5 Hardest Jobs Openings to Fill in 2012

Raghuram Sukumar Career 14 Comments

I read this article today morning in Inc Magazine about Top 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012.

When unemployment rate is around 9% in USA, how come employer’s are finding it hard to find talents?

Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012

  • Software Engineers and Web Developers
  • Creative Design and User Experience
  • Product Management
  • Marketing
  • Analytics (web, marketing, sales, operations)

Is it that hard for companies to find Software Engineers?

Here is my reasoning to why companies find it tough to recruit top talent.

Lets divide Job Seekers into 2 Categories

  • Willing to Relocate
  • Not Willing to Relocate

Fresh International Student graduate will be willing to relocate to any place in USA for job opening.

What if person looking for  job has family roots and well settled in a place?

For instance, job seeker will have kids, wife working in near by company, home and life is well settled.

It’s hard to sell home in this down economy. They have to take huge loss when home is sold. Home values have fallen so much in certain parts of the country.

Wife have to find a new job in new place (which would be tough).

They have to find a new home to buy or rent (with good school district). It would be tough to buy another home when current home is not sold.

When all this comes into consideration,  job seekers are not willing to relocate.

But, unfortunately there are more job openings in Major Cities where startups companies are growing like crazy.

Question to You?

Share your thoughts on relocation and would you relocate to new place, if employer is not offering relocation benefits?


  1. Dear HSB ,
    I have got 63.4 percent marks in b tech.Currently,I’m working in an IT company,along with this ,I did seven projects and made some contribution in cultural and technical events in my college.I have an ardent desire to do MS in CS from any good state-funded university,I scored 106 in Toefl last year,planning to take gre,Is it possible for me to get admission in any good university in USA.As I don’t have good marks in B tech.

    1. 1.B-Tech marks do matter, But they are not everything. Admission officers look at everything before making a decision on your application. Furnish whatever you can in your admission packet, you think, that can help you get an admission. One of the admission officers answered this kind of a question saying, “We are for some reason called admission officers, not denial officers.”
      2. Anything above 79 in TOEFL is good for many universities. Try to get as much as possible in GRE math section and do your best on the English part. For Engineering majors and CS in particular, they give special attention to math part. One of my friends got an admission with 280/800 in verbal and 790/800 in Quant (GRE older version). He even got in-state tuition fee concession and he too secured 63% in B-Tech.
      2. Who said 63.4% is not good? One of my other friends got into a public university, he fared around 56% in b-tech with 19 backlogs. Admission officer interviewed him for about an hour before granting him an admission.
      3. If you did 7 projects, how long have you been working? were those projects done in the job or done during your b-tech? Try to provide evidence for whatever you claim in your application.
      4. Apply well in advance, If you delay, you will lessen you chances

  2. Dear HSB,
    I’m planning for Fall 2012 to do MS in US. I’m taking my GRE and TOEFL in March 2012. While browsing I came across a site which said Grade D universities only accept last minute applications. I want to enter into an above average university, preferably State university. Are all State Universities good? Is it possible for me to enter into a good university this Fall?I have a percentage of 77 with distinction.I’m currently working in an IT comapany. Also could you please tell how GPA is calculated, and on a total of how much 4 or 5?

    1. 1. Complete all the application process by march (get recommendation letters, official transcripts and prepare your admission essay, shortlist prospective universities, pay application fee, mail all the credentials..etc). Take the exams (GRE & TOEFL) in march as you planned. You need to select the universities before taking TOEFL, or else, you would have to pay something like $17 per univ to send scores. In this way, you will not be applying in the last minute.
      2. By default, you can assume that state universities are good. But the word good is a relative. It can have good infrastructure but not have good faculty or research options, job-after-graduation ease etc. Good for one major but not the other. Search for public universities and try to get into one. Public universities have less tuition fees and you could complete your MS in about $25,000 (just the tuition), a private univ would cost you $40,000. Do your research, don’t just go by hunches and rumors.
      3. I can assume that you are one of the elite students in your class/college who got a job in the campus placements. Good that you have got some working experience. After getting 77% in b-tech, MS would appear as a cake walk. Students like you should do MS. Here you have all the world’s time in your hands so that you can seriously enjoy the opportunity to apply whatever you have learned in b-tech. (and of course, in your job).
      4. GPA is calculated on a scale of 4. For every course you take, a letter grade is assigned at the end of the semester. A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+,C,C-,D,F. with little effort you can hover around B and with a bit more effort you can get an A. now A=4.0, A-=3.6, B+=3.3, B=3.0. and so on. you are required to get a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to pass the degree. That means you should get at least a B in every course you take. Believe me, if you carefully follow the professor’s instructions and do the necessary work, you can happily ignore about the GPA standing. ( you will surely stand around 3.5) .
      5. Till the moment you get an admission (and of course you get your visa), all the process will appear frightful. At the end, you would realize that its a child’s play and it shall remain in your memory lane as a happy ending.

      PS: Any univ is US is OK. Any univ in US is equivalent to any univ in India. Only problem is it is hard to get an university admission (ability to attend the classes on univ campus) in India and any graduate study in US is only on-campus.

      All the best.

  3. I will be appearing for my GRE in a month or so. I am finding it difficult to find out universities. I am currently doing my Btech Biotechnology and would like to do something in the field of environment. I basically wanna work after my MS in related topics. Could you please help me by providing a list of colleges which offer this subject?

  4. Dear Blogger,

    I would like to thank you for this wonderful blog that you have created.
    I have been reading quite a lot of blogs.
    I would like to request you to kindly post blogs related to Life Sciences (Human Genetics per se). That would be of great help.
    Another query is related to the bank balance one has to show for student visa.
    Kindly tell me how much amount is taken as “safe”, and also, does the candidate necessarily have to have student loan too?

    1. I would say Rs 10 lac is a safe bet. MS Tuition fees on an average costs $25,000. (~ 12,50,000), I guess you should show at least half of it and a present a source that would guarantee to cover for the other half.

  5. I have been following your blogs and am from kenya.
    A, supposed to start my classes on 10th Jan 2012 and at moment I havent done my Visa Interview reason being my MRV receipt has not been validated by embassy system.I had paid on 16Th Dec 2011.I have made several calls but the only answer i get I have to wait for validation before booking for visa appontment.Kindly help me what i should do and advice if i may not allowed to use the form 120 sent from school

  6. You are definitely right. I know of students who finished M.Sc and PhD in my department (Chemistry) and even had some companies write them (in most cases, the companies get to know of them via their supervisors) but they wouldn’t go due to the issue of relocation. This is indeed true. Another reason for the scarcity would also have to do with the number and quality of graduates in such fields. Off course, most companies based in US won’t go for any fellow with a degree outside of the US unless the candidate proves his or her mettle. A recent poll (I read one on line) showed that less students were going into the sciences and that irrespective of the recession, there were still vacancies in several companies that required specialties in the sciences. Besides a degree, the quality of the certificate holder is a course for concern. Any one can claim to be a marketer, yet marketing is one of the hardest-to-fill position. This shows that irrespective of scarcity, companies are not willing to fill in with any kind of “material”.

    1. Its easier for an employer to hire graduates from US Schools. But, I have seen companies hire Software Engineers with Degree from India, provided they have proved their skills by working for Clients in USA (during Onsite visits).

  7. Thanks HSB for posting all this stuff….when I first had a idea of studying in us… I am totally ignorant but now I have a virtual picture of how stuff works in us or other countries …
    As of now I don’t have anything to share… But when I give my gre exam and other things ..I will definitely share my experience …

  8. Hi HSB.. Is it possible to do a specialization in Web Development under M.S in CS?

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