Recruiting and finding IT professionals for your team can be frustrating. With IT unemployment lower than ever and employee turnover costs soaring, finding the right people is imperative – and difficult.
Hiring more employees takes time, and qualified candidates are challenging to hire especially in the field of technology. With technology unemployment dipping to 1.9 percent in 2018, employers have had a particularly tough time finding and hiring IT professionals.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own personal technology recruiting partner to assess possible candidates and ensure they will be a good fit for your organization? And, this recruiting partner also understands the ins and outs of your IT systems. Sound too good to be true? Well, you’re in luck.
Leading IT Managed Services Provider (MSP), Protocol Networks focuses on solutions for clients that not only encompass your network, hardware and software but also on recruiting highly qualified IT professionals for your business.
Often, a business’s current staff members can’t take on even one more project as they are already at capacity with day-to-day functions. This makes it difficult to take advantage of growth opportunities or even take care of immediate needs that may arise. Whether you need temporary employees to cover while your regular staff is on leave, short-term IT staff for special projects, or permanent, full-time IT professionals, Protocol can help.
As an IT consulting firm, Protocol only staffs technology candidates. From systems and networking to the help desk, Protocol places IT staff in companies of all sizes giving you the flexibility to scale up or down with operations as needed. Plus, all the headaches that come along with recruiting, interviewing and hiring go away.
Protocol’s recruiting process sets a high bar for IT candidates with most being referred by IT engineers and other colleagues. Candidates are vetted based on your company’s cultural, business and IT needs so you can trust you are getting only the best employees.
Internal candidate pools dry up as soon as you’ve hired one person and thanked everyone else for their time. Protocol’s ongoing recruiting process ensures there are always candidates in the pipeline.
Initially, candidates are interviewed by the staffing team who primarily focus on soft and people skills to ensure candidates can have a conversation without using too many technical terms. This is also where candidates are reviewed for cultural fit, so they can be placed within a company where they can be successful – and so the business gets someone who can be effective in their company’s environment.
Candidates must be able to represent Protocol and themselves professionally and personally.
Protocol engineers do technical screens to ensure prospective employees have the experience and knowledge needed to perform required job duties. Your systems will be handled by people who meet Protocol’s own stringent set of criteria for IT expertise.
A Protocol principal tests candidates’ ability to handle things under pressure, troubleshoot and think on their feet, and think ahead. Characteristics specific to IT positions also are evaluated. A help desk person needs to be not only technically astute but also able to treat users with respect. An engineer has to have the experience and knowledge required to complete IT responsibilities but also be able to plan and communicate well.
If a candidate fails even one of these steps, they are not considered for placement. Protocol only places candidates they would hire themselves.
Employee turnover costs companies an average of 6 to 9 months’ salary every time a salaried employee is replaced, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. So, if you’re paying $40,000 a year, recruiting and training expenses can be as much as $30,000. If you’re lucky, your first hire works out. If you’re not, it’s back to recruiting.
For permanent IT positions, Protocol Networks places candidates with a company on a temporary basis for 6 months. At the end of this trial period, the candidate can be hired by the host company as a regular employee. To date, Protocol has a 100 percent conversion rate.
If a Protocol staffing candidate doesn’t work out, Protocol replaces them with another IT professional immediately, leaving little to no downtime for you.
If you’re taking on new ventures, expanding your facilities or simply covering IT while regular employees are on leave, Protocol Networks has vetted, experienced IT professionals ready to join your team. Contact us online or at 877-676-0146 for IT recruiting.