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10 Hiring Challenges Confronting CIOs
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PeterF028
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7/28/2016 | 4:59:37 PM
Challenge is real
When it comes to data, IT doesnt necessarily need everyone to have the skills of a data scientist, yet anyone within today's envionment needs analytical thought process. Peter Fretty, IDG Blogger for SAS Big Data Forum
Azathoth
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Azathoth,
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7/29/2016 | 9:12:10 AM
Re: Challenge is real
There are plenty of people with the skills necessary to fill those jobs.  It just happens that most of them are over 40 years old and considered too expensive to hire.  
Joe Stanganelli
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7/29/2016 | 1:34:11 PM
Re: Challenge is real
That's just it.  There is no "skills shortage" -- and "too expensive" isn't really the right terminology.  Many companies are too cheap and unwilling to pay market rate -- or even close to market rate.

Reminds me of a CISO/CPO-type role I interviewed for.  I was willing to hear them out despite the fact that they weren't paying anything close to market.   The department was in shambles, they were nowhere close to prepared, and the position had like 4 dotted-line bosses.

They boo-hooed about how they couldn't get enough people to interview for the job once those people found out what was budgeted for the position.

Eventually, they hired no one -- and reposted the job with a less impressive title (but with all the same job requirements) in the hopes of getting cheaper and dumber candidates.
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:02:56 AM
Re: Challenge is real
In terms of project management and BA I think it has gone to the world of Agile now. Therefore the requirement for project managers has been reduced. Would you like to add anything here?
RussellS801
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RussellS801,
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7/29/2016 | 5:19:39 PM
Junk story
No shorage, just no pay and no willingness to train the ones they have. CIO's just like a politiciian, making up execuses to paint a picture that is unrealistic of today's employment opportunities. CIO's just need to say that they spent butt load of money on new data processing, and don't want to pay for experience to analyze it. 
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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7/31/2016 | 7:38:11 AM
Self-inflicted
Many of the companies are located in a 100 mile radius near Silicon Valley. Of course there will be a talent shortage and difficulty hiring when every Dick and Jane start or move their business in that area. Move away from those areas to places that have several top notch tech colleges and much lower wages.

Also, dear CIO's, the 20 year old with two Master's and ten years experience working abroad does not exist. So hire normal people and train them as needed. Instead companies lay off by the thousands, ask the government for tax breaks, and whine around in tech publications that grade A students do not walk into their offices asking to work for 8 bucks an hour, no benefits needed.

I'm in the industry for over 15 years and with much acclaim, yet I see nobody offering me anything nor any generally available openings. Once in a while I get in contact with a company and they do a phone interview first, then a second phone interview, then an in person interview with HR, then an in person interview with management, then another one with the hiring manager, and then another one with peers. That process takes two months or more and I typically bow out before that. I have better things to do than waste my time on interviewing for no real value to the company or me. There should not be more than three rounds of interviews and please schedule them to be on the same day or at least close together. If someone is looking, they are looking for other opportunities as well and they will pick the first good offer and not wait around until you made up your mind.
vnewman2
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8/2/2016 | 2:30:31 PM
Re: Self-inflicted
"So hire normal people and train them as needed."

You would think this is common sense, but it is not - aptitude and attitude are just as, if not more, important than a person's current skill set.  CIOs need to seek out staff that have the ability (and desire) to learn and are resourceful - that isn't something that is glaringly apparent on someone's resume or stands out in an interview.  So you have to look at your current staff and assess that.  Tons of people are "highly trainable" - I might put that on my next resume.
TerryB
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8/3/2016 | 12:47:15 PM
Re: Self-inflicted
My boss at my first job of 15 years once told me my best skill was the speed I could learn and productively use new technologies. But I don't know how you'd ever put something like that on a resume (without sounding like pompous bragger) or have that come across in an interview. 

I guess fact I started in mainframe era when Microsoft and WWW didn't exist and am still going now might be some clue. But most times that is interpreted just the opposite, you are a dinosaur from a long lost time. 
vnewman2
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8/3/2016 | 3:04:05 PM
Re: Self-inflicted
@TerryB - I just find it odd that with the state of technology as it stands today, that this isn't a given and our industry still seems to concentrate on what you've done or what you know currently when making hiring decisions - which a good portion of that will be obsolete in a new york minute. 

Perhaps having a section on a resume that lists a "wish list" of skills the person is interested in cultivating may be a nice addition to the CV.  Or maybe even a section that lists "skills I learned on the fly."  I don't know - I'm pulling at straws here but there has to be way to convey it on paper to folks who don't know you.
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:00:24 AM
Technology skills shortage
In my view this depends on the job market. As an example it is really difficult to map the right skillset for Linux network engineers. On the other hand there are plenty of developers in terms any language.  What do you think? 
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:01:19 AM
Re: Technology skills shortage
I agree with the survey results for Asia Pacific region. I think the main issue here is more skilled workers focus more on jobs based on more develop countries.
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:02:04 AM
Re: Technology skills shortage
In today's world most of the companies focus on more digitalized work. Therefore they focus more on people with digital technical skills 
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:03:33 AM
Retaining staff
Well this should be practiced in any organization despite of the industry. However it is always better to retain the experienced staff.
WR790
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8/2/2016 | 2:44:50 PM
Cheap Pay; Out of Control Expectations
Many employers want an M.S., 20 yrs experience and 25 yrs old or under.  They don't exist.  This is HR Fantasy World.  HR is on Managements Side.  Would you want HR to manage your Oracle or DB2 management system??  No dam way.  HR is on the management team - not the employees team at all.  and that is the major problem.  HR has to change or they will be out the door dam soon. 

 

And, salaries?  You can't expect to pay an Oracle DBA in Dallas, TX $65,000 yr. with NO Benefits and get someone worth a dam.  They looking for 1) H1B who speaks no English or 2) Someone with a pulse and blood presssure and wonder why nothing is done even close to correct.

They are looking for cheap and they will get Stupid.

And your wonder why our companies are choking in the U.S.?

 

 

 

 


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