Attracting Quality Talent for Your System Administrator Job
The number of system administrator jobs is growing in the United States. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they are set to continue this trend by 4% between 2019 and 2029. Competition to hire the most talented people is likely to hot up.
Consequently, it’s becoming more difficult to attract top talent for system admin roles. Should you interview a great candidate, you’ll need to present your business in such a way that your offer can’t be refused. Plus, you’ll need to be quick to make the offer. If you aren’t, you may lose out to a competitor.
If you are finding that your system admin job offers are being declined by top talent, you will need to re-evaluate your hiring process.
What Candidates Are Looking for In System Admin Roles
System administrators are the engine that keeps an organization’s IT running. It might not be the sexiest job, but it is an essential role. Therefore, you must be selective in your choice of employees for the role.
Talent is in high demand. Your competitors are likely to be interviewing the same candidates. You should carefully consider the package you offer. As well as competitive pay, the most talented candidates desire greater flexibility, remote working opportunities, health insurance, and paid time off.
· A Good Hiring Process
According to Executive Grapevine, 45% of candidates reject roles because they are unimpressed with the hiring process. Your hiring process is the first impression a candidate receives of your company, and from this they are likely to form an idea of what it will be like to work for you.
You need to align your process with candidate expectations. Having fast and open communication is key. Keep candidates informed of the process, when they can expect to hear from you, and respond to their communications quickly.
Another aspect of hiring that can be improved by many is the time to hire. The candidate often expects a quick hiring process. A company that takes weeks to inform a candidate of their success or failure, and even longer to make a job offer is likely to be disappointed by the candidate’s response.
If you interview a candidate who you believe could be the ideal fit, it is usually best to make the offer quickly rather than wait to see if a slightly better candidate comes along. If you don’t, by the time you do make the offer, that great candidate is likely to have been hired by a competitor.
· Fair Pay & Benefits
As recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $83,510 in May 2019. However, pay can vary widely from state to state and city to city.
System admins want to be paid competitively, so it’s essential for your organization to conduct research into what the current rate of pay is in your location and for the grade of job, and offer a commensurate salary. Your offer should be at least equal to the salary paid by your competitors.
· Opportunities for Growth
Talented system admins will have lofty career goals. If you can demonstrate that by working in your company they will have the opportunity for professional growth, your offer will be more appealing. During interviews, ask questions to ascertain the career path that the candidate is seeking, and explain how you can support them in achieving their professional ambition.
· Work-From-Home Opportunities
If your IT budget can’t stretch to offering top dollar for your system admin role, you should think about offering telecommuting or work-from-home opportunities. Many aspects of a system admin role can be done remotely, and employees might not need to be in the office all the time.
Telecommuting is often high on many candidates’ bucket lists, especially for millennials, giving them a better work-life balance and more flexibility in their role.
To Sum Up
Attracting top talent for your system administration jobs is tough. If you find quality candidates are declining your offer, you should re-evaluate your hiring process and the offers you are making. While attracting talented candidates is never only a question of money, you should ensure that your salaries are competitive, the benefits you offer are meaningful, and that there are opportunities for new hires to progress their careers within your organization.
To discuss how we can help to streamline your hiring process and attract talented candidates for all your roles, contact MForce today.