Being an IT Recruiter in 2017 is a pretty big deal, considering that IT jobs are now more in-demand than ever before.
Not only that, but being an IT Recruiter in the current market can offer a variety of career perks from building relationships with high-profile clients, to raking in big sums of commission.
Of course, being an IT Recruiter isn’t faced without occasional challenges due to the competitive market and the existing candidate pool being so high in demand; but there are a few key ways that you can reel in the best talent.
You would expect the cream-of-the-crop of the IT universe to follow the money trail to the best roles, but that’s not necessarily the case. It’s true that money does make the world spin a little faster, and it’s always going to be an influencing factor, but the highest calibre candidates are not swayed by a bigger price tag alone.
So how else can IT Recruiters engage with the best candidates?
Make Your Business Known To The Market
Talent is a commodity in the IT sector and is currently spread thin from high demand during a skills shortage. As a result, those looking for IT jobs are spoilt for choice and businesses are in need of quality recruiters to draw them out.
The strongest candidates are often sitting comfortably in existing roles, which is why being active on their radar is often the first step in enticing top IT talent.
Are You Present In The Right Communities?
If your advertising is limited to the usual avenues of LinkedIn, social media and job boards, then it’s unlikely that you’ll make much ground in sourcing the best the market has to offer. Whilst these are great routes to go down for the most part, there are other options that should be explored in order to gain interest from the best of the best.
- Stack Overflow: A free question and answer community for programmers with 20 million members is a good place to start. Those looking to mine talent could be furthering discussions, positing the questions they need answering and poaching the individuals offering the best solutions.
- GitHub: A coder’s playground and the world’s largest open source community. If you’re looking to engage with IT specialists then this is more than likely to be a home from home for them.
- Java Programmers Forum: It’s fairly self-explanatory, but these discussions catering to specialist niches are a good way to familiarise yourself with the active players and also to make yourself known in their markets.
The best recruiters have their fingers firmly on the pulse, knowing your markets inside out, the top candidates within them and the latest hot projects they’re working on. Which is why they are indispensable.
Know How To Win Them
Once you have a candidate in your sight you need to sell the role with the right package. Recruiters can only work with the arsenal allowed them, so businesses need to consider what makes them attractive to the top talent out there and what IT candidates will jump at.
Selling any role usually boils down to the big four considerations; location, personal situation, rate, and the role itself. The difference when sourcing candidates is the hierarchy of what takes priority to them, so this is something you need to address from the get-go.
- Be Flexible
If you’re unable to compete with the colossal budgets of the larger businesses out there, then you can use their size and usual aversion to flexible work to balance the scales.
The developments in cloud, collaborative work, and the very nature of IT means businesses may be shooting themselves in the foot by not accommodating flexible work.
A more favourable work to life balance is increasingly cited as one of the most desirable draws for skilled candidates. Not to mention the considerable savings businesses make on additional office rental and commuting costs.
- Be Creative
The role itself carries major sway over candidates, and perhaps the project you’re selling will particularly resonate with them. Remember that you’re tugging at the strings of those working in IT, so perhaps you can take a leaf out of the book of the NSA (minus the unethical privacy invasions) and embed cryptic job applications on social media to decode.
If you can capture the imagination of your applicants then pay becomes less of an importance.
- Sell On Culture
The technology revolution that has caught fire in recent years has become synonymous with trendy, ethical and popular work-spaces. IT jobs have transformed from being considered ‘geeky’ to becoming a trendy, professional and enviable style of career. With this in mind, selling a company’s culture to a candidate is a very effective way of reeling them in.
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