Tech hiring is difficult because there are so many specialties with lots of different skill sets, but you can circumvent that by focusing on curated talent. In many ways, it is essential for any company focused on building cutting-edge products.
Here is why it works
1. Top Talent Needs to be Nurtured
In general, job-driven investments in training, mentor-ship and education have long-reaching effects on the industry itself. It helps create partnerships and develop niche skills. While some of this is true in other technologies, cutting edge technologies like machine learning and big data are highly specialized and still fairly new. Nurturing new entrants to the field means that they can learn from the missteps of others and build upon the knowledge of those who came before.
2. The Right Candidates Are Hard to Find
Candidates in cutting edge technologies can be hard to find because the industry is in such a niche and the skills necessary are so specific. Curating talent through training and nurturing makes it easier to find candidates for a position by providing opportunities for participants to build their networks and foster relationships.
This helps turn tech hiring into a conversation, not a mad dash when a vacancy opens. This way, your recruiter can be proactive, engaging prospective candidates, and making inquiries with people who could contribute something unique to your company but who may not currently have the right credentials for a position.
3. Key Technology Needs Long-Term Vision
Creating a talent pipeline helps to reduce the time it takes to hire and makes it easier to identify the right talent for your company’s needs, but there is also a tangible benefit in product building. When there is an established talent pipeline, new employees are mentored by more experienced ones and the cycle repeats, with each new crop of talent building their knowledge-base on the experience of those who came before. Without a pipeline, product innovation and development is largely the responsibility of a single individual or team. That may work over time, but most businesses don’t have that leisure, especially startups.
Niche technology, like big data and machine learning, needs curated talent in order to get the right people in the right places and to continue product and service development beyond a single person’s tenure at a company. Building a tech talent pipeline solves that issue by identifying candidates, nurturing their talent within a specialty, and keeping a focus on the long-term.