The recent booming demand on data centers has created a two-pronged effect that has left many companies at a disadvantage.
- Data centers have been experiencing a distinct lack of staff to fill the vital roles
- This growth will continue for quite some time as we approach a more tech-reliant world.
Because of this, data centers will need to hire hundreds of thousands of new employees to make themselves viable as we approach 2025. However, finding these new professionals will require the hiring standards of these data centers to evolve with the times.
Datacenter operators are expected to have a wide array of skills to do their jobs effectively.
- They need an analytical mindset to assess and resolve issues.
- Datacenter operators must be extremely reliable and self-sufficient as they are expected to monitor the servers and networks of their clients.
- They should have three years of professional information technology experience.
- They also need to have the same basic skill set as the technicians with whom they work.
Datacenter technicians will need to understand and be proficient in ANSI, EIA/TIA industry standards, hardware and cabling functions, and many other technical details.
While some employers have a hard stop requirement for many of these skills, they might be restricting their access to available talent if they’re not willing to compromise on some, less crucial requirements.
Requiring three years or more of professional experience is a perfect example. This is especially true since years of experience don’t inherently indicate the candidate is highly talented. Plus, strict requirements for years of service could cause you to miss out on skilled talent who fall short of that arbitrary value.
Maintaining strict requirements for your positions can also extend your hiring process beyond what job seekers are willing to put up with. Being more lenient with your requirements could expedite your hiring process and open your business to many more candidates.
One of the primary methods for finding new employees is posting a listing on websites like Indeed or Glassdoor. The postings tend to include the required skills of the employee, the tasks they would be performing, and the other details such as pay.
Maintaining a listing on sites such as these requires a periodic fee as long as it remains up. When the new employee is located, then the listing is taken down. However, until then, you are expected to cough up the fee, which can cost you more in the long run.
Fortunately, an alternative can be more effective and less costly.
Using a third-party recruitment firm is an excellent way to bolster your staff numbers in an extremely efficient fashion.
Most recruitment firms will tailor their search parameter to the specific requirements you set. Then, they will seek out the candidates who meet those requirements among both local and those willing to relocate from another state and send them your way.
One of the best parts of working with a recruiting firm is that your business won’t be charged based on how long the search is going on but how often you contract them. So, a search for a single employee should only cost you once.
Need Help Staffing Your Data Center?
Data centers will need a wave of new hires to keep up with the demands of the industry. This wave can only be achieved by using the most efficient hiring methods and ensuring the standards do not alienate the qualified talent who do not meet the more arbitrary requirements.
We at Anistar are well-versed in searching for technically adept talent and placing them where they are best suited. So please, if you have any questions or are interested in our services, feel free to contact us today, and reach for the stars.