We have been interviewing job candidates for a couple of openings we have, and it looks like there is finally a positive shift towards a growing talent pool. With the predictions of unprecedented new job growth in the region, many employers have been worried about a shortage of qualified employees, but the latest batch of resumes we have been reviewing include more out-of-town candidates than we have ever seen.
It seems like the buzz about Northern Nevada is spreading and attracting job seekers eager to take advantage of the great environment and exciting diversification happening here. With major employers like Tesla expected to hire thousands of more workers, and even more announcements of new and expanding companies seeking employees, the talent is coming.
As a technology-focused company, we are primarily looking for employees with computer networking, server system engineering and IT support experience. The candidates that we are interviewing have a range of skills, experience and education — some related to the industry and some not — but they are all looking for opportunities where they can advance their skills and their future potential.
The conversations that we are having with candidates today are about what they need to do to improve their skills, what opportunities are there for advancement and how can they remain relevant in a quickly changing technology-focused world. This is encouraging, especially as I see younger workers focusing on being part of a work culture and exploring where they can contribute to an organization’s success.
Another shift that I am seeing is that potential employees are more motivated by the future opportunities in the region. Employees with technical skill are less inclined to leave the region, and there is less reluctance from out-of-state candidates to come to the region because of the growing number of opportunities. This attraction to find employment in Northern Nevada and a commitment to the area is the key to growing a workforce that will support growth in an economy that is diversified and tilted toward technology-focused industries.
It is also exciting to see more employees coming from technical schools and community colleges; often these are career changers that have been working on upgrading their technical skills. In many cases these employees are bringing in skills in customer service and other areas which, when combined with a desire to learn and grow, make them valuable resources.
There are lots of organizations that are working on the challenges and opportunities facing Northern Nevada over the next several years. If you are an employee or an employer, consider committing some time or treasure to local organizations that are doing great work to improve our region. In our organization we have committed to joining the Chamber, sponsoring EDAWN and supporting NCET, I serve on the Chamber Board of Directors and we sponsor many events as well as give back to the community through our annual nonprofit IT Makeover Campaign.
Steve Cerocke, founder/president of IQ Systems Inc. of Reno, can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.