SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The first time Steve Huffmans was fired from his job as a baker in San Francisco, it was a reminder that a career in the food industry doesn’t have to be a career of poverty or low pay.
Now he finds himself in a similar position in a major U.S. city where he’s looking for work.
Huffman, a 26-year-old freelance web designer, is the first person in California to take a job that requires him to travel around the state in search of work.
He’s the latest in a growing number of techies and other techies looking for jobs in San Jose, a city of roughly 2 million that is in the midst of a major housing boom, and the nation’s No. 2 job market.
The housing boom is having an impact on the food-related sector, which grew by 22.9 percent last year to $4.7 trillion, according to the U.
Hudson Institute, a San Francisco think tank.
The tech sector has grown by more than 7 percent since then.
But while some of the jobs are coming, Huffman said he’s also finding more work in non-food related industries, including online advertising, media and publishing.
A job like that, Huffmans said, “is definitely not something you’d ever take on.”
For years, many people in San Franciscos food-industry have relied on the Internet to connect with prospective employers.
The city’s booming tech sector is bringing the internet to more people and more places than ever before.
But for many, that has meant using a website to connect to potential employers.
In San Francisco alone, nearly 50,000 people have used a website or social media platform to connect over the past two years, the largest growth in any of the citys top five job markets, according, the UHudsey Institute reported in January.
But the jobs in tech and the other tech-related industries are not necessarily the best ones for someone with a B.S., Huffman told Reuters by phone on Wednesday, one of several times he’s been told by employers to find a job with less work-related experience.
“I think it’s important for employers to recognize that if they want to be able to hire someone with no experience, they should look elsewhere,” he said.
“If you’re going to be successful, you’re not going to work for a company that has a history of being a low-wage company.”
Huffmans is now looking for a job in San José, the state’s third-largest city, where he hopes to help the city expand its tech and other businesses and create more jobs.
“We have some really, really good employers out here that are willing to help you find a position,” Huffman wrote on LinkedIn, a social media website.
The tech industry is making hiring in San Carlos, San Jose and other parts of the Bay Area harder for some.
Many of the companies in those cities are large, based in Silicon Valley, and many of them offer lower wages.
The companies also have more experienced employees than they did when Huffmans started out.
But Huffman, who started out as a computer programmer in high school, said he is now working hard to gain experience in other industries.
He said he was recently contacted by a recruiter that offered him a job at a software company in San Bruno.
That’s about 20 miles away, he said, but it would take him two days to get there.
“It was a nice company,” he wrote on his LinkedIn page.
“It was located in the San Francisco Bay area.”
The recruiter was not immediately available for comment.
Hufmans said the recruiter said that he could work for $8.50 an hour, which he said was a lot more than he was making when he started out in highschool.
“When I was at high school it was like $7 an hour.
Now I’m at $15 an hour,” Huffmans wrote.
He is also interested in working in marketing and advertising.HUFFMAN is one of thousands of people across the U