The Modernization of Hiring Practices for the Technology Industry

The last two decades have been host to a technology revolution unparalleled in human history. From Apple IIEs to smart phones, the tech industry has been developing new products and software at a breakneck speed. As a consumer, it is often difficult to keep up with new products and services. With revenue shares dictated by bleeding edge technology development, skilled engineers have quickly become a coveted asset in an ultra-competitive battle of the fittest. Given the pace of industry growth and the rising demand for tech positions, the hiring industry has been forced to evolve to better service the needs of the leading tech firms.

The technology industry covers a broad range of companies providing computer systems, chip production and other information and communication systems. This broad range of offerings requires personnel with specialized skill sets including both hardware and software engineering expertise. Hardware engineering expertise can further be segmented into computer manufacturing, processor manufacturing and mobile device development. The software development side of things also covers a broad range or languages and expertise from web development to mobile device programming skills. The multitude of available programming languages further segments the software side of technology expertise.

With such a diverse demand for skills, hiring for technology firms requires a unique understanding of each new position’s technical foundation. Hiring for technical positions mean the recruiter must differentiate between hardware engineering skills and the variety of programming language skills on the market. This demand for technical recruiting skills has gown alongside the booming tech industry. Given the inherent degree of difficulty with filling such unique roles, many tech firms turn to skilled tech recruiters to help better service their hiring needs. Specialized hiring firms have cropped up to provide the expertise and experience level required to recruit for jobs in the tech space. These firms have honed their expertise and experience over time. While an internal recruiter may not have a grasp on all the different skill sets required for a position, a dedicated technical recruiting firm is likely to have experience with similar roles and recruiters who understand the specific skill requirements for each job.

The competitive nature of hiring for technology firms has forced recruiters to edge out the competition with greater efficiencies. Recruiting efficiencies have been improved over time through greater experience with specialized job requirements, a better understanding of technical skill sets and enhanced organization. Many tech recruiting firms have turned to technology itself to help out compete other firms looking to source candidates for similar roles. Software developers have created unique applicant tracking systems designed solely to increase recruiting collaboration and decrease overall costs per a hire. These software products allow unparalleled insight into the hiring funnel and help ensure the most qualified candidates make it to the interview process.

As technology has outpaced other industries, hiring practices have been forced to evolve and keep pace with cutting-edge technology trends. Developing specialized knowledge about a variety of technical skills and moving to web-based applicant tracking technology has helped modernized technical hiring practices to better service the needs of today’s companies. While these specialized hiring practices can effectively serviced the needs of today’s tech companies, let’s hope they can continue their evolution to better service the needs of tomorrow.

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