How to Compete for the Best Talent in DevOps and Cloud

Hiring DevOps talent has become more competitive due to its necessity in modern software and the growing difficulty in FinTech start-ups, consultancies, and other established businesses.

More are recognising the benefits of hiring DevOps talent; Nationwide, a major US insurance company, reduced its system downtime by 50 percent by using DevOps. A DevOps engineer is a highly specialized role that requires extensive experience, offering an intelligent recruitment strategy is key to securing talented professionals that can propel your DevOps strategy.

Evaluating your company’s vision and the level of maturity of your current DevOps strategy allows you to identify exactly what resources you require to achieve your business goals. DevOps can mean different things to different people, so it is important to discuss the candidate’s goals and their current stage of DevOps strategy implementation, as it allows you to determine if they match the skillset you require. If you don’t wish to specifically define your aims to the candidate, you could listen out for buzzwords they may mention that align with your aims. Also, familiarising yourself with industry trends can help you refine your hiring strategy and make you stand out from the competition when looking to attract candidates and meet their expectations. 

Being Flexible

Opening your talent pool even internationally during a candidate search or even casting a wider net geographically allows you to reach a wider variety of professionals with the right skillset for the role. There are a number of DevOps professionals who are happy to relocate for a great opportunity, bringing a fresh approach and innovative ideas but this means funding relocation costs. Rather than homing in on job titles, focus on their skill sets, for example practice in Continuous Delivery or soft skills that show potential. They might not be currently in the role, but possess in-depth knowledge of systems, technical skills, and a mindset to thrive in a DevOps position. A willingness to negotiate with the candidate can prove to be beneficial over losing a potential professional. Clients can expect to be variable with their employment packages as companies are known to propose salary increases, or even fund pensions to retain their current talent. To prevent losing them to a buy-back, offer something that differs from other companies, you could offer wider exposure to industry training and events, flexibility, or higher salary. If your salary is competitive to other companies, it will show that your organisation is on par in terms of reputation and efficiency. Ideally you should offer a salary at the higher end of the range, if it is on the lower end, you could compensate by offering additional perks and benefits.

Acting Swiftly

One you have sourced a DevOps professional, acting swiftly decreases the likelihood of losing them to a counteroffer. Although ensuring you hire the right candidate requires a lengthy recruitment process, candidates themselves can make snap decisions from interviews. A long waiting period post-interview increases the chance for other organisations to place offers. If an interview in person proves to be taking too long to organise, arrange a skype call (which we are all now familiar with post-pandemic). Making your candidate aware from the outset of realistic time frames helps them know when to expect to hear from you.

Looking for the right skills

An ideal candidate is one with a high aptitude and a propensity to learn, who is invested in your business. Cultivating the talent that can make an impact on your business is most important. To attract sed employee, you need to present yourself as a best fit for them. A clearly defined progression path or career development support as well as an understanding of where the market is going and what attracts them. Recognising a talent in soft skills such as communication is vital for a DevOps Engineer. They can write clearly, listen closely, and ask questions to better understand the business. As DevOps Engineers work closely with the development team, the smoothness of their communication ensures everything runs smoothly. You will come across candidates with a range of personality traits and interests including some extroverted and introverted. Your hiring goal is finding the right person who aligns with your company’s mission and culture, while looking out for inflexibilities- too much introversion is unhelpful for communication. Beware of frequent jumps in employment indicating a lack of commitment, it is important to dig into the reasons behind these.

How to find them

To find the best DevOps talent, LinkedIn is a popular platform for DevOps engineers who are looking for roles. They often are part of forums and groups where they share ideas and develop networks. Attending DevOps conferences will help you make connections with a number of DevOps Engineers. At Prism Digital we co-organise London DevOps meet-ups which provides excellent opportunities for employers to speak to those involved in the DevOps industry. DevOps Engineers are hard to find alone so using a professional IT employment company such as Prism Digital will assist you in finding one. Call us today on 020 3800 1234 or book a call with Alex Dover