Want a Great Job Reference for Tech Talent? Try Uncle Sam

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Employers are exploring online avenues for tech talent, including virtual environments like Second Life. Yet many of them continue to overlook relatively untappedreal-world options like consultants, academic researchers, vendor staff and tech-savvy business folks who may want to make a career switch.


Companies that claim they cannot find enough qualified applicants to fill available jobs slots may want to follow EMC's lead and investigate one of the more intriguing recruiting grounds in the latter category: the U.S. military.


As eWEEK reports, EMC has partnered with PAYS (Partnership for Youth Success), the U.S. Army's job placement arm, which helps secure civilian jobs for former members of the military. PAYS also has 14 other partners in 35 states.


The numbers of tech-savvy former soldiers are growing as the military increasingly employs high-tech tools like robotics. Their background also provides them with qualities that may be hard to find in the broader talent pool. Says PAYS spokesperson Captain Shannon Peck:

... they'll be able to offer their companies leadership, self-discipline, initiative and team work, things that are much harder to train people on.

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