Compuways deploys key tools -
securing top talent
2008] At a time when the
industry seems to be in a spiral with regards to securing talent,
local ICT recruitment and skills specialist Compuways has geared its
offerings with a unique toolset to ensure it can harness South
Africa's very best.
is the view of the company that the real challenge is not that the
talent does not exists, but rather that it is increasingly difficult
to find. Compuways has developed a set of key recruitment best
practices that expand a variety of tools in order to ensure that its
clients will benefit from the best in the industry.
not that talent is scarce, but for the most part that talent has
been boxed and their real skills are not at the forefront of the
position they are currently employed in," says Arnold Graaff,
Managing Director at Compuways. "As a recruitment specialist one
needs to break the norm and look outside of the traditional tools
used to secure talent."
Compuways has developed a three-pronged approach to these
challenges, firstly it continues to follow the more commonly used
approach and advertises on targeted industry Web sites and on sites.
Secondly, it has beat many to the race and has developed a
sophisticated Web-based engine of its own, and as opposed to just
self marketing, it uses well-respected and known Internet
professionals to assist it in marketing this.
thirdly, it takes the more human approach and relies on personal
referrals from friends in the IT Industry, people who know the
candidates, understand their strengths, and can identify the
potential opportunities that may suit the nature and skill-set of
do a lot of filtering and categorising of candidates to ensure the
correct skills are supplied to the correct job specifications. We
have personally identified over 20 categories of skills in the IT
industry as opposed to the handful usually used by many specialists
in this area," adds Graaff. "Yes, of course we do all the reference
checking on behalf of our clients, but take a more hands-on approach
to this to ensure the references themselves check out."
key differentiator for the company is that it also allows its
clients to conduct interventions in the form of assessment tests,
should they want to do so before the CV is even sent through.
According to Graaff, there is a growing trend among clients to want
to do this testing themselves, and set it as part of the interview
our experience, sometimes a client doesn't understand what they
really want, or that there is even a gap in their organisation,
until such time that you present it to them. Therefore we currently
produce a report every few weeks where we summarise the top
candidates that we have interviewed. This report is then sent to the
employers on our database, to pique their interest and help
highlight any needs they may have," states Graaff.."