NCET explores business and technology
By Susan Moreno
By all accounts, the tech sector in Northern Nevada is booming and just as the floodgates on our beloved Truckee River are wide open, so are the floodgates on local hiring. Recent reports cite hiring ‘sprees’ and point to a worsening labor crunch. As local businesses replace talent or hire for expansion in our improving economy, having a clear understanding of the talent pool will allow for greater success in filling vacancies.
Tech-savvy job seekers look for a variety of amenities when considering new career opportunities and the ‘perks’ need to encompass more than a few pieces of inflatable furniture in the office or a constant stream of bagels and designer coffee drinks in the morning. The modern job seeker wants to clearly understand and believe in an organizational mission. He or she will want clear optics into how their work will contribute to the greater good.
Today’s employee wants to work with purpose. Techies, in particular, want to be innovators. The workforce of today seeks a thriving, interesting workspace that is collaborative and provides ample opportunities for learning.
Tech talent will peel back the layers of a prospective employer and will closely inspect the organization before signing on the dotted line of a job offer so Northern Nevada businesses will be well-served to think creatively about how to offer opportunities as well as services to its workforce. More and more, job seekers are becoming experience-driven. What they will learn or do in a new career role can be as important to them as the paycheck.
Trust and autonomy are important to today’s worker. Work produced is the ultimate goal so an afternoon working remotely from a neighborhood coffee house shouldn’t raise an eyebrow. In most instances, the deliverable should be the focus, not the location from which it was produced. Extending trust and autonomy from organization to team member can strengthen the employment bond. The line between work and non-work hours is becoming murkier all the time. Today’s tech team member is mobile and often has a more ‘freestyle’ approach to career and life in general.
To attract tech talent from outside our area, Northern Nevada businesses will have to ‘sell’ not only a specific job opportunity, but the local landscape as well.
At first blush, matching offerings of tech giants in Mountain View and Cupertino may seem daunting, but will ultimately prove less complicated than trying to play hiring ‘catch up’ in one of the fastest-growing economies in the US. Find the right recipe for a desirable work environment, market your organization as a leader in workspace and watch the quality resumes and inquiries flood your inbox.
In our June 28 column, we’ll offer tips to help you entice tech-savvy talent.
Susan Moreno is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at CVirtual, a local executive and technical recruiting firm and NCET’s VP of Membership. NCET is a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology. This column originally appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal.