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The New Year often signals a hiring push. It also means a flood of candidates ready to make a change that extends beyond more time in the gym (read: New Year, new job.) But as our research has shown, developers don’t always follow typical patterns and they are among the most competitive talent pools.

This is our second monthly news round-ups where we highlight prominent talent acquisition news in the tech world. December was a month filled with talks on how A.I. will impact hiring in the future, the importance of diversity in the workplace, and a continued focus on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

December Industry News

The Jobs Outlook for 2022: A Shifting Human- Machine Frontier (Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal delved into the World Economic Forum’s Future Jobs Report 2018 to examine how the advancement of technologies such as A.I. might affect jobs in upcoming years. Certain trends indicated these technologies would have a positive influence on the workforce and even allow for humans and machines to form a symbiotic relationship. Meanwhile, certain jobs may become obsolete and factors such as climate change could have a negative impact on the job market.

A.I. as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay (The New York Times)

The New York Times explored the A.I. conversation when it came to recruiting. Ashutosh Garg, Chief Executive at Eightfold.ai, expressed the shift from focusing on job titles to focusing on applicable skills. Garg explains Eightfold.ai and how its algorithm has led to less employer competition and more equally qualified but atypical candidates.

AI Talent is not monopolized quite yet (Axios)

While many analyze A.I.’s impact on our future workplace, Axios has taken a look at the competition for A.I. experts among companies. Axios examined Diffbot’s study to help better understand where these experts are located and the demand for such skills outside of big tech companies.

What tech companies get wrong when recruiting women (Fast Company)

Fast Company examined the results from a Stanford Graduate School of Business study, which indicated on-campus recruiting strategies to attract female tech talent are inefficient and ineffective. The study analyzed the discouraging tactics as well as provided some strategic solutions.

How to hire for potential: Why transferable skills outrank experience (Fast Company)

With the constant change in technology, career paths are no longer as regimented. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings are at a high of 7.1 million. Fast Company and LinkedIn explored how this has led to a change in hiring and long-term growth. Employers are encouraged to look at other factors beyond the resume such as transferable skills, the motivation to learn and an investment in training and onboarding.

Q&A with Diversity VC’s Check Warner on newly launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch took a look at a new initiative from Diversity VC designed to help businesses build and develop a diversity and inclusion strategy. This new guide provides the tools and guidance needed to integrate and manage a program promoting diversity and inclusion within tech companies. Diversity VC co-founder and CEO, Check Warner, answered some questions on the initiative’s origin, purpose and future impact.

LinkedIn: ‘Blockchain developer’ is the No.1 emerging job (Computerworld)

Computerworld examined LinkedIn’s report showcasing the top five developing careers, which indicated blockchain developer at the top. Machine learning roles came in second on the list followed by application sales executive and professional medical representative. In tandem with these emerging careers, the training programs have grown as well as the salary demands.

Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast (The New York Times)

Technology companies are now expanding eastward to cities such as New York City, Washington and Boston. The New York Times focused on this emerging trend and explained the expansion is due to a limited supply of tech talent out west as well as high cost of living and other factors. Apple recently announced the building of a $1 billion campus in Austin and Amazon announced its HQ split between Long Island City, NY and Arlington, VA. To keep up with the competition, the growing expansion is inevitable.

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