Technology companies are always looking for bright, young talent to fill entry-level positions, but as of late it's become more competitive to land a gig in Silicon Valley, with tech job postings in a slump, according to a report by Cameron Moll, CEO of tech job board site Authentic Jobs.
Forty percent fewer tech jobs were posted to his site in January 2016, compared to average postings during every January since 2012, Moll said. Further, he found job volume during April of this year to be half the volume of the same month last year, something Moll calls "bonkers."
While tech jobs might be harder to come by, the supply of young talent looking to work in Silicon Valley is greater than ever before. More than 5,000 college-aged students and interns registered for San Francisco's annual Internapalooza, which was held this year at AT&T Park due to record-breaking interest, the event's founder, Cory Levy, said.
"This is a positive sign for Silicon Valley, and it's awesome to see so much excitement," Levy said in an interview. "Silicon Valley is becoming a stronger, more diverse community, and the more smart people we can get in a room together, the more problems we can solve."
Levy, who also co-founded After School, a private social network for high school students, started Internapalooza six years ago after having a few positive internship experiences of his own. Levy developed relationships with the likes of Microsoft, BlackRock, eBay and Dropbox, all of which were present at Internapalooza last Monday night and are looking to fill positions in software engineering, business development, product management and design.