A Guide to Hiring Tech Talent

  • Tips to help you hire, keep, and develop the diverse tech talent essential to your business
Recently there’s been a lot of news surrounding tech layoffs  — but research shows there are still as many as 55,000 unfilled jobs in need of skilled workers, from IT technicians and cyber security specialists to those with experience in AI and machine learning. With so much competition for a limited pool of workers trained in these sought-after skills, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind with every hire.


Collaboration. Communication. Presenting ideas. These used to be known as “soft skills”, but they are not soft at all. In fact, Celine Floyd, a VP at global talent and acquisition firm, Capfinity says:  “All research shows that EQ is more predictive of performance than IQ.” Developing this type of essential skills helps to garner support from teams, improve experience for both customers and workers, and deal with crises in an effective way. These skills are also an indicator of longevity. According to a recent article from Forbes, 89% of recruiters say that when a hire doesn’t work out long term, it’s usually due to a lack of soft skills.

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Hiring technologists with up-to-date skills is absolutely essential in today’s fast-paced tech landscape. It’s like having the latest tools in your toolbox to tackle any challenge that comes your way. But don’t stop there. Embracing upskilling can add an extra boost to your team’s capabilities, without having to recruit new talent. It’s an opportunity to level up skills, help stay ahead of the curve, and continuously grow alongside the ever-changing tech industry. Upskilling also alleviates turnover.  According to an article in Forbes, “76% of employees are likely to stay with a company that offers them meaningful learning and development training”.


Diversity isn’t “nice to have,” it’s a “must have.” When people come to the table with different perspectives, experiences, and ideas  — it’s proven to foster innovation. In a TEkSystems study, 76% of IT leaders reported DEI programs have a positive impact on business performance. But let’s not forget the elephant in the room. There’s no question that big tech layoffs are having a negative impact on diversity initiatives, something that needs to be addressed  — or there’s money to be lost. According to McKinsey, companies with more diversity are 36% more likely to outperform companies that are less diverse.


Building long term relationships with the tech-talent you hire is key to success. In order to do so, it’s crucial to create a supportive environment, offer growth opportunities, and recognize contributions. It’s also important to hire talent that’s the best fit for your organization in the first place. Working with Per Scholas technologists reduces turnover by 30-50% because our talent comes to the job well-prepared, allowing them to contribute from day one and create higher job satisfaction and a sense of loyalty. 

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It is virtually impossible for any business to succeed today without a strong base of tech talent and building your own pipeline of qualified candidates is one of the best ways to fill gaps today and future-proof your teams. Per Scholas technologists receive high-quality, immersive technical training that provides them with the skills necessary to add value to your business from day one. Our unique approach to training places an emphasis on developing those essential skills that will help our talent effectively communicate and collaborate with your team. Our Talent Advisors are here to help you find, hire, keep, and develop the diverse tech talent essential to your business. Reach out today to start a conversation.

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Per Scholas Enterprise Talent Solutions is unlocking potential by connecting organizations with highly-skilled technologists, ready to step-up and make an impact on day one. We partner together with businesses of all sizes to build sustainable, diverse tech talent pipelines, changing the face of tech, and increasing your bottom line through increased collaboration and innovation. Stop Buying Talent. Start Building It.

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