7 Feb

How to Attract Top IT Talent in 2018

Posted by John Brandwagt

It’s a new year, which means big things for you and your company. Whether you’re riding a wave of growth you started last year or you’re already planning for the growth you expect later this year, you’re likely going to be adding positions to your business.

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Of course, anything can happen over the next 12 months. Some of your employees may decide to leave, seeking greener pastures elsewhere. In any case, you’ll probably need to make a hire in 2018.

You’ll need to attract the best IT talent in 2018. If you’ve been struggling to get the cream of the crop when it comes to IT talent, follow these tips to attract the best information technology professionals.

Check Your Job Descriptions

Have you looked at your job descriptions lately? They could be one reason you’re struggling to find the top IT talent. If you haven’t updated or revised your descriptions in a while, you should consider doing so.

Job descriptions tell job seekers what you’re looking for. Keep things short and sweet. List the most pertinent skills for the job, not every skill under the sun. Check out job descriptions from companies hiring for similar positions to see what the market wants and expects.

Also ensure the job title and the job description line up. You could be receiving a number of misdirected applications if you’re using the wrong job title.

Expand Your Network

LinkedIn and similar sites are great tools for job seekers and hiring managers alike. If you’re looking for the top IT talent Canada has to offer, however, you’re going to need to branch out beyond.

There are specialized job sites and web forums where IT specialists and professionals gather. Consider posting your jobs in some of these locations to get them in front of the right people. You should also reach out through your network to other IT professionals. They may not be interested themselves, but they may know someone who is.

Finally, you should also consider conferences and workshops a prime opportunity for connecting with new people in the IT field.

Work with a Recruiter

If you’ve been having trouble attracting the top IT talent to your company, you’re not alone. It’s a competitive market. The ongoing shortage of IT skills is only making the situation worse for employers.

One easy way to increase your chances of success is to team up with a recruiter who specializes in the IT industry. These recruiters have in-depth knowledge of the job market in this industry. They’ll be able to improve your job descriptions and even get your postings in front of a wide range of passive candidates.

A recruiter can also help you assess the applications you receive and evaluate the candidates you select for interviews. In short, working with an IT recruiter is your best bet to hire the best IT talent for your company, no matter the date on the calendar.

Pre-Screen Candidates

Since it’s so easy to apply to jobs these days, you may receive more applications for your job postings than you have in the past. Not every candidate is a quality candidate. You need a way to quickly sort through all those applications.

Using pre-screening techniques will help you sort the best from the rest in short order. Software can help you screen applications for keywords and pick out only those who are truly qualified for the job. Administering a test can help you determine who’s really good at their job and who’s truly great.

There’s no shortage of ways to find the top IT talent for your company in 2018. Use these techniques for hiring success.

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John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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