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Hadoop Jobs: 6 Recruiter Tips

Tech recruiter shares insights and advice for IT pros with Hadoop skills looking to land a new gig.

Bay Area [for example] have weekly and monthly meetings about a wide range of data-oriented topics," Andrieux said. "Speakers for these meetups often are thought leaders who have had extensive experience in the field and can offer their advice on best practices. There are huge networking opportunities at Meetups and [they are] a great way to meet others passionate about engineering."

3. Learn the hiring lingo.
Certain words and phrases in resumes, bios, and other job-hunting collateral will jump out at recruiters and hiring managers looking for Hadoop and similar skills. Andrieux offered three examples of the kind of phrasing that currently stands out: Designed and built massively scalable distributed data storage, systems, and pipelines, Led implementation on an xxxx node Hadoop cluster, and Built from scratch or built from ground up.

4. Hadoop jobs don't necessarily include 'Hadoop' in the title.
If you're on the hunt, don't search too narrowly -- keep in mind that big data-related jobs come in various -- and sometimes generic -- guises. "We see titles such as Data Engineer or even common titles like Backend Engineer being used regularly," Andrieux said.

5. Stay plugged into the evolving landscape.
Andrieux noted that Hadoop is a relatively young technology, as is the big data industry at large. As a result, it's especially important to stay on top of trends and changes if you're building a career in or around big data.

Always keep up on data conferences like Strata and Hadoop Summit. "These are great for identifying what is and is not working in the industry, and there is a wealth of companies to speak to at these conferences," Andrieux said. "Follow blogs and watch keynote speeches that leaders in the industry post on their company websites. And don't be afraid to talk with recruiters about their portfolio. We see trends develop much earlier than what is in the public eye."

6. Remember: Hadoop's not the only game in town.
Hadoop remains hot, for sure, but keep in mind Andrieux's earlier point: It's not the only platform or skill in demand as a result of exponential data growth. "Hadoop is not the only option on the market for data needs," Andrieux pointed out. "Explore various other services and ask around on what other people like to use and its advantages and disadvantages."

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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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3/3/2014 | 11:51:42 PM
Re: Big data titles
The enterprise is looking for someone with necessary expertise and experience instead of the one with just "Hadoop" labelled on the forehead. So it's common that there is no this kind of keyword in the job title. If you really own the skill, then phrase it in a more proper way as was mentioned in this post.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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3/3/2014 | 2:13:31 PM
Apache Hadoop, yes, but before that, Yahoo Hadoop
Yes, Apache Hadoop is scorching hot, but before it became so, it was incubated in the brains of David Cutting and Michael Cafarella at Yahoo and nurtured as a project there. Yahoo has made a great contribution to open source, unlike some of its big Web company brethern. Cutting is now chief architect at Cloudera.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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3/3/2014 | 11:26:17 AM
Big data titles
The point about Hadoop perhaps not even being in the job title rings true with what I have heard from hiring managers as well. Remember the early days of cloud computing, when no one knew what the titles for cloud experts should be? Applicants need to phrase skills in the right language; titles will be in flux for a while. For more tips, see Big Data Hiring: 5 Facts From The Field.
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