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TECH SHOWCASE

Employee Handbook
To attract and retain millennials, organizations must appeal
to their unique wants and needs
By Brett Martin

M

illennials grew up with
technology. From an
early age, they've used
mobile devices, computers and
the internet. As a result, they
aren't afraid to push technology to new limits. This is why
when millennials are exposed
to the mainframe, they typically
embrace it and see its benefits.
As baby boomers who spent
their careers on mainframes face
retirement, the door is opening for
millennials to seize job opportunities.

Strategies to Identify
and Recruit Talent
Recent hires are the keys to reaching college students. Millennials
can act as bridges between their
companies and students at their
alma maters. When graduates go
to their colleges to talk about their
jobs, it creates excitement and
prompts students to think about
mainframe. Christy Schroeder,
IBM Z* Skills worldwide offering
manager, says new hires also
recommend student candidates
to their companies. For example,
a new IBM employee has already
recruited 27 graduates to work at
the company.

"It's powerful sending former
students back to their campuses
to recruit," Schroeder says. "They
become the biggest advocates
for your company and can talk
to students about the fascinating
projects that they develop for the
mainframe platform."
Building relationships with
colleges is an effective recruiting
method, she says. Students graduating with degrees in science,
technology, engineering or math
(STEM) often get multiple job
offers. Organizations that have
a presence on campuses create
awareness about their business
and make connections with both
students and professors.
"What's going to make the
difference is the personal relationships with your company.
You have to get involved with a
university and let students know
who you are and what you do,"
Schroeder says. "Give
a lecture at a class. Professors
love having people from the
industry come into their classrooms and talk about their
real-world experiences and
insights, and the students value
these discussions."

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Look Outside
Traditional Parameters

Students
graduating with
degrees in the

STEM
fields
often get multiple
job offers

Schroeder suggests companies
that don't have an internship
program start one, as they provide
great value to both the company
and the intern. The intern gets to
experience the company while
learning about the job, and the
company gets to assess the intern's performance.
In addition, companies can
get involved with students by
participating in universty capstone projects. In these projects,
the local industry provides current real problems for students
to work on throughout one or
two semesters, and the students
develop innovative solutions
while enhancing their skills and
building client insights.
Schroeder points out hiring
practices have changed over the
last five years. Today, companies
realize that successful employees demonstrate a passion for
learning, exhibit leadership
qualities and are creative.
Those factors can be identified
by a person's involvement in
open-source projects, participation in organizations like


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Different Cloud Types
TechBits: Doggone Data, Tornado Ally, Watching Watson
Partner POV: Two-Platform IT: Mainframe Cloud Strategy
Trends: Safer Storage: A cloud managed service provider can help with data protection
IT Today: Accelerate Digital Transformation: Enterprise DevOps paired with the IBM z14 helps build modern applications
Cover Story: Step up to the Cloud: New IBM z14 capabilities make it easy to get started
Feature: Open and Connected: IBM z offerings help clients take advantage of the cloud
TECH Showcase: Employee Handbook: To attract and retain millennials, organizations must appeal to their unique wants and needs
Developer: Mainframe in the API Economy: Connect z/OS applications and data to the hybrid cloud with APIs
Solutions: OMC-Flash 4.8.0, Tone Software Corporation; CA Data Content Discovery and CA Compliance Event Manager, CA Technologies
Stop Run: A Strategic Activity: How hobby and career intersect for a global chess master
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Editor's Desk: Different Cloud Types
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - TechBits: Doggone Data, Tornado Ally, Watching Watson
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Partner POV: Two-Platform IT: Mainframe Cloud Strategy
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Trends: Safer Storage: A cloud managed service provider can help with data protection
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - IT Today: Accelerate Digital Transformation: Enterprise DevOps paired with the IBM z14 helps build modern applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Cover Story: Step up to the Cloud: New IBM z14 capabilities make it easy to get started
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - CT1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - CT2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Feature: Open and Connected: IBM z offerings help clients take advantage of the cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - TECH Showcase: Employee Handbook: To attract and retain millennials, organizations must appeal to their unique wants and needs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Developer: Mainframe in the API Economy: Connect z/OS applications and data to the hybrid cloud with APIs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Solutions: OMC-Flash 4.8.0, Tone Software Corporation; CA Data Content Discovery and CA Compliance Event Manager, CA Technologies
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Stop Run: A Strategic Activity: How hobby and career intersect for a global chess master
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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