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How to Identify and Retain Talented Tech Individuals

As the future of work draws nearer and nearer, it is becoming clearer what caliber of an employee will be expected. Skills centering around technology will be more important than ever for workers, and finding these talented employees now can help set your company apart from others as a dynamic place for employees to work.

Make no mistake, being a company that attracts talented tech individuals is extremely important to the future of work. There are a few unique ways to attract these talented individuals, and retaining them may actually be easier than one expects. With that in mind, follow the below tips to prepare your company for the future of work by beating the competition to hiring talented tech individuals.

Source From Trade Schools

When thinking of unique places to source top tech talent, trade schools are often overlooked in favor of traditional institutions such as college or university. However, trade school graduates are often as impressive as university graduates and can even have more impressive skills depending on the field they are in.

This is due to the fact that, unlike traditional forms of education, trade schools focus on teaching students the skills needed to enter a specific career path using specialized courses. In addition to this, one-on-one industry mentorship and prior work experience are things graduates of trade schools often boast, which makes them an excellent place to source candidates. 

Certain trade schools, such as Flatiron School, offer courses in fields ranging from data science to cybersecurity, which means all potential graduates will have a wide variety of skills. Trade schools are one of the best places to source from when you are looking for talented individuals who have prior work experience and specialized knowledge.

Partner with Coding Bootcamps

Similar to trade schools, coding bootcamps are a unique place to source top tech talent that is often overlooked in favor of traditional institutions. Unlike trade schools, however, coding bootcamps typically feature quicker courses and a faster turnaround for graduates. Due to this, the people who enroll in coding bootcamps often have, but not always, prior experience with coding.

If your company is looking for employees who require little to no training, then sourcing from coding bootcamps is a better option than universities. Research some of the top places to learn to code for free near you and consider partnering with these groups to source graduates.

There’s nothing wrong with relying on traditional sources for your tech employees, but options such as trade schools and bootcamps are better depending on who you are looking for; specifically, experienced individuals who will require little to no training. If training is not an issue for you, though, then traditional sources are still a valuable place to find unique tech talent.

Understand Employee Demographics

The easiest way to retain talented employees is by focusing on the demographics of your workers. Offering benefits that don’t apply to your employees is a quick way to make them lose interest in your company. Forbes covered an article with six of the most important benefits you should be offering, and its a little surprise that paid time off is on the list.

When it comes to benefits that appeal to the majority of workers, including the younger generations of the workforce who will lead the future, allowing time off is extremely important. Don’t neglect this benefit or the others that appeal to your specific employees and it is likely that you will be able to retain your talented workforce.

Keep a record of your past interviews if possible and try to identify common points people brought up when asked to describe themselves. You can learn a lot from your current employee’s answers and their likes and dislikes. Offer things that appeal to them and you may keep them around for a long time, otherwise, your competitors will offer better benefits and steal your workers.


Hiring talented individuals who can propel your company into the future of work should be the top priority for any company. Keeping this in mind, the first step is actually finding these employees from unique places that are not saturated with other companies looking for the same people. On top of this, you need to learn how to retain your employees by first learning who your employees are. Understanding the needs of your workers and their desires is the best way to successfully offer benefits that will make them want to continue working for your company.

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