On March 14, over 100 members of the region’s technology, workforce, recruiting and education communities convened at CIT in Herndon for the NVTC Workforce and Education Committee and Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s Best Practices in Talent Recruitment panel event and Talent Provider Showcase.
ABBTECH Professional Services President Threase Baker, Altamira Technologies Corporation Chief Human Capital Officer Ray Khuo and Deloitte Federal Talent Acquisition Leader Kendy Rusiewski headlined an engaging panel session which was moderated by Tonia Patt, Principal at My Talent Consultant. Panelists discussed their involvement in the NVTC Tech Talent Employer Collaborative which brings NVTC members together to explore the current and future talent needs of the region’s technology employers and instituting programs to positively affect the development of a workforce with the right skills and competencies.
Speakers shed light on some of the challenges they face in recruiting tech talent in the region. Some of these recruiting challenges include:
- Long delays for secret clearance positions due to the lengthy security clearance process
- Finding talent with the necessary certifications, especially in cybersecurity, and the difficulties candidates face with transitioning certifications from one position to another
- Developing attractive benefit packages
- Building a well-rounded recruiting team with passion and high-level communications skills
Panelists also highlighted their best practices for tech recruiting. Some of these include:
- Referrals: the majority of panelists agreed referrals were a top pipeline for getting qualified candidates in the door
- Utilizing innovative technologies like AI to find qualified talent and using technology to tap into the social and professional networks for high-performing current employees in order to “meet them where they live”
- Engaging with the potential talent pool earlier through involvement in in high school STEM programs and college co-op and internship programs
The event also featured a Talent Provider Showcase where attendees connected with the region’s academic institutions and talent providers and learned about how their tech-focused programs producing graduates with the most in-demand skills.