Hiring & retention

Articles and posts about the hiring and retention of technology workers

Experience: Is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2010 in Hiring & retention | 0 comments

Managers seem to have mixed feelings about experience, but you wouldn’t know it from reading a typical job advertisement. Most of them read like a laundry list of required educational experience, managerial experience, specific technical experience, project role experience, industry experience, business application experience, and on and on and on. This experience thing must be amazingly powerful. Time served must be a measure of something really important. But if experience is at such a premium, why are there so many articles about how hard it is for older IT workers to find a job?...

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Warm fuzzy retention

Posted by on Sep 13, 2010 in Hiring & retention | 0 comments

Excuse me?? I said to my new boss with barely concealed incredulity. “You shouldn’t thank your people for just doing their jobs. That’s what the paycheck is for.” Had I really just been admonished for thanking a member of my staff for doing a good job? I suddenly understood at least part of the reason for our dismal employee retention. The group that I had just taken over had lost more than 10% of its members in a couple of weeks, and I was afraid that we weren’t through yet. When I accepted the assignment, I knew that my boss wasn’t known as a “warm...

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Taking the sting out of firing someone

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Hiring & retention | 0 comments

While Donald Trump may issue these words with mock sadistic glee, most of us with a tad of compassion struggle with uttering the phrase, “You’re fired.” And it’s right that we should. In the popular press, when we hear about firings, it’s usually from the perspective of the fired person rather than the boss. The person doing the firing is variably portrayed as the steely, callous automaton, the bad guy or sometimes the cruel, sadistic, power-hungry heavy. In truth, most bosses are none of these things. They agonize over the decision to fire someone, and even...

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3 Myths about Hiring

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Hiring & retention | 0 comments

The Wrong Stuff (This article originally appeared in Computerworld USA.) Now that IT departments are starting to do just a little recruiting, it’s time to think about how to hire the best and brightest people. Despite having had a few years when they could be really choosy, hiring managers seem to have lost sight of how to pick great employees. We’ve all seen job postings with statements like, “Must meet all requirements below to be considered. Otherwise, don’t waste our time by applying.” What follows is invariably a list of required experience that would elude...

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Effectively Screening Large Piles of Resumes

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Hiring & retention, News & commentary | 0 comments

Unfortunately, unemployment is up in the technology industry for the first time in many years.  The Information Technology Association of America has estimated that IT employment contracted 5% over the last year, leaving lots of people on the street.  In Information Technology firms, employment dropped by 15%.  Employment of IT professionals in the corporate market dropped by 4% That means that if you’re fortunate enough to be hiring IT professionals, it’s a good time for you.  But that also means that when you post a job, you?ll be overrun with resumes.  I’ve heard...

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