Top technical talent is in demand—and with good reason. As technology and consumer demands continually evolve, organizations need top talent with the right skills to continue delivering innovative products and services.
Particularly for the most in-demand skill sets, employers are getting competitive when it comes to landing talent. Taking the right steps is key to landing the best IT jobs for your career and personal goals. Let’s break them down:
When you start looking for new opportunities, repeat this mantra to yourself, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” If you’ve put in some time to prepare before meeting with a recruiter that means your recruiter can get to work finding the best IT jobs for your goals. Preparation should include updating your resume and LinkedIn profile to include your latest projects and skill sets. To boost the value of your LinkedIn profile, it’s also a good idea to ask for LinkedIn recommendations for your most recent projects.
It’s also vital that you understand and define your wants and needs ahead of applying for job opportunities. Things such as salary, location and length of contract are all critical pieces of successful IT jobs. Defining and documenting these elements now saves you time and effort down the road and ensures you’re devoting your time to finding opportunities that match your criteria.
Step 2: Find the right recruiter
The right recruiting partner can be a major boost to your career. Here’s why (from the American Staffing Association):
- During the course of a year, America’s staffing companies hire more than 14 million temporary and contract employees
- More than three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week
- One in five employees cite scheduling flexibility as a key reason for choosing contract work
- Nine out of 10 staffing employees say they were satisfied with their staffing company
But here’s one thing that is critical to consider: all recruiters are not created equal. To guarantee you’re partnering with the right recruiter, start thinking about your criteria for new jobs at least 45 to 60 days before the end of your current project. Then, put in some time to research recruiters and find someone who is best positioned to help you reach your goals.
Some criteria to consider when choosing a technical recruiter include:
- Direct experience within your specific skill set
- Previous (positive) experiences with that recruiter or firm—this may be your own personal experience or the experience of someone you know
- Relationships with any target companies you may have identified
Don’t be afraid to ask recruiters about their experiences or clients directly. Reputable firms are happy to share information with you about their relationships so that you can make the best decisions for your career (and ensure you’re not submitted multiple times for the same positions). In fact, think about your recruiter screening as your interview process. The amount of time and effort you put into finding a recruiter should nearly mirror the effort they’ll put into finding you a job!
At Synergis, we are proud to build strong, long-lasting relationships with our candidates. We encourage you to ask us questions about our background and experience to determine if we’re the right fit to help you reach your career goals.
Step 3: Share as much detail as possible
Once you’ve done your homework and have chosen to partner with a recruiter that is best equipped to find you the right IT jobs, it’s critical that you share as much detail as possible with your recruiter about the traits you defined earlier in the process. Also, don’t forget to share information about any other opportunities you’re considering or pursuing at the moment.
While we’re working with both our candidates’ and clients’ best interests in mind, it’s important to know that recruiters are truly in your corner. Providing us with as much detail as possible ensures we don’t waste your time with jobs that aren’t a good fit for you. Not only does this save you time, but it also maintains your credibility with clients. Although an opportunity may not be right for you right now, you never know if a future opportunity with an employer could present itself in the future. Sharing details and information with your recruiter now helps make certain you’re looked upon favorably for any future opportunities.
While there may be a significant number of IT jobs within your skill set, finding the right job is key to your success. Follow through on these steps and you’ll be on the right track.