We tuned in to ERE's Expo last week and heard an interesting session with Morningstar Inc. In this session, A Peek Behind the Jobs Numbers, Morningstar asked Recruiters in the room the question, what criteria do they dread seeing in job reqs. Below are some of the answers they shouted. Do you dread these things too?
- Senior Database Administrator (DBA)
- IT Financial Analyst
- Java and C++
- Truck Driver
- Rural Locations
It's not a surprise that these titles, skills, and areas can cause anxiety because our research shows that these are all difficult-to-fill requirements. Below, we discuss hiring difficulty levels of each dreaded req and the least difficult places to source talent.
Senior Database Administrator
Our Hiring Scale™ heat map below indicates that Oklahoma City is a tough location to recruit in, but it provides the least difficult recruiting conditions for Senior Database Administrators. Despite having the most candidates in the workforce in the New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta metro areas, their talent pools aren't out-pacing demand and recruiting is still difficult in these cities. To improve the hiring environment, it might help Recruiters to look for Database Administrators who are seeking to advance their career into a Senior role. Locations experiencing the least difficulty in recruiting Database Admins are Lexington, KY and Tuscon, AZ.
IT Financial Analyst
IT Financial Analyst is not a highly in-demand job title with just under 20 job ads posted online. However, this is a niche job that requires specific skills, so the level of competition for talent may not necessarily be a factor. Houston, TX has the least difficult recruiting conditions, but even here the Hiring Scale sits in the middle with moderate difficulty. It might help to look to financial analyst candidates to support this role and mention that IT knowledge is preferred in the description, but not required. Hiring conditions are much more favorable for Financial Analysts with Rochester, NY having the best hiring circumstances.
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Java and C++ Skills
Java and C++ are some of the most in-demand skills in technology job ads. As you can see below, Recruiters are likely to experience difficulty sourcing Java and C++ skilled talent with only a few cities having beneficial hiring conditions. El Paso, TX has the least difficult recruiting environment. Employers may want to consider implementing C++ training programs for Java skilled candidates who don't have that knowledge to improve time-to-hire. It might also be worth while to speak with learning institutions that offer C++ programs and recruit from those classes.
We recently covered the growing need for Truck Drivers and 3 cities that would be beneficial to recruit in. Nationwide, our Hiring Scale heat map shows mixed difficulty levels, yet it appears that there are more than a few cities with favorable recruiting conditions. Morristown, TN and Columbus, IN still have the least difficult recruiting environments. Recruiting in Miami, FL has gotten easier since we last covered this occupation. See the snapshot of hiring demand in Miami below. Chicago, IL has the largest candidate supply, but the high competition to attract candidates makes recruiting in this city more challenging.
Rather than recruit in a rural location where there is a limited talent supply, look to source in larger nearby metro areas. If the closest major city is too far away, employers may want to consider compensation or relocation packages that would make the move more appealing. Attracting talent from within the state may help with some hesitations candidates may have about leaving family. By being in the same state, they are still close enough to visit relatives often. Employers can also look to offer some other incentives for relocation. Here's some insight from Relocation.com for ideas.
Morningstar indicated one of the most important things you can do is manage expectations. Try a free trial of WANTED Analytics™ to see a realistic report of hiring demand for your dreaded job reqs.
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