The national shortage of technology workers is near crisis level, and the competition for qualified techies is fierce.
Idaho businesses want to make it easier for job-seekers to see the variety of positions available in the Gem State, as well as the quality of life the state has to offer.
There was a misperception that there wasnt a lot of opportunity for tech jobs (in Idaho), said Malcolm Hong, project manager for the Idaho Technology Council.
The council has about 160 members statewide, from small startups to major companies such as HP and Micron. On Friday, Idaho companies were posting about 100 Idaho tech jobs.
One of the fears some job applicants had was if they took an Idaho tech job and it didnt work out, there wouldnt be a lot of other options in the state.
Idaho tech companies considered creating a new job board a website where tech jobs are listed in a single place. Instead, the tech council worked with the Idaho Department of Labor to create a TechJobs Portal on the state jobs website.
It showcases the states available tech jobs and makes it easier to search.
So somebody from outside looking in would see what a vibrant technology job sector we have and not just the fact that there was one opportunity for them, said Daniel Holmes, a regional business specialist for the Department of Labor. If they needed a Plan B, they could see a critical mass of tech jobs.
The Labor Department spent more than six months making the site user-friendly. It took longer than expected, in part because the departments own Web designer and programmers moved on to other jobs.
Its not just tech companies that struggle to find technology talent, Holmes said.
The tech portal (labor.idaho.gov/techjobs) went live about three weeks ago. Its now the first job sector listed on the main jobs page. The site features dropdown menus and keyword searches specific to tech.
Holmes said as more companies around the state see the value of posting all their open tech positions there, the number of posted jobs will grow.
The technology council and BVEP are helping to market the TechJobs Portal. The plan is to add profiles of tech businesses and information about what makes Idaho a great place to live.
The tech portal has a badge that allows businesses to quickly create a link to the portal from their own websites.
Katy Moeller: 377-6413