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By Art Holliday

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - World Wide Technology is the latest St. Louis company to announce it's adding information technology jobs. At its brand new, state of the art building, World Wide Technology says it's adding 100-plus jobs with an average salary of $100,000.

St. Louis continues to get national attention as one of the hottest cities for tech jobs. The jobs pay well, but how do you get them? Two local tech companies say personality is paramount.

"As an employer if I could be anywhere, I would only be here," said Integrity CEO John Simanowitz. He was leading a tour of the 5,000 square foot expansion at his digital agency located in the University City Loop. ""The things we're desperate for are more conference rooms. We have tons of meetings with clients and internal meetings."

In the last year, Simanowitz has hired 15 people and more hires are coming. "We call it hiring to the Hs: humble, honest, hungry, and happy," said Simanowitz. "Here's what I don't look for. I don't care how old you are. I don't care what degree you have."

Recently, Boeing announced it was bringing 600 tech jobs to St. Louis from Seattle, another example of how St. Louis' national reputation is growing when it comes to tech job growth.

"St. Louis is one of the fastest growing markets we see," said Scott Melland, CEO of Dice, a technology jobs company based in New York.

Melland says his website routinely lists more than 900 tech jobs in St. Louis.

"These are very high quality tech positions like Monsanto and Northrup Gruman, Accenture, IBM, and the positions are up 22 percent year over year," he said.

"I know for us we're actively hiring," said Lockerdome Chief Financial Officer Aaron Hinni. The St. Louis startup has experienced explosive growth in the past 18 months and is on the lookout for tech talent.

"Obviously we're looking for people who are really smart that have the right technical chops for the position we're looking for," said Hinni, "but even more important to us is their personality. The personality to jell well with the rest of the team because we're working in a highly collaborative environment. And also their work ethic."

Melland sees opportunity for businesses and employees in St. Louis.

"I think what you're seeing is companies finding great talent in St. Louis and it's a bargain, but it's also good news for the people locally. Because salaries are going up," he said.

To learn more about tech jobs in St. Louis, visit Dice's website.


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