Demand Soars for IT Pros With Essential Skills

By Dennis McCafferty
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    81% of IT pros surveyed said they were open to new job opportunities, even when happily employed and not seeking another job.

Significant numbers of IT workers are continuing to see a surge in demand for their skills, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. In fact, the average tech professional is receiving dozens of job queries a week. This doesn't mean, however, that these employees are charting an easy path to a perfect position. In fact, most IT leaders feel that the majority of résumés received come from unqualified applicants, so there's clearly a skills gap. In addition, even promising candidates with the right skills may be hurting themselves by limiting their search efforts to job boards. "The ways in which IT professionals seek and are evaluated for job openings continue to evolve," says Jason Hayman, market research manager for TEKsystems. "Job seekers who do not adapt and adopt emerging tools like social media to identify appropriate opportunities will find it much more difficult to stay competitive with their peers. While job boards are still an important part of any job search, an over-reliance on them not only limits the pool of positions that candidates can apply for, but also decreases the likelihood of finding opportunities that are truly a good fit for an applicant's skills, experience and personality." More than 400 North American IT leaders and 900 tech professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-09-18
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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