2 Sep

How to Hire Qualified IT Professionals—before Your Competition Does

Posted by John Brandwagt

IT professionals are among the most desirable types of employees in recent years. With the recent IT shortage in Canada and our ever-expanding need for tech expertise, it’s becoming harder and harder to hire qualified IT professionals for your business—without your competition snatching them up first.

You don’t want to compromise on hiring someone without the right skills for the job, but you can’t leave your position empty for longer than necessary. So how can you go about finding the right candidates quickly, easily, and before your competition does? Keep reading to learn some of the most important IT hiring strategies to get the job done right.

Think Ahead to the Future

If the position that you need filled is crucial to the function of your business, it might be tempting just to go through the hiring process as quickly as possible, without thinking of the long-term repercussions of your choice. Your candidate may check all of the right boxes on their resume—but that doesn’t mean that they’re the exact right person for the job. Quickly hiring candidates who aren’t qualified for the job just costs you money in the long run, as training expenses run high, so it’s more likely that your hire is going to end badly and you’ll be right back at square one.

Keep the future of your business in mind as you go through the hiring stages. Thinking long-term might make the process slightly longer as you conduct more background checks and more thorough interviews, but you’re much more likely to get a qualified IT professional that sticks with your business for the long haul.

Build Your Network

Networking, networking, networking—you hear about networking almost too often in the modern business world, but its effectiveness can’t be beat. Starting ahead of time and developing a network of IT professionals long before you need them will help you find the most qualified IT professionals without all of the added work of hunting them down.

The easiest way to build your network of IT professionals is by keeping in contact with former staff. You never know when these types of connections may start looking for a new job or know someone who would be a perfect fit for your company, so staying on good terms with them is a good idea from all sides.

Attending industry events, serving on committees, and getting involved in the online tech community could also prove useful—your network will grow organically and you’ll already have meaningful connections with the most qualified IT professionals when the time comes to hire.

Work to Learn Where You Went Wrong

So, your ideal candidate was snatched out from under you and went to go work for your competition instead. It’s a setback for your company—but you need to use this experience to learn where you went wrong. Was your offer too low? Did you take too long to close the deal? Were you too aggressive, or too relaxed? Take the time to consider each of these issues and do your best to fix them for next time.

Partner with an IT Recruitment Firm

One of the best and most efficient options for employers to hire the most qualified IT professionals is to partner up with an IT recruitment firm. They’re experts in both the hiring field and in the tech industry—so they know exactly what it takes to make the most informed hire. With an IT recruitment firm, you can relax knowing that your hiring needs are being taken care of, so you can go back to doing the most important part of your job—running your business.

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Topics: IT Staffing

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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