As low as the unemployment rate is in our area (incredibly, 2.9 percent in Lancaster County), it’s even lower for some technology categories. So, if you’re looking for tech workers—as TriStarr recruiters do for clients—I can sympathize. The need is great, and the competition to find candidates is tough.
With more jobs available than skilled professionals over all industries, workers are leaving for greener pastures. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 2.4 percent of Americans are leaving their jobs this year, the highest level since 2001. That’s one in 42 workers.
Tech workers are on the move for the right positions, but they can be selective due to the high demand for their skills. And while some of the highest-paying jobs for recent graduates are in the tech industry, you might have to entice experienced tech workers with more than a nice paycheck to get them to work for you.
How can you be smarter about recruiting tech professionals? Here are seven job recruitment strategies the pros use:
- Watch subscription-only specialized job boards and websites to reach the best tech professionals in their fields.
- Attend conferences, trade shows, and meetings where tech pros gather to get to know and network with them.
- Identify tech specialists who interest you most and maintain ongoing contact with them.
- Follow the competition. If they’re dealing with financial challenges or inner turmoil, it could be a good time to reach out to their tech stars.
- Focus on the tech work even more than the benefits. Tech pros tend to value their work above anything else.
- Make necessary accommodations to provide workspace they desire, e.g., more room and privacy, if that’s what they need.
- Offer them a flexible schedule so they can choose to work when they feel most productive.
Demand for tech talent will continue to grow, so prepare now
The number of jobs in technology will continue to increase as the need for that expertise expands even further. Businesses, particularly large ones, are changing how they operate with increasing dependence on software development, artificial intelligence, and data science, for example.
Let’s look at that last one for a moment, as companies rely more on data to develop new products and services, as well as strategic business and marketing plans. According to a Bloomberg report, data scientists are “the most sought-after professionals in business,” sending salaries soaring at large technology companies. Job postings for data scientists rose 75 percent from early 2015 to early 2018.
Most searches will require more time than in the past, especially for positions demanding less common technical skills. Most tech professionals enjoy what they’re doing and aren’t currently considering a career move, so some persuasion may be required. In some cases, they may want to complete a project they’ve invested time in before coming to work for you.
As experienced recruiters, we can find candidates while you focus on retention
With a tight job market, you have to play defense as well. Don’t let your top tech employees get lured away by competitors. You may need to go the extra mile to retain them. Be sure you’re compensating them in line with your industry and market and give them opportunities to expand their professional development.
While you focus on retaining tech talent, you can find candidates for open tech positions with recruitment outsourcing. Our recruiters (headhunters) establish relationships with leaders of professional associations, talk with people at trade shows, and monitor online professional forums, discussion groups, and networking sites. While tech recruitment can be tough right now, our experienced job recruiters have an edge in searching for and persuading the best candidates.
Here at TriStarr, a recruitment employment agency in Lancaster, PA, we’re so confident that we can find candidates who are a great fit that we make a Good People Guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with a new recruit, we will replace him or her with another job candidate at no cost or provide a refund.
If you would like help with finding the right candidates in a tough recruitment market, contact us online or call us at (717) 560-2111. TriStarr job recruiters are ready to help you as they have so many other clients in the Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Hershey, and Reading areas.