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IT Staffing: 5 Tips for Finding Quality Candidates

According to a recent report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Computer and Information Technology industries is projected to grow by 12.5 percent over the next 10 years. Still, finding, hiring and retaining top software development talent is one of the biggest challenges facing the IT staffing industry. Quality candidates are tough to find, especially when they’re needed to perform specialized tasks. Based on our experience, the following 5 tips will help you to find and retain these elusive, high-quality employees.

  1. Create accurate, specific job descriptions by understanding the position’s most critical skills and qualities.

Timlin has written and reviewed thousands of resumes, and we’ve worked with more than a few customers who needed to recruit niche talent. Unfortunately, we’ve often seen clients draft job descriptions (JDs) that actually limit the talent they find. In order to attract the best technical candidates, you need a job description that accurately depicts the key qualities for success.

This does not mean you should solely solicit individuals with 12+ years of .NET experience or decades-long IT backgrounds. In fact, the sharp engineer with a few years of solid experience is often a better hire. To keep these candidates in the running, make sure your JD focuses more on key traits and qualitative experiences, rather than arbitrary numbers.

  1. Network, network, network! To find top technical talent in today’s market, it’s not enough to use old fashioned job boards, online posts and advertisements. Those media can still be useful for IT staffing, but it’s far m