Finding 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
What is the current state of the US job market? It’s a common question and a topic for much heated debate. While the nation braces for the effects of the latter half of the fiscal cliff, pending tax increases, and the looming debt ceiling issue, employment uncertainty is unfortunately a consistent cause for concern. Recent financial reports show that housing, manufacturing and the auto markets are starting to pick up, providing a glimmer of hope in a market that’s been otherwise dismal. With so much attention on national tax, job, and financial issues, what is the effect on the IT job seeker? What’s the current state of the IT market for the IT candidate? Continue reading
The incubator and start-up scene is thriving in a number of cities, including Denver, where our newest office is located. The EdgeLink clientele is comprised of a varying profile of company types spanning F500, SMB, and new start-up organizations. Because our experience is deep across all company profiles, we’ve been able to advise corporations on how to optimize hiring practices in order to find, acquire and retain top IT talent in a highly competitive marketplace. Incorporating all of these elements into a successful human capital life cycle is a very difficult and complex undertaking.
Recently, John Kingdeski of our Denver office, showcased his hiring process thought leadership to a group of RVC members. His presentation centered around 10 common mistakes that start-ups can avoid when hiring their start-up teams; specifically IT talent. Continue reading
Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a number of changes in the IT employment market: the ecstatic highs of the dot com boom, the plunge into recession, and now the slow climb through a recovery-era, high-skill demand. With the ever changing landscape that is information technology, we start to ask ourselves if there is such a thing as work stability within the IT workforce. Whether it’s full-time employment or contract staffing, the only certainty is the constancy of change. For all IT professionals, adapting to this change is vital to maintaining a sustainable work history. Some of the key areas to focus on in order to remain marketable through economic ups and downs include: Continue reading
Last week, I discussed the challenge of hiring in a tight market and why waiting to make a decision may be the right strategy. However, there are always opposing sides of each argument, and in this case, we see that there are also very compelling reasons to move quickly in a tight market, when the right candidate surfaces.
As in every case, it’s very important to remain selective and to stick to your guns when looking to retain top talent. However, there is a point at which a decision should be made, and pulling the trigger at the right time may avoid a number of unforeseen downstream obstacles. Continue reading