4 Ways to Attract Top IT Talent in 2016 and Beyond

The market for top IT talent is highly competitive. It's essential to be proactive and make yourself attractive to top candidates. What steps can you take in the coming year to beat the competition to the best people?

Make your organization a great place to work. And make sure that everyone knows it. Pay competitively, offer great benefits. Make the most of what you have to offer. If you are a smaller company that can't compete with the big boys in terms of standard perks, offer intriguing projects, profit sharing or a chance to get in on the ground floor and make a big impact. Be sure to publicize your successes, culture and interesting initiatives.

Go mobile, go social. IT professionals tend to be early adopters, so make sure that your site and your job board are easy to navigate on mobile devices. Younger candidates especially, expect to be able to search for jobs on a smart phone. Engage with them on social media. Start with LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, or tap the technical niche on sites like Github, Stack Overflow or Quora.

Ask for (and reward!) referrals from your current team. Your best IT people may know others of similar talents. And working with the best will likely make their job easier. Don't ask them just who is looking for work.  Ask them about the most talented people they know. The best people may be working elsewhere, but you or your recruiter can reach out to them confidentially to tell them about the opportunities at your organization

Get expert hiring help. Work with a niche recruiter who will have an inside track to the best available people. They can help you to screen talent, identify or contact passive candidates. An IT recruiter can evaluates your job postings and your recruiting process to be sure that they will attract the best people.

Searching for the top talent in 2016 and beyond will be just a little easier when you work with the experts at The SPARKS Group. We successfully attract talented IT job seekers to opportunities at area companies. Contact us today to start your IT talent search.

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