Trying to fill open Information Technology jobs can be difficult in this tight IT labor market. Here are some recruiting tips for employers:
Recruit for your “bench”. Always be recruiting. Devote time to recruiting, even if when you don’t have any open positions. Stay sensitive to identifying Candidates through your network, IT Job Sites, etc. When you identify a potential Candidate, explain that you don’t have an open position, but you would like to maintain contact until you do.
Honor your requirements. Prepare a written Job Description and consider only Candidates who meet every key requirement in it. Don’t select a candidate who excels in one area but is lacking in another. Don’t focus only on technical competence. Remember that culture and personality are important. You are better off waiting and hiring a Candidate who is the right fit than expecting someone to evolve into what you want h/h to be.
Elevate your company. You want your company to be at the top of the Candidate’s list when you are ready to make a job offer. Make sure that you communicate your company’s advantages over the competition, i.e. location, benefits, culture, values, awards, etc.
Compensation. While compensation is not always the deciding factor for Candidates, it is, of course, key. Know what your competition is paying and be competitive. When you find a qualified candidate, offer what they are worth to you.
References matter. Carefully check references, ask probing questions and read between the lines.
Use a Recruiting firm. The demand for IT Candidates exceeds the supply. Consider using a Recruiting firm to obtain qualified Candidates on a timely basis.
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