Why does it take so long to find and hire the right IT professionals?

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IT jobs are now harder to fill because both companies and candidates are becoming much more selective.  A wrong hiring decision hurts both the enterprise and the candidate.

When a company is being more selective, often it is because the enterprise has identified a new skill set requirement, role, and/or responsibility that traditional IT professional candidates do not have.  Specific skills, roles, and responsibilities need to be clearly identified and included in the job descriptions that are utilized to fill positions.

The three most common drivers in the change of skills, roles, and responsibilities are:

  • Knowledge and experience in the enterprise’s markets: With the move towards a socially engaged and integrated business environment, having an IT professional who can work across various platforms and cultures is paramount.  IT professionals need to understand the interconnectedness of business operations across legacy systems and social networks. This is crucial to the long-term success of both the IT function and enterprise operations.
  • Cultural Fit: The IT professional needs to “fit-in” and complement the existing IT team and enterprise operational environment. In addition, they need to be able to think outside of the box to communicate, market, and implement the “right” amount of technological innovation.
  • Competitive pressures to be a technological leader: Corporations of all sizes are rife with C-Level executives that want to have the killer applications of the future.   In the 80s and 90s, large companies like FedEx, American Airlines, and American Hospital Supply developed systems that changed the business paradigm. Today companies are looking to hire IT professionals who can do this for them.  This now is the goal of many small to mid-sized enterprises.

A full and detailed job description is a must for this environment.  Well defined job descriptions communicate not only expectations but also the scope of responsibilities.  With this in hand, both the candidate and the enterprise can make a more informed decision.

Janco, in concert with over 100 enterprises across many industries and countries, has created a full set of IT job descriptions that can be implemented “right out of the box”. They are delivered electronically in MS WORD, PDF, and ePub formats.

There are over 280 descriptions including CIO, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Mobility, Digital Brand Manager, IT Security Engineer, Object programmer, and many more.

For a more detailed description of Janco’s job description offering go to https://www.e-janco.com/IT_Job_Descriptions.htm.

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Dave Rawe: Short term assignmets spread across the country and low pay.
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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Andrew Truitt: Simple.....I work in the IT field!! It's because employers want 20 years of expertise at $9 per hour! Greed...nothing more!
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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John Ervin: because SOOO many applicants are total IDIOTS.. Store managers, are NOT computer techs... Techs are NOT managers... get over it
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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John Ervin: People have ZERO respect for IT workers until they are gone.. then they wonder why they fired the guy in the first place... I have been called back to over 4 companies that let me go... after demanding market rates. typically I would work a few more weeks and then remind them that they get EXACTLY what they paid for.. a Temporary fix...
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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Ralph Cooksey-Talbott: HR Screening out experienced workers is one reason hiring can be difficult...
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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Jeanine Kastner: The problem has been these temp. agencies - most of whom are out of China & India - being allowed to lobby for H1-B visas. In order to make their 50% cut - for which they do nothing, except match job descriptions & resumes - they have to hire the cheapest help - so that's how so many foreigners got into this country, and the quality of I/T went down hill! After all the outsourcing & offshoring came into play, then mgt. got lazy, "Oh! We can hire someone to do our job, and ours, both, without having to do work ourselves - yet earn a fancy paycheck! - AND!, by hiring temp's, if there's the slightest thing we don't like about them, then we can just fire them, and hire someone else!"
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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Steele Pierson: 1. The desire for trained/educated workers with experience
2. The desire for high turnover employees for whatever reason, my guess is money.
3. Over reliance on contract work, with no benefits end very short time frames. I've literally had job offers that only last a month.
4. People who are in change of pay rates, HR and management, are trained in HR and management and don't know how to accurately value IT workers. I've had positions with different companies require certifications or degrees that have absolutely no bearing on the workload, and pay rates for the same positions in different places range in a $15 per hour difference for the exact same job.
Posted ON : 09/17/2017
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Vern Green: To answer the question, "because you are doing it wrong!"
Posted ON : 09/18/2017
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Robert Steinbach: What I have witnessed is that a small company gets a new IT person and the roles this person does expands and expands under this person can jump ship for $20/hour more and now HR says they have to find a candidate with the same experience for the same pay.
Posted ON : 09/18/2017
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Hal Fry: To hire an IT person a IT person should interview them. I worked in the computer field for 14 yrs in the military we are an odd lot our mind looks pass the computer screen into the contents of the computer. Most lay people do not understand how we think. We can stay awake for 2 days straight trying to figure a problem and then the boss will say how come it took you so long to fix the problem. Our satisfaction comes with solving the problem and we think f*** off boss. Never paid enough for our labor whether mental or physical.
Posted ON : 09/18/2017
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Van Lepthien: By "cultural fit" do you mean white, male, under 35? Diversity of experience and breadth of knowledge comes with time. Not being privileged gives you a better perspective on what really happens in the world. But you are having a problem finding the right people...
Posted ON : 09/18/2017