It’s a great time to be in IT. Unemployment is low, jobs are being created every day and as a result, you’re probably hearing from multiple IT recruiters a week. But how do you know when you’ve found good recruiters versus the ones that you feel aren’t putting your best interests first?
To find the answer to this question, all I had to do was to step out of my office and take a look at all the amazing recruiters we have here. I gave thought to the traits they possess and how they work and interact with candidates on a daily basis. And thus came the 7 attributes that you need to look for when working with an IT recruiter:
1.) They Want To Learn About You
In order to find the right job for you, your recruiter needs to know a lot about you. Your personality and the way you work have a lot to do with what companies you would be a success at. Some people prefer to work in a dynamic team environment – but that’s not for everyone. Your recruiter should know this about you and also be in tune to the environment of their clients and know what’s going to work for you and what won’t.
2.) They Are Up Front About The Job
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Sometimes recruiters might make the job sound a bit better than it might be. You want someone who is going to be upfront with you and tell you all the facts, even if they know it means you aren’t going to be interested. Otherwise the result could be you ending up at a job that doesn’t make you happy and having ill feelings toward the recruiter and company that put you there.
3.) They Know The Client
In order for recruiters to be up front about the position, they need to be knowledgeable about the client they are representing. If they don’t know about the work environment, the team, or the company in general, how are they going to be able to tell if you are a fit? Ask questions to the recruiter to gauge how much they know about the client to make sure they have your best interests at heart. A good recruiter should want you to be at a job you like, with a company you like.
4.) They Define The Process
If you’ve been consulting long enough, you should know the process, but that doesn’t mean the recruiter shouldn’t go over it with you. Make sure they’re telling you about when in-person interviews should happen, what they require as an on boarding process if you’re hired and what the recruiter’s role will be after you’re working at the client. If anything comes up in the interim, they should communicate that to you as well so you are kept up to date with the situation.
5.) They Work With Your Schedule
Many times when you are on the job hunt for a new position, you might still be in an existing one. Leaving work early or using your lunch break to interview can be tough. A good recruiter will understand this and be willing to speak with you after hours. They realize the situation you’re in and want to make the process as easy on you as possible. You probably won’t have this option when the time comes to interview in person with the client however, but the recruiter should still work within your schedule when setting up interviews.
6.) They Stay In Touch
If you get the job, it’s important that your recruiter keeps in touch with you. A good recruiter wants to make sure you’re happy at your job and touch base with you every-so-often. I’ve even seen some recruiters take their consultants out for coffee. Recruiters should want you to think positively about your time with their company, their client and with them as well. Also, if you didn’t get the job, make sure you’ve found a recruiter that you can stay in touch with that will keep you in mind for any future positions.
7.) Ultimately, They Have Your Best Interest At Heart
There are lots of moving pieces when trying to fill a job for a client but for a recruiter, one of their main priorities should be your best interest. After all, this is your career, your financial stability and happiness. So make sure the recruiter that you work with encompasses all these things and you’ll have good experiences going forward!