The cloud computing market is on the rise, with forecasts predicting it will reach $411 billion by the end of 2020. Playing a central role in this rapidly developing arena are cloud engineers, who have many responsibilities critical to our digital age, like ensuring company data is both easily accessible by the right people and safe from security breaches by the wrong people.
So if your business wants in on this growth or to reap its business advantages (which we're sure you do), you'll need to hire a cloud engineer or two. The challenge, however, is that so will everyone else. In fact, over the past 12 months alone, Burning Glass data shows that there were a staggering 31,478 open positions for cloud engineers.
How can you best compete with the pack and find top talent at top speed? First things first: Here's a handy checklist that gives an overview of the steps you'll need to take in order to make a great hire.1. make sure your hiring process is efficient and streamlined 2. determine what is an attractive pay rate for cloud engineers 3. identify the skills needed for your specific opening 4. write an effective job description that stands out 5. read up on hiring trends in the technologies industry 6. decide on the best ways to find top talent
Next, let's work through this list, step by step, to make sure you start you hiring game on the right foot.
1. speed up your hiring process
Whenever a specific market is on a sharp upward trend — as cloud computing is — time is of the essence. Drawn-out hiring processes can cause your company to lose out on talent, and a loss of talent is a loss of opportunity (and revenue). So make use of the diagram below to determine where you could trim or tweak your current hiring process to drive efficiency.
2. develop a competitive compensation package
As the technologies industry continues to boom and talent supply struggles to keep apace with demand, employers have to get even more creative with compensation packages to stay competitive. In addition to a good pay rate, perks and benefits are deciding factors for tech candidates when choosing employers. But even if a sky-high salary isn't going to be your ace in the hole to snag the best candidate (more than half of job seekers claim they'd prefer a superior benefits package to a higher salary), you'll still need to ensure what you offer is comparable to other employers.
You can do this by referring to Randstad's 2019 Salary Guide, which offers national averages for three different seniority levels. But keep in mind that salary averages can vary significantly from location to location. For up-to-date data on salary levels for cloud engineers in your specific region, head on over to our salary calculator.
when it comes to hiring cloud engineers, both your salary and benefits offerings need to be ultra-competitive.
3. identify the top skills for cloud engineers
Like many positions in the technologies space, the skills and experience of cloud engineers can vary depending on a business's needs. So it's important that you be forthright in your job description about which skills your specific position will require.
To come up with your list of skills, discuss the position in-depth with the hiring manager and leaders in your IT department who will have keen insight on what qualities an ideal candidate should possess. Be sure to think of those skills or experiences that are required — like deep expertise in Python and Linux — as well as those that may not be necessary but could prove very useful, like experience in continuous integration.
To give you a starting point for your discussions, here are the top-requested skills for cloud engineers nationwide in the past year:
4. write an eye-catching job description
Don't wait for the first-round interview to start wooing applicants — you need to start doing that in the job description. To grab their attention (and keep it), make sure your job description is engaging and catches the eye. Here are a few tips to do just that.
no one wants to be undervalued, so make sure your job description shows candidates how meaningful their work is.
Refer to our guide to writing highly effective job descriptions for even more helpful pointers and insights.
5. brush up on the latest industry trends
Future-proofing is important for every company, but especially so in the engineering world. Engineering trends change fast and businesses need to think years ahead to keep up. As such, industry trends should impact who — and how — you hire.
Here are some industry- and position-specific trends you should keep top of mind during your search for cloud engineers:
- Demand for cloud engineers has gone up by almost 33 percent in the past three years alone.
- The significant rise in the cloud computing market, combined with the demand for cloud-based solutions by both companies and consumers, leads experts to believe that cloud engineers will be among the most difficult roles to fill this year.
- California's demand for cloud engineers far outpaces that of other states — with more than twice as many open positions as the next two states, Texas and Virginia, combined — so employers across the Golden State should expect the fiercest fight for top talent.
To learn more about hiring trajectories in the technologies industry, read through our 2019 trends guide.
there's been a 33% increase in job opportunities for cloud engineers — in just the past three years.
6. choose your channels to find candidates
These days, there are a lot of methods available for sourcing great talent. From company websites to job boards, LinkedIn searches to employee referrals, your next great hire could be around any corner.
Which channel you choose will be dependent on your company's size, needs and resources. Are you currently short-staffed and have an immediate need? Or simply entering a strategic and deliberate expansion? Does your company have a recruiting budget or not? Have you had a few bad hires in a row and are wondering if quality talent is even out there?
If you're lucky (and adept at working connections), employee referrals can yield top results, but leveraging relationships can introduce a challenging dynamic. Scouring LinkedIn can be a job in itself, and waiting for the right person to apply through job boards can be costly. Simply put, some channels pay off, and some don't.
Working with a professional staffing firm can mitigate a lot of the risk, waiting and uncertainty that can come with conventional hiring methods. Not only are their candidates prescreened and vetted, but staffing firms have the experienced industry experts you need to help you deftly navigate the hiring process within the context of industry shifts and trends.
If a professional staffing firm sounds like a good option for you, reach out to the experts at Randstad Technologies to discuss your cloud engineer needs. Or if you're looking to browse our nationwide pool of high-caliber talent first, head on over to our Find Employees portal today.