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High Tech, Hi Tech, Hai Tech

Swatee Kulkarni

Technology skills leap to the forefront in the global job market for employers and employees

Technology.  For the majority of workers today, from baby boomers to the millennials, technology has been at the forefront for the way we work, where we work, and how we work. In this new millennium, it is now why we work. In fact, it also plays a big role in how we live. Recently, three related major research and analyst publications have emerged depicting a new era of work driven by technology. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) recently published fascinating research and video commentary on “The Future of Work – A Journey to 2022,” Bersin of Deloitte published “Ten Disruptions in HR Technology,” and Computerworld released their “IT Salary Survey for 2014.” These three events should be on every HR professional and job seeker’s “must read” list.

First, let’s take a look back at 1977 where much of all this started. Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates founded Software Development Laboratories and created the Oracle Database. Apple was one year old and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) had already created the Mouse, GUI and PostScript. College of Engineering graduates who scored well on the IBM Data Processing Aptitude Test (DPAT) immediately got a job and a career. It was an exciting time for technology oriented baby boomers.

Back to the future – Technology is back

The recent Demand Media article, “Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill” shows the top two job categories in demand are IT/Web and Engineers.  According to Computerworld, salaries made the biggest leap in 5 years and are still on the rise and companies are struggling to fill their technology jobs with the right people. Bersin surveys show HR departments are focused on long-term hires who will grow and learn in a new dynamic work environment. So what is driving this resurgence? We’ve heard the buzzwords – Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Social Media, Mobile devices, Apps and the Cloud. These all mean that companies need to compete in a connected world – now. There are more mobile devices sold than there are people in these industrialized countries. China alone will have more than 3 times the number of mobile devices than the US.

If you are looking for a job, then you are faced with some challenges. You may not have the immediate skills the companies need, but you may have the right aptitude, profile and drive to be the person they will invest in. Recruiters are challenged because those traits, attitude and characteristics are hard to find in the current resume and profile searches. At GDI, we invest in new methods and new technology to find the right people, with the right profile, characteristics, proximity, background and attitude to be candidates for the forward looking companies. We are no longer recruiters, we are the Matchmakers that will deliver the success in the technology-driven Future of Work. We won’t wait for 2022, we will help you shape it.

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