Competing for information technology talent

How do you compete against the likes of Google and Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies for top information technology talent? North American railroad IT chiefs are trying to do just that. Non-railroaders still tend to see the industry in an anything-but-high-tech light, and that can be a huge hurdle for railroad IT recruiters to clear, as freelance writer Deborah Huso reports in a story that was published in our September issue.

How are railroads faring on the IT recruiting front? You might be surprised, writes Huso, who talked recruiting/retention strategies and successes with IT leaders from Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway and CN. For starters, the trick is getting the talent in the door to see what a future in railroad IT can look like. What are the aforementioned railroads doing once they've reeled in the talent? Read Huso's story here.

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