How to Source and Recruit Tech Talent During a Pandemic

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By Enovia Bedford

We are weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic and job security is at the forefront of a lot of Charlotte residents’ conversations. Schools and universities will remain closed and the public is looking for their next steps. Many companies have transitioned to remote work and the top jobs that can be done virtually are in tech. 

Technology roles from programmers to information technology and project managers are continuing to be in high demand and can be done remotely. 

But how do you find this talent now?

You can continue to post on the usual job boards, Linkedin, Indeed, Dice, etc. and be bombarded with possibilities or you can streamline the process and work with organizations that teach and train tech talent. 

Many of these programs target specific skills-training from software development to cybersecurity, UX/UI design, data science, and more.

If your company is looking to hire local tech talent here’s a list of training programs serving the Charlotte community where you can connect with potential candidates. 

FLATIRON SCHOOL 

What it is: An online course – offered at full-time, part-time, or self-paced options, offering training in software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity.

Where their students work: Yahoo, Facebook, Map Anything, Spotify, Google, Linkedin, and more. 

More info: flatironschool.com 

ROAD TO HIRE

What it is: The program provides underserved young adults with paid professional development and technical training in cybersecurity, software engineering, and IT desktop support. 

Where their students work: Avid Xchange, Lowe’s, Novant, and more. 

More info: roadtohire.org. If you’d like to provide a scholarship for a local student to attend The Flatiron School? Get in touch with us at hello@blktechinteractive.com

GOODWILL UNIVERSITY IT TRAINING

What it is: Goodwill provides training in Java full-stack development, SQL server, systems analysis, technical support, Comptia A+ / Help desk support. 

More info: goodwillsp.org/train/goodwill-university/

CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

What it is: CPCC’s associates in applied science concentration in information technology. 

Where their students work: Yahoo, Facebook, Map Anything, Linkedin, and more.  

More info: cpcc.edu/programs/information-technology

UNCC DATA SCIENCE AND BUSINESS ANALYTICS GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

What it is: The Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Business Analytics provides post-baccalaureate students with the opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in the area of data science and business analytics.  The certificate requires 15 graduate credit hours of coursework. 

More info: dsba.uncc.edu/


This post was presented by BLKTECHCLT—Charlotte’s inclusive hub advancing Black technologists and entrepreneurs. Attend their events when you visit blktechinteractive.com

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