Since the IT sector’s unemployment is at its lowest in almost a decade, it is definitely a seller’s market for professionals with technology skills. However, it is more than merely hard-core technical skills and knowledge that will get job seekers far in IT departments. Though technical experience is incredibly necessary for any IT role, some of the most important indicators of a successful IT career have nothing to do with bytes, bits and coding.
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Wade Burgess, LinkedIn’s Vice President of Talent Solutions stated at their Talent Connect Conference that, “Today, what differentiates an average company from a great company is talent. We are working to connect talent with opportunity at mass scale.”
2015 may be a year of continued IT talent success. According to Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast survey, 24 percent of respondents mentioned their companies are planning to add more IT talent to their ranks in the upcoming year, demonstrating the prospects for expansion are strong.
Specifically, the technical skills most sought after are those needed for companies in expansion mode, suggesting that organizations are continuing to invest in their IT infrastructures. Companies are working on large initiatives, therefore needing the best talent to complete the projects.
In the world of recruiting, today, peoplecasting is becoming more important than forecasting. A company can have a fantastic business strategy, but if you do not have the best people in place to build the products and services, it will not be able to be executed. The “War for Talent” is impacting companies all over the globe, with employee acquisition and talent retention being more important than before. A key to completing this puzzle is likely social media.
According to research, 89 percent of hiring failures can be attributed to poor cultural fit. Why is this important to keep in consideration? Each company’s cultures can be drastically different. The meaning of cultural fit can vary greatly between companies as well, whether it determines the clothes employees wear, what employees do in their free time or if employees will go out together after work.
Big things are to come this year in the world of IT Staff Augmentation. Check out these six IT staff augmentation trends for 2015.
In the past, December has been seen as a difficult month to hire. The fourth quarter, in general, is the most complex hiring period throughout the entire year. Often, hiring managers and CEOs try to fill the remaining openings in the end of the year, even reaching out to recruiting firms to assist in finding the best candidates. Businesses don’t stop working during the holidays, like they have in the past.
Recruiting involves attracting talent for a job at the right time. However, how do you know when the right time is? Data Scientist Kasia Senderowska conducted a study for SmartRecruiters on when the right time to hire is.
In today’s recruiting age, many believe the way to keep millennials is with a full range of perks, whether free food, dry cleaning, gym membership, etc. However, these individuals are in for a rude awakening. Millennials account for 1/3 of the total United States population and $170 billion in spending each year. Today, human resources should focus on matching motivations and giving their employees the tools to help them grow.