Bonnie Pfister

Every week it seems another national publication deems Pittsburgh to be the “next” Brooklyn, Portland, San Francisco, etc. It’s flattering, although we don’t happen to think we need to be the next anything. The attention just underscores what we already knew: good things are percolating here. Cool jobs. Hot industries. Longstanding employers doing cutting-edge R&D in healthcare and with materials and metals that will make airplanes and autos faster and more fuel-efficent.

The point is, isn’t it time you came home and became a part of it all? Um, yes. Because jobs.

There are more than 20,000 jobs open today across southwestern PA. You can explore them all at one place: ImaginePittsburgh.com. That’s the region’s digital hub for information about hot careers, industries and employers. Our custom-built aggregator pulls listings from such sites as LinkedIn, Career Builder, Monster and quite literally a thousand others – so you don’t have to. Here are just a few of nifty places now hiring on our site:

For talented techies, creatives and professionals, Pittsburgh has jobs at the local offices of Google and Apple. It’s home to the headquarters of fashion retailers ModCloth and American Eagle.

Technology meets design meets user experience at home-grown hotties like art/tech/design/ad studio Deeplocal, award-winning translation app developer Duolingo, event-ticketing pioneer ShowClix and robotic stroller-maker to the stars 4Moms.

Wonksters thrive at global talent management consultancy DDI (Development Dimensions International), change-management company TiER1The Rand Corp. and offices of the major global management consultancies.

And these are just a few of what’s on offer. There are jobs for communicators at finance companies, for accountants at design firms, and for SAP specialists and other IT-focused positions virtually everywhere. Us, we’re partial to our Featured Employers, companies large and small who seriously care about building a talented workforce that will keeps Pittsbugh on this postive trajectory.

Click on ImaginePittsburgh.com, add us to your favorite read-it-later app and check us out early and often. We want you back!

 

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Story by Deb Smit

Pittsburgh startup Rent Jungle, developer of a tool that aggregates online apartment listings with the precision of a machete, was acquired this week by The Rainmaker Group of Atlanta for an undisclosed amount.

Rainmaker provides revenue management and profit optimization solutions to the multifamily housing and gaming/hospitalities industries; it will use Rent Jungle as part of its rent optimization software system. Rent Jungle will remain in Pittsburgh and is expected to double in size from 10 to 20 in the coming year, says Jon Pastor, founder and CEO.

Pastor founded Rent Jungle in 2010. At the time, it was one of the first search engines to aggregate rental data for both multifamily and single-family homes from both large and small listing sites using spidering and indexing technology.

“We are the Kayak of apartment listings,” Pastor said back in 2010.

A Harvard MBA and Fulbright scholar at Japan’s Kobe University, Pastor moved to Pittsburgh following stints with McKinsey, Google and Microsoft. Since starting Rent Jungle, the apartment search engine has grown to more than 1 million active listings and 1.5 million monthly site visits.

“The Rainmaker Group is the perfect fit for a company like Rent Jungle,” Pastor said in a prepared statement. “We’re looking forward to advancing Rainmaker’s analytical solutions– while improving Rent Jungle’s apartment search engine for current and future users and with Rainmaker’s assistance, continuing to evolve into a stronger, more innovative company within the multifamily arena.”

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Brandi Bentrim chose Pittsburgh over eastern PA.
Brandi Bentrim, now of Franklin Park, chose Pittsburgh over eastern PA.

It’s not easy to be the “Relocating Partner.” Brandi Bentrim spent years building a private practice working as a licensed social worker in eastern Pennyslvania. When her husband was offered a job with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Pittsburgh, Bentrim had to think long and hard about leaving her extended family and contacts behind.

A year later, the family has built a life they love, with kids in North Allegheny schools, a home in the family-friendly Franklin Park, and an abundance of cultural options all within an easy commute.

Learn more about Bentrim’s transition at ImaginePittsburgh.com, a virtual concierge that highlights work, play and live options in the 10-county region. Bentrim is one of the dozens of Neighbors  profiled who can help newcomers and natives alike develop deeper connections in the region. Surf around our take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz to be matched up with Neighbors who may share your interests and have tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region. There’s also a powerful job aggregator featuring tens of thousands of jobs open now in the region.