In interviews, if you rank yourself as a 9 or 10 in web skills it’s not going to impress me, it’s going to make me wonder why you’re interviewing for this job instead of writing your next book or giving a keynote speech somewhere.
@jenncloud @bnunnally @micahherstand #STLNext #STL It’s more complicated than that.
Speaking as someone that has watched most of the people I want to hire end up moving to Seattle, the Valley, or Boulder for much better jobs, we have two primary issues with retaining talent: money and culture.
St. Louis doesn’t match the salaries of other cities, which is a hard problem to solve.
But culture is more important. St. Louis is insular and risk adverse. People that have the courage to think outside the box get little support, and innovation and entrepreneurship isn’t nurtured nearly enough. People are too busy letting the future pass them by to run out in front of it.
We’re not going to fix this with conferences and complaining. We can only fix it by coming together as a city, and making the next generation of creative leaders a priority. We need more Venture Capital to fuel startups, we need more cutting edge programs in our universities to produce top talent, and we need more cutting edge jobs to keep that talent here.
So long as the most talented young people in St. Louis can get a x4 pay increase and a x10 culture increase by leaving the city, the best we can do is slow our fall.