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Big Data Talent War: 7 Ways To Win

53% of big data-focused companies say analytics experts will be tough to find for the next two years. Here's how IT leaders plan to train, borrow, or steal talent--and what job seekers should know.
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Tip 7: Consider The Corporate Culture
Attracting experienced employees from other companies is not just a matter of using social networks like LinkedIn and offering more money. Talented people want to know that they'll be working with the latest technologies, that they'll have access to training and that they'll be collaborating with like-minded employees. What's more, they want to work on important insights that help drive the business.

It's easy to see the potential culture clashes at a big data event near you. Hint: The attendees from banks, insurance companies, manufacturers and chemical companies aren't generally wearing hoodies. The stubble-and-T-shirt crowd typically hails from startups, media companies or Internet giants where foosball tables aren't just unused affectations purchased to make a company seem hip. Skills and cultures don't always work well together. Keep that in mind in your quest to hire or be hired.

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Tony Kontzer
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1/23/2013 | 8:26:14 PM
re: Big Data Talent War: 7 Ways To Win
I'm shocked to come to this story more than 2 months after it posted and see no comments here. This seems to me a valuable and insightful set of tips that can serve as a launch point for a discussion on how to best fill the data science talent gap. And I'm sure readers would be able to add more tips of their own--and maybe even offer counter-evidence questioning the effectiveness of one of the tips listed here. What say you, readers?

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