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Hanover, Md. – August 27, 2014 – TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, today released the results of its new study focused on new and emerging hiring trends affecting the IT industry. The survey represents the views of more than 400 IT leaders and 900 IT professionals in North America.
Key highlights from the survey include:
State of the Job Market
Combining these factors, organizations should be concerned about staff volatility. Appropriately, IT leaders seem to be aware of this issue, with 92 percent reporting that they believe their IT professionals are open to new opportunities regardless of being satisfied with their current position.
These findings indicate that a perfect storm is developing which could cause companies to make inappropriate hires. With the Harvard Business Review reporting that 80 percent of employee turnover is caused by mistakes made during hiring, IT leaders should pause and consider ways in which they can improve their processes upfront and save time and resources that would be lost refilling positions in the future.
A disconnect in how IT professionals find relevant job opportunities appears to be forming due to their heavy reliance on online job boards. Especially concerning is that IT leaders indicate that when opportunities have posted to online job boards, discussions have likely already started with their preferred candidate. This misalignment could prevent IT professionals from securing job opportunities suitable for their skills and experience.
Impact of Social Media
Overall these numbers indicate that IT professionals are relying more heavily on social media than IT leaders—but not by a wide margin. For both groups, once the initial discovery of opportunities and/or candidates has taken place, usage increases in regard to screening and examining personal or corporate backgrounds.
With social media use continually becoming more widespread, it is important for potential employees and companies to understand how their own reputations can be affected by negative online posts. Online behavior can put candidates at a disadvantage when being compared to similarly skilled competition.
“Like any part of the IT field, the ways in which IT professionals seek and are evaluated for job openings continue to evolve. Job seekers who do not adapt and adopt emerging tools like social media to identify appropriate opportunities will find it much more difficult to stay competitive with their peers,” said TEKsystems Market Research Manager Jason Hayman. “While job boards are certainly still an important part of any job search, an overreliance on them not only limits the pool of positions that candidates can apply for, but also decreases the likelihood of finding opportunities that are truly a good fit for applicants’ skills, experience and personality.”
TEKsystems’ Jason Hayman is available for additional commentary. For more information about the survey or to schedule an interview, please contact Rick McLaughlin (TEKsystems@daviesmurphy.com).