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The Race for IT Talent

Gery Messer, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, CenturyLink | July 5, 2016
The IT department is crucial to the smooth operation of most organisations. That said, companies must be focused on hiring top talent to manage technology on an ongoing basis.

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There have been a lot of news and articles regarding the perceived problem on the shortage of IT talent, not just regionally but globally. According to a Manpower survey conducted last year, engineers and IT staff are among the two jobs that are hardest to fill.

The IT department is crucial to the smooth operation of most organisations. That said, companies must be focused on hiring top talent to manage technology on an ongoing basis. There will always be challenges in finding the right fit for a particular job, especially one that requires specific skillsets. A forecast by Computerworld last year highlighted some of the most IT skills in demand, which included IT architecture, programming and application development, big data, business intelligence and web development.

"Before beginning a search for potential hires, it is vital to have a plan in place for finding, interviewing, hiring and retaining the best IT candidates. Companies must also avoid making common hiring mistakes that will risk losing valuable time and talent prospect," said Gery Messer, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at CenturyLink. "CenturyLink has witnessed how the technology industry has evolved. One thing remains the same for a legacy companies- people are still the top priority and key pillar of the business."

Some of the strategies that companies can use to attract and retain IT professionals include:

1.     You (along with your colleagues) are your company's best brand ambassador

It is important to consider and identify existing employees who best represent the type of talent you want to attract. It is useful to know what they enjoy most about working for the company, such as employment perks, opportunities, benefits, internal growth and more, and to use this information to showcase the company's recruitment programme.

Employee referrals are another way to source for ideal talents, especially for technical positions such as engineers, technicians or IT architects. Tapping into your employees' existing networks allow the company to extend the reach of their hiring efforts. Not only that, it also acts as an effective filter, to find candidates that work well with existing talents at the organisation.

2.     Make the recruitment experience a memorable one

A lot of companies are looking for IT talents, opening up a myriad of options for the IT professionals. Thus, it is important to provide a positive hiring process, starting from the first interview.

Interviews hold the best opportunity to impress the candidate and showcase the benefits of working for an organisation. The technological capabilities and the advancements within the company can also be called out, offering IT talents a position in an organisation where their skills and expertise will be valued. In short, establishing a reputable and innovative company image is important.

 

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