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How to fill a data center? Raging Wire holds a job fair

In the next two years Raging Wire plans to add 2 million square feet of space in Ashburn's Data Center Alley.

That will account for roughly one-fourth of the projected total data center space in Loudoun at years end.

Raging Wire designs, builds, and operates each of its own data centers, meaning it has to figure out how to essentially staff three completely separate businesses.

Half of its employees wear hard hats and half run the data centers.

Raging Wire has as many as 40 to 60 openings a month, according to Tom Manriquez, senior manager of corporate recruiting.

Manriquez also said the company is consistently hiring 25 new people each month.

"We need construction workers who are technically savvy and the day-to-day folks who know what it takes to build a data center," said Judi Lee, senior director of human resources.

One of the strategies Raging Wire employs is holding its own private job fair. In lieu of going to other job fairs where it competes with other businesses for the attention of candidates, candidates work for the attention of recruiters.

Cost-per-hire is a good benchmark for understanding how many resources are put into recruiting high quality candidates.

The number is calculated by taking the amount of money spent on recruiting talent and dividing that by the people hired.

The average cost-per-hire for most large companies in the Americas is around $4,000, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management.

For Raging Wire that number is closer to $800 by quickly hiring and holding its own targeted job fair and recruitment efforts.

When asked about the skills gap many are calling for in the tech industry Jim Leach, vice president of marketing, said, "The reality is a lot of those skills, people will build on-site."

"Overall what we look for are candidates that are self-motivated and have shown growth through their careers. Looking to grow and progress," said Lee.

He said the other two areas Raging Wire focuses on are more important: attitude and a collaborative work ethic.

Manriquez explained that the hiring process could take as long as four to six weeks with most companies going through eight or nine steps, but with Raging Wire that time can look more like 48 hours, though the average is a week-and-a-half.

Our goal is to identify potential candidates for each position and have the process managed and go through quickly," said Manriquez.

"Hiring qualified people quickly is strategic. It is important for the company because time delays hiring, in terms of process."

There is also competition to quickly hire the best and brightest away from other companies.

Each department, Lee said, has a keen understanding of what it wants.

Raging Wire also supports added certifications and apprenticeships once a member of the staff is on board.

The next Raging Wire job fair is Thursday, June 19 from 3:30-7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Sterling.

Comments

Hopefully LCPS is teaching the requirements local businesses need to fill their ranks. Raging Wire Data Center jobs are a perfect example of good paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. Lets hope our educational system adjusts to he demand in the market in our own county.

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