Hiring in IT is already a challenge due to a small talent pool, and each day is an indication that this struggle will worsen. Turn on the TV or open an internet browser and you’ll quickly discover yet another news item regarding U.S. immigration policies. Flooded by so many proposed changes, opinions, analyzations, and court decisions, the topic has become a murky river that we are all floating down but cannot see through. In an effort to grasp a clearer picture of what’s happening and what it means for you, let’s take a step back and look at how immigration reform is impacting IT staffing. [···]
We’ve all been there. Whether you’re an HR manager, department manager, or team leader, the moment an employee comes to you to tell you they’re leaving, you get that sinking feeling. It’s a sensation tinged with sadness, regret, stress, and overwhelm.
One of your first thoughts is likely about how to replace them. The looming increase in workload and decrease in employee morale hang like storm clouds in the office, and you quickly get preoccupied with the challenge of recruiting in a high demand market.
The last thing on your mind is arranging a time to sit down with the employee who’s quitting to pick his or her brain about their experience with your company. In fact, it’s pretty easy to get cynical and wonder if an exit interview is even worth your time at all. [···]
The world is getting smaller. Globalization is the big buzzword in the business world, and it’s fueled primarily by technology. The consequences are vast, changing how we interact, invest, and trade.
It’s also changing how we hire. Companies are becoming more receptive to opening office locations on a global scale, and international mergers and acquisitions are also increasingly prevalent. But international staffing appears to be a challenge. Language barriers and cultural differences can be intimidating, putting many companies and even many staffing firms at a perceived disadvantage.
But what if it was easier than they thought? What’s the key to successful international staffing? [···]
Tech unemployment is reaching all-time lows across the nation, which is excellent news except for the fact that demand for top IT pros is at an all-time high.
That’s a recipe for an increasingly competitive market. This is a challenge not only for companies that have actively open tech positions, but also those companies whose IT professionals might be tempted by this lucrative market.
In either circumstance, though, the effort toward retaining top tech talent needs to come before hiring initiatives. When an organization reverses these strategies, turnover is rarely improved and the company gets stuck in the hiring cycle perpetually. Their rationale is often a problem with metrics; retention programs can often feel intangible, and success is hard to measure. But have they considered all the options?
It’s no secret that the demand for top IT talent is skyrocketing right now. The challenge is in finding the supply of qualified professionals to fill that demand. As competition for top talent increases and candidates are beginning to see multiple job offers at once, the thought of recruiting and hiring may be overwhelming.
Whether you’re experiencing rapid growth or natural turnover, at some point you may come to the decision that using a staffing firm is worth the investment to help you recruit the talent you need. If that’s the case, make sure you avoid these top three mistakes many companies make when choosing an IT staffing firm.