NE Ohio’s Booming Tech Talent Hunt

An article in this week’s Crain’s Cleveland Business outlined a phenomenon hitting the Northeast Ohio tech scene: software companies hiring talented developers away from other companies, even if these employees aren’t actively job hunting. The reason? More open positions—and not enough people to fill them.

“Most people that are very successful and ‘A’ players are probably in a great job somewhere else,” NRP Group’s Rachel Johnson told author Chuck Soder. “They are not on the street looking for a job.”

Of course, this so-called poaching isn’t the only way to fill talent at tech companies. JumpStart’s Entrepreneurial Talent program looks for promising employees in unique places; for example, part of the outreach involves identifying Northeast Ohio natives living elsewhere who might be interested in boomeranging back home.

In fact, we just helped a local startup hire a Ruby On Rails developer—who decided to move from Canada back to Cleveland. It’s advocates like this that help the region become known nationally as a place with plenty of great tech jobs just waiting to be filled.