Attracting high-performing individuals is crucial to business growth. Here are the top 3 ways to recruit top IT talent.
An organization lives or dies based upon the people that work within it. If your organization is filled with high-performing and competent individuals, you will offer a higher quality service or product to your customers. Conversely, if your business is only made up of slow, ineffective, and incompetent workers, you will soon find yourself out of business.
Of course, every business wants to attract top talent to join their company, however, it’s not that easy. Check out our blog “The Top 3 Reasons IT Recruitment is More Difficult in 2022.” The market is competitive, and with skills that are highly in demand, such as IT skills, you have to position your employment offering carefully. Get it wrong, and you’ll lose critical human resources to the competition – but get it right, and you’ll reap the benefits of highly competent individuals.
In this blog, we’ll outline the three best ways to attract and recruit top IT talent for your business.
1 – Offer a remote work option or go fully remote
The COVID-19 pandemic caused many employees to gain a new perspective on how they accomplish their work tasks. The enforced work from home mandates experienced across the world proved that many businesses could operate with the same level of productivity as if employees were in the office.
The increased flexibility, comfort, and convenience that came with working from home has since become a desire of much of the workforce. According to a May poll from Morning Consult and Bloomberg News. Nearly 40% of U.S. adults would contemplate quitting if their employers weren’t flexible about remote work – and for good reason. Employees who don’t have to commute have more time for their well-being and tasks alike.
Regardless, if you want to attract top IT talent, you have to focus on giving your employees a good working experience, which means giving them the choice and flexibility about where and when they work. More than a workplace perk, the concept of working from anywhere at any time is a key driver to attracting better IT talent, giving your team a sense of trust and value.
How to succeed
- Offer flexible hours
- Enable remote working opportunities
- Have a goal-orientated approach
2 – Development and continued education
Talented individuals aren’t just looking for their next paycheck – they’re looking for their next step. Unless you offer an attractive career path, you will miss out on a lot of up-and-coming talent within the IT-sphere.
As an employer, you want to prove to your employees that you care about their goals and want to help them achieve them. Making this apparent in the interview phase as well as throughout working hours will help you attract top IT talent and retain them.
One of the best ways to demonstrate this philosophy is through skills development and learning opportunities. Three out of four developers stated that what they need in a job is a chance to learn new skills and technology. Thinking about your employees’ self-development is seen as a plus point in the eyes of candidates. However, don’t make any commitment to your candidate’s continued education in an interview, if you can not promise that the candidate will actually have access to any form of continued learning.
How to succeed
- Have regular performance conversations and feedback
- Set clear prerequisites for promotion
- Personalize employee experience and development
3 – Provide differentiated perks and benefits that matter
Before COVID-19, there was a wave of tech companies offering unique perks like “happy hour” or “pet-friendly office spaces”. Many even went so far as to offer entire office spaces with fun activities, like arcades, table tennis, candy walls, and more. However, these perks are soon to become a thing of the past, with the likely future of remote work becoming the new normal.
By some estimates, over 70% of the workforce worldwide will be working remotely at least five days a month by 2025. Employers will thus be unable to offer the same perks and benefits that were previously so common. If you want to attract top IT talent, employers will have to get creative and adapt to new working situations.
Some of the ways organizations can do this include setting a work-from-home budget that can contribute to better home office equipment or time off for personal development. Companies can also adopt flexible working hours, letting employees work on their tasks at a time best for them, rather than the typical 9-5 workday.
How to succeed
- Offer perks that match your employee’s conditions and situation.
- Get creative with perks to differentiate yourself.
- Personalize perks to employees.
Build your all-star team
Finding the best talent to take your organization to the next level can be challenging. There is a lot of competition out there, and your budget for new hires may be limited. We’ve seen organizations struggle to find high-performing individuals all the time. The key is not to focus on the money, but the experience and we’ve mastered this method of thinking. That’s why CRI has been the leading provider of IT staffing and augmentation services for the last 30 years.
Book a consultation with us today – we’ll review your needs and find you the perfect applicant for your business in no time.
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