyst and accountant.

According to Glassdoor, product manager in the highest paying job on the list with a median salary of $103,223.


In tech hiring, there’s ‘demand for everything’

Posted on February 4, 2015

February 01, 2015
Boston Sunday Globe Business – G4

In tech hiring, there’s ‘demand for everything’
By Sarah Shemkus
Globe Correspondent

The past two years have been busy ones for Sean McLoughlin, head of the technology practice at Cambridge recruitment firm HireMinds. The economy is on the upswing, the tech sector is thriving, and clients are clamoring to find talent for their companies.

“We’ve definitely seen the market heat up,” McLoughlin said. “There’s demand for everything.”

Employment in the information sector has surged 8.5 percent in Massachusetts over the past year, far outpacing overall job growth of 1.8 percent, according to state data. But where in that sprawling field is hiring the hottest? What skills and talents are managers looking for?

Programming, as always, remains a skill in high demand, recruiters said. Fluency in Java, Ruby on Rails, and mobile app programming languages is highly desirable. In addition, demand is growing for people who can write code for the so-called Internet of Things, the growing number of networked home and personal devices sending and receiving data.

“Anyone who has the latest-and-greatest experience is going to be in high demand,” McLoughlin said.

As the software space becomes more crowded, businesses increasingly hope to differentiate themselves with clean, easy-to-use websites and apps, McLoughlin said. And that means the demand for designers is growing even faster than interest in engineering skills, he said.

About 35 percent of the jobs McLoughlin is called on to fill today are design-oriented, up from less than 10 percent three years ago, he said. For example, he is asked to find workers with psychology or design backgrounds to hire as user researchers, who investigate the ways people interact with particular applications. In other cases, he places user interface designers, candidates with art backgrounds who create the look and feel of software.

Technology hiring is strong across the board, but two of Massachusetts’ most robust industries — health care and cybersecurity — are doing a lot of it as companies in these fields receive infusions of venture capital, said Beverly Kahn, founder and president of New Dimensions in Technology, a Marblehead recruiting company.

Massachusetts health care and life sciences companies have received more than $8 billion in venture funding since 2009, according to investment analyst firm CB Insights. Boston-area cybersecurity companies raised more than $100 million last year alone.

As the Big Data revolution continues and businesses amass unprecedented amounts of information about products and customers, they need employees who can manage, manipulate, and squeeze insights from the numbers, Kahn said.

“It’s anything to do with data: cleaning the data, securing the data, personalizing the data,” she said.

While technical skills are valued, more employers are looking for candidates who can blend business savvy with knowledge of coding and circuits, said Dave MacKeen, chief executive of the Wakefield staffing firm Eliassen Group.

Increasingly, he said, marketing and information technology roles are merging and overlapping. Jobs in the sphere of DevOps — positions that bridge software development and business operations functions — are also very hot, he said.

“They are combining a high IQ in software development with experience on [the] business end,” he said.

The explosion of the tech labor market is good news for younger and less experienced candidates. Eliassen has worked with some companies willing to take on interns they can train to take on the full-time positions. At HireMinds, the most common requests are for employees early in their careers, those with between two and seven years of experience, McLoughlin said.

“They’re people who have a little bit of experience, who know best practices, who have professional experience, but they are still up-and-comers,” he said.

With higher demand comes bigger paychecks. The average salary of the technology workers McLoughlin places has jumped 13 percent over the past two years, he said.

Even with generous offers, employers have to act quickly to hire the talent they need because of the demand for workers, MacKeen said. Too often, he said, new hires back out at the last minute because they receive better offers elsewhere.

“Clients really have to lock in the candidates quickly and make sure there’s no uncertainty,” MacKeen said. “Until they are on board, those recruiting efforts don’t stop.”

Exploring a Wealth of Job Opportunities This Year! An interactive discussion of “How to Navigate Multiple Job Offers”.

Posted on January 13, 2015

Exploring a Wealth of Job Opportunities this year!

Join Recruiting industry veterans in an interactive discussion of "How to Navigate Multiple Job Offers and gain experience in the Hottest growth industries for 2015!”

Location: MIT on January 26, 2015 at 5:00pm
The Grier Room-34-401B
50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

Guest Speakers:
Beverly A. Kahn, Founder and President of New Dimensions in Technology (NDT)
Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager, New Dimensions in Technology (NDT)
Alan Wagner, MIT graduate, Computer Science and Engineering, Class of 2014

NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their careers!

Alan Wagner will be joining the discussion to share his experience in getting a jumpstart to his career by partnering with NDT is his recent job search.

"Open to MIT Students and Others!"

Exploring a Wealth of Job Opportunities This Year! An interactive discussion of “How to Navigate Multiple Job Offers”.

Posted on October 9, 2014

Exploring a Wealth of Job Opportunities This Year!
Join Recruiting industry veterans in an interactive discussion of “How to Navigate Multiple Job Offers”.

MIT on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00pm
Building 34-401A (Grier A), 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

Guest Speakers:
Beverly A. Kahn, Founder and President of New Dimensions in Technology (NDT)
Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager, New Dimensions in Technology (NDT)
Alan Wagner, MIT graduate, Computer Science and Engineering, Class of 2014

NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their careers!  Alan Wagner will be joining the discussion to share his experience in getting a jumpstart to his career by partnering with NDT is his recent job search.

“Open to MIT Students and Others”