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5 Ways IT Leaders Can Lure Top Tech Talent

Attracting top tech talent can be a challenge, especially at a time when competition is fierce for a limited supply of qualified applicants. Here are five tactics that can be effective.
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Offer Benefits

The most obvious way to recruit top talent is through material rewards. Almost anyone can be tempted with a sufficiently lavish offer. But organizations need not break the bank to attract top tier technical experts. Start by offering flexible work hours and up the ante from there.

'One of the hardest things to achieve, as expectations for technology teams continue to grow, is work-life balance,' said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, in an email. 'So one tech startup in the Midwest is offering unlimited vacation time to their technology talent and giving their employees $7,500 to take a vacation.'

Reed also points to career development as a popular perk.

'Technology professionals are especially focused on staying up-to-date on industry trends for their career growth and development,' said Reed. 'One retail company has industry leading speakers come to the office to teach in-demand skill sets, and they pay for extended education courses and conferences.'

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Offer Benefits

The most obvious way to recruit top talent is through material rewards. Almost anyone can be tempted with a sufficiently lavish offer. But organizations need not break the bank to attract top tier technical experts. Start by offering flexible work hours and up the ante from there.

"One of the hardest things to achieve, as expectations for technology teams continue to grow, is work-life balance," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, in an email. "So one tech startup in the Midwest is offering unlimited vacation time to their technology talent and giving their employees $7,500 to take a vacation."

Reed also points to career development as a popular perk.

"Technology professionals are especially focused on staying up-to-date on industry trends for their career growth and development," said Reed. "One retail company has industry leading speakers come to the office to teach in-demand skill sets, and they pay for extended education courses and conferences."

(Image: Squaredpixels/iStockphoto)

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9/14/2016 | 10:54:37 AM
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How about paying more salary and give just a sliver of the same stock options that C-level executives get? That would do the trick. Just. Pay. More.
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9/9/2016 | 3:39:07 PM
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Successful IT hiring also requires measures to address their attraction and retention issues such as bonuses, and providing additional education and training. Many employers are having success with a comprehensive a program that includes increasing base pay rates, offering retention bonuses while giving workers more training and advancement opportunities. 

When it comes to IT staffing, I think it's more of a skills gap. Our colleges and universities are not graduating enough U.S. citizens with strong science degrees, computer science or otherwise. As a result, firms are struggling to hire full-time or contract staff for IT and engineering positions. In working with Houston IT recruiters, it's important to know their true professional goals. Help them achieve their growth goals and help them establish a career growth path.

 
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