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Want to solve the tech talent shortage? Look to these strategies

Indeed's Raj Mukherjee explained why the tech talent shortage is getting worse, and what tech leaders can do to work around it.

Every company across every industry is becoming a tech company, said Raj Mukherjee, senior vice president of product at Indeed. And because of this transformation, the tech talent shortage is not going away.

At an Indeed Explore event in San Francisco, Mukherjee explained unconventional ways to find tech talent. "This technical talent shortage is not going anywhere, it's just going to get worse and worse," Mukherjee said.

"There is no single silver bullet for finding high tech talent," he said. Companies need to be open-minded when looking for sources of technical talent, and look in areas that may not seem obvious.

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"It's a mix of strategies that we need to employ to solve this technical shortage," Mukherjee said. Coding bootcamps, for example, are a good source for discovering talent.

In order to come up with a solution, tech leaders need to ask themselves "How do I think about growing my team?" and "How do I not just hire great, and diverse people, but how do I get the most out of them?"

Mukherjee said he believes giving employees autonomy in their work also helps companies retain talent for a long time. "The ability for you to express yourself, tied to a bigger mission and having the autonomy to make mistakes, learn from that and develop your skills, that enables everybody to become a more successful software development engineer over time," he said.

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Leah Brown is the Associate Social Media Editor for TechRepublic. She manages and develops social strategies for TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research.

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