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The Challenge Of Recruiting Quality IT Personnel

Published on 13 November 15
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Finding the right IT professional is a daunting task these days. There are countless eager applicants out there; it's tough to know where to begin, let alone where you plan on ending up! Although it's no consolation, it's also tough for the IT job seeker, as they have more competition than ever.

It's also frustrating for both sides because the IT field is vast and diverse, and in many cases specialized. Some areas of IT have more openings than others, which can lead to disappointment and confusion. There're no two ways about it; it's a jungle out there, and no one's having a picnic!

Let's take a look at IT personnel recruitment from the perspective of the hiring company. How can you improve the odds of getting the right candidate hired?
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Success Begins At Home
Or more specifically, on your company's website. Many business' websites have a "Join Us" or "Career Opportunities" page, but just how effective is it for you? Is it a dynamic, inspiring, interesting page, or is it simply the same old boring tripe that you'd find in the Help Wanted section of the newspaper?

You should use the recruitment page to not only paint a picture of a growing, leading company that offers an excellent work environment but also to present a list of well-written, precise positions with openings. Speaking of which ...
Be Specific About What You're Looking For
No matter which medium you post your job openings in, make sure that you're clear about what the job responsibilities entail, what the qualifications are, and what you intend to give as compensation. Make sure there is no room for misinterpretation. As mentioned earlier, the IT field is huge, and "hiring an IT professional" is insufficient. A dentist is a medical professional, but you wouldn't hire one if you're looking for an OB-GYN doctor.
Networking Is Essential
Are you familiar with that old cliché of "It's not what you know, it's who you know"? There's a lot of truth there. Reach out to industry contacts, employee networks, trade shows, and association memberships for possible leads.

Employees are a great resource as well, as word of mouth is one of the most effective forms of advertising out there. Give a bounty for successful hires referred by employees. Make sure they carry business cards for your company if they are attending conventions or trade shows. Make your employees your biggest evangelists.
Social Media = Vastly Overrated
The article "Recruiting Stars: Top 10 Ideas for Recruiting Great Candidates"makes a statement that social media fans may find shocking: "social media is of limited value, especially for technical roles". While social media may help in networking efforts, it's not a magic bullet, and its effectiveness is only as good as the people who are doing the networking.
There's Always A Recruiter
On the upside, recruiters are experienced professionals with a strong incentive to find you the right candidate for the right position. On the downside, recruiters can cost you some big bucks. It comes down to whether you have the funds to do it and want to take the chance.

One way or another, recruiting a new IT professional is going to cost you, either directly by paying someone to do it for you, or indirectly by taking employees from their routine tasks to help find and hire new people. Your actual mileage may vary.

Check out "Tips For Hiring A Professional IT Technician" for more insights into the world of IT recruitment.

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