A Wicked Good Resume: Job Searching in Boston

Earlier this month, I shared RezScore’s latest infographic with you, the loyal RezScorians.

After combing through tons of data (with the help of our new Skills Explorer), analyzing what we found, and smashing it all together into an informative and attractive infographic we came up with several conclusions about the top ten job markets, in-demand job skills, and the hottest sectors.

Now that you’ve seen the entire infographic, we’d like to break it up into bite-sized chunks of info every Friday so you get the info you need!

Today we’ll continue with the home of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Boston!

What’s so great about Boston?

Apart from being one of the oldest American cities and home to the Red Sox, Boston has the sixth-largest economy in the country and is the twelfth largest economy in the world. Boston is also known as the “Athens of America”, thanks to its proximity to more than 100 schools like Boston University, Northeastern, MIT, and Harvard.

Check out: Moving On: The 10 Best Cities to Get Hired

What jobs are hottest in Boston?

Through the recession, Boston’s economy has remained healthier than most. Boston is generating 55% more jobs than comparable-sized cities.  It’s one of the few cities in the country able to support thriving media, marketing, tech, and legal sectors, as well as a healthy startup scene.

According to our findings, the biggest boom in the region is the finance and accounting sector. Boston boasts a financial scene on par with San Francisco and New York City. If you’re savvy with numbers, this is the place to be: 35 out of every thousand jobs created are in accounting and finance, 38% higher than average.

Even if accounting isn’t your thing, you should recognize that this portends a healthy local economy: where there’s accountants, there’s always money. Sure enough, Boston is home to a number of other thriving sectors for non-quants: the food and beverage industry, administrative work, and marketing are also particularly strong sectors for Beantown.

Check out: The RezScore Leaderboard for Boston, MA

How can I get hired here?

If you’re in Boston and looking to work in the accounting sector, it’s best to chose your resume’s keywords carefully. Based on our findings, the most in-demand keywords are QuickBooks, Bookkeeping, GL (General Ledger), CPA, and Tax!

When you use in-demand keywords like these, your resume is statistically more likely to find itself at the top of a digital stack on your employer’s computer. Are these five keywords a bad match for you? Check out our skills explorer (at the top of this page!) and do your own research.


What do you think? Do you live in Boston and/or work in the accounting sector? What do you think of these findings? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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