You can’t offer $10,000 signing bonuses? You’re not alone. Try these approaches to lure IT talent
The competition for business-savvy IT talent has never been greater, given the importance of technology to competitive advantage. CIOs are getting more creative in their attempts to recruit IT candidates. They’ve gotten so creative, in fact, that recruiting firm Robert Half Technology recently shared some extreme measures IT leaders have adopted to attract IT hires, from $10,000 signing bonuses and promises of complete schedule flexibility to guaranteed fast-track promotions and company cars. (And if that’s not enough, check out the Boxed.com approach to unusual benefits: Pay for employee weddings. )
CIOs seeking somewhat less radical methods of mining for talent can consider incorporating these strategies:
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7. Run the marathon – and the sprint
Patience is a virtue when hunting for in-demand skills. CEO and founder of cloud migration company TSO Logic Aaron Rallo is looking for experienced software engineers with an understanding of cloud technology – and they are often quickly snapped up by the big providers. “We don’t hire below our bar, so it may take time to find the right candidate,” Rallo says. “However, it’s okay to sometimes adjust the internal expectations and look at aptitude and ability to learn, especially in an emerging segment.”
When an attractive recruit is located, however, it’s time to kick things into high gear. “We’ve learned that if a high-quality candidate is talking to you, they are talking to others as well, which means we must also sell the company and negotiate quickly,” Rallo says.