Many Americans are still facing the challenges of unemployment today, and in most industries, it isn’t easy to find work. As you are probably aware, this isn’t the case for those lucky people who work in IT. According to an InformationWeek 2012 IT staffing report released last fall, 18% of big data and analytics focused companies were looking to add to their staff by more than 30% over the next two years – though 53% stated they didn’t think it would be easy to find the qualified people they needed.
At Infovision we know the need for IT talent such as mobile app developers will continue to grow. At the same time, dealing with big data challenges and solutions will put technology personnel with analytics expertise in high demand. What can your business do to hire and maintain qualified technology staff ? Think outside the box.
Hire a highly-networked and successful IT recruiter (or two). A good recruiter, regardless of his or her field of expertise makes it a point to connect with highly-desirable talent – especially those who are currently employed. And they know just where to look. Outsourcing your recruiting to a headhunter can be costly, so if you can find one of the best and put them on your full-time payroll, do it. You can always contract with an outside recruiter if you need to – but you can save a lot of money if you bring a talented recruiter in-house. Either way – it’s worth the cost.
Seek out talent at events and on LinkedIn. If you’re looking to grow your IT talent pool, you and the principles on your team should dedicate time every week to connecting with IT superstars at seminars, conferences and on LinkedIn. Join LinkedIn groups that cater to the talent in the industries that align with your business and initiate and participate in LinkedIn group conversations. You will often run across people with the skills that you want on your team.
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn business page, you need to add one. The page should promote both your business and your career options. LinkedIn offers a variety of tools for finding talent. You can promote your company and your job openings in LinkedIn groups or by posting ads that target IT professionals. Visit LinkedIn to learn more tricks of the trade.
Reach out to technology-focused schools. Fortunately, more universities are adding programs for students interested in the analytics and data-driven technology that IT businesses are looking for today. In 2007, North Carolina State University launched a masters program through their Institute for Advanced Analytics that focuses on careers pertaining to the management of big data. Other schools that offer programs that focus on analytics and data-focused careers include University of Ottawa, Northwestern University, DePaul University and the University of Connecticut. Contact by phone or online (remember LinkedIn?) instructors and administrative personnel who facilitate the programs at these schools and find out what type of events and services they offer to help students find a job. Let them know you would like to participate and offer your mentorship.
Show the love to current employees. If you have bright and dedicated personnel who want to become experts in up-and-coming technologies, invest in their training and education. You likely know the work habits and capabilities of current staff and your business has invested in them already, so why not help them grow (while they help you grow)?
At Infovision, we have invested in our talent and are proud to have some of best and brightest on board. If you’re looking for a partner with IT expertise, we offer an array of strategic resources, enterprise applications and technology solutions to help your technology business grow. Contact us today!