Magazine article Management Today

Crash Course: Hiring Tech Talent

Magazine article Management Today

Crash Course: Hiring Tech Talent

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You need to recruit digital experts but you've been told there's a huge shortage of techies with the requisite skills. So what are you to do?

Think marketing. The likes of Apple, Google and Facebook are among the most desirable companies to work for in the sector, based on their cool image. 'Make sure you've got the right kind of employer brand out there, so people understand what you do and what it's like to work for you,' says Nathan Callaghan, a director at digital recruitment agency Futureheads.

Cast your net wide. Recruitment agencies can help, but make use of your own networks and social media. Go to thought-leadership events, hackathons and meet-ups, or hold your own. 'Market yourself continually, make sure you work every channel, and let people know that you're hiring,' says Callaghan.

Walk the tech talk. Demonstrate that technology is at the heart of your business.'Our research among CIOs and CTOs showed that 81% believe technology innovation had a positive impact on their ability to hire strong IT talent,' says Neil Owen, director of recruiters Robert Half Technology. 'Candidates want to work in companies who are investing in what's new such as cloud-based services, or open-source technologies, as opposed to legacy systems.'

Create the right roles. 'Front-end development, open-source technology, cybersecurity, and digital projects where there's a disruptive business model, are all roles that are sought after,' says Owen. If it's a project that's breaking new ground, and can be seen through from inception to completion, so much the better.

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