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eMerge Americas Techweek: Job openings plentiful at hiring fair

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The good news: If you are a developer or designer, there are jobs for you. The bad news: There aren't enough of you.

That's what the employers and staffing firms were saying at eMerge Americas Techweek's hiring fair on Tuesday. About 50 companies, from big firms like Microsoft, Ryder and Accenture to small companies like Collaborative Boating,  participated in the job fair, but another 100 companies had to be turned away because of space constraints, said Alex Funkhouser, CEO of tech staffing firm SherlockTech.

Funkhouser said user experience designers were a particularly hot commodity, and that is what Collaborative Boating and other firms were looking for. "It's indicative of what's happening here, there are a lot more people looking to hire than to be hired,' said  Funkhouser.

E-Builder, a construction project management software company in Plantation with 110 employees, is looking to hire 20 to 25 people. Right now, the company is hiring software developers, business analysts and sales associates, said Maggie Malone  with E-Builder.

The Miami Heat was hiring, too. For what? Software engineers. How many? "Let see how many we can get," said Daniel Perez at the Heat booth. "It's tough."

Michael Splittorf and Tommy Murray, division directors with staffing firm Robert Half International, said application developers, mobile developers and technical support jobs were hot.

Resumes in hand, Armando Alonso, a Florida International University computer science student, was looking for a software development internship. Last year he interned at BookT, an early-stage company that was recently sold. Any good leads? "Oh yes, plenty of prospects," he said.

In the next aisle, Michael Martinez, another FIU computer science student, was also looking for an internship. He was at the table of Ryder, the Miami commercial transportation, supply chain and logistics company. Ryder was looking for a number of full-time developer jobs but also has an internship advertised on its website.

Sounds like Ryder has at least two good prospects for that internship.

Alonso, Martinez and other students may also want to come back to the Miami Beach Convention Center May 14 for the NAF Student Industry Conference and job fair, with 1,500 students expected. More info here.