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Spring 2017

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60 PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF ILTA | SPRING 2017 These IT professionals are extremely smart when it comes to tech topics, but, in terms of recruiting talent for their ranks, they know the skills the candidate needs but may be less adept at ensuring the candidate is right for the role and the firm. The human resources stereotype is in some ways polar opposite: a people person, oen the firm's party planner, but also the rule maker. These HR professionals hold expertise in all things "people": working together, leadership and skill development, working within employment laws and making sure the right people are brought on board. However, most HR workers do not understand what a tech person needs to know, other than what is laid out on the job description. HR can test for certain skill sets but may be challenged to identify the right person for the job. The strongest recruiting team exists when these two areas and types of professionals work together. Think of the information technology stereotype. You probably envision the technical guru working diligently behind his or her monitor, focused on whatever keeps the computers, phones and other equipment up and running for the firm. by Beth J. Bahr IT and HR A STRONG RECRUITING TEAM

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