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Need to Take on IT Hiring in 2015?

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

While almost 75% of tech professionals think the companies they work for will have a greater IT need in 2015, only 56% of those same professionals believe their companies will increase spending for IT. According to an article, “IT Hiring, Budgets In 2015: 7 Telling Stats,” in informationweek.com, the people operating a number of companies believe they can handle rising demand for IT services without using more money to do so. That makes using the very best technology and newest platforms, including the Applicant Tracking System, and a good strategy, vital.

Many companies are not hiring IT professionals. Only 30% of companies anticipate hiring new IT professionals in 2015.

In today’s world, the increasing IT demand isn’t only about increasing the number of BI reports. It is also about doing new things to lower costs and help companies grow, including using mobile apps for data analysis, to spot new opportunities, build new customer ties and increase revenue.

New highly virtualized data centers, which allow for remote management, will eliminate some IT jobs. IT companies won’t have to spend as much time manipulating physical boxes.

Todd Davis, CIO for Choice Hotels, was quoted in the article in Information Week as saying finding infrastructure professionals among IT professionals is one of the hardest tasks there is because of the complexity of the data center.

Using an Applicant Tracking System can be useful. A modern day ATS software can store information about IT candidates, monitor all candidates throughout the hiring process, post job openings on a job board or corporate website, generate interview requests by email, use source tracking, and to pre-screen questions.

In additon, an Applicant Tracking system can find the best professionals, quickly, by recruiting and identifying them. It can improve the speed of hiring and the quality of new employees, while using fewer resources.

Choice Hotels provides an example of a company growing by investing in IT, including people. The IT staff is being expanded by 100 people, or 20%, primarily in Phoenix. The company has used reservation system upgrades because of international expansion and cloud platforms.

“We’re looking for people who can bring new thought to the table as we push into new markets and come up with creative ways to address our technology needs,” Davis explained in the article.

Is your company one of the 56% of companies that will increase its IT budget, the 33% making no changes, or the 11% reducing its budget? Maybe you will self-fund new development projects, or even eliminate IT projects, waiting to see what the future holds.

Whatever your company is doing, it pays to use the best software tools and to have a good plan in place.

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Are Your Hiring Managers Ruining Your Brand?

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

A recent article by the Harvard Business Review talked about the rise of rude hiring managers seen across the job market. When you are looking to talk to job applicants, it is critical that your hiring managers are not being rude. They may be rude without even being aware of it, so you want to take the time to look at the practices in place.

At least one in every five job applicants have a horror story about being given assignments for a job and then not getting the job. These “assignments” can include anything from proposals to five-year plans to working in the location to see how one responds to the overall environment. In the end, even though a person meets all of the criteria, they are told that the company is going to go in a different direction.

When a person is asked to jump through hoops and then ultimately not given the job, it can leave a bad taste in their mouth. They can focus their energy on sabotaging the business on many levels – and when you are trying to become a more successful company, you don’t want such a thing to happen.

An Applicant Tracking System can be used to keep all applicants organized as they come in. You can figure out what characteristics are the most important and then search the applicants based upon these. You can even allow hiring managers to ask the applicants to do something as a way of seeing the eagerness of the applicant and their outcome. However, all should be logged into the tracking system so it is fair.

When such a system is used, it also allows hiring managers to deliver a better response when someone is not ultimately chosen for a job. Instead of feeling like they have been “taken” by the company, they can feel as though they had a fighting shot and simply wasn’t the one that was chosen.

Harvard Business Review suggests streamlining the hiring process and using both good manners and common sense. The process should be transparent to all the applicants. A timetable should be established for making a decision, and updates should be given periodically. Any “tryout” requirements should be limited and explained at the very beginning. All applicants being considered for a position should also be given a definitive response within the timeframe.

Rudeness should simply not be permitted by your hiring managers – it can ruin your companies brand, as each of those job applicants will voice their opinion about it. It’s best to identify a timeframe to adhere by. Studies have shown that the decision making process has increased dramatically in recent years. With an Applicant Tracking System and a simple plan, you can ensure hiring managers don’t come across as rude and applicants know just what they need to do to be considered for a position.

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