Looking for a Job? Learn Ruby, Python and be a Team Player!

What makes a great software engineer and perhaps more importantly, what skills will most likely land you a sweet job?  Mixtent and KISSMetrics analyzed LinkedIn data and surveyed users on perceptions of candidate skill levels based on their profiles and purported skill sets.

The key findings?

  • Python engineers are perceived as better engineers
  • Engineers with teamwork, dedication and a solid work ethic are perceived as better engineers.  Creativity and communication skills are less valued.
  • Ruby engineers are viewed a good front-end engineers (Rails?)

Hiring Managers – do you agree with the findings of this study?  Do you find yourself making these kinds of decisions between candidates?

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  2. Thomas December 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

    “Perceived as better engineers” not actually better engineers.

    • Winnie Hsia December 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Yes, it is a perception and not a “real” skill difference. However, consider that HR decision makers are working with their own perceptions and perspectives when deciding who to hire.

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