Elliot Clark, CEO of HRO Today, recently sat down with Paul Budd, Vice President, Technology Talent Solutions, to talk about hiring tech talent at pace and scale—and how a data-based approach is changing the recruitment and retention game. Whether or not you think of your business as a tech company, every organization needs tech talent—and that need will only grow in the future.
Understanding the technology talent economy: build villages, not mansions
Why are companies struggling to hire and retain tech professionals? Clark notes that the world is not producing that type of talent as fast as we are creating jobs for it. Even with global economic challenges, the mismatch between supply and demand is widening.
Pre-pandemic, companies had narrow location requirements, which intensified tech hiring challenges. Now, a willingness to embrace hybrid work models is opening access to a global talent pool.
“Rather than building the one mansion, a central head office location, organizations are more successful when they build out a smaller number of what we call ‘villages’ with small pockets of expert talent that can work in more of a hybrid model,” says Budd. “We’re shifting our client’s focus from where they are based as an organization to where their talent is based.”
The secret to connecting with talent? Speaking their language.
Clark asked Budd how his engineering background impacts his current tech talent recruitment role. Budd emphasized that the impact is two-fold: he has a better understanding of candidate’s needs because he’s lived them, and he is able to speak to them in their language.
“The way to build rapport is to come across as somebody who understands their market, understands their role, talks the same language—that’s one of the things organizations need to invest in,” says Budd. “Rather than taking a job description for a sales role and adding some technical terms, you need to write that description from the mindset of a tech professional. Organizations benefit when they work with teams of experts who can understand how to communicate with engineers and technical professionals in their language and at their level.”