As of late, the IT employment atmosphere in Atlanta has been very hot and very active. There seems to be a great number of opportunities with well respected employers that any IT professional would be privileged to consider. This is great news for both candidates and hiring companies alike, but this news comes with a caveat; one based on the fundamentals of supply and demand.
The number of talented IT candidates is, currently, greatly outweighed by the number of viable opportunities. Let me rephrase, the number of available talented IT candidates is, currently, greatly outweighed by the number of viable opportunities being offered at any given moment. So, by the nature of supply and demand, the supply of IT professionals is currently at a premium because the demand is so high. And as a result, I am seeing many companies miss out on excellent, qualified skill sets simply because they are not acting swiftly enough to acquire these resources before the next employer steps in, offers a few dollars more on a more aggressive timeline and picks these resources up for themselves.
I have a solution: Act now. Simple as that. If you are an employer looking to pick up IT talent (regardless of hiring scenario – contract, contract to perm or even direct hire), make your move before the next employer takes your resource. Make your decision sooner to acquire the resource and you will come out on top and you may avoid having to pay the premium for that resource.
Here are a couple additional suggestions to expedite your hiring scenario:
• If you are hiring a resource as a full time employee of your company and there is some hesitation on the decision to pull the trigger, bring the individual in on a contract basis to get an immediate understanding of their capabilities. This may not make sense in all cases for the resource, but when it does it works out for the best for both parties.
• If you are bringing on a contractor into your environment I can only urge you to make a decision to do so within 2 weeks from initially receiving the candidates resume. Anything outside of 2 weeks in the current environment and your chances of acquiring that resource diminish at an exponential rate. Why? Because there are 4 other companies that have put an offer on the table to this resource and the candidate is going to make their decision swiftly.
So, make your move, the time is now!