4 Innovative Ways You Should Attract IT Talent for 2019
Whether you are trying to build a team from the ground up or replace a long-standing position, competing for IT candidates is very difficult. Current hiring trends show that there are many more positions in the market than applicants, placing hiring power squarely on the talented individuals you are trying to hire.
There are many ways you can try to set yourself apart with attractive benefits, interesting hiring practices, and innovative contracts. Consider trying one of the following to bring on the best people in 2019:
Use Workplace Benefits
Working from Home (or wherever you want!): Allowing for your staff to work remotely either part or full time is a huge cost-saver for any modern business. While offering more flexibility brings on communication and management challenges, it can be a great incentive for potential employees to work with you. Offering work from home days once or twice a week can be seen as a major perk. Workplace flexibility also allows you to access top talent from 10000s of miles away without having to pay for relocation. In fact, Flexjobs found that in 2017, the savings associated with a workforce that offers employees the opportunity to work from home at least half of the time is $11,000 per telecommuter per year.
Upskilling: Upskilling is a relatively new perk that allows employees to pursue professional development on company time. This can be as simple as offering employees access to projects, conferences, and seminars that help to keep their skills up-to-date. Upskilling is very important to the millennial market. A report by the Execu Search Group shows more than half of the respondents considered the chance for professional development as their No. 1 reason to accept a job.
Add puzzles to your application: Using puzzles to entice high quality talent (or deter bad fits) is an ingenious tactic used mostly for technical and engineering roles. Facebook famously built its first team using puzzles to sort through applicants in order to find the most innovative and creative talent.
Think about it: you want to hire people who appreciate a good challenge. Make applicants solve a difficult math problem before they hit “submit,” or ask engineers to point out 5 errors in the coding of your careers site. Introducing a challenge for applicants helps to connect you to people who truly enjoy their work.
Host Community Events: If you’re trying to attract talent that already lives and works in your local area, then it is essential to get your employer brand into the hands of the talent (and recruiters) that make the most noise. One easy way to simultaneously increase brand awareness, engage with industry leaders, and identify passive talent is to host community events like happy hours, lecture series, or volunteer days. You can put your leadership front and center, and really show potential employees what your company and its culture has to offer.