Shankar Mishra

Shankar Mishra is the Vice President of Data Science and Analytics at TheLadders. When he is not working to find a simpler solution to difficult problems, he is brainstorming ways to leverage available data to tell a good story. Some of this brainstorming may very well take place on the green with three strangers in his golf foursome.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

Top cities for relocation

Posted by Shankar Mishra

May 16, 2014

TheLadders' data study finds 35 percent of job seekers want to relocate.

Locations have always played a key role in the availability of certain types of jobs. Detroit became the hub of automotive industry in the early twentieth century; San Francisco attracted technology companies; New York City focused on financial, media and now technology companies. I‘ve previously shared how the ratio of job seekers per available job varies across the country. The reality of the job market is that the right job isn’t always available within a commutable distance. This prompted us to investigate just how often the job seekers in our 6-million-member database apply for jobs outside their current location.

Topics: TheLadders Insights

Tracking the mobile job-search evolution with TheLadders

Posted by Shankar Mishra

April 4, 2014

TheLadders examines the mobile job-search evolution through new data insights.

Not too long ago, the job search required a newspaper and a few cups of coffee, while poring over the tiny ads in the classified pages. The job search is now online (thanks to the advent of the internet), leading to easier job discovery and longer job descriptions. At TheLadders, we have leveraged job seekers’ preferences, along with sophisticated mathematical algorithms to simplify the job-search process. While the need for an intelligent and superior job discovery process still exists, we’ve taken steps to address the issue; shifting the underlying platform requirements from a desktop to mobile devices. 

Mobile application usage is consistently growing, increasing more than 115 percent in 2013 (according to Flurry Analytics). In fact, Americans now access the Internet more through mobile devices and tablets than PCs. This platform shift motivated TheLadders to define the evolution of the job search within the mobile space. We launched “Job Search by TheLadders” in 2013 and introduced the idea of job discovery led by job preference, rather than keyword searches. TheLadders’ new method of matching jobs to candidates continuously surfaces relevant jobs within the mobile app, eliminating any lag time between a job being posted and the right job seekers viewing it. Further, the job application process has been simplified, enabling candidates to express intent to employers through a single “Like” action rather than submitting a formal application.

Topics: TheLadders Insights

NYC tech: Small companies, giant opportunities

Posted by Shankar Mishra

December 4, 2013

TheLadders study reveals smaller companies have driven 90 percent of the growth in NYC technology jobs.

The U.S. job market has changed dramatically over the past five years. As reported by dozens of media outlets and experts (and recently validated on our blog), the value of STEM skills among job seekers is on the rise. As we dig beyond the national averages and focus on the local job market in New York City, some interesting observations start to emerge.

At first glance, it’s clear that the technology sector in NYC has exhibited stronger-than-average growth over the last five years. There are currently five times as many technology jobs available in NYC than there were in October 2008, while the growth of tech jobs nationwide has only doubled since then. Furthermore, displaying a consistent annual growth pattern, technology jobs in NYC have consistently outpaced the national growth rate each year since 2009.


Topics: TheLadders Insights

Evolution of jobs highlights appetite for advanced skills

Posted by Shankar Mishra

November 8, 2013

TheLadders study on job evolution reveals STEM is in; middle-management is phasing out.

Since the start of the recession in 2007-08, the rate of job growth has been a hot topic, specifically focusing on the sheer volume of jobs created and the quality of jobs available in the U.S. We have all heard about a possible decline in the manufacturing industry and the desire for lawmakers to push for deeper educational qualifications and broader skills in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At TheLadders, we have been observing the evolution of professional jobs, not only from a volume perspective, but also qualitatively, based on industry, skills, etc. In the last five years alone, based on the words and phrases that people are using to search for jobs, and the kinds of jobs employers are posting, some interesting trends are emerging.

TheLadders Evolution of Jobs

Topics: TheLadders Insights

Improving unemployment by leveraging “adjacencies”

Posted by Shankar Mishra

October 2, 2013

TheLadders urges unemployed to seek greener pastures.

“Unemployment rate goes down to 7.3%” – as I’m listening to the news on my commute to work, my mind wanders a bit about what a slow progress this has been, from 10% unemployment rate to the current 7.3%. 

There are still about 9 million unemployed people in the U.S. and at the same time, 3.8 million jobs are still open. 

US Unemployment Rate TheLadders GraphWe hear discussions in the media about skills mismatch, but is this disparity all due to skills? Geographical location must play a role, since the variation of unemployment rates across geography is very high – unemployment varies from 3% (Bismarck, ND) to 30% (Yuma, AZ).

Topics: TheLadders Insights

What’s your college degree really worth?

Posted by Shankar Mishra

August 29, 2013

TheLadders reveals a new study that answers the age-old question, “Is a college degree worth the cost?”

Really? Summer is almost over? For a lot of us, that means it’s either back-to-school, or back to thinking about going back-to-school. Every September, students head back into the classroom, while some graduates contemplate higher education. But, what’s the right move for you? Is your degree doing you any good? How much money would you make (or lose) by heading back to the books? To answer these questions, we turned to our database of more than 6 million job seekers.

Topics: TheLadders Insights