Recruiters benefit as companies look to add staff

Candidates with information technology and engineering backgrounds are in high demand.

As the economy continues to improve, people who have skills and expertise in certain areas are beginning to see that there is no shortage of opportunities available to them. For job seekers with manufacturing, engineering or information technology backgrounds, these individuals are currently in high demand all over the country.

In a recent article from the Kansas City Business Journal, the website highlighted a construction firm that is looking to bolster its staff with those who have a high level of engineering experience.

"Eighteen months ago, the economy was down, and we certainly were not doing this kind of hiring," Michael Roane, who serves as chief human resources officer at JE Dunn, Kansas City's 10th-largest privately owned company, told the Journal. "The economy has turned around and we need more people to help build buildings. Also, our customers are shifting. We are building more technical kinds of buildings, and we are winning more work that requires greater skills."

What is happening at JE Dunn isn't uncommon. Engineering recruiters at supplemental staffing agencies are likely seeing their clients presenting a much greater number of open positions that need help filling. Obviously, this is good news for staffing agencies as a successful placement can help to strengthen the working relationship it has with the companies they partner with.

In the case of JE Dunn, the Kansas City Business Journal wrote that over the last two years, the company has hired as many as 300 people. The company already has approximately 2,600 staff members and by the end of 2015, expects to increase the size of its payroll by 15 percent.

Engineering recruiters in the area should look to develop a relationship with the organization to help facilitate its hiring needs for tough-to-fill positions, particularly given the optimistic growth that the company expects to see over the next year.

Boston University looking to bring on more data scientists
People with information technology backgrounds have long understood that their skillsets are in high demand for a wide range of companies. In addition, technical recruiters have benefited since a number of these positions are routinely temporary or project-based.

However, a current trend being seen in the information technology sector is the willingness on the part of organizations to make permanent hires of people with in-demand knowledge bases, signaling a shift in the sector that hasn't been seen in quite some time.

A recent article from BU Today, the student newspaper of Boston University, highlighted an initiative on the part of the school to hire six new data scientists. With big data being all the rage in so many business areas today, the demand has never been higher for people with an ability to parse this information and make sense of it in order to develop solutions to certain problems.

"It's not like we don't do data science. But we don't have enough data science scholars to address the need for data science by lots of other disciplines," Azer Bestavros who serves as the director of the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering at Boston University, told the newspaper.

"Boston University has considerable strength in, and substantial commitment to, the important interdisciplinary areas that comprise data science," said Jean Morrison, acting provost at Boston University.

Technical recruiters, not only in Boston, but also across the country, are likely seeing similar trends in the cities in which they operate. Having an understanding of specific in-demand skillsets being seen in the information technology sector will lead to the development of recruitment plans that call for sourcing for these individuals so that when needs arises, staffing agencies can provide value to their clients in a much quicker and efficient manner. 

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