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first_img Comments are closed. BT IT skills chase turns to virtual headhuntingOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. BT is trying to recruit people with rare IT skills by tracking them down tospecialist “chat rooms” on the Internet.The company is gearing up for a second trial of software which allows it tolocate virtual forums visited by people with sought-after programming skills.The firm will then trace the individuals through e-mail addresses.”We are trying to translate what a headhunter does into the virtualworld,” said Frank Douglas, manager of new wave solutions at BT UK’scentral personnel department.”The most likely place to find someone with Java programming skills isin a Java chat room where they can collaborate with 400 other Java experts. “They can go in and pose questions, like ‘Does anyone know how tode-bug this programme?’ That is a fertile recruiting ground.”A preliminary six-week trial was carried out in July 1998. Four people wereinterviewed but no-one was taken on as they lacked the business skills BT waslooking for.”Technical forums may not be the place to find strategic candidates,but we have learnt from that and next time will be using it to look forsoftware developers,” said Douglas.BT is particularly keen to find mobile phone and web design softwaredevelopers, who are in short supply.”We and everyone else would love to get more people with these skillsthan we need, but we can’t and that is why we are exploring alternative methodslike this.”No date has been set for the next trial.They are also looking into holding a virtual jobs fair.• BT has announced the loss of 3,000 managerial jobs – just weeks afterdeclaring “redundancy is a thing of the past”.Head of employee relations Charlie McKay told the Anuman conference lastmonth a policy of reskilling had virtually removed the need for redundancies.A BT spokeswoman said McKay had been referring to non-managerial staff. By Dominique Hammond Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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