Today, it’s a job seeker’s market, particularly in the tech industry. Demand far outpaces supply, and top talent often has the ability to pick and choose from multiple prospective employers.
Companies need to embrace a variety of tactics if they want to bolster recruitment, boost retention, and otherwise stay ahead of the competition. If you want to make sure you are prepared to survive the job seeker’s market, here are some tips that can help.
As technology becomes increasingly ingrained in companies operating in nearly every sector, IT departments are no longer just supply and troubleshoot various forms of equipment. Now, they are active players in selecting and crafting solutions that can improve operations in every business area, fundamentally changing the function of many tech roles.
The increasing levels of involvement and responsibility mean CIOs need their IT departments to be as productive as possible. At times, this requires a significant cultural shift, and that can be difficult to implement.
Luckily, there are things CIOs can do to boost productivity in IT. If you are ready to take on the challenge, here’s how to get started.
Make Change Part of Your Culture
Technology evolves at a rapid pace, but people aren’t always quick to embrace change. After all, change can be scary, even threatening, leading many IT professionals to resist implementing something new unless it is absolutely necessary.
However, this resistance to change can stymy productivity. It can cause unnecessary delays at critical junctures, slowing the progress of the team or the organization as a whole. Instead of allowing this attitude to permeate in your IT department, work to create a change-oriented culture.
Typically, this involves focusing not on the technology being added or adjusted, but the larger company goals. Discover what benefits the users and IT team will experience once the solution is identified and implemented, relate it to the business objectives, and use that to highlight the value of embracing that particular change.
Additionally, embrace the notion that IT can be a proactive part of the equation and not just a provider of requested technology. When a department requires a new solution, they may only have a general idea of what they genuinely need to be successful. Instead of allowing your tech pros to wait for others to define the desired technology, have them get involved in the conversation to help identify the requirements and locate viable solutions. This allows them to be a driving force behind beneficial change instead of a casual participant.
Locate the Right Candidates
When you need to add someone to your IT team, it’s wise to seek out those who are passionate about the field and excited about discovering new solutions. Then, give them opportunities to handle challenges, innovate solutions, or explore emerging technologies.
While you might not be able to make that the entirety of their job, by allowing them to explore the world of tech during projects, you help nurture their curious natures. This can make it easier for them to embrace change and to create a culture where introducing something new isn’t scary but invigorating.
Ultimately, by finding talented job seekers that aren’t afraid of change in the workplace, you can increase your odds of building a culture that supports the shifts that are necessary for your business to thrive. If you are looking for a skilled tech professional to join your staff, the professionals at The Armada Group can help you find the ideal candidate quickly and efficiently. Contact us to discuss your hiring goals today and see how our services can benefit you.
Degrees and certifications are good preparation for technical jobs – partly! They give developers the technical skills they need to get started on their career. But school projects are different from projects in the real world. Just knowing the latest technology isn't enough to succeed. Here's a look at what developers wish they knew about the work world before their first day on the job.
When starting a job, developers often look at the project they'll be working on and the technology they'll be using. If it's an interesting project using the latest technology and the pay is good, it's often too tempting to say no. What developers often don't consider is the lifestyle that goes with that project. Does it have an intense, deadline-driven schedule? Are employees valued and rewarded for their contributions? When you finish school, you start shaping your life, and the environment at the office will have a big impact on how you feel and how much time you have for living it.
Coworkers Can Make or Break Your Experience
In school, many projects are independent; when there are group projects, students often pick their partners. In business, almost every project is a team project, and the manager makes the assignments. Being able to get along, cooperate, and collaborate with teammates is key for succeeding in real world development projects. Even developers who aren't leading a team need to become comfortable speaking up in meetings to share opinions and shape design decisions.
Make It Work
Software projects at school are often graded on the quality of the code. In business, how good the code looks isn't always important. Sometimes it just has to work. Even if the code is ugly and will make maintaining it more difficult in the long term, the wrong technical choice may be the right choice for the business if it meets an urgent business need.
Programming Isn't Everything
You need to write code, but there are very few developers who do nothing but write code. Development jobs in industry require being able to speak with business users to get requirements, work with technical partners to design architectures, work with quality teams to design test cases (or do your own testing if there is no separate QA team), oversee the product's build and deployment into production, and help the production support team resolve issues. No matter how much you enjoy programming, developing skills to engage in these "peripheral" tasks is necessary for success.
Whether you're starting out in your career or are already a seasoned pro, think about what you want from your next job and then contact The Armada Group. Our experienced recruiters work to understand your skills, abilities, and career dreams, then match you with a job where you can excel.