Going to the Emerald City: Your Job Search in Seattle

Last 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 my hometown, Seattle!

What’s so great about Seattle?

In addition to being famous for being the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and grunge music, Seattle, Washington is the largest city in the Northwestern United States. Seattle started out in the logging business, but has most recently become a model for sustainable development.

Over half of Seattle’s population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, so it’s not surprising that the city is home to many respected universities, such as the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Seattle Pacific University.

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

What jobs are hottest in Seattle?

As headquareters for various Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon, it’s no surprise Seattle has fared better during the recession better than most cities.  Indeed, Seattle boasts word class jobs in software and health care, as well as an above average market  for people with other skilled trades.

The biggest change over the past decade is the emergence of a robust marketing industry in Seattle. It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise: as the marketing industry embraces social media, there’s no better place to hire tech-savvy, creative people than Seattle. Led by innovative companies like Optify, AdReady, Zooppa and Visible, 31 jobs per thousand jobs created are in marketing.  Most cities only create 22, which gives Seattle a 42% edge for the Don Drapers of the digital millennium.​​

Check out: The RezScore Leaderboard for Seattle, WA

How can I get hired here?

If you’re in Seattle and looking to work in marketing, it’s best to choose your resume’s keywords carefully. Based on our findings, the most in-demand skills are keywords, buzz, SEM (Search Engine Marketing), social marketing, and Foursquare!

​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 Seattle and/or work in marketing? What do you think of these findings? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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