Hiring for cloud? Here's how to find the right people

Demand for cloud-skilled IT workers continues to outstrip the supply, and demand keeps growing.  You can’t pick up a technology journal without seeing quotes from hiring managers who complain about the lack of cloud skills in the job market these days.  Training and OJT are well underway, but growth is just too steep to fill all of the jobs.

The search for cloud talent is made harder due to several realities in the tech industry:

  • Cloud providers do a poor job of providing generalized cloud computing skills. They typically focus only on their technology, which shouldn’t be surprising. However, the majority of enterprises use many clouds, so cloud professionals need to understand most of them.

  • Certification programs are far too general. We all know the differences between IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS. The deeper skills and knowledge are more desirable these days, but they are not what the certifications cover.

  • Enterprises, even service providers, are not making good hires. They end up hiring those who lack the required talent, which will become a systemic problem that they will have to address later — and painfully.

So, how do you find the right people?  Many would post on Monster.com or Indeed.com, or even hire a pricy head hunter.  Instead, the path to finding the right talent is more about being creative and innovative than following everyone else down the same old tired paths.

Here are some things to try.

First, work with your local cloud computing user groups and meet-ups to network with people, and find out who knows what about what.  Most people in those groups will point out the smarter people, and they won’t mind if you’re there looking for talent.  Indeed, user groups provide private job boards for their members.

Second, while many in the head office may cringe, it’s okay to issue a press release stating that you’re looking to hire a certain number of cloud people over the next year or so.  While this will flood your office with many unqualified candidates looking for a salary increase, you’ll find some cream in that crop as well.

Finally, try some creative things, such as sponsoring a development contest that provides cash for those who build the most creative cloud-based application.  While this will cost you about $50,000 between the promotion and the prices, you’ll find that the press is great, and, chances are, you’ll score a few good candidates out of the process as well.

Hiring the right people for the job is critical to the success of your cloud computing strategy.  For many organizations, this is the toughest problem to work around.  However, with a bit of creative thinking, you’ll find the people you need and have some fun in the process.

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