Do you have a pressing need for workers with key tech skills? In the project-based world of IT, that’s a common problem. With every new project, you’ll need workers with specialized skills. Acquiring these skills can be a challenge, especially when you’re on a tight schedule. Projects need to be completed on time, and that means you need to acquire key tech skills as quickly as possible.
Here are three key strategies CIOs can use on their own or in combination with other strategies.
1. Recruit New Employees with Key Skills
Since tech professionals are in such high demand, you may not get good results if you just post job ads online. One of the ways you can get workers with the skills you need is to actively recruit them. The best workers may not be browsing job boards, so they won’t see your ads. You can still try to post ads if your next project doesn’t start for a while, but it’s not the most efficient hiring method.
A faster way to recruit new employees is to use employee referrals. Let your employees know you’re looking for someone with a certain skill set and need them to start soon. Your employees may have a friend or past coworker who fits the bill. By asking for referrals, you could find vetted workers with key tech skills quickly.
Sometimes, your employees won’t know anyone who would be a good fit for the job. In those cases, you could also work your own network. As a CIO, you should know many people in the industry. Think of everyone you’ve ever worked with or met at an industry event. Get back in touch with these people via LinkedIn and see if anyone can help you.
2. Train Existing Employees
Sometimes, you can train existing employees to gain the tech skills you need. This strategy isn’t used as often because there are many situations where it doesn’t make sense. For example, there may not be time for employees to learn new skills. The skills could only be needed for one project, instead of being skills employees will need in the future. Paying for employees to learn the skills could be too expensive. Think about all these factors before you decide whether training some of your existing employees is the right strategy.
If you decide it’s worthwhile to train your existing employees, there are plenty of options. You could pay for them to attend external training courses. For example, local universities offer continuing education courses that could teach your employees the skills you need. Industry conferences, like OpenText Enterprise World or Strata Data Conference, are also places where employees could learn new skills. Another option is to pay a trainer to come to your workplace and instruct your employees.
3. Get Help from Consultants
The third strategy you could use is working with consultants. Even if you’re planning to hire some new employees or train existing employees, consultants can add the right skills to your team at the right time to help you complete your projects successfully. Once the project is done, the consultants will go work for other companies, so there’s no commitment for you.
If you don’t know any consultants with the right skills, a technical recruiter can help you find them. Recruiters have large networks of highly skilled workers and can put you in touch with the right consultants for your projects.
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