Everyone wants to hire the best IT talent, but it’s not an easy task. The unemployment rate for those within the IT industry is in the low single-digits and this means that it’s hard to find a technical team that has a lot of talent.
Loren Larsen from HireVue provides some analysis as well as some creative approaches to technical recruiting, which includes the use of applicant tracking software to keep track of who has applied and be able to search through the applications in a faster method.
Dice, a tech jobs portal, showed that the unemployment rate fell from 3.9 percent to 3.5 percent in the latter half of 2013. This is because the tech industry is being used in many other industries including education, health care and sales. This leads employers needing to be more efficient when recruiting.
If you are looking to hire the best IT talent, you have to look outside of your market. You may want to consider recruiting, interviewing in a remote manner, and then paying them to move – or have them work in a remote capacity.
Perks need to be considered as well, and it’s not all about the money. There are a lot of companies getting creative with fringe benefits and this is what you have to compete with. Some companies have a more fun culture while others are being given their own laptops.
You will also want to grow your own talent. Many of your employees want to grow within the company and providing them with on-the-job training or paying for them to go back to school can provide you with all of the IT talent that you need.
Be more engaging with your talent as well. You can sponsor trade events, join user groups and start attending various conferences.
Throughout all of this, you need to be paying attention to how you collect resumes and hold the information. With the use of applicant tracking software, you can make sure you database the good candidates so that you can contact them when you have an opening that you think they will be good for. Even if they have a job, the perks that you offer may be better – and that can be used to get you the talent that you need.
The applicant tracking software allows you to search through the candidates that you have gotten, making it easier and more effective to find the people that you need. The software can also feed directly into social media and other avenues, allowing you to be where the best candidates are online.
IT talent is hard to come by, but if you change your overall recruiting method, it can improve the candidates that you get.