IT Candidates & Tech Jobs: What’s the Disconnect?

Posted on March 24, 2012. Filed under: Job Market Trends, Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , , |

IT candidatesby Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

Top 4 Reasons

So much is made today about the fact (or myth) that there aren’t any technical jobs out there. What I have heard from employers (and found to be true) is that they simply cannot find quality candidates to fill technical openings they have been trying to fill for quite some time. A current sampling of the technical jobs site Dice.com finds more than 83,000 job openings as of February 7, 2012.

Why the disconnect? Here are my top 4 reasons:

  1. Lack of Training: Many technology candidates simply don’t have the training required in the necessary skill sets to qualify them for the openings that are out there. Very few are willing to go out and get that training (on their own, if need be) to position them for that next great opportunity.
  2. Subpar Academic Framework: Our schools and universities today are failing our true technical candidates. The push in recent years has been for colleges and universities (either brick-and-mortar or online institutions) to offer “technology” degrees. They end up teaching a lot of unapplied theory that corporate technology leaders don’t value, because they have not seen it translate into real-life results.
  3. Ineffective Resume: Some candidates do have the sought after experience, skills, and knowledge. However, many don’t know how to market those traits effectively on their resume to be seriously considered for the opportunities. One example is the generic resume. A job seeker wants a resume that works for many different roles, but makes it so general that they are not strong in any one area. Of course, when an employer is hiring, they are doing so for a specific role, not a general one, rendering the resume ineffective.
  4. Poor Job Search Skills: Finally, many job seekers simply don’t know how to look for jobs in the right way. More than 50% still use job sites like Monster, Indeed, or CareerBuilder exclusively. Although lots of jobs are posted on these sites, that’s not where the real action is. There are so many other, more effective channels that a job seeker can employ to identify and secure a great job.

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