Poll: Low-tech effective way to find recruits

A majority of Canadian enterprise executives feel low-tech methods are still the most effective ways to find IT professionals, according to a recent poll.

          A majority of Canadian enterprise executives feel low-tech methods are still the most effective ways to find IT professionals, according to a recent poll.

          The survey, developed by Robert Half Technology, an IT consulting firm, found that 29% of CIOs polled felt old-fashioned employee referrals were the most effective way to discover skilled IT talent. As well, 25% of respondents preferred hiring a staffing/recruiting firm, and 16% percent favoured the tried and true classified print advertisement.

          The 270 CIOs from Canadian enterprises with more than 100 employees who responded to the poll were asked, "Which of the following is the most effective way to find qualified IT candidates?" Their responses, including the ones listed above, were: posting on online job boards (9%); participating in job fairs (9%); posting on company website (4%); and using another method (3%). An additional 5% said "don’t know" or did not answer.

          Stephen Mill, a regional manager for Robert Half Technology in Toronto, says the poll results underscore the importance of developing and utilising a professional network.

          "Technology managers can make their hiring process more efficient by seeking leads from personal and professional contacts, including internal employees and colleagues," Mill says.

          "Tapping these resources reduces time spent filtering out a large number of unqualified resumes from less-targeted recruiting methods."

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