Technical recruiters - one group of technical recruiters are IT recruiters. They focus on finding quality candidates for businesses in those industries who need their expertise. An IT technical recruiter will have contacts across a range of technology industries and may have some technical knowledge and/or experience themselves.
Your role as an IT recruiter
One of the most fulfilling things you’ll do as a recruiter is help place the right candidate in the right position, making a real difference in their lives. As you work towards filling open positions for your client, you’ll develop relationships that could lead to more networking and placement opportunities down the road.
Best practices for an IT recruiter
Learn about technology
While you don’t have to be a computer or electronics genius, you’ll be more effective in dealing with both companies seeking an IT recruiter and potential candidates for your clients if you have at least a basic knowledge of the fields you’re prospecting for.
If you’re uncomfortable with the jargon of the IT world, familiarize yourself with the terminology and concepts that industry professionals use when searching for people to add to their team.
One way to do this is to immerse yourself in the industry...read publications, blogs, forums...everywhere your clients’ potential candidates will be “talking shop”.
Expand your network of people in technology
Your business network is vital to your success as a technical recruiter.
To find more contacts in technical industries ask your current network for recommendations. Find out what conferences they attend and when possible, attend them yourself.
Local colleges that offer technical training can be a good source of potential candidates as are trade organizations.
Research your industries
It’s important to know the types of positions you’ll be sourcing candidates for. Although a lot of this knowledge you’ll gain through experience, to be effective you need to understand the following:
- Pay structures of the positions
- Job titles
- Common management structures used
Both your clients and candidates are a good resource for this kind of information.
Why diversity recruiting should be on your radar
Diversity recruiting needs to be at the forefront of your recruiting efforts.
Tech industries are on the hunt for a wide range of diverse candidates to fill positions within their companies, so it’s important to keep this in mind when searching for the perfect candidate for your client.
Technical industries are part of a competitive marketplace, having a diverse workforce of talented individuals with very different backgrounds in place will set them apart from their competitors.
Also, since a company is only as good as its employees, having a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of their customer base is vital. This is why companies are willing to pay recruiters well...to find the best, most diverse talent possible to help their company grow and to connect with their target market(s).