Jun 192015

Colorado Biz Magazine reports:

Everybody — back to work!

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, businesses added 3,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from December 2014 to January 2015, for a total of 2,496,500 jobs. That number is higher than the peak 2,362,700 jobs in May 2008. Full recovery, the report indicated, occurred in March 2013 when Colorado’s nonfarm payroll jobs reached 2,363,500. More good news from the state: Colorado’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.8 percent in January 2014 to 4.2 percent a year later. By Nora Caley

Best Regards,
Richard D. Serby, President
GeoSearch, Inc.


Jul 112014

Greetings GIS Colorado community:

I have just written an essay accompanied by 3 videos about the “Top Five Skills You Need for a Successful Career in GIS”, here:


Most “top 5” lists are a bit subjective, mine included, but I structured it that way on purpose to invite some discussion about it.

Have a great day,
Joseph Kerski

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP  |  Education Manager
Esri | 1 International Court | Broomfield CO  80021-3200 | USA
Tel 303-449-7779, ext. 1-8237 | Cell-Mobile 303-625-3925
jkerski@esri.com | esri.com  Twitter:  @josephkerski

(June 29)

Mar 262014

We sometimes attempt to get a handle on the size of the geospatial industry.  Whether the question is asked in reference to a paper someone is researching, or because someone wants to obtain a sense of the “stability” of the industry when deciding whether to pursue GIS for their career, or for some other reason, here is my attempt to summarize some of our discussions:

The size of the Geospatial Industry


The capability is there to reply with your comments if you would like to!

Joseph Kerski  Continue reading »

Mar 052014

From the Denver Business Journal:

Who has the most jobs to fill in Colorado? One indication is which large employers are running the most help-wanted ads online.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has posted the 10 employers who had the most online help-wanted ads in December to fill positions in the state.


(Feb. 28)

Dec 242013

I found this study interesting, and especially how many of the skills we’re seeing intertwine with GIS technologies.

The 25 hottest skills that got people hired in 2013.


Esther Worker | Esri Denver Education Account Manager
Esri | 1 International Ct | Broomfield CO 80021 T
303.449.7779 ext 8216 | M 303.378.3351|eworker@esri.com
www.esri.com/education | http://edcommunity.esri.com

(Dec. 20)

Oct 092013

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Apr 092013

survey of employers hiring recent graduates undertaken by the Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace suggests two things: one, that a degree is more important than ever to employers, and two, that new graduates are not always adequately prepared to enter employment.

Half of the employers who responded to the survey said they had trouble finding recent qualified graduates, and nearly a third said that colleges do not produce successful employees. The responses indicated that bachelor’s degree holders lack basic workplace proficiencies like adaptability, communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems.  Continue reading »

Feb 282013

Getting Started – Entry Level Opportunities

Sage  Advice from Ken Turnbull of Rocky Mountain Rogues

Many people have asked my advice on how to break into Geospatial jobs. I wanted to write this once, so I can paste it many times as I get more requests. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to me. Most of my comments are local to the Colorado Front Range area, but should be portable to other places.

Situation – when a person is a GIS student, recent graduate, or making a transition from another industry, the Geospatial Community appears to be quite a mystery as to what it is, who it is, and how it works. That is correct, it is a mystery!  (WHAT PLACE IS THIS?)

Get Connected – the “Heart of local GIS” resides here: www.GISintheRockies.org. Sponsoring organizations are found at their links at the bottom of the page. You MUST join one or more of these groups and become connected to the local Geospatial community. Some of these are FREE or only $15 /year, so no excuses.  (JOIN)

Be Noticed – ALL of these organizations need volunteers to be successful. Requirements are varied, but if you can fog a mirror, you are qualified. Everyone starts with no experience, so don’t feel too special. You will be investing your time in exchange for receiving hands-on training and education that is not available at any school or company.   (PARTICIPATE)

Build a Network – Outlook is a great place to maintain your contact information – you should add everyone you encounter to Outlook, whether or not you think you may want to meet them again. For years I have added 75 to 100 new contacts to my Outlook (I hope this is higher than average) every month (except December). Listen closely and note what they “need”.  (LISTEN)

Fulfill People’s Needs – No one cares about you, so quit talking about you. Start asking people about their favorite subjects: them, their job, their family, their hobbies, and their needs. If you want people to remember you, fulfill their needs. People remember who helps them solve a problem or move forward on a project by free information such as contacts.  (CONTRIBUTE)

Understand – When you look at what employers need, they do not need workers! Workers are a pain in the butt, require training, require management, and are expensive! Hiring staff is NOT something employers want to do. Employers want to solve problems, deliver product, keep their clients happy, etc. They are forced to hire people, in order to accomplish their goals. Once you understand this, if you want to get a job, you must solve an employer’s need. (CREATIVE)

Get A Job – It is estimated that employers hire “familiar” people about 70% of the time. If you are not familiar, you are just another resume on the pile. If you wish to be hired for a particular company, you want to understand what their immediate needs are. How do you do that? You talk to your network for current/past employees; or competitors, clients & colleagues. If you do not understand what the employer’s problem is… why are you annoying them? You MUST do your research to understand your employer’s needs before you approach them.  (RESEARCH)

Be The Chameleon – your task is to package your skills and experience into appearing to be the solution to the problem, the answer to be the need the employer is looking for. Not this is not deceiving in anyway. You are already many roles: parent, sibling, athlete, scholar, hiker, biker student, teacher, and so many more. You are many roles in any given day. So, you must develop a “problem solver” role and it needs to be flexible to suite the employer’s needs. Remember, no one cares about you and your life story – they want their problems to go away.  (CHANGLING)

Take (almost) Anything– the more flexible you are, the better your chances of success. For example – production shops often run 24-hour operations. Finding warm bodies for third shift is always a problem. Be willing to start on third shift. Large companies will usually post jobs internally before they are posted publically. Your undesirable third-shift position will open the doors to other positions within the company. And, if you are an avid energetic skier, you can work nights, ski days, and sleep evenings (what a great life!)  (FLEXIBLE)

Face-to-Face – social media has many great advantages and one great disadvantage. It is human nature (my opinion) to hire family, friends, and familiar people, before we hire a stranger. Humans have an aversion and tend to fear the unknown (must be in our DNA). After only one brief meeting even at a social non-job-related event, you change from being unknown to familiar. I do not know of any legitimate substitute for “face-to-face” time.  (FACE TIME)

Size Matters – In general, large corporations are better equipped to hire entry-level employees. With time, many experienced employees start to think they have better ways solve problems and get a little peeved at not being heard. They tend to strike out on their own, or join smaller firms where they may be better appreciated. This leaves behind openings for others to take a step up the ladder and voila – another entry-level position becomes available. (CONVEYOR)

(posted Feb. 27, 2013)

Jan 232013

A message to job seekers from Rocky Mountain Rogues’ spokesperson Ken Turnbull:
Happy New Year Lookieloos,

In my (humble?) opinion, the petroleum industry will continue to grow and they are in need of qualified people in virtually all technical areas, including technical sales positions. Of course they ask for people with oil-industry experience, but in fact, they will hire whoever can solve their technical/sales problems. So, if you are a problem solver… do NOT let the lack of experience prevent you from offering your “I am a proven problem solver” pitch.

Another fact (never reported in our media) is that the petroleum industry invests more on environmental and safety issues than any other industry in the world! If you have any experience with environmental or safety applications, that is a huge plus. Continue reading »