Being an IT Recruiter in Dallas for the past 11 years, I have seen many ups and downs. For a recruiting or talent acquisition professional, the current state of the tech job market is good and bad; meaning we have only 1.9 percent of tech professionals without work, BUT supply does not equal demand.
Here are some of my thoughts on what this means to candidates and companies looking to hire…
As a candidate: Why NOW is the best time to entertain new opportunities
There are a couple of routes you can take. A more passive approach is to get your LI profile together, or post your resume, and just see what comes to you. You may be happy as a clam in your current role, but what if…? <you fill in the rest.> 😉
Or take a more aggressive approach and go after what you want. I have had people receive salary offers $50k MORE than they are currently making, get unlimited PTO, work from home time, free gym memberships, lunch paid for daily, etc. You never know what’s out there unless you start to pay attention. Know your value.
For those that may think they have outdated skills or technologies; there are sites like Udemy that offer very affordable online classes for you to learn just about anything. I’m taking a SQL and Python class now, and they were $10 each. What interests you? Now is an exciting time to try out a new career or learn a new skill, and with the amount of information and education out there, you can either make it happen or make an excuse.
As a company: Why you need to look at hiring a little differently
Know your sell (to a future employee). It’s a candidate’s market and whether you like it or not, you are being interviewed just as much as you are doing the interviewing… and this is how it should be.
Learn to embrace someone different, or someone that is not cookie cutter image of what you are seeking – how can you mentor and grow this person? What can you learn from them? As I said before, supply does NOT equal demand for talent right now, especiallywith the “latest and greatest” technologies. I’m talking about AI, Cloud, Automation, Security…. Well, guess what? Everyone else wants that too and in a market as hot as Dallas… you’ve got to relax some of your expectations and start looking at how to be different.
If you are set on finding the Unicorn – be prepared to move extremely FAST and ante up on money and on perks when you do find them. Schedule an interview immediately, have them come in the next day. Learn about their outside interests to prepare for the interview with them. Make time for them and if you are interested in hiring them, show them.
Finally, as a Recruiter: How do you survive?
Stay tuned for my next post as its Survival of the Fittest out there and there’s lots of competition. How will you be different?