If you have been looking for any sort of job in the IT industry you may have wondered where the great jobs are, and how people actually get them. Within many industries you’ll find that positions are quickly filled internally and through word of mouth, businesses generally want people they can trust, who come recommended and who are available.
The question then becomes, how are you going to hear about these jobs and make sure that you are the one being recommended? One way is to obviously increase your networking skills, go to all the business breakfasts, build up your LinkedIn connects, make sure everyone knows your name. Before you know it, you’re spending more time on networking than you are on working. The other option, is to ask, “who are the IT recruiting agencies near me?”
Why Not Go It Alone?
If you’ve, wisely, decided that all the networking time is not really what you wanted to get into IT for, then you absolutely want to talk to a recruitment agency. That’s what they do. They do all the networking so that they know when the jobs are coming up. They develop relationship with businesses and hiring managers so that these people know that whoever the recruiter recommends is trustworthy, able to do the job and will take the company to the next level. Whether that next level if faster delivery from the mailroom or increased turnover from a new CFO.
Permanent or Temporary?
One of the other advantages of talking to a recruitment agency is that they are not only on the lookout for new permanent staff to place in the ideal position. They also need trustworthy, reliable, adaptable staff who can cover different short-term positions. Temp work is a fantastic way to prove that you are flexible and to develop that all important experience – and actually be paid.
Where are the Jobs?
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It is reported that there are over 1.3 million software jobs in USA (click here), so how do you get one of them? The companies aren’t just putting an advertisement in the “Positions Vacant” section of the newspaper anymore. They are having to find ways to filter out the hundreds of CVs sent to them by aspirants who just hope that there happens to be a job, and a lot of the time that filtering method is to simply bin any unsolicited CVs sent in. If you want your foot in the door you need to be able to talk to a recruiter and sell yourself and your skills. The analytics that recruiters are able to use to match idea candidates with positions aid to increase your desirability as a prospective employee. An HR manager can look at your profile, your skills, your experience and knowledge that you have everything they need to fill their vacancy and make the role a success.
Local Specialist Firm or Statewide Agency?
If you are looking to remain where you are then you ideally need to be talking to an IT recruitment agency that also works where you are. If they don’t have recruiters on the ground and networking in the area the chances of the agency being able to help you find that IT role, you’re wanting are pretty slim.
However, if you have an agency that has statewide outreach, you are working with a recruiter that will also have their fingers on the pulse of the industry. What this means to you in your corner of the world is that if your recruitment agency has developed a strong relationship with an IT company that spans several states (or even internationally), chances are high that the company will have any hiring process start from head office.
The hiring manager is going to be talking to recruiters who are able to get them access to clients found in the location of the vacancy. Less relocation costs and higher chance of retention, HR managers know that hiring local has advantages. Whether you are paying for relocation or the company is, it’s not an exercise taken. Know what’s in a relocation package here: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-included-in-a-job-relocation-package-2063009
If you are already on the books with the local office, you move up the list to be one of the first people recommended. Use your local recruiters’ knowledge, expertise and ability to highlight your talents to prospective employers.