To find the right IT support, define your needs
by: TEKsystems on Feb. 11, 2013
For businesses in any industry, finding the right IT staffing is critical. Without highly skilled IT workers, many organizations will struggle to thrive, or even to survive, in competitive markets. Technology has become a central component of just about every business, and qualified personnel are needed to ensure that a company's technological resources are leveraged effectively.
But finding these workers is much easier said than done, as many hiring managers have discovered. New technologies are constantly being developed and new applications determined, and IT professionals are needed to make the most of these resources.
As difficult as it may seem, though, it is very possible for businesses to meet their IT staffing needs, regardless of virtually all other circumstances. And one of the keys to achieving this goal is defining your needs.
Defining IT needs
On the surface, this may seem like a no-brainer. Obviously, before you seek out IT workers, you need to have specific IT jobs and responsibilities in mind; why else would you look for new employees?
The problem is that many organizations do not delve deep enough when considering their IT needs. It is not enough to see that the department is overworked and simply decide you need an additional IT worker. That may be a fine starting point, but it is not nearly sufficient if the firm hopes to find the right candidate to make the most of its IT resources.
Instead, the organization's decision-makers must work closely and directly with the IT team to determine the organization's IT personnel needs specifically, rather than generally. Does the IT department need more professional assistance to manage its cloud computing solutions? Its business intelligence tools?
That's not all. Decision-makers should go even further, working with IT managers and workers to determine the types of skills that will prove particularly valuable not just now, but into the future. What types of programming challenges are likely on the horizon? What operating system expertise will your company's IT department need next quarter or next year?
The more technical and detailed these evaluations can be, the more effective the results. That is why it is so important for decision-makers to work with the existing IT department early and often. Once again this may seem obvious, yet many companies fail to take this critical step, and suffer as a result. Presumably, members of the IT department are the best equipped to judge the technological needs of the company, and consequently the personnel needed to leverage these resources. Yet they are often not sufficiently, directly involved with the IT hiring process.
Finding the right match
Once the business's decision-makers have satisfactorily determined the skills and expertise needed to fulfill the organization's IT staffing needs, it is now time to seek out this person or people.
This can be difficult. The more specific the profile a firm is searching for, the fewer viable candidates there will be. But this does not mean that such candidates do not exist, nor that the company should simply expand its search immediately. Instead, it should utilize whatever resources and services are available to maximize its chances of finding that perfect worker.
A third party hiring firm can be invaluable in this regard. These firms have the resources needed to help their clients meet their IT staffing needs. While a company that posts ads for a new IT position will likely attract a number of applications, a staffing firm will have a roster of viable candidates looking for IT jobs. This means that the odds of the third party firm finding that perfect match are much higher, allowing companies to fulfill their IT needs.