If you’re like most IT professionals, you’ve likely found that the tech job landscape has evolved. Although many IT skills are in hot demand, that does not help you if you cannot get connected with the right companies that need your specific talents. 68% of organizations say they have a hard time recruiting employees, and they are increasingly turning to staffing agencies and recruiting firms to fill their roles.
During the current IT skills gap that has employers scrambling to locate the right talent, find a tech recruiter that’s worth your time and you’ll be well on the way to your next great IT job. There are several questions to keep in mind when seeking a great recruiting firm or staffing agency.
Do They Have a Large Network?
A recruiter that’s a part of an organization with a large network is connected to job opportunities that a job-seeker might never find on their own. This wide reach means IT opportunities will be available to you at different companies, both small and large, and encompass roles that can speak directly to your specialty. Small agencies may boast a close relationship with a handful of businesses, but that does not assist in your job search if those few opportunities are not the right ones for you.
Does the recruiting firm you’re considering have locations in multiple cities? Having offices across the country means they will have a higher level of industry expertise. Even if you haven’t thought about moving to other cities before, they will use the knowledge gained from regions across the country to your advantage in your desired location.
Are They Staying Up-to-Date on Trends?
The recruiter you want to work with is not one that learns about industry trends from tweets. Skilled recruiters stay up-to-date on trends because they are experiencing them first-hand. They attend conferences like TechServe to not just keep up with current news, but know how the job landscape will be six months from now. They speak to industry experts and do research to learn not only what skills are in demand right now, but what programming languages will be needed before the industry even adopts them. Best of all, excellent recruiters don’t lose focus of the details like your resume. They don’t just rely on old methods, but know what a modern tech resume should look like right now.
Will They Invest in You?
An essential characteristic of a great tech recruiter is that they invest in you by taking the time to get to know your career aspirations in order to match your skills to the best roles available. In other words, you want a recruiter that treats you as a person, not as a body or a number on a sheet of paper. Tying their success to your career success, the best tech recruiters are genuinely interested in your career fulfillment and know what you really want.
What are those currently working with a great recruiter saying? One job-seeker recently noted, “They truly are interested in how I’m doing and are willing to help in any way.” If that isn’t how you feel after speaking with a recruiter for the first time, then it’s a sure sign to move on.
Is There Proof of Excellence?
While considering working with a recruiter, looking for proof of their excellence can give you confirmation of their abilities. Third-party validation, especially by leading professional organizations in the staffing industry, provide an excellent green light that a recruiter has been vetted and passed tests with flying colors.
In addition to regional awards, such as earning one of Business Journal’s Best Places to Work distinctions in a specific city, the holy grail of accolades for a recruiter is Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent and Client Awards. This honor singles out the top 2% of staffing agencies in the United States and Canada based solely on survey responses from actual candidates and clients. Approval from these groups is the most significant sign you’ve found a recruiter that’s worth your time.
How to Find a Tech Recruiter
It can be difficult to find a tech recruiter worth entrusting your career direction with. At MDI Group, our greatest focus is getting to know IT talent in order to best connect them to opportunities that will further their career. In fact, over 75% of our candidates gave us satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or higher. Our drive to invest in those that work with us has led to our achievement of Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent and Client Awards for the third year in a row.
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Suzy Schmitt is the Manager – Talent Acquisition and HR of MDI Group. If you are interested in learning more about how to find the right tech recruiter, contact us at email@example.com, or call us 888-416-7949. MDI Group has offices and specializes in recruiting IT talent in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greenville, and Phoenix.