Considering Taking a Counteroffer? Read This First!

519558563As an IT employee today, it’s likely that you get regular calls from companies or recruiters about possible jobs.  After all, the IT unemployment rate remains low and more and more jobs are being created daily.  This is all well and good if you’re in the market for a new job but what if you’re already at a role you like and another job opportunity presents itself?  You may interview and ultimately get the job leading to your resignation at your current role.  However, as talented IT professionals are hard to come by it might lead to your manager offering you more money, benefits or other perks to stay.  This scenario is happening to IT professionals frequently these days leading to the question, “Should I take a counteroffer”?
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How To Give An Effective IT Interview

How To Give An Effective IT InterviewFinding top IT talent in today’s market is no walk in the park.  The unemployment rate in IT remains low at 3.5% (Dice.com) and less college graduates are picking technology as a major, shrinking the talent pool.  However, the growth in IT projects and jobs has not slowed.  In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in IT growing 3.9% annually over the next 10 years while all other industries average only a 1.3% annual growth.  As a result of all this, professionals in charge of hiring IT talent are having a harder time finding the right people to fill their jobs.  This makes the recruiting and hiring process that much more important. Continue reading

4 Steps to Retain Your IT Talent

Building a successful IT department isn’t easy.  Hours of job postings, resume weeding and interviewing are sure to pay off resulting in a hardworking, productive team.  Once a team is in place, the hard work doesn’t stop there.  The focus shifts and becomes less about getting employees and more about keeping them.

As the IT talent war wages on, companies are increasingly in danger of losing their talent to competitors or other IT shops.  Losing valuable IT talent not only starts the recruiting process over again, it also costs budgetary dollars that could be used elsewhere.   Retaining IT talent is no easy feat.  It takes listening and effective communication to be able to make and keep employees happy.  Below, we’ve identified 4 easy steps for IT leaders to implement.  These steps will create a path to a retention plan and ultimately, keeping valuable employees.

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Jeff Miller on the Technology Association of Oregon’s Technology Services Forum

 

On December 10, 3013, EdgeLink’s Managing Director and Founder, Jeff Miller, presented on a panel for the Technology Association of Oregon’s Technology Services Forum.  The panel discussed “The Technical Services Talent Paradox: Solutions to the Talent Crunch.”  Also on the panel were J.R. Storment from Cloudability and Claire Hernandez from HealthSparq.

The panel discussed hiring trends and best practices companies can utilize for recruitment and retention purposes in their organizations.  In today’s market, when companies are looking for critical talent for their technical services positions, they are finding that recruiting is becoming a difficult undertaking.  Not finding that perfect candidate with the right technical skills, combined with a strong business acumen can be inhibitive to achieving business objectives.

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2014 Technology Hiring Trends

As 2014 quickly approaches, many technology departments are starting to analyze their needs for the upcoming year. Technology hiring trends, strategies, projects and equipment needs are all important aspects to your department’s plans for 2014 and should be assessed and budgeted appropriately.  However, one of the most integral pieces to your 2014 IT plan will be the technical staff needed to complete all your goals.

In 2013, we experienced very low IT unemployment rates, saw the emergence of trends such as BYOD and Big Data and continued to move data into the cloud. Now as we come to the end of the year, unemployment in IT remains low and we can predict that consultants who have a hot skill set can anticipate very high demand for their services.  While this is great for consultants, it creates an issue for IT managers and directors looking to fill certain positions, thus creating a hiring competition between companies for the best talent.

Can you anticipate what skills will be in demand in 2014? A recent ComputerWorld survey and article highlights some of the most in demand IT skillsets.  We condensed our list of top 2014 Technology Hiring Trends listed below:

1.) Programming / Application Development

According to ComputerWorld, this set of skills will be the most in demand in 2014 with 49% of their survey respondents planning to hire developers next year.  Software Developers specifically, are in high demand and are experiencing only a 1.8% unemployment rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Be ready to immediately extend an offer if you find a good developer as they won’t be on the market for long.

 2.) Help Desk / Technical Support

The need for Help Desk and Tech Support positions is a great sign of the economic times.  Positions such as these are added when businesses experience growth and need to increase their technology infrastructure. Also adding to the demand of this role are the companies who once outsourced their Help Desk needs and are now bringing them back in house.  37% of ComputerWorld respondents plan to hire Help Desk professionals in 2014.

3.)   Project Management

Big projects lie on the 2014 horizon. 25% of ComputerWorld respondents said that they were planning to hire a Project Manager within the next 12 months. The demand for PM’s signals that IT departments are planning on implementing more IT related projects this year.

4.)   Database Administration

With the popularity and increasing need of “Big Data” administrators, DBA’s will be one of the more difficult positions to staff for in 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports DBA’s are experiencing a 1.3% unemployment rate and a 31% growth rate from 2010 – 2020.  24% of ComputerWorld respondents are looking to hire for this position. As the founder and CEO of Mondon, Michael Kirven states, “Oracle DBAs, data architects – these people stay on the market for about an hour until they’re hired.”

 5.)   Mobile 

As the use of mobile devices grows for both consumer and B2B audiences, so does the need for Mobile Apps Developers and Device Management professionals.  The demand for positions such as these is growing faster than IT professionals can update their skills and adapt.  In 2013, CareerBuilder ranked Mobile Application Developers from their Supply and Demand Portal. They ranked this position an 18, on a scale of 0 -100 (with 0 being the most difficult to hire), proving the increased challenge in hiring these professionals.  27% of ComputerWorld respondents are planning on hiring for this role.

6.)   Security

IT Security always has and will continue to remain one of the most important IT positions to any organization.  The increased use of the web and having many organizations moving mass amounts of data to the cloud, makes information security more critical than ever.  21% of ComputerWorld respondents said they are planning to hire for this skill in 2014.

This past year, IT managers and directors may have started to find it harder to recruit the talent they need to fill their open jobs.  As you read above, these technology hiring trends  are not going away and if anything, will only increase in 2014.  If you start experiencing this shortage more and more and find you’re just not seeing the talent you need, you might consider partnering with a trusted IT staffing company.  Partnering with an agency to help your recruiting efforts will allow you to spend time on other initiatives or recruiting other positions.

Looking for any of these positions in 2014?  Learn more about EdgeLink’s services here.