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6 Tips About How To Source Passive Candidates

If you are a recruiter or works in the staffing industry, I’m sure you know that passive candidates are usually the best candidates. But passive recruiting is often easier said than done. You’ll have[...]

November 13, 2018

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Recruiting for Tech? Here’s an Industry Forecast for 2018

As an independent recruiter, it’s important to study industry forecasts so you can start sourcing high-quality candidates before the jobs are even posted. The thing is, predicting market futures sounds a lot easier than it is. There’s a lot of work involved (both research and guesswork), and as the sagacious Sweet Brown once said - ain’t nobody got time for that. Have no fear, we’ve compiled a list of predictions for the tech industry so that you know which jobs to keep an eye on.


The tech industry is set to continue its steady rate of growth as companies of all sizes continue to embrace the technology revolution. Areas of note are the ever-expanding IT sector and the maturing Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Cloud sectors. If, for any reason, some of these terms are only vaguely known to you, you need to read up on them so you have a much better idea of what clients are looking for in candidates.

Artificial Intelligence

There are important subsets for AI that will see a variety of changes that you need to know about, if you don’t already. To find the best candidates, you need to know the differences between them as well. Look out for jobs in Machine Learning (ML), Computer Vision, and Deep Learning, to name a few. Big Data is also booming at the moment, and will continue to have a significant impact on AI as data is used to fuel AI growth.


For more of the nitty-gritty details, we need to go deeper and explore which computer languages will take over this year. C, C++, Python, Java, and JavaScript are still going strong, and R (big data) and Swift (iOS) are on the rise. But keep in mind that languages never really die, their roles just become more custodial and less creative. A word of warning though, knowing how to solve a problem in any language is better than being an expert in a specific language that's not applicable. Just as the (always misqouted) saying goes: Jack of all trades, master of none - but oftentimes better than a master of one.


Jobs in the tech industry are always available, but demand outstrips supply by a very wide margin. So you need to watch out for any new candidates, for both junior and senior positions. To fill junior positions, keep an eye on recent graduates, hackathons, and interest groups/meetups, either in your area or online. Filling senior positions is harder since many experienced candidates get poached before they even put their resumes online. To get around this, look at academic papers or conferences so you know the bigger names, and create networks through them. They’ll be well-connected, and will likely have the inside scoop on who’s looking for a new job.

For the jobs themselves, a few of the top positions for 2018 are:

  • Analysts (Business, Data, Network, Market Research, Information Systems Security)
  • Programmers/Developers (Software, Mobile App, Computer Systems, Blockchain)
  • Engineers (Software, AI)
  • Cloud Architects
  • Data Scientists
  • DevOps
  • Database Administrators

The last two roles are especially important for companies who are hiring a lot of the former, since they're the glue that holds all the other departments together.

Don’t forget to look into the differences between posted positions. If you don’t know the difference between Theoretical and Applied Research Scientists and you submit the wrong candidate to the client, you’ll leave both disappointed (and you’ll discredit yourself). So make sure to do your research! And as always, feel free to reach out to our account managers if you need more info about recruiting for a certain a position or client.


The last thing to keep in mind when looking into new tech candidates is level of official education versus independently acquired education. Clients typically want to see candidates with computer-related degrees for any of their open positions, but with the dearth of graduates in some fields, you need to check into the candidate's interests and certificates. While some go for the actual degree, there are many candidates out there who go through boot camps or fulfill the “official” computer science degree requirements through free online courses from MITx, edX, Udacity, Coursera, etc. Candidates who actually make the effort to search for these courses and complete any requirements unofficially might be an even better fit, since this indicates that they are dedicated self-starters with most of the same knowledge -- perfect for an innovative tech company.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Think outside the box. Look for candidates who have the skills, not the piece of paper. If clients are concerned, give tests where possible to assess levels of knowledge and know-how. Plus, the candidate’s attitude might make them a better fit with the client’s company culture. Many clients prefer independent and critical thinking over the ability to simply regurgitate information on a test.

The tech world is always changing, and it’s certainly not the easiest industry to keep up with. This year is set to be a big one with great strides in AI, Big Data, and other sectors. At Crowdstaffing, we want to help you stay ahead of the competition and hire the best talent for those new jobs on the horizon. Just remember, we may be able to see the future - but it’s ultimately in your hands. A successful career starts right now, with you.

Scott Giroux
Scott Giroux
A long-time innovator with extensive leadership experience, Scott served on the executive team of a leading North American staffing firm prior to joining our team. At Crowdstaffing, Scott leads the company’s global operations and account management team and also drives growth of the talent supplier side of Crowdstaffing’s hiring marketplace. "There is so much untapped potential in our industry I’m thrilled to be part of a movement that is pioneering a connected marketplace for everyone in the hiring ecosystem."
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