Technology Jobs: Hiring Trends at Startups and Social Media Companies
Silicon Valley is the epicenter of creativity in the technology world. Young people from around the world come here in search of technology jobs. The image of Silicon Valley is one of brash youth creating innovative startups, but this is only partially true.
Startups: Not Just for the Young
Y Combinator has provided seed money to more than 600 startups. Company president Sam Altman recently told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I would bet that more than half the people we fund are older than me.” Altman is 28. The Harvard Business Review puts the average age of a Silicon Valley startup founder at 31. CEOs and presidents of more established companies are typically over 40.
Social Media: Experience vs. Creativity
This trend extends beyond the world of startups. Social Media pioneers Facebook and Twitter have older workers in key positions. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is 50. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is 46. The reason startups and social media giants are hiring older workers is simple: The creativity young people bring to the table is necessary, but so is experience. A forty-something brings with them years of insight and expertise, not to mention creativity.
A connection can be drawn between the number of older employees in technology jobs and the use of social media. Roughly 78% of adults aged 30-49 use some form of social media. What started as tools for the young has blossomed into something for everyone. One cannot help but think more and more people over 30 will be hired to fill positions that cater to an aging demographic.
So what does this mean? It certainly looks like age isn’t much of a factor when it comes to getting a job with a startup or a social media company. Also, investors will provide the funding for your startup if the idea is good enough. In the end, what really seems to count is your experience and your ability to think differently. If you are searching for a role in accounting, administration, finance, human resources, marketing or operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, call us today. Menlo Partners Staffing, a Peninsula based temporary staffing and employment agency (650)752-6193.
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