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Revisiting Classic Strategies for Facing IT Hiring Challenges

From the depths of the recession in 2009, to the gradual improvements spanning the 2011 – 2013 period, to the substantial employment gains of 2014/2015, the scales of IT hiring have once again shifted. And as Randy Gross for Fierce CIO argues, it’s now a ‘seller’s’ job market in which employers could stand to remember a few old hiring tips.


Consider telecommuting and think in terms of location. Is the Maryland metropolitan area going to fulfill your requirements for new staff? What about Lexington, Kentucky? Additionally, some IT jobs are ideal for a work-from-home strategy – others, not so much. Basically, if it doesn’t exist in the 50 mile radius surrounding the workplace, you should probably look further afield.

Skills Re-Tooling

But then again, perhaps the opposite is true. For when it comes to filling that missing skills gap, your current hires might yield the most effective gains. There are often employees who are so close to filling the new role that they are practically doing the job already. A switch of titles or departments, the addition of a certificate or a round of training and, voila!


What about pay? Are you going to offer standard wage or salary options while expecting superior work quality? Remember that, while the recession prompted some major belt-tightening across all industries when it came to IT innovation, it now appears that the opposite is happening:

It’s no longer a matter of simply keeping the PCs running and the network online. Today’s IT professional is expected to do that, plus have expertise in mobility, security, privacy, compliance, virtualization, the cloud, big data and the next big thing to come along, too. Yet some employers have been reluctant to pay a premium salary for premium skills.

In any case, try thinking from the perspective of the potential hire. Will standard pay, the absence of training, and long commutes coupled with inflexible hours acquire or keep you when other employers can offer more? Most can do better, and will.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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