How to: choose your IT recruitment agency
You’re on the move for a new career but let’s be honest, it’s been a few years. And you’re completely out of the loop when it comes to finding your right career. Nowadays, there are countless IT recruitment agencies and it can be overwhelming figuring out which agency will offer you that perfect IT fit.
Here are five tips that will help you find the right IT recruitment agency:
1. Construct your work pitch
Firstly, ever heard of an elevator pitch? It’s a one-liner that script writers have ready in the event they run into a big-wig film producer. It’s a quick overview of what you want to get across and in this case, will help you evaluate your career needs. And if it’s good enough for Hollywood, it’s good enough for you!
The first question you’ll be asking yourself is: ‘What type of work do I want?’ Immediately address do you want: full-time, temporary, part-time, contract, permanent?
Next, how much money are you seeking? Whether it’s an hourly rate or if you’ve determined your annual net, have a figure in mind. Do you have a location in mind? These are important factors.
You’ll be coming out with a work pitch like: ‘I want a full-time Security Architect role in Dublin for €70,000 per annum.
Next, do your homework and examine which agencies specialise in IT. But why specialise?
Also, your potential IT recruitment agency will also have stronger partnerships with technology companies. This means better opportunities for you.
Referrals are your best friend when it comes to choosing the right recruitment fit. Suss out former colleagues on which recruitment agency they decided to go with.
You need to find out if the mentioned recruitment agency is candidate-focused. Inquire about the turn-around time and ask about their screening process. Did they offer multiple roles? These should help reveal whether an agency is just filling role quotas, or if they are truly focused on finding you the right opportunity.
4. Shop around
Recruitment is a thriving industry and you have many options so shop around! Look up their website and check for the following:
- Latest IT positions
- A list of clients they recruit for
- Candidate testimonials
- Resources or useful information (blogs) for job search
Take to social media to track down reviews on the agencies. Do people sing their praises on LinkedIn or Twitter?
And make sure they’re reputable. Any recruitment agency worth their salt will be affiliated with the National Recruitment Federation (NRF).
So you think you’ve found the right recruitment match? It’s time for a more in-depth examination of your chosen recruitment agency.
Call directly and question the following:
- Fee structure and negotiations
- The placement and screening process
- Success rate of placement
- Candidate retention rate
- Support and advice services
These questions also show drive and prove you’ve done your homework. This is very important because the recruiter is your portal to the companies you want to work for. They will give you strong representation if you decide to choose their agency.
Expert recruiters in your IT field should be probing you with niche questions to your IT area, and they’ll want you to prove your technical experience with specific work examples. They should also -by right- be ready to give counsel on the current marketplace.
Also very important, ask if the recruitment agency provides additional services like CV writing, training and candidate up-skilling. It shows the agency is willing to invest in their talent (which is you) and they’re putting the candidate first.
Therefore, this should give you pretty good insight to their recruiting style, workflow and wage structure. You’re looking for an IT recruitment agency that treats you like an extended member of the family.
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