5 Ways to Retain Top IT Talent in a Competitive Market

Retention The IT hiring momentum that kicked off 2015 has yet to slow down, and in fact has been further boosted by the latest news from the White House; an announcement regarding a new initiative to help boost employment in the high-tech sector, with grants across the country, including Portland and Colorado.

This is creating a lot of movement in the tech industry and a lot of competition between companies that are hiring. If you’re planning to expand your current IT staff, the last thing you want is to be forced to hire for positions made empty by people leaving. Continue reading

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

When You Should Switch Your IT Staffing Provider

In today’s IT market, it’s getting harder and harder to find the technical talent you need to complete projects.  Many managers have found that recruiting on their own isn’t doing the trick and have turned to an IT staffing provider.  When partnering with a firm to help your hiring needs it’s important that you work with the right IT staffing partner. Doing so will help you successfully find high quality consultants for your open positions.  Working with the wrong partner though, can leave your jobs sitting open for weeks on end, leaving your projects stalled.

Obviously, if you’re not getting your jobs filled, it’s probably time to switch IT staffing companies.  But what are some other key traits that can clue you in that it’s time to switch?  Check out our list below of four examples that will tell you it’s time to find a new partner: Continue reading

The 7 Best Updates to Make to Your IT Resume

According to a research study done by TheLadders.com, it takes a recruiter six seconds to review your resume and decide if you are a fit for their job or not.  Yes, you read that right.  Not six minutes, six seconds.

You know that having a resume that effectively showcases your skills and abilities is important. However, it can be easy to add your most recent job to the top of the document, click save and hope for the best.  It’s important to revisit your resume every so often to maintain that it is in its most efficient form for landing you your next job.

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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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