India, Nov. 20 -- Time-tested ways of finding IT newbies still apply, but when it comes to luring experienced software engineers or DevOps leaders, today's hot job market means you need to get creative in who you look for and how you look for them.

For instance, take the fellow who was defending his PhD in German at a major university - and now works as an AWS Docker staffer at a midwestern health-services firm. His doctorate essentially "turned into an IT project" complete with audio snippets of various German dialects, video of people speaking, and other aspects, said Mike Heller, CTO at Carex Consulting Group. (Carex matched that candidate and employer.)

While that's not the sort of thing that happens every day in IT, there is a dang...